"Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate."-Vince Lombardi
While I should not be up at this obscene hour, I decided to hunt around for some inspirational quotes with the Super Bowl right around the corner. I choose this one because I thought it could tie in well to the two remaining coaches in the NFL playoffs-Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin. Both these men seem like not the most fun guys to play for, but somehow they find ways to get it done. Yes, they are great schemers and always are trying to get the personnel that best fits their philosophy, but plenty of coaches are capable of that. Like the quote says, outlining plays only gets you so far. What makes Belichick and Coughlin both so unique is their ability to reach players despite their rough and tumble style. Belichick will barely ever throw the media a bone, sticking to his script of stock, boring answers. But he finds a way every year to motivate Brady and the rest of his players. What the media doesn't see at practice is what makes him great. The players want to play well for him, whether that be out of fear or they simply respect a man who is at the top of his profession. On the flip side, Coughlin is all about routine and rules, but his players have obviously responded and he has gotten them to buy in. He has been on the hot seat many times, but he always seems to save himself with these remarkable runs on the road in the playoffs. His players are motivated and always seem to click at the right time. He is able to do this and should be considered an elite coach.
These are just a couple of thoughts, any feedback on the quotes or my thoughts is welcome.