Self-motivation is a wonderful thing.

Jason Butt’s article about what’s ahead for this year’s defense has a quote from Jonathan Ledbetter that echoes something Nick Chubb said to the AJ-C yesterday.

“When you start to see coaches not have to police (mistakes) and you have players getting on other players, and those players are accepting it and being like, ‘All right, I’m going to do it here. I’m going to fix it,’” Ledbetter said. “That’s when you start to see change — and that you have a great football team.”

Give a player a coaching direction and you coach him for a day; teach a player to direct himself and you coach him for a lifetime.  I guess that’s the sound of buying in.

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13 responses to “Self-motivation is a wonderful thing.

  1. Vidaliaway

    That, my friends, along with superior talent is the definition of “the process.”

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    • 83Dawg

      Yep.

      I coached soccer, not football.

      I was blessed with two players that I coached from when they were 10 and 11 years old, and then, off and on through the years, until they hit high school. At that point, I had a matched set of center backs. I never, from that point on, from the first day of practice, had to coach the back 1/3 of the field. They did it for me.

      They knew what I wanted (classic 4-wide pure zonal defending–like the England women’s team and half the SEC women’s teams), and coached it themselves.

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      • Normaltown Mike

        in HS, we had a soccer coach that knew virtually nothing about the sport. He just became coach by default. He COULD detect effort however. Early in season the team dogged it on defense and lost a game. Punishment was to run suicides AFTER the game that night. After one more “lesson in effort” the team miraculously learned to not loaf on defense.

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        • 83Dawg

          Hah!

          My players did a half lap, slow, at the end of stretching out. I told them the track team met over there (points), and that I wanted lazy players and to make the ball do the work….

          My center backs were both 5′ 6″ and 150+, and my outside backs were at least that tall and more like 200. I was “there is no point hitting someone unless they stay hit, are on the ground, and pulling up socks.” Make that happen without a whistle.

          😎

          That is the way i was taught in the 1970’s, and the way I taught in the 2000’s.

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  2. pantslesspatdye

    Start a fire for a man, keep him warm for a night.
    Set a man on fire, you keep him warm for the rest of his life.

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  3. Lrgk9

    The impending demise of energy vampires by the wooden stake of player policing.

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  4. Chris

    “Give a player a coaching direction and you coach him for a day; teach a player to direct himself and you coach him for a lifetime. I guess that’s the sound of buying in”.

    Instilling personal responsibility (along with other conservative values imo) is getting these young men ready on and off the field with an essential foundation for a healthy team, society, culture, etc..

    Kirby getting these boys woke quicker than Kanye truth bombs!

    Where we go one, we go all.

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    • Navin Johnson

      Personal responsibility is neither a conservative nor liberal value.

      I love the point you are making, minus that parenthetical. Teaching “values,” AKA how to conduct yourself in the world as a decent human being, is the most important long-term effed of good coaching, teaching, parenting.

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    • ChiliDawg

      LOL @ personal responsibility as a “conservative value.” Tell me another joke, funny man.

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  5. ugafidelis

    “You have viewed all your free articles this month.”

    Damnit.

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  6. DawgPhan

    this is fine sippin happy talk.

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