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It is not how you begin a season that matters ... only how you end it. How
often have teams started out hotter than Georgia asphalt only to fade in the
end. Sometimes a hot start happens due to favorable scheduling.
Other times its just happens based upon a favorable event (See Brett Favre in
2009 versus 49ers). Other times, its due to organizational or
situational changes that account for a teams downfall. Players get
injured, promises are broken where players stop buying in, teams weaknesses get
figured out, coaches become stale and predictable, or teams just fall
apart because victories don't come easily.
What people tend to forget is that just the opposite can occur too. Most
notably due to inspirational leadership. You need to look no further than
a guy named Rodgers to clearly understand this concept.
Unfortunately, it is my firm expectation that what is about to happen or occur
this weekend to the franchise of my childhood, a life long devotion of passion,
will be biblical ... in defiance of the gods. This lesson will soon become
your future motivation as nothing in the NFL comes to anyone easily.
There is a reason for historical mythical figures but these symbolic events are
placed in our path for a reason that most cannot fathom. Story telling
dates back with mans first job (prostitution) and accounting (someone to record
the transaction). The reason for symbolic events is to remind the
ownership, the directors, the coaches and the players to know that not one day
of practice was required by the mythical figure David to bring down Goliath ... as
he was fulfilling his destiny. Joe Webb is your mythical figure Perseus.
Perseus, on his mythical adventures, did not have one day of practice in his
series of adventures to pull of
the destruction of the Kraken. This is the key to all mythical symbolic
events and by the way, David was not a mythical figure. We use the word
mythical because there is no one that actually witnessed the event and in time
no one will have witnessed anything that is part of our past, present or
As a coach, I've seen an awesome number of practice players. During
practice they'd pull off every play, time and again without fail. During
the game, they would fall apart at the most crucial times. On the other
hand, I do recall another player that used to get screamed at during
practice. Later they were spoken to ... time and again. It was as if
that player wasn't all there during practice. What it was, was an
insatiable set of motor of skills that couldn't completely focus at practice ... when it didn't
count. There is no yardstick for a hyperactive mind however, some could
label Joe Webb ... as if he were considered stupid. A high motor, at
another level, that can be misdiagnosed as ADD. At times, coaches would bench this player thinking that the player
was not listening to them or they could not grasp concepts. In time, those
coaches would realize how big
a mistake it was. Incredible events ... unexplained
events occurred. In line, these coaches all recanted their false
evaluations ... one by one. Oh! They were wrong because during game
time ... ice
water ran through this players veins. Almost like opening a vein to
witness it's purple blood. Not so long ago, commentators called these players gamers.
Doesn't anyone remember that Tom Brady was a 6th round draft pick?
One of the greatest defensive lines in the history of the NFL featured Keith
Millard, Chris Dolman and Hank (Henry) Thomas. Their numbers do not
lie. To put this in perspective, when asked about this line, Bill Parcells
first pointed to Henry Thomas ... it's anchor. What most people forget was that there was
another player sitting upon that Viking bench that some of you might
recall. His name was John Randle. For those that do not know John
Randle ... well he's now been enshrined in the hall of fame. Who was it
that said the greatest secondary players first began upon the defensive line?
The Viking Ghost
Date: September 22, 2011