Normally these interviews start off with "what's your real name?" but
I'm going to hazard a guess it's Jason Freeman.
Great. Would you like to share your Driver's License, Social
Security number, mother's maiden name, date of birth, and addresses for
the last five years?
bhazlewood: rats, there goes my retirement fund
jasonfreeman: Although, I was born on Halloween, I've always thought that was a fun random thing about me
bhazlewood: Cool. How about then, where are you from, are you married, do you have any kids?
Those are fair game. I live in Alameda, CA in the SF bay
area. It's a quiet isolated historical community, very
interesting to be here yet 10 miles from San Francisco. I am
originally from San Diego but I've moved around a lot throughout my
life. I am happily married and we have one toddler (1.5 yr old
girl) and another on the way.
jasonfreeman: Thank you we are very excited and worried at the same time. Well, it's mostly me that's worried.
bhazlewood: Since there's no such thing as a professional GridIron Dynasty player, what do you do for a living?
I used to work for a startup that made energy management
software. We got assimilated into a big corporation so while I am
still doing the same thing it's a little misleading to say what the
company does (mostly it makes meters and meter reading
infrastructure). I am a business and technical consultant so in a
nutshell I have to figure out what our customers want and make it work.
bhazlewood: Too bad WIS doesn't have that position for GD!
bhazlewood: OK, if you were stuck on a desert island with a solar-powered CD player and three CD's, what would they be?
hmm I'd probably try to use them to reflect the sun so someone could
find me so that would be whichever 3 were the most reflective.
Ok, you can invite any 4 people, living or dead, to your favorite kind
of restaurant. Who are the guests, and what is being served?
well hmmm. That's a tough one. <long pause> Ben
Franklin, Gandhi, Robin Williams, and my wife. With respect to
Gandhi we would eat extremely vegetarian. I think he only ate
fruits and nuts so that's what it will be.
bhazlewood: Sounds very eclectic. What are your favorite sports / teams ?
That's more on track! San Diego Padres, San Diego Chargers, US
Men's national soccer team, Cal football+basketball, Wisconsin
bhazlewood: When you're not playing GD, what things do you like to do?
Mostly it's baby duty these days but I like to bike ride, garden, play
softball, work on our house. I'm also a homebrewer; in fact, I
just brewed up a batch over the weekend.
bhazlewood: How does your wife feel about the obsession that is GD ?
jasonfreeman: She's OK with it though every once in a while I get into a bit of
trouble with late night recruiting. Oh, I guess I get into trouble
sometimes too when I stay up for the halftime results though luckily
Dobie sims early. Maybe I should say she is mostly OK with it
bhazlewood: LOL. Well, let's move into the more Gridiron Dynasty related questions...
In jmason187's "what is your dream school" thread, you said you were
already at your goal. What is it about U.Clare that appeals to
Eau Claire ;) I was actually just messing around with
those serious D1 overachievers. I'm happy there but it just
worked out that way.
bhazlewood: What things do you like the most about GD ?
jasonfreeman: Without a doubt it's the time and effort that other
coaches give back to the community. the preseason rankings and media
guides are one of my favorite parts of the game. Special thanks to
you, gt_deuce, joannes3000, pittsky for all your work.
bhazlewood: <blush> Well, on behalf of all of them, you're very welcome. If you were given the GD developers/commissioners "magic wand", what would you change about GD?
jasonfreeman: Hire someone to do some development?
some stupid things -- you don't need to practice formations, you
don't need to recruit a kicker AND a punter. Fix some things that
I think are broken -- too easy to run, almost no negative runs.
Make the game a more about game planning instead of
recruiting. Make upsets happen more often. It'd also be
nice to have a little more understanding about formations
and better replacement options although I understand that might not be
easy with the game mechanics. More recruits in Wisconsin.
Good things, all. Except maybe the last. There really needs
to be more recruits in -- where am I coaching now? Texas?
Oh, never mind.
bhazlewood: Where do you come down on the "practicing formation time or not" debate?
I gave up special teams practice a long time ago and haven't seen
anything to change my mind. I used to have a "traditional" approach to
it (60+ minutes for formations) but after reading a lot from
experienced coaches I decreased it significantly. I still have a few
minutes in it but very very little.
bhazlewood: Some conferences are very chatty, and others make a library sound like a rock concert. How's the WIAC?
quiet this season unfortunately. We only have a couple active
coaches this season. I like the chatter a lot.
You've had a lot of success in Dobie, especially for someone that has
less that 200 GD games under your belt. To what do you attribute
Patience, flexibility, and a willingness to learn. Probably not
in that order though. "Willingness to learn" should be first
bhazlewood: Is there anyone in particular that you have learned from, or has been especially helpful along the way?
have learned many many things from the Compass and the helpful forum
posts. I've never had a "mentor" myself I've mostly learned
on my own and from my mistakes.
bhazlewood: If I were to guess what your "highlight moment" in GD was, would your Season 2 NC at Wisconsin Yew Clair be correct?
jasonfreeman: Eau Claire
heh. If you are only giving me a "moment" then that's got to take the
cake. But I am more proud of keeping my team at the top as well as my
Bryant rebuild team as I continue to learn lots of new things.
bhazlewood: You're in the National
Championship game, and the two teams are evenly matched talent-wise.
How would you just as soon NOT be coaching against? (i.e. they are THAT
good as a coach.)
jasonfreeman: akua/pounder chewed me up and spit me out two seasons in row in the playoffs. He's got my respect.
bhazlewood: What aspect of the game (recruiting, game planning, etc) do you feel is your strongest area?
jasonfreeman: Definitely recruiting. Some days I think I'm a decent game planner but some days I think I'm just lucky.
bhazlewood: What specific tips would you offer someone to help improve their game?
the Compass! You can also learn a lot by studying who other
successful coaches recruit, how they play their games, how they set
their depth charts, how they use effectiveness settings.
Finally, dubs always finishes his interviews with "trios". I'm
not as experienced as dubs, so we'll stick with "doubles"
Ginger or Mary Ann ?
Mary Ann - easy one.
Burger King or McDonalds?
I'm a vegtarian so neither. Though I do like McDonalds fries and sundaes
Mac or PC ?
Superman or Spiderman?
Superman. I always thought Spiderman was creepy.
bhazlewood: Less Filling, or Tastes Great?
jasonfreeman: as a homebrewer definitely "tastes great"
DKC or doitagain? (just a joke about multiple ID players)
bhazlewood: OK, any last words?
again for your time doing the interview and for wanting to help out the
GD community. Anyone who is new should understand that
there is a lot to learn and that success comes as they gain
experience. I'm always happy to help out so if you need anything
you can always site mail me. That's a great thing about this
community as there are a lot of other (more experienced) coaches
offering the same.
bhazlewood: Thanks Jason!