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Chris Foerster's Approach To Coaching

Posted by Matt Terl on June 3, 2010 – 12:51 pm

New offensive line coach Chris Foerster is a very different kind of coach from his predecessor, Joe Bugel, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

It seems unfair to Foerster to mention them both in the lede, in fact, but it’s a comparison he’s been facing literally since he arrived at Redskins Park. Bugel is a legend in D.C., and the Redskins have perhaps the strongest tradition of rooting for their offensive line of any team in the NFL.

Following a legend is a difficult task, to say the least, so maybe it’s best that Foerster takes such a different approach. Bugel was a yeller, a curser, an old-school guy who called violence his turn-on and wanted things done his way all the time, every time. Foerster characterizes his own coaching style in just SLIGHTLY different terms.

“I’m a teacher first,” he says. “I’m gonna teach the guys how to play the position. I’m gonna give them what they need. I’m very much about meeting each guy where he is individually. I’m gonna try as best I can to get to know each guy, try as best I can to find out what makes him tick, where their strengths and weaknesses are, and I believe in developing a foundation and relationship with the player and trying to reach them where they are.”

He continues, “More than anything, I want to develop a trust with my players. A trust that they can believe what I tell ’em, and that what I have to say will give them a chance to succeed. And hopefully in that process, I can get them to maximize their abilities, and in that we can have a good offensive line, a good offense, and win some games.”

Now, you never know if a guy’s actual coaching style (or teaching style or managing style, for that matter) actually comes across the way he thinks it does. So I asked a few of Foerster’s players about his style, especially where it contrasted with Bugel’s. The answers were … consistent, to say the least, often down to word choice.

Here, look:
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