Quarterback Good fit Shaler's new program
For many seniors, aspirations of a season that ends with a deep playoff run and perhaps a championship are what fill their minds during the dog days of training camp.
For Shaler senior quarterback Brad Good, he saw a mass exodus of starters graduating, the best returning running back transferring and not knowing who his coach would be until April.
Rather than sulking, Good viewed it as an opportunity to help build something great. He's bought into coach Chris Siegle's fundamental-based system, and rather than have aspirations of championships this season, Good is looking to lay the foundation for titles to come.
“We are learning a lot as a team,” Good said. “Hopefully, we can come together for a win, but one thing is, we never gave up despite being a brand new program.”
Good said the business-like atmosphere Siegle brought from the college ranks is a welcome change from years past. Details like in-depth scouting reports and methods of film study help prepare the players for each week — and also the next level.
“Coach Siegle taught me what I really need to do,” Good said. “I like to scramble around because my feet are my best attribute. I am not the biggest or strongest, so he wants me to trust my mind and be a leader.”
Good said he's used to big, intimidating guys being in the lead, but his style is to be more subtle and approachable.
Good took the time to help the underclassmen understand Siegle's program. He snagged the playbook as soon as possible and learned all he could, putting him ahead of many of his teammates.
“Our football knowledge and the ability to learn and understand a scouting report is important,” Good said. “Being able to anticipate things helps.”
Good said the locker room environment is quiet. There's no fighting, and that helped the team come together.
“When the coaches got here, they didn't know anyone, so it was a true competition as we moved from a pro-style to a spread offense,” he said.
Good said that summer camp was the most fun as he saw the new offense installed and the high-level of competition.
“I wish all practices were like that,” Good said.
Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.