I have three radio stations pre-set in my vehicle; 95.3 KDKD, 98.9 the Rock, and 810 WHB. Much to my wife’s chagrin, I listen to sports talk radio on 810 WHB more than any other.
Yesterday while driving to the GVM Warsaw Clinic I heard an interview with Tedy Bruschi, a former pro-bowl linebacker for the New England Patriots who played on three Superbowl championship teams and his words struck a chord with me.
The Kansas City Chiefs have hired Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel as their offensive and defensive coordinators. Weis is considered an offensive genius and Crennel is known as a fundamentally sound defensive coach who gets the most out of his players. Both coaches served in the same capacity with the New England Patriots and helped mastermind multiple championships.
During the interview the radio DJ was sharing with Bruschi how excited he was that Weis and Crennel were on the Chief’s coaching staff and that he was sure the two coaches were going to make a big difference in the team, after all they led their teams to multiple Superbowls in New England, why should Kanas City expect any less.
About halfway through the interview you could tell that Bruschi had heard enough and his response was “Hey, don’t forget we had some pretty good players too”.
I thought about Bruschi’s answer and I realized that during New England’s run of championships they had GREAT players on their teams. Many of the players on their teams were the best in the NFL at their positions and will likely end up in the hall of fame.
It hit me, Bruschi’s right. A great team needs a good coach but in the end it’s the players that play the game. No matter how good the coach, the team will only be great if the right players are on the team.
It’s important to me to be part of a winning team and I am committed to being one of the “right” players. I’m trying to be a good coach as well by providing the resources that the players I work with every day need to be successful and then getting out of their way!