Originally posted by NineFourNiner:
Do you put any stock in players improving or maturing or the concept of talented players living up to their potential due to better coaching? That's worth something, IMO.
I agree. There are any number of "underachievers" on this team; players who have great potential and desire, but who have not sufficiently developed due to the lack of coaching--both as to the basics and as to the schemes utilized on offense and defense. (And don't those things really go hand in hand?)
What surprised me, and continues to excite me most about what Singletary appears to have done, so far, is his attention to and emphasis on the players already on the team. No "big name" signings, just back to the basics.
Singletary's emphasis on working hard in practice, practicing with greater focus and concentration, along with superior physical conditioning, is a huge change from the way Nolan ran things. It should pay off with better performance on the field on game days, meaning: fewer penalties, better execution, better blocking and tackling, greater levels of energy late in games. That could mean a few more wins, IMHO, and these improvements would be due simply to better coaching.
If, along with these basic improvements, some of the "underachievers" find themselves in positions where they can excel, and gain some real confidence in their abilities, then who knows, perhaps some "miracle" improvements could occur. I'm not holding my breath waiting for that to occur, but it wouldn't upset or displease me if it does.
I do believe that some of the emphasis on Singletary's skill as a motivational speaker is overblown. No question, he's capable of delivering a fiery speech and getting the team pumped up. But he, himself, has said its really more about what is done, and not about what is said.
"Don't tell me, show me" is the team motto this year. So its not about "motivation;" its about performance. And Singletary appears to be as determined to improve the team's performance with good coaching, as he is in "motivating" anyone. IMHO.
It should really be interesting and exciting to see how this team actually performs during games. It would not be a miracle to see that they are greatly improved. IMHO.