“It’s not about what we think or feel… I care about what we see.”
That is something I have told coaches on my staff for years. We do not make decisions regarding playing time or position on depth chart based on emotions or personal feelings. All decisions must be evidence based. As Vince Lombardi said, “Potential is interesting, Performance is everything.”
Our Defensive Line and Tight End Coach, Travis Bugbee, came back from the Boston Glazier Clinic with the term EBD (Evidence Based Decisions). We are implementing that term during our Spring practices. It is a much simpler way of stating what I have said for years.
As teachers and coaches, it is natural for us to feel for those kids in our charge who work the hardest or have endured the most hardships, but we must put those feelings aside when decisions need to be made. Each of us volunteers to put team before self and acknowledges decisions will be made on evidence and in the best interest of the team. Easier said than done, but as a coach, we have the responsibility to establish, cultivate, and reinforce the culture our team espouses. If we tell our players, parents, and staff EBD is the basis for decision making, one can bet all eyes will be on decisions and our actions and personal example must reinforce our words. EBD will be repeated often in our football office as we come out of Spring Ball and evaluate our current roster.
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