Hard Knocks Blog 2015 Final Episode.

Week 5 – Final Episode.

Just a few notes this week.

It was nice to see how J.J. Watt was encouraging Christian Covington – as well at the technique work Covington was getting from the defensive line coach.

It made no sense why Kourtnei Brown was tired and took himself out of the Dallas game – even if it was just for a few plays.

Bill O’Brien does a nice job when cutting players- he is respectful – yet direct – often explaining exactly why they got cut – like they did not run the pass routes the right way. He gives players something to specifically work on to make the team – or any team in the future.

It was very nice to see Kourtnei Brown get picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It will be very interesting to see how he does under the Buc’s linebacker coach, Hardy Nickerson. Nickerson played linebacker at Cal when I coached swimming at Cal. His son is currently a linebacker for Cal.  Mike Vrabel played defensive end for many years in his career.  I would expect Nickerson really knows the details of the linebacker position – and how to teach intricate details of the position.

Here is part of Hardy Nickerson’s bio on the Buc’s website:

Working with the linebackers in 2014, Nickerson helped Danny Lansanah to a career year. In his first season as the primary starter, Lansanah recorded 79 tackles (third-most on the team) while adding three interceptions, two returned for touchdowns. He is one of only two linebackers in team history to have multiple interceptions for touchdowns in the same season. His two defensive return touchdowns tide for the second-most in the NFL last year, while he his three interceptions were the second-most by a linebacker. Lansanah also became the first player in Buccaneers history to start at all three linebacker positions in the same season.

In addition to working with Lansanah, Nickerson coached Lavonte David, who finished the season with the second-most solo tackles in the NFL (101) and the third-most total tackles (146), while also ranking third in forced fumbles (4) and seventh in tackles for loss (17).

Nickerson could be the right type of coach for Kourtnei Brown. At every level in all sports an athlete may not know the difference between a bad coach, an average coach, a good coach and a great coach. It is not until you are around a great coach that you can really evaluate all the other level of coaches. If all you ever have are bad coaches – then get an average coach – you think the average coach is the greatest coach ever.  All coaches may say similar things but it is the technique work, communication, the ability to teach and inspire athletes that sets great coaches apart from all other coaches.

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Hard Knocks Houston Texans Blog Week 4 extra

Both Lynden Trail and Kourtnei Brown were cut by the Texans.

Something that I talk about in addiction treatment, with clients and my college students is the difference between information vs application. Information is knowing what to do.  Application is – how do I do what I know I am suppose to do?

INFORMATION:

Everyone in weight loss programs know they should eat less and exercise more. They know there are some foods they should avoid. Yet most people who go to paid weight loss programs gain back all the weight that they lost.

People in chemical dependency programs know they should use again – yet many relapse.

Students know they should study for tests – yet many fail.

Trail and Brown both knew they needed to “set the edge,” and “play better,” yet both ended up getting cut.

APPLICATION:

Developing new coping skills is very important. If prior to going on the diet the person ate when they were stressed, lonely, angry or bored – they how are they going to not eat when those situations come up again? They must develop new coping skills to have a chance in keeping the weight off.

In addiction treatment we constantly stress developing new coping skills. How do you deal with the same issues the dieters deal with? In addiction treatment we call developing new coping skills as “new tools in your toolbox.” Addicts need to learn how to deal with their feelings and not medicate their feelings away. They need to learn how to assert themselves and “find their voice,” instead of using drugs or alcohol as a means of communication. A new coping skill for an alcoholic could be as simple as saying: “I’d rather you not drink if front of me.” This simple statement is something everyone in early recovery should say – but I’d guess over 90% do not say. They feel they should be strong and think “It’s up to me to stay clean and sober.” This is one of the many reasons that relapse rates are so high. Another new coping skill is asking for help and talking to others when they are struggling.

For students: What are the best ways to study? Do they use flash cards? Do they ask the teacher for help? Learning how to ask for help cuts across all areas. This is a coping skill that many do not use – because they either think they should know – or don’t want to look bad or weak by asking for help.

I do not follow pro football at all and knew nothing about the Houston Texans prior to watching Hard Knocks. I pointed out that in the first episode that J.J. Watt was alone when he stayed after practice to work on his technique. I asked where were the other players? Did Trail and Brown think they had the information they needed – and this information was enough? Why didn’t they ask Mike Vrabel to stay after practice and help them? Did they think Vrabel would not – or could not help them? This may be the case based on the interactions shown on Hard Knocks. Clearly neither Trail nor Brown knew how to apply the skills needed to “set the edge.” Both could have benefited from additional instruction.

