Posted 08 November 2010 - 11:44 PM
Anyone who thinks the bad play of the Panthers is due to the players does not fully understand the role of the coach. A coach does not just show up on Sunday, call plays, chew gum and yell at refs. The majority of the coaches' job is to prepare the team to play. They develop players' skills, create a strategy to (hopefully) win and teach this strategy to the players. Then, on game day, they implement their strategy and (in most cases) adjust their plans when everything goes all SNAFU after the first :30.
This is one of the hardest things that I ran into as a coach. Trying to teach my players that they need to take practice just as seriously as a game. Players always think that they can 'turn it on' on game day, and become a champion. It doesn't work that way. Everyone gets up for a game. The team that gets up for practice and prepares themselves for the game gives themselves to best chance to win. That is the difference between a good team, and a champion. You often hear about an older player talk about how they can still have the drive to play on game day, but they no longer have what it takes to prepare to play on game day. The day to day discipline that it takes to rise above.
Our coaches have not properly prepared this team to play on Sunday. They are not organized, the players do not improve from week to week or year to year, they do not have a winning game plan and they cannot make adjustments when the poo hits the fan. This is the fault of the coaches, starting with Fox. This is why I've been calling for Fox's head for the last few years. He is just not a good HC.