Surround yourself with those who maximize your potential
MIAMI – Always surround yourself with people who allow you to maximize your potential, who give you the confidence to be the best version of yourself.
Being a head coach is as much about tactics as it is about managing a group. It’s not easy to inspire adults with different personalities and unite them in pursuit of a common goal.
We do things well even if they go wrong. You don’t have to do things wrong because maybe they turn out well.
As journalists, sometimes we have to express our opinion on a particular decision. Each particular decision has its unique context, but in general I think those who are brave are usually rewarded, and when you play not to lose, the opposite of what you want usually happens.
I remember vividly Brandon Staley, coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, makes risky decisions. I agreed with some, and with others I didn’t, but I applaud the intention to change the culture and empower its players.
This first week has presented us with many decisions that are under scrutiny, but none is more resonant than going for a 64-yard field goal instead of giving the ball to quarterback Russell Wilson on a fourth down and five yards to go.
call, Nathaniel Hacket!
Let’s put aside for a moment the fact that the Denver Broncos gave Wilson a $242 million contract precisely to help him grow in times like this.
If anyone wants to get numbers, recent history shows us that only 2 out of 42 field goals of 64 yards or more have been made in history; that is, the odds weren’t good.
But more than anything, I think Hackett should have thought about the human part. What message does he send to Wilson and his companions?
If you read between the lines, you’re basically telling your quarterback, “I don’t trust you.”
And interestingly, judging by the way he handled the clock and his timeouts illogically, the message his players probably took away from their coach was: “I don’t trust him.”
Trust is a two-way street. And although this path has only just begun, it goes without saying that it was not the best start.
The exact opposite happened in New York with the New York Giants.
Brian Daboll He made his debut at the helm of the team and, when it mattered most, he trusted his managers.
After trailing 0-13 against the Tennessee Titans, the Giants bounced back and eventually scored a touchdown that took them down 19-20.
Daboll didn’t hesitate for a second and decided to go for two points. Daniel Jones connected with Saquon Barkley and the Giants opened with a win, 21-20.
“We are trying to build something here,” Daboll said after the game.
Barkley ended up being the hero of the game for the Giants, but perhaps his words were more important.
“He told us he was going to be aggressive and trust us. When you have a coach like that, it makes you want to let go of everything to achieve the goal.”
Empowerment and trust.
In professional sports, everyone is incredibly talented. Except for a few who are different and touched by a magic wand, the difference is in the mental part.
Some people think that confidence guarantees 50% of success. Personally, I disagree, as I think that number should be even higher.
In Miami, another rookie coach, Mike McDaniel, decided to take a chance on fourth down and seven yards to go just before halftime. The result was Jaylen Waddle’s 42-yard touchdown for the Miami Dolphins that essentially put the game in the fridge against the New England Patriots.
I am the first to understand that aggressiveness does not always work, and that you always have to analyze the context at each particular moment. But moments like this build trust and chemistry.
This is precisely what the New York Jets coach is looking for, Robert Salehwho this week said he was “collecting the proceeds” from those who criticize his team.
I understand what Saleh is looking for, which is basically to show his players that he believes in them, but as far as we can be philosophical, wins and losses often determine the future of coaches and players.
With Joe Flacco in charge in the short term, and even with the return of Zach Wilson, the equation looks complicated for the Jets.
It’s easy to judge someone else from a distance, but I’ve always been impressed by the number of illogical decisions that are made year after year in the NFL.
Another who made some of these questionable decisions was Mike McCarthy in Dallas, where Dak Prescott will now miss six to eight weeks of action. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the year wasn’t a good one, Sean Payton coming out of retirement to go to the Dallas Cowboys next season.
And in honor of a week in which Nathaniel Hackett’s future certainly wasn’t sealed, but a target was certainly put on his back, we take a look back at ONE OF THE WORST DECISIONS EVER.
*Local teams take second place
As I always say, it’s never good to play every game. In other words, there are some that are best passed up. That’s why I decided to add this section, to publicize my six favorite betting line teams. Reviews are welcome, as the idea is to add a beneficial attribute for readers. Team order is not random and predictions do not affect total stats.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
LAS VEGAS ADVENTURERS
SUICIDE POOL ‘ELIMINATOR CHALLENGE’
Many of us participate in this type of competition. In this case, the betting line does not matter. Just don’t repeat any shift throughout each week. Of course, these predictions won’t affect the total stats either. Incidentally, the teams chosen so far.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
FIXED WITH BETTING LINE
At the request of many, we have added the fixed line with wager from week 11 of 2013.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
I’ve always said that I’m not a fan of teasers, since they come from the word attempt and are called “sucker bets”, but, at the request of several readers, we have added this section. Here, as there are three teams, the line is changed by 6 points, but you have to hit all three to cash. Below I name the three teams with the modified lines in parentheses.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (+9 and a half years)
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (+8.5 years)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (+8 years average)
At the request of several of our readers, we are including a set of highs and lows for each week.
HIGH JETS-BROWNS (40 and a half)
SAINTS-BUCCANEERS OUT (44 1/2)
NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH (-10 and a half)
AUBURN TIGERS (+3 and a half years)
Total Stats (With+Without+Teaser+Highs and Lows+NCAA): 22-14
With betting line: 11-5
No bet line: 8-8
Surprise of the week (no line): 0-1
Fix of the week (no line): 1-0
Fixed of the week (with line): 1-0
Power 6 (with line): 3-3
Trailer 3: 1-0
Highs and lows: 1-1
Suicide Pool (no line): 0-1 (the)
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