I once read a biography of Vince Lombardi. Lombardi started off as a high school teacher. He saw his role as a coach as one of a teacher. He is famous for holding up a football at the beginning of camp and saying: “Gentlemen, this is a football.” Lombardi always focused on execution. Execution is what I mean by application – how do you do what you know you are suppose to do?

I heard John Madden talk about starting out as a football coach. He was in his 20’s and went to a football coaches conference. Madden said he thought he knew everything about coaching at the time. He went to a talk given by Vince Lombardi. Madden said he sat in the back of the room – cause he didn’t think he’d actually learn anything and in case he wanted to leave early. He said Lombardi talked for four hours about the famed Packer sweep. There was a lunch break and Lombardi came back and talked another four more hours about the same play. Lombardi spoke eight hours on the Packer sweep. Madden said he walked out of Lombardi’s talk and thought to himself: “I don’t know anything.” Lombardi broke the play down including every possible variable for the proper execution of the sweep.

I had never heard of Mike Vrabel prior to the first week of Hard Knocks. It is obvious he had a great career as a pro football player. One problem in business is that successful sales people are often promoted to management positions – where they are not nearly as successful. A successful player does not always make a successful coach. Bill Belichick did not play professional football. In the four episodes of Hard Knocks the only actual coaching I saw Vrabel do was with Jadevon Clowney. Otherwise, I did not hear either Vrabel or defensive coordination Romeo Crennel say anything that the peanut vendor could not say. Neither of them came across as teachers.

I do not think there is a sport where technique/execution does not matter. The application of technique is important. I heard NFL analyst, Mike Mayock talking about quarterback Tim Tebow. He pointed out exactly what Tebow does wrong and what he needs to change. He pointed out the progress Tebow made during his preseason games this year. I think Mayock, or anyone else, would be hard pressed to look at film of Trail and Brown and notice any progress during this preseason. They both made the same mistakes each episode. One reason they did not improve is because they were not coached properly.

There is a company here in the Bay Area that when an newly hired employee wants to quit – the employee’s manager is brought in and asked: “Why isn’t this working?” “You were involved in the hiring process – you have been working with this person – what could you have done better?”  Was Vrabel asked why Trail and Brown didn’t improve during the months that he worked with them?

As I talk about in my book – too many coaches at every level do not coach/teach. This is similar to how the Texans looked to just trade for a linebacker that can set the edge. The Texans are two injuries away from needing guys like Trail and Brown.  I have no idea if these two have the ability to play at the professional level.  Until they get proper coaching, I don’t think anyone will know.

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Hard Knocks 2015 Houston Texans Week 4

There was not as much coach-player interaction during this episode.

The past two weeks I have talked about linebacker coach Mike Vrabel. This week we see the General Manager, Rick Smith trying to work out a deal with the Denver Broncos for a linebacker. The question is – why haven’t the linebackers improved under Vrabel? Vrabel does not give instruction. How much of the lack of improvement falls on Vrabel’s shoulders? He has been working with these guys for months and they are not improving – why? One misconception is that the players should know what to do and do not need to be shown and taught technique work. It is obvious that players can get by in college by being bigger, stronger and faster. In the pro’s this alone does not work – they need much more technique work. There needs to be a learning curve – and there has not been obvious improvement in the linebackers over the course of the Hard Knocks series. They are dealing with the same issues this episode as they were dealing with two and three weeks ago.

In the game against the Saints, Kourtnei Brown is having a hard time setting the edge. At this level it may be expected that everyone know how to set the edge and keep the play from getting outside. The T.V. commentators said Brown got “cracked down.” The wide receiver made a block on Brown and the running back was able to get outside. Notice Vrabel does not talk about this at all. He does not explain why the edge was not set – or what he could have done on that play to set the edge – or what he should do in the future. Once again there is no coaching going on here. The look on Brown’s face at this time really says it all – he looks like he does not know what to do and knows that he will probably get cut again – he looks lost.

Starting linebacker Brian Cushing misses an interception that goes right through his hands. Does Vrabel have the linebackers working on catching balls – as we see J.J. Watt practice every episode? If not – why? Bill O’Brien starts this episode by saying they don’t want to be the “almost” team – Cushing almost caught the ball.

