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CJ Anderson, Javed Best Prep brings different styles for coaching.

DANVILLE – Before leading one of Bay Area’s most successful turnarounds this fall, Monte Vista’s new head football coach for the Hall of Fame weekend in Keaton, Ohio, Patten Manning, Tom Brady and his ex. Were hanging out with colleagues.

The following Monday, Chief Justice Anderson addressed his entire team for the first time when he opened a fall practice. Anderson did not receive a scholarship offer from high school, then dropped out of college but made a seven-year NFL career and appeared in three Super Bowls, winning one with Manning, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Was going .

“I told them, this year a group of NFL guys are joining you,” Anderson said.

The Super Bowl champion is one of two running rooms in his first year at local high schools, although in Division I Monte Vista, only two years away from his last season on charter flights instead of school buses, Anderson is taking the call. Different perspectives from his predecessor at Backfield, Jude Best, at St. Mary’s Berkeley.

As for Anderson’s reunion stories over the weekend, there were “just a couple” he could share with a new group of teenagers he was going to lead.

The first day, when he came in and said his first thing, I think everyone’s confidence just hit the roof, “he was talking about how he’s going to change the identity of the program. He will not treat us like a program. He is going to treat us like an NFL team, which has really shown.

An undeniable effect.

Three months after Monte Vista hired Splash, Anderson has had a much deeper impact than anyone expected. A team that failed to win six games last spring has won all five of its matches so far this fall, but the hard-nosed style of a former NFL player has shut down many participants in Posh Danville. The average home is valued at 2.2 million.

After the game, they go up and down. After mistakes, they push up. The players said that in practice, it was the worst, there were 191 110 yard sprints in a row, followed by Burpees.

“We had to change the culture,” said Brendan Edwards, Anderson’s childhood friend and defense coordinator.

Monte Vista football coach CJ Anderson celebrates a touchdown during the fight against heritage in Brentwood, right, August 20, 2021. (Jose Carlos Fajardo / Bay Area News Group)

Anderson’s NFL and college influences can be seen in Mustangs’ playbook, but also his style of practice. From the outside, it’s closed. No observers allowed, no parents.

Inside, Anderson teaches drills to players that he picked up during his playing career which took him from M. Bethel High School (Value) to Lenny College, then Kyle and the NFL.

“He’s giving us exercises that you can’t get much out of,” Sukram said. “He’s been teaching us better than any coach I’ve ever seen.”

Anderson has been an underdog all the way.

It was his work ethic that allowed him to play in PAC12 after he was not interested in recruiting from high school. Anderson dropped out of college (“I remember crying on Draft Day,” he says) but managed to make a seven-year career in the NFL and reach the Super Bowl three times.

Anderson said his longtime partner, Raquel, had been with him throughout his NFL tour, but the pair have been apart for the past five months. Their relationship spread in the public eye last week when Anderson posted a sad but profound personal message that prompted some of his hundreds of thousands of social media followers to ask what he had done wrong.

“You post something like that, because you never know who might be able to help you,” Anderson said.

“There are a lot of people out there who think I committed adultery or I killed her. I never did that. I made a big mistake, but it has to do with faith and God and our relationship.

“We are focused on what we are trying to achieve: play well in the league and try to win it. No one knew I was going through it. No one knew that. I’m going through this because I’m in touch with my daily work when I’m on campus.

Anderson and his brother, Callan, were raised by his mother, Neva Craig.

“You try to remind them, they understand the pain. My mother taught me a long time ago,” Anderson said of his training technique.

Anderson and Edwards met through pop-Warner football when they were in elementary school, then Edwards saw his “god brother” ascending the highest stage of the game.

Part of Anderson’s pregame routine, usually the night before, is to call Edwards and go to the game plan the next day. Those calls were the first incarnations of Monte Vista’s current coaching staff.

“We’ll go over the script, talk about its game plan, make sure it’s shut down,” Edwards recalled. “From there, we knew we had coaching staff.”

Anderson retired from the league and returned to his alma mater, where he helped with a year of back and tight ends while consulting with Justin Wilcox and his staff, especially offensive coordinator Bill Misgrave, who Coached Anderson in Denver.

Anderson applied for a job at his high school alma mater, Bethel, but didn’t get the job. (Shocking, right?

The program had 108 players between its three ranks when Anderson took power.

