Okay, actually Assistant Coach John Witte coaches the offensive line. I got a little cute with the title and Coach Witte should chop block me for it.
Actually Coach Witte wouldn't chop block, nor would he teach it. He doesn't have the need. He teaches plays the right way.'
Coach Witte embraced JohngysBeat.com when we started covering the Bliss. Let's be honest, I have a lot of fun with this, but I know I am not ESPN. Yet, Coach Witte took time to help us sort out the players and set up interviews. In other words, he went out of his way for two "rookies" trying to cover the team.
If he did that for us, you know what he does for his players. I definitely know, because I have seen and heard him in action.
I see him patiently work with the ladies from the ground up. Most of these women have not played real football prior to the Bliss experience. Coach Witte starts them with remedial level and works them through a Master's Degree in offensive lineology. Oh, and he did this all in about 15 practices.
Many people say that games are won or lost on the line. Many say that is where they focus during the game. I kind of watch everything for bits, but I plan on watching a bit more line play this season.
One of the coolest things I have experienced in practice was Coach Witte explaining some blocking techniques (footwork and all) to me. I could listen to that all day. It really just fascinates me.
Now, I will have an even bigger appreciation for the development of plays. I will be watching for the offensive line to open holes for ChrisDell Harris and our runners, as well as provide pass protection.
I really appreciate Coach Witte for being generous with his time. Witte is a perfect representative of the Bliss. Knowledgeable, friendly and considerate. He is just another of the many great parts which come together to make an even greater whole.
Check out the Bliss in Hoffman Estates on Friday, as they start their title defense against the Los Angeles Temptation. This season is going to be memorable!
Coach John Witte and me in Darien, IL-January 2014.