A couple of thoughts:

It is very nice to see how the players all congratulate Charles James on his 73 yard touchdown run. James clearly adds something to this team.

I am impressed how Bill O’Brien handled the cuts – very truthful and respectful.

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Hard Knocks Week 3 2015

I will look more at the communication of linebackers coach Mike Vrabel. It is good, and interesting, to see Vrabel working with Jadevon Clowney. Notice the difference in how Vrabel talks and works with Clowney, compared to last week when he was working with Lynden Trail.

Vrabel works on pass rush technique with Clowney. He says: “Sell that, don’t be in a big rush, lay it in there so he can feel it.” “Turn your shoulders – you just made yourself longer.” Then on the sidelines he encourages Clowney saying: “Remember it’s a process, it’s good to have you out here.”

Where was this kind of technique work and encouragement with the other players – specifically the rookies? Most times Vrabel either tells players what not to do – or says things that anyone can say. There is very little teaching/coaching. Every good coach is a good teacher. Vrabel’s approach in this episode is called “tough love.” Any coach can yell – yelling is not coaching, teaching or love.

Vrabel working with linebacker Kourtnei Brown is a good example. When Vrabel is criticizing Brown, Brown says: “I don’t understand what you’re saying.” Vrabel’s response is” You’re in G and the tight end cuts you off and you don’t make the play – you’re wrong.” Brown then tries the play again and does it wrong – then has to run as punishment. Brown said he did not understand, he was not told what to do or shown how to do it- and of course did it wrong the next time.

Many coaches make these same mistakes – they try to be tough- yell, make player run – but don’t teach. A better approach would be when Brown says he does not understand for Vrabel to explain and show Brown what he is suppose to do – then ask Brown if he understands. The next step would for Vrabel to ask Brown to show him the proper technique- this would show Brown now knows, understands and has learned what to do.

The only good thing Vrabel say to Brown was: “Your eyes should be on his hips.” There is no point in comments like: “Loose the lackadaisical shit – you should be perfect out there.”

During the game against the Bronco’s the T.V. commentators point out that Brown is not playing good technique. He is running in too far up the field and the Bronco running backs are cutting by him for big gains. Coach O’Brien says, “The edge is getting killed.”

What a good coach would do at this point in time is explain to the linebackers what they are doing wrong and what they need to do to correct their mistakes. A guy in the stands could say what Vrabel says: “Hey, outside linebackers, we’re gonna keep the four guys that set the edge and rush and right now Kourtnei that’s two guys – go make a difference in the game.” Then at halftime Vrabel says: “We’re running out of time, the clock is ticking, this is the last chance, we’re either gonna be an NFL player or not – it ain’t for everybody.” Notice there is ZERO instruction. Good technique comes from good coaching.
In the second half Vrabel says to Trail: “Let’s go, get some juice, Trail, I can’t beg you to play.” Trail makes some good plays and Vrabel says to no one in particular: “Trail finally came down and stood the guy up and make a tackle.” Then to Trail: “You made a hell of a tackle.” Here Vrabel misses a teachable moment. He could have pointed out to Trail why he is playing better. He could point out the technique and skills that were working here. The problem is that when a coach yells at a player and then the player plays well – the coach thinks that yelling at the player led to the good performance. Most times this is not the case.

After the game Coach O’Brien tells the position coaches exactly what he is looking for. He tells the quarterback coach he wants to make sure the quarterbacks, when in the film room, always know the situation, the down and distance and the coverage. He tells the running backs coach he wants more focus on alignments, pad level, route running and ball security. These are specific instructions that hopefully he will follow up on – and hold the coaches accountable for the changes he wants to see.  How he speaks to the position coaches – is how the position coaches should speak to their players – with specific instructions.

A couple thoughts:

The rookie skits were good clean fun -some of these skits in previous years they have been degrading.

I would have liked to see what happened in the quarterback meeting after O’Brien left the room. He did a great job of explaining his decision about which quarterback would be the starter – but it would be telling to see how they reacted – and how the quarterback coach followed up on the conversation.

It is great how Coach O’Brien encourages and congratulates players during the game.

The more I see of O’Brien and of J.J. Watt – the more I am impressed with both of them.

