The Kids Progression
(above the curve) and a message for Chilly!
Chilly Baby ... if you're listening ... these purple pants at home absolutely unnerved the Viking Nation ... well at least to the ones that know Viking history. I haven't a clue how the team felt about it. What is clear is that the kid had a bad outing ... so you're thinking the purple pants just might be a bad omen.
Let me be the first to spout the following:
Now for the brass. Make the Redskins where their away colors ... Maroon Jerseys. Could it be our away colors of purple pants with white jerseys. Talk about unnerving the nation. A commentator just might even notice that!
As for the kid, I absolutely love this guy. His head movement was above and ahead of the curve the day I saw his first video tape on draft day. His numbers aren't there yet, but to be fair, due to the dominance of our running game, and to eliminate risk, we chose to shut him down.
The kids recent ratings soared and he did some wonderful things. What absolutely blew my mind in those games is in what he didn't do and in what he's learned ... patients. He's stood tall by defending cuts on his fellow team mates. He's taken his lumps. He's learned to head fake to set up the bombs (stretching the field). He's learned how and is learning how to throw a catchable ball. He's avoided contact. He's slid to avoid the contact. He has taken off, when it wasn't there. He's stretched for that first down when we had to have it. Most importantly of all, he's thrown it away. TJ's has gone a good distance in understanding the odds ... and when they're bad ... he hasn't forced it ... he's lived for another day. He's not a coward for throwing it away ... he's a man with a conscience ... a man that is refusing to hurt his team ... well beyond his years ... and he's taken the heat for it all with poise and patients.
Has he made mistakes ... they all have!
Kid ... each play is like a new day. On some days, we all know that we just shouldn't get out of bed. When it's bad, we make the most of it, but we just don't call an IRS bluff. Plays are like that ... a counter-plan can stack the odds against an idea. Stuff happens.
Let me be the first to tell you that if it was my first prime time game ... I'd try to force it too ... we are all born ignorant. Today, they're once again calling for your head ... but, it's all just allot of wind.
You are not there to manage a dam thing ... at least not as the commentators will have people think. You're there to make plays just like everyone else that straps on those horns. If you were incapable of doing that you wouldn't be handling those snaps. To make those plays, you need to be patient ... and cool-headed enough to live for another day. If patient, the opportunities will present themselves as if given to you by a naked chick holding a silver platter.
The difference between knowing you're right and being right lies within your command over discipline. Discipline has nothing to do with yelling ... it is the command over ones body, mind and soul ... control is just an illusion.
Why is a command followed? If it's from the commander of an aircraft carrier it's obvious ... but not so obvious if it comes from a junior officer many years the junior to some salt. Full steam ahead my boy!
Now pinch yourself ... because it's real!
The Viking Ghost