Another change it has implemented is bringing the university, JV and new teams together practically. But at all three levels, there are players who have given up on demand times and practice style.

The rest are true believers.

“That’s great,” senior receiver Cole Bosia said after the recent 14-0 win over El Cerrito at the Mustangs. He used a statement to persuade her. “It’s useless, but it’s worth it. That’s why we won tonight. We were more conditioned than the boys.

Moments ago, Bosia was one of a few dozen winning players who threw themselves to the ground and retreated again and again, rewarding their hard work.

“When we don’t show class and when we don’t do good football, we’ll put it on them and tell them they can’t do it,” Anderson said.

A different way.

“You just need a different ball for painting?”

Javed smiles at St. Mary’s Jr. Alejandro Tejda ​​Gonzalez during special team exercises at the start of recent practice. Vibe is comfortable, just like the best, now has nine years left in his second life in football. Best was a top recruit, a track star, and finally a first-round draft pick, but his playing career fell short.

Former Kyle star and NFL runner Javed Best guides his team during football practice at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley on September 8, 2021. (Ray Chavez / Bay Area News Group)

By its very nature, Best does not have much discipline. The biggest change he has made in his first year is introducing a team dinner the night before each game.

“You see all these coaches here, they have to scream for them,” said senior star Julian Womack.

Don’t get the impression that the best is softening. He is preparing a waitroom for morning strength training on campus every morning at 6:15, another new policy.

The best have been sidelined from their playing careers for almost a decade but rarely appear outside the league one day. In any exercise, the Best Scout team can return or receive.

At 32, he still has a credible claim as the fastest man on the field.

“All the kids want to run with me, but I keep telling them I’m like the final boss of a video game,” Best said. “A group of people have to knock on them before they can come to me.”

While Best starred under Sales coach Chad Nightingale, he joked that he would one day return to work as a coach. More than a decade later, Nightingale is still in sales, and Best has used it as a springboard in the coaching ranks.

“I was sitting there,” Nightingale recalled, thinking to himself, “You must be playing in the National Football League.” Turns out, it became a reality, and I think he could still have played very well if he hadn’t hesitated.

In the fourth quarter of his 22nd professional game, on October 16, 2011, Best injured the Bakers on a track at Beckelfield at the hands of 49ers linebacker Navarro Bowman. He left the game with a hesitation, the last blow to his described career, and never played another in the NFL.

After almost a decade, BEST relies less and less on his past life. Fewer players recognize his name with each passing year.

Kylie Gauri was in first grade for the first time when Best took the NFL hand off, but as a kid taking most of the hand off for the Panthers, he recognizes the unique opportunity in front of him.

“I’m very lucky for that,” said Gauri, who is now a high school junior. “You can’t be in a better situation than being with a friend who plays at a high level.”

what’s next?

Following Monte Vista’s recent home win over El Cerrito, Anderson compared Mustangs’ hard-fought victory to the only possession victory his Broncos won on the way to a Super Bowl 50 victory.

“My Super Bowl year,” he said, “we won seven or fewer games each, except for two games: Sunday Night Football Packers and Super Bowl 50, we won 24-10.”

He gained notoriety for his NFL compliments.

Anderson was always grumpy, running after injuries. Best of all, a slippery speedster, backed up with Olympic track credentials. Not surprisingly, the two have adopted conflicting approaches to their first practice in team building.

The two running rooms have never crossed paths in the nail, but they are friendly with each other.

Anderson had a great time when he got a job in Monte Vista. Anderson said he intended to call Best before the season, but Best said the call never came.

Significance goes a long way in St. Mary’s, but the private school of just over 600 students hired a new athletic director from Holy Names to rebuild its football and basketball programs.

The Panthers dropped three straight against tough opponents after a 2-0 start.

In Monte Vista, the real measure of Anderson’s growth will come soon.

The Mustangs are 5-0, but they have yet to break their schedule in the East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division, the same slate of opponents that deprived them of the win and signaled a change in coaching.

As far as measuring success goes, Anderson learned from his experience in Canton.

“Me and everyone else in Canton worked hard at the high school level,” Anderson said. “But Patton had six high school classmates there. None of them play in the NFL. All (involved) had high school friends.”

“We all play in different teams, some of us against each other, good and bad, but it’s a big brotherhood. I think it was the ultimate best part.

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