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Hard Knocks Houston Texans week 2

I want to look more at the communication during this episode. I will start with the exchange during the rookie scrimmage between linebacker coach Mike Vrabel and rookie Lynden Trail.
It is obvious during this whole episode that the tension level has increased from last week – and will probably continue to rise each week.

Notice the comments Vrabel makes – “How many more times are you gonna let that guy run in on you on four.” “Somebody has to make a play.” Then to Trail – “Trail let’s see if you can play.” “Trail hit a pass rush move.” Then in anger to Trail “Get the …. out.” “Do you know what a Ram is?” “Then run a Ram – all you do is evaluate – run a Ram left – don’t evaluate.”

Notice during this exchange Vrabel does not tell him what to do – other than run a Ram left. There is no coaching during this exchange – just yelling. This type of exchange is common in all levels of sports. Notice that Trail is clearly confused. Trail says “Two back to back stops and he takes me out?” He clearly had no idea what he did wrong – or what he was suppose to do. This falls on the coach as much as the player.

In the early 1980’s while I was coaching at Cal, Major League baseball players were on strike.  When the strike was settled I was able to watch the Oakland A’s practice at Cal.  Billy Martin was the manager of the A’s at the time. Billy Martin was known for his volatile temper. I was impressed when Billy Martin would stop and walk over and calmly show a player where and how and where he was suppose to stand to field a relay throw, where he should look and how he should turn to make his throw. He then had the player do it a couple of times while encouraging or showing him the minor adjustments to make to execute the move properly. Vrabel does none of this – he just yells.
Bill O’Brien’s role playing with rookies about media interviews is a good example of practicing good communication. He clearly tells the players what he wants them to say – then asks them a question. He knows they understand by their response.

The next part I want to look at is when O’Brien is talking with his coaches before a scrimmage. O’Brien says: “I want to know what these guys know – if they don’t know what to do then we cut them.” A different approach would be “I want to see what these guys have learned – I want to see the results of what you have taught them.”

If a whole class fails a test, doesn’t some responsibility fall on the teacher? I know of companies that if they hire someone and it does not seem to be working out, they approach the manager – not the employee – and ask why things are not working out. The manager was part of the hiring process. How does O”Brien evaluate the coaches? If the players are not learning what to do, how much of that falls on the coaches?

Imagine the impact of the Vrabel – Trail conversation – if during this exchange, O’Brien walked over and said to Vrabel, in front of Trail, “Mike, Trail here has been with you for a while now, how come he doesn’t know how to run a Ram?” “How come Trail is not performing like we both think he can?”

O’Brien does a great job with rookie wide receiver, Jaelen Strong. Wide receiver coach, Stan Hixon told Strong, “You missed a lot of OTA’s and I’m not sure what you can do – the clock is ticking.” He should tell Strong what he needs to improve – and this is not “catch the ball.” Why was he not catching the ball? How can he clearly identify and correct those mistakes? In private O’Brien says that Strong could be heading down a bad road. But to Strong – he approaches him after a good practice and says, “Do you think that was your best day? It was – keep it going.” These are teachable moments. He could have threatened Strong with being cut or verbally put him down in some other ways – instead he chose to encourage Strong.  Also, 11 year veteran, Nate Washington does a great job of encouraging Strong on the sidelines. Wide receiver coach, Stan Hixon should be making the same comments Washington makes. The end result is Strong has a great game against the 49’ers.

A couple other thoughts – if the rookie haircuts are to be done – they should not be shown on the show. This is a behavior that does not need to be encouraged.

Also, I would love to see much more of center Ben Jones – that guy cracks me up.

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Hard Knocks Houston Texans Week 1 2015

Overall there was much that I was impressed with from this first episode of Hard Knocks.

I really like how head coach Bill O’Brien works on team building – asking the rookies if they know the other players names. The statement “get to know your teammates,” is great. Also, notice how O’Brien talks about getting “90 players on the same page.” It is important to notice what was not said – and is often said in this first meeting- the cut from 90 to 53 players. This is a wonderful change from what probably happens on most teams. O’Brien’s focus is getting the players to come together. The players all know there will only be 53 left when the season starts, and it is wonderful O’Brien keeps the focus on what each of the 90 players can do now to contribute. Also every reference to his time coaching with the Patriots is great.

