Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Leaders Speak Out

Both Trotter and Dawkins spoke out this week on the lack of motivation during Sunday's game.

Last night on the local Comcast station, Trotter was interviewed, basically saying that during the game he tried to motivate the team and even Jim Johnson and other coaches asked him to get the team motivated, but no one responded.

In Dawkins' press conference he also noted the Birds's lack of motivation (from the Birds' Website):

"On what he thinks is missing from this team: 'What is missing is that sense of urgency in the beginning of the game. I don't know if we are waiting for something to happen, waiting for that big play, but the sense of urgency is not where we need it to be as a team. There are not too many times that you can start out a game so-so and then get your momentum going. We were never able to get it going, if that is what we were waiting for. That is something that as a team, it has nothing to do with the coaches, we have to find out whatever it is we need to do.'"

Who am I to disagree with Bdawk, but it's my opinion that a sense of urgency does stem from the coaching staff. Reid doesn't have one, so why would his players?

Watching the Patriots execute last night makes me wonder what motivates them week after week, especially considering that most of their players have already won 3 Super Bowls in the last 5 years. Belichick and Brady always have the same countenance on the sidelines - it's a look of militant seriousness. I guess the difference is that Andy Reid, McNabb and most of the Birds just don't mind losing all that much. There's no quick fix for that.


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