Throughout the course of the season, we have learned some fans believe they know more about the X’s and Y’s of football than the coaching staff with multiple decades of combined experience. They ask: Why wasn’t this play called on this fourth down? Why is this wide receiver in but this one isn’t? Why is this running back running routes instead of helping block?
In Coach Prime‘s sit-down with Uncle Neely, he explained why he never lets those keyboard warriors affect him.
Deion Sanders Won’t Jeopardize His Players
Coach Prime’s philosophy is: if It doesn’t work in practice, why would it be attempted in-game? It’s an ideology that is completely obvious.
“You can’t do that because now you’re jeopardizing the young man,” he said. “Because what if the young man is not mentally and physically ready? And you’ve thrown him out there because you’ve felt pressure… and now you’ve caused him to digress… because the same people who provoke you to do that are the same people that will target him… I can’t do that.”
He relates the unity in practice in relation to game time expertise to NASCAR pit crew members. In the pit crew, the members must be locked in at all times. One mistake by the crew can be detrimental for the driver. It is the same with football — if all sides of the ball are not working together in unison, that is a recipe for defeat.
“[The driver] has to come and get to a certain spot,” he said. “And wasn’t he cool, calm, and collected? Wouldn’t it be a beautiful thing that we wouldn’t have to concern ourselves? That you work so much and you practice so much that failure is not even an option. You don’t even have to because you’ve done it so much. The driver’s not concerned with this guy putting the tire on right or the guy refilling the gas. There was a trust. A united front.”
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