Communication and teaching are such a huge, and often overlooked part, of coaching. Some examples: A good example – linebacker coach Mike Vrabel commenting on drills – “quicker.”
A not so good example is the next thing he says is “Don’t drop your head.” These are the small things that make a huge difference. Many coaches comment on what the athlete did wrong – instead of telling them the right technique they are looking for. “Keep your head up,” is a small – but huge change in communication. The same holds true in the scrimmage with the Redskins when Vrabel says “You stand straight up, and you’re soft- throw a marshmallow at him.” A much better comment would be something along the lines of “Keep your center of gravity lower, bend your knees more.” A comment about what you want done has much more impact than simply pointing out what they did wrong.

The same holds true when O’Brien is commenting on the quarterbacks throwing interceptions. Coaches need to make comments that are more insightful than anyone else can make. O’Brien says, “We can not throw interceptions like that, we have to take care of that right now.” Someone should point out why these interceptions happened. Yes, the quarterbacks may know – but they need to hear things like “that happened because you didn’t step into your throw.” “Your target needs to be one foot off the receivers outside shoulder – you threw to his inside shoulder.” I know many coaches don’t think about a player’s unconscious. Take the comment “Don’t throw interceptions.” If you take the word “don’t” out – the statement becomes “throw interceptions.” “See and hit your target,” or any comment along these lines has a much deeper and more meaningful impact on players over the long run.

With defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel after a poor practice: He yells at the team and simply says things like “until we decide to play all the time…” “Decide what kind of team you’re gonna have.” Sure, this is true – but a guy in the stands can say these things. What specifically went wrong?” “We need more intensity,” is too broad. To a specific player – or group of players, “Our first step off the ball needs to be quicker,” Explain how to improve their intensity as the practice wears on. Explain exactly how to fix what went wrong.

A bit on specific players:

J.J. Watt – in this one episode, it is obvious why he is such a great player. Notice how he encourages other players. It is impressive how he talks to the team after Crennel’s comments. Notice how the thanks the two guys for staying after practice who are running the ball machine for him. As far as him staying after practice to work on technique, the huge question to ask is why was he out there alone? Why wasn’t every defensive rookie out there with him? For that matter why wasn’t most of the team still out there.

Whoever was involved with drafting this group of rookies did a great job. Christian Covington is an impressive young man, hopefully he is as impressive on the field.

While Kevin Johnson seems like a nice young man, his behavior on the field is very concerning. In the Redskins scrimmage, after a good tackle he taunts the Redskins player, he does not respond to O’Brien’s command “get out of there.” Then a huge brawl takes place. The implications of this are huge. How will this young man keep his composure in a high pressure game? How will he keep his emotions from impacting his play? It is just as likely that he wins a game with his play – as that he causes the team to lose a game by not being able to control his emotions.

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BBC Sports Doping – “Catch Me if You Can”

On Youtube type in:

BBC Panorama Catch Me If You Can HD BBC Documentary 2015

This probably is not shown in the USA for obvious reasons.

 

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Hard Knocks Atlanta Falcons Blog

1/3/15

Hard Knocks

After watching the 2014 season of Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons, I started to write my first blog. The school semester got underway and I never finished the blog. The title of the blog was going to be: “Why the Atlanta Falcons will only win six games this year.” After the Falcons only won six games, I decided to finish what I started and explain why it was clear to me there were serious problems with the Falcons before the season even started.

To refresh – the first episode started with a replay of a radio show that interviewed the owner of the Falcons, Arthur Blank. Mr. Blank said he was concerned that during the 2013 season the Falcons “were not tough enough.” I will show how this one statement by the owner impacted the whole season and lead to the coaches getting fired.

From the start of the series, head coach Mike Smith emphasized that the team needed to be tough and physical. Coach Smith says the team needs to: “Out-work, out-physical, out-run, out-hit anyone we go against.” Coach Smith said after the owners comments he restructured his roster to emphasize physicality. He never disciplined his players for fighting, yet seemed shocked when the team was penalized often.

As I explain what I saw, it would be best to think of watching a game summary by any of the many great commentators on the NFL. What often happens, is the commentator will replay the plays, often in slow motion, and comment on why a play worked or did not work. Often a specific block, move or fake by a player is emphasized to show the impact this single event had on the whole play.

I want to make the same analysis of the coaches of the Falcons. The mistakes made by the Falcon coaches are often made at every level in sports. So think of a slow motion replay of the coach – player interactions.

