GameDay Thread: Skins @ Panthers 11/22/2015 Nov 22, 2015 20:38:35 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by 1afn1 on Nov 22, 2015 20:38:35 GMT -5
There are plenty of NFL greats who would greatly disagree with you on that one. Motivation is not about rah-rah. That is a temporary pump-up an doesn't work. No doubt.
It's about being psychologically aware of the player and knowing exactly what buttons to push and how to push them with each individual player to get the most out of them. If that is called "motivation" or something else, I guess that is debatable. But it IS what makes up a big part of a championship coach. Parcells, Gibbs, Bellicheck, Shula, Lombardi, Walsh are just a few prime examples of the power of a psychologically aware coach. I've seen countless NFL Films interviews with great players who played for these coaches, citing how the coach was able to motivate them and "reach" them, drawing out of them a level of play that, alone, they never would have reached or even knew they had. It's how Gibbs won BIG with squads that really were not laden with top-to-bottom talent, that, when they went elsewhere, floundered.
To this particular day, I have seen little evidence that Gruden has any of these capabilities. 1-12 on the road and NO back-to-back wins in 1.5 seasons. That is pretty damning. And he absolutely has good enough players to avoid that kind of terrible record. Maybe he can still acquire that talent that those others have/had? Or is that a talent you have to be born with? I think you have to be born with it. I also believe that if Norv had had this particular ability, he very well could have become a fantastic coach.
Everything you described falls under harnessing a players motivation. They can't create motivation within a player.
Our players lacked hunger today. They looked defeated in the early third quarter.
That's a player problem, not a HC problem.