That's right, I went with three exclamation points just to show you how intense I wanted that headline to be. Now why is the football team having such a hard time with their intensity. I keep hearing all this stuff about focus. The players seem to be saying it a lot in the videos, but then CJM has to keep restarting practices and throwing fits to keep it going.
I mean, for CJM that has got to be annoying. He is like the intensity police. And, it's quite possible that keeping a group of teenagers and 20-somethings focused during the summer may be like herding cats. Or, it could be that "culture-change" is a lot harder than it sounds.
I've always wondered what that change would look like. How would I be able to tell, minus game wins, when that change is happening. This may be the surest indicator yet. When the coach is yelling about intensity he's not teaching, coaching, improving skills, or any of that success stuff. He is merely asking players to "show-up".
Maybe the team has a lack of Intensity leadership. I mean every team I have been on has had that. Someone yelling at players to shut up and focus. To quit joking around. I learned real quick to be as serious and dedicated as possible. You could joke and stuff but time/place and not all that often.
But then again, there is a lot of talk about certain players being super intense and showing leadership. Maybe I'm reading it wrong, CJM is just pushing our players to a higher level.
I don't know though. Once upon a time, I was a public school teacher and the kids were either on-task or goofing off. There was no kinda on-task, or only goofing off a little bit. So, I tend to think this is CJM trying to make that culture change happen. I mean we are getting ever closer to Rice and still "restarting stretches".
I, for one, think that CJM is pretty intense and so when he starts thinking the team is also intense, then maybe, just maybe we will finally have some football culture change.
What do you think?