Because of Mr. Blank’s comments the Falcon coaches were focusing on “toughening up” the players. As you watch a rerun of any of the Hard Knocks series, pause the show after any coach – player interaction. Ask the questions: What did the coach tell the player to do? Did the coach show or explain what they wanted done and how to do it?” Did the player understand what was being asked of them? Did the player change his behavior based on what the coach said? Did the coach say anything that a family member or even a fan could say?

The best coaches are great teachers. Great coaches break down, step by step, what is expected of their athletes and how to do what needs to be done. What was obvious watching Hard Knocks is that there was very little teaching going on. The Falcon coaches did not instruct the players on what to do and how to do it. Athletes often get succeed in sports by being bigger and stronger. If you are on either the offensive or defensive line and you are a outweigh your opponent by thirty to fifty pounds in college, you can have good results without the best technique. What worked for a player at the college level may not work at the professional level. Players at every level in sports need to be taught.

Here are some of the examples I am talking about from Hard Knocks. Notice wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie’s comments to Geraldo “Amsterdam” Boldewijn. While going over film Terry says: “That’s dumb,” “What were you doing?” “You speak four languages and you can’t learn to adjust that route?” During practice when “Amsterdam” made a mistake he said, “Terry is going to cuss me out.” This is a player who is focused on not getting in trouble for making mistakes – rather than focusing on what he should be learning.

While showing game film, special teams coach Keith Armstrong is yelling at the players, saying: “The game don’t mean enough to you.” “Wake up and get some pride in the game.” When rookie Devonta Freeman misses a block: “What the hell is this?” “That ain’t cute” “It ain’t okay not to know.” “Do it the way I tell you.” He belittles the players and suggests “they don’t want it.” Like coaches at every level, he seems to feel that if he is tough on his players they will “toughen up.”

This is very common in coaches at all levels – when the players don’t perform well, coaches blame the players. There is tremendous arrogance in all levels of sports. Coaches often expect players to “do it right,” without the proper instruction. Instead of focusing on what the players should be doing the coaches yelled at them for not “doing it right.” Rarely during the Hard Knocks series did you see a coach working on a players footwork, body position, leverage or technique. Because of Mr. Blank’s comments the coaches focused on the players being “mentally tough.” At one point in the show, offensive line coach Mike Tice says to Mr. Blank: “I don’t know how we will be, but they will be tough.” Instead he could have said: “I don’t know how we will be but our offensive line will have the best technique and be the least penalized team in the NFL.”

As I state in No More Broken Eggs, self confidence is the basis for mental toughness. Confident athletes are able to learn, deal with setbacks and improve. Confident athletes are resilient, tenacious and extremely motivated to perform better. Athletes who are yelled at do not become mentally tough, they become hesitant, self conscious, and mistake prone. One way to build self confidence is by clearly explaining to the athlete what needs to be done and how to do the task. The next step is getting feedback from the athlete and make sure they understand what you are asking of them. The next step is that the athlete needs to perform the task in a low pressure situation again and again. Only then will they have confidence in their ability and be able to perform in a high pressure situation.

If one watches Hard Knocks and tries to pick out the best teacher in the series, the person who clearly stands out is quarterback Matt Ryan. Notice that Matt tells the receivers exactly what to do, when to cut and when to look at him. He does this in a matter of fact way. He is not condescending and does not belittle players.

Many coaches still use outdated practices. I was fortunate enough after the 1992 Olympics to spend time with former 49ers coach Bill Walsh. Nick Biondi, Matt’s dad, and Coach Walsh were college roommates. I was making my transition from being a swim coach into the world of Sport Psychology and Nick Biondi thought it would be good for me to meet Bill Walsh. Over lunch at his home, one of the things I remember Coach Walsh talking about were the outdated concepts that he was brought up with many years ago. Coach Walsh said, “Number one on the list is when coaches use to say ‘Get away from the water.” Coaches use to think that drinking water was not good for players and they would cramp up from drinking water. Proper hydration was not understood at the time. Yet in Hard Knocks, I heard wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie saying: “No water, no water.” Verbally abusing athletes is another outdated concept that has no place in any level of sports.

A Chinese proverb says: “Wisdom begins with the words ‘I don’t know.” The attitude of most people in the sports world is “I know.” For coaches and athletes to improve they must both be open and willing to learn. Coaches need to create an environment where their athletes learn, improve and thrive.

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New Web Site

Please bear with us while I get my new site up and running.

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