Why Not The View? Part 5 – Final

Why not the View?

By George Hernandez
So for some of you that are complaining but are still going to read this I’m finally done with writing about Mountain View football. But first, I’m going to give you my thoughts.

I’ve had the privilege to coach with one of the best coaches around and one of my mentors in El Monte HC Jesse Ceniceros, and also pick the brain of guys like Anthony White and Matt Koffler who are pretty successful coaches themselves. What I learned from them – “run with what your skill level lets you”.

I know these Mountain View kids. I was one of them. What you’re going to get is a bunch of tough kids that won’t back down but don’t have a lot of football skills or knowledge of the game.

I’m not telling anyone how to do their job but they’re going to need to run a basic offense and defense with these kids and master it.

Like ‘FridayKnight’ said stick with one thing and don’t change it mid season or every year. I say pound it, you’re not going to get spread kids. Koffler said it best – “run it down their throats”.

View isn’t going to get a three play 85-yard touchdown drive with a guy like Davon Booth, but Norte Vista last year consistently had 13-play, 13-minute drives and went 10-2. That, along with a 4-3 defense and physical play, and I see wins.

I just want to see some type of success at my alma mater and hope these articles will get some of those athletes out there on the football field.

Thanks to those for the good feed back and for those others for the clicks.

6 Comments to "Why Not The View? Part 5 – Final"

  1. ?'s Gravatar ?
    April 22, 2020 - 3:30 am | Permalink

    Coaching? The head of the CDC predicted Tuesday that the 2nd wave coming in the fall will likely be worse than the C-19 outbreak and death we have now in the US. If I was a high school coach of any sport and did not have a credential I might start looking around at the help wanted ads.

  2. Cesar A Ortega's Gravatar Cesar A Ortega
    April 21, 2020 - 5:23 pm | Permalink

    They can turn it around, I was the head coach for the JV football team that shared the JV league title with Arroyo back in 2013, I Coached under Victor Ambruzo 1st I had to gain the trust of the boys, then I had to change the mentality of the team by challenging them and using all the negativity that surrounded them; and use all that negativity into motivation to get them to be angry that they were not even an after thought in the city or league. These kids are tough and yes they lack football knowledge my staff saw this and we had to adjust our approach, we did not have access to Huddl because we were just the JV team; so my staff and I put them in the classroom and Football 101 took precedence. We taught them everything we could on our philosophy and our offense and defense this helped them so much and they were able to succeed on the field it was such a great feeling watching them evolve I love those boys because they did what they thought they could never do and they were Co League Champions, so yes it absolutely can be done again

  3. GHernandez's Gravatar GHernandez
    April 21, 2020 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    That was something I’ve always wanted to do but when I stopped being a knuckle head and wanted to start coaching Coach C gave me my first opportunity and have been with him six seasons now. Maybe one day, but it would be awesome.

  4. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    April 21, 2020 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    Agree. Building SEM weakened El Monte and Mt View and gave more power to Arroyo.

    George, Why don’t you take the job at MV? Or offer to help as an assistant?

  5. Bottom Line's Gravatar Bottom Line
    April 21, 2020 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    Commenter SoCal nailed it, telling us succinctly why MV is irrevocably doomed to the dustbin of area football. If Hernandez goes back on his word and pens another entry, perhaps it might be a fantasy piece, wherein MV wins CIF in an imaginary, coronavirus-cancelled season.

  6. SoCal's Gravatar SoCal
    April 20, 2020 - 7:49 pm | Permalink

    It isn’t the kids, it’s the leadership. Those teams in the early 80’s had great athletes, four of those athletes played college D1 ball. I know they were multi athletes and beat Glendora, Damien, and St Paul in a double header and lost in the CIF simi to Corona Del Mar.
    If they had good coaches they would have been like SEM. The biggest problem in that district is they built SEM high school, once they did that Rosemead, Mt. View, and El Monte got weaker in all sports and Arroyo became the school with the biggest student body. There is a lot of blame to go around and it all contributes Mt. View football being bad for 40 years.

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