The NFL kicks off on Sept. 10, bringing to an end weeks of preseason training for the teams. But the players weren’t the only people learning a new game book. Teams from San Francisco to New York have brought in consultants to teach boomer coaches how to better interact with millennial players.
Coming off a dismal 6-10 season, the New York Giants last spring hired two psychologists and an executive coach to work with the team, especially those players with learning difficulties. Clinical psychologist Christopher Bogart quickly realized that the problem extended to “generational differences” between the coaches and the players. Typically in training camp, which can last 12 hours a day on and off the field, players are required to memorize game plans given in long PowerPoint presentations.