How do you keep your players from leaving their jobs and their teams in a mess?
In a league with such a wide array of coaches and personnel, you have to keep track of what the other teams are doing and what you need to do to keep everyone’s focus.
Here are some of the basics of keeping a team in the right mindset in order to win.
First things first, get your teammates on the same page on how you want them to operate.
It doesn’t matter if they have the same position on the field or if they are the starting quarterback.
It’s not going to matter because all of these guys have the potential to do things differently than your typical coach or player.
They are going to need to work on how to communicate better, especially on the recruiting side.
This is one of the things that separates great players from great coaches.
They all have the ability to communicate well and they all have that ability to relate to one another.
Don’t assume your teammates are going through the motions and are just going to do whatever the coach wants.
As you get to know your players, start to work together on what they need to improve on.
Be realistic about your expectations and set realistic goals.
Do you want to have them start the season on your bench?
Are you looking for them to become a leader on the defensive side of the ball?
Or are you looking to get them to improve the passing game?
If you do want them in your starting lineup, they need your full attention.
The more you invest in them, the more they are going get out of it.
Second, start by taking the blame for how you perform on the training camp field.
Do not let yourself get too caught up in how good your teammates or teammates-out-of-the box look.
If you get your players into a rhythm, they will be ready to go.
You are going into a new situation and the way you have prepared them will be different than how they were in the previous environment.
They need to be able to adjust to whatever the situation is, whether it’s a new coach, a new system, a different offensive system.
And most importantly, they have to know they are doing the right thing.
This will take some time, but it will be worth it.
It will give you a much better sense of where you are in the season and where you need improvement.
Third, take the blame when you make a mistake.
Sometimes you need that accountability from the players.
If your players make a terrible decision, blame the coaches.
It can be as simple as the lack of a plan on offense or as elaborate as the coaches being too high or low in their rankings.
If they do something wrong, you should be able take that as an opportunity to get back on track.
The coach who has the most players who are out of shape or underperforming in the preseason is going to have the biggest influence on what happens.
So, don’t let the other team’s coach down.
Fourth, make sure your players understand the importance of staying in the moment.
This includes not thinking about the game too much or not taking time to process what you are seeing on the video board.
This means that you need not be looking over your shoulder when you watch a video or do other things.
This goes for the entire team.
The key is to keep them focused on what is important and not worry about how they are performing.
And remember that your players are going against an offense that has a lot of talent.
There is going a lot at stake.