Bumped from the diaries. Quickhands flags a must read article for everyone interested in our coaching search, that gives us a lot to think about. GO BRUINS. -N
Apologies if this has been posted before. The NY Times Magazine from December 4, 2005 has a long profile of Mike Leach. It is written by Michael Lewis, author of "Moneyball" and "The Blind Side."
I know the pros and cons of Leach have been debated, probably endlessly. But reading this article, I became very interested in him. Maybe I'm a sucker...
I found this part particularly interesting:
"Leach made his way to the sideline and from his back pocket pulled a crumpled piece of paper with the notations for dozens of plays typed on it, along with a red pen. When a play doesn't work, he puts an X next to it. When a play works well, he draws a circle beside it - "to remind myself to run it again." But at the start of a game, he's unsure what's going to work. So one goal is to throw as many different things at a defense as he can, to see what it finds most disturbing. Another goal is to create as much confusion as possible for the defense while keeping things as simple as possible for the offense."
Anyway, check it out for yourself. It's a long read, but well worth it. I'm especially interested to hear people's thoughts after reading it.