From peewee to pro. From small to big business. Underlying principles never change

Posted January 02, 2013

I am watching the posts and I often wonder why so much attention is made to the details when the fundemental problems are "6 inches infront of your face".  Ive coached my sons basketball for 6 years  and nothing ever changes.   You see you start off with a group of kids  and you find out what there strengths are and you try to mold those things into the greater good of the team.  The kids come in all kinds of shapes and forms.  Some are clearly better athletes than others.  But usually there is something even in the most limited player that can contribute to making a team a better functioning unit.  I can say with almost a certainty that if the Eagles were the "most talented" they would overcome their deficiencies  simply with talent.   They havent.  So right off the bat I know there is not enough talent.  Breaking it down further if the talent is not overwhelming then you are forced to take players strengths and use them to your advantage.  But more often than overwhelming talent will prevail no matter how you blend lesser talent together to beat it.  It takes more effort and man power to overcome talent.  So the brings us to the players the Eagles can draw on to equalize vs better talent.  Our bench.  Not much there.    When I had a malcontent kid or a kid that was easily distracted  on the team it sometimes would spread to the other players.  It sometimes  got ourt of control.  The only way to cope with that was a severe tongue lashing privately or publicly or a benching.  I dont think Reid ever did that enough.  I never had a bad team in B-Ball but I know what happens when you do.  The players on other teams start to say I want to be on your team or my team sucks, I hate it...etc.  This is exactly whats happened in Philly.  Only the high paid stars are happy cause they have the money.  It benefits them to suck because now they dont have to stick their necks out.  So the groundswell of resentment from the ground up starts to rise because of jealousy and now you have team unraveling from the bottom up.   And Reid let it go on and on.  To win a championship with lesser talent(and I have always had teams that compete even when we are far outclassed but have not won a championship) you have to build a sense of comraderie.  The roll players have to be enamored by the talent of the best players.  They have to respect it and understand that their role might not be as large but it is as significant.  Once you have that chemistry you can play.  My favorite team was one where we had no real stars, were youngest, and basically spread the scoring & effort around.  We beat a team with ringers 22-21 in the first round and lost to the #1 seed 52-47 mainly because we had back to back playoff games and we gassed.  But what i remember most is the kids had fun something the Eagles arent having and them fighting their hearts out for each other.  The Eagles dont do that.   The Eagles made it to business like and that wont succeed.  They took the desire right out of the team.   this year i have the most talented team(by luck).  and so far Ive been doing more watching than coaching.    Even the players that arent that good are rising to a higher level to keep pace with our best players.   Thats when you know a team is better when the bar is raised and everyone wants to be closer to best than vice versa.   Its a great experience to coach.  I learn as much from those kids as I can teach them.  I often think most of look at pure football when evaluating the Eagles and often dont think or know how a business is run.   Anyone that thinks Lurie is a handsoff owner needs their head examined.   He said it  "the coach reports only to me".  Ive told you that Lurie has his hand in almost every decision of importance from Castillo to washburn ..etc.  So anytime anyone and you know who you are says Lurie has nothing to do with that think again.  Strt thinking like a businessman and less like a follower.

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