What Coaches Say vs What They Mean
July 25, 2012 at 10:03am by Scott • 1 Comment »
After all the publicity LeGarrette Blount‘s history of being late for practice and falling asleep in meetings got, Greg Schiano stuck up for him and let everyone know that Blount hasn’t had that issue so far this year.
“I think that probably got blown out of proportion a little bit,” Schiano said. “He probably had some troubles — I’m not really familiar with the facts — but that’s all behind us. LeGarrette has been great. We’ve had workouts here, we’ve had OTAs, minicamps, and he’s been on time for everything. It hasn’t been an issue at all and I don’t foresee that being an issue.”
It may be that Raheem Morris had such a permissive locker room that Blount never felt his job was in jeopardy if he didn’t show up on time. From the outset, I’m sure Schiano let the entire team know that all their jobs were in jeopardy if they didn’t follow through with the basic — like showing up and staying awake. It hit Blount especially hard when he saw his replacement drafted in the first round in April. So he knows Schiano isn’t fucking around and, likely as a result, has cleaned up his act.
“I have a lot of faith in LeGarrette,” Schiano said. “LeGarrette has bought into what we’re doing, he’s working incredibly hard, and if you watch and you see the things he does from time to time, it’s great — really great running back play. It’s just we need to put those things together consistently.”
And it’s statements like that that will probably keep him in line, too. As positive as that paragraph looks, it is not complimentary. When your coach says he has a lot of faith in you, it means he hasn’t seen the production. When he says you’re working hard, it means you haven’t achieved something yet. And if he says you’re doing things well from time to time, it means he hasn’t seen you do them consistently (Schiano is pretty explicit with that one). Lord help him if he says he’s got a good motor.