Sunday, August 16, 2009

Bedard and the Everlasting Gobstopper

From Bedard's postgame chat (sub req'd) when asked a question about the amount of blitzing the first preseason game:

[T]here are many, many coaches (Mangini, Belichick, Nick Saban, etc.) that would never show their hand. They like to think football is some great secret, like they're coming up with things no one has ever seen before -- think the football version of the Everlasting Gobstopper. While McCarthy definitely wants to surprise the Chicago Bears with some unseen things in the season opener, McCarthy also has to balance that against the need to practice these blitzes, which are so predicated on timing.

Good stuff. And I think Bedard is right on this one. It's football. They actually air some of these football games on live television for the whole world to see. There aren't that many secrets. I can see wanting to keep an occasional gadget play secret, but aside from that you need to be good at the things you need to be good at.

Why wait until the regular season to figure out if you are good at the things you need to be good at?

Another interesting point thing about Bedard's post is if you pay very close attention there is an admission in there somewhere that it is sometimes okay to do things differently than Bill Belichick.

Who knew?

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