Yesterday in a few seperate threads there was some debate over Pat Shurmurs handling of things with the team publicly/privately and when this should have started
Some defended Shurmur by saying you cant call out players publicly and some were saying Shurmur needed to do so a long time ago
So I found this article on Bill Belichicks first year as Pats HC. Not the "genuis" BB of today but the fired, 36-44 former HC of Browns taking over the historically losing Pats.
Highlights of article:
One of the first items Bill Belichick crossed off his to-do list after taking over as head coach of the New England Patriots was calling his team fat.
A coach as experienced as Belichick knows there are three things that get under a professional player's skin: cutting his salary, questioning his heart or calling him waistline-challenged.
His harsh words were followed by swift action. Belichick recently cut the backup tackle Ed Ellis for failing his physical and banned four out-of-shape players, including quarterback John Friesz, from practice for a day.
And just in case players still did not get the message, they picked up the newspaper the next day and read these blistering words from their new leader:
'We've got too many people who are overweight, too many guys who are out of shape, and too many guys who just haven't paid the price they need to pay at this time of the season. You can't win with 40 good players while the other team has 53.''
''I've been with some very successful franchises,'' he said. '' And not just X's and O's, with everything, including conditioning. So I am trying to do here what we did with those franchises. I'm telling the players, 'This works. It's proven. So let's follow it.' ''
And how did players respond:
Soon to be Super Bowl Champion defensive back Lawyer Milloy said. ''And we needed a chewing out. I respect a coach who can walk up to you and say, 'You're not cutting it.' ''
Food for thought. Article
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