No Raise for Rocky Long? Apr 15, 2012 23:10:32 GMT -8
Post by Guest on Apr 15, 2012 23:10:32 GMT -8
If, instead, he says, "We've got some great young kids coming in, but please understand that it's going to take a while for them to learn to play at this level" is in much better shape. If his team finished 10-3 with a nice bowl win, no one will remember that he sounded gloomy in August. If he finishes 7-6, people will say, "Well, that's not bad considering how many youngsters he had to rely on."
I am reminded of a cartoon (think it was the LA times) from the mid 1950s. It showed Red Sanders (UCLA) and Jess Hill (USC) getting kicked out (literally!) from a meeting of the coaches association. As they flew out the door and headed for a hard landing on the sidewalk, both were quoted as saying roughly this: "Gee, I just said there was an outside chance that we might be decent this year!" The caption below said something like, "This is what happens when coaches suggest that their teams might actually win a couple of games in the coming season."
Somehow, fans now want coaches to take the first approach; "Hey we are going to be terrific this Fall!" Anything less exuberant and the fans say the coach is making excuses. I suppose they would have said the same thing had Miller Huggins or Joe McCarthy pointed out that, should Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig be out simultaneously with injuries, the Yankees might not be quite as strong!
So in other words you think coaches should be self defeatist? When a coach says a team is going to be mediocre, the players have a built in excuse and won't be working extra hard.