If Scott Frost is able to turn around Nebraska football, it won’t be through an endless tirade of red-faced shrieking.
Frost, who led the University of Central Florida to an undefeated 2017 season before accepting the head coaching job at Nebraska, said as much during a recent media session.
“We’re not going to yell and scream at kids. We’re not going to cuss at kids. I don’t think that’s the right thing to do. And I also don’t want to make kids afraid to make a great play. If someone misses a tackle or drops a ball, they don’t need to be yelled at—they need to be taught the right way to do it so it doesn’t happen again. Once you take away that fear of what might happen if you make a bad play, it really frees you up to go make great plays. I want our team to always play with a desire to excel and no fear of failure,” Frost said.
For Frost, there’s little benefit in reaming out a kid and embarrassing him in front of his teammates when he already knows he missed a play. In fact, it’s counterproductive. It can put the player play in a state of constant fear where they’re dwelling on all the bad things that will happen if they don’t make a play. Frost would rather have his players focus on playing fast and free and thinking about making great plays. That’s why he’s striving to build a culture of “no fear of failure” inside the program.
It’s a simple coaching strategy, but it’s obviously of great importance to Frost. It’s also one we can certainly get behind.