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    4 secrets to sustaining success in your practice

    Clinic lessons from the playoffs: Run the table!


    Gruden stated emphatically, “No.”

    “I did that once. We made it to the playoffs, and we still had some games remaining in the regular season. So I rested my quarterback and a few other guys hoping to give them a chance to heal up and to not get hurt further.

    When we got to the first round of the playoffs, we lost the first game and it was a BAD game!” he said. “I learned a valuable lesson that game. When you make the playoffs – run the table.

    I thought about that for the rest of the day, playing it over and over in my mind.

    Then it became crystal clear as to why this was absolutely sound reasoning.

    His football team for a whole season had practiced, and played, as a unit. Learning each other’s moves, style of play, strengths, as well as weaknesses, had been a season long endeavor. By removing key people of his team and inserting newer, weaker, less skilled players, Gruden threw the rhythm of the whole team off. When they finally got into the playoffs, they played flat, made foolish mistakes, and lost badly. Their rhythm, and team style, had been altered. He creatively made changes that threw the rhythm of the whole team off.

    Same phenomenon in clinics

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    • KennethAmos
      It was great reading this interesting and informative post. In this rapidly changing world it is difficult to keep your success on an on-going basis.


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