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Um, I love this- “Ever since Meyer entered the coaching profession, he has harped on mental toughness. Pushing players to their furthest limit and beyond exhaustion has been a hallmark. But it isn’t a sadistic practice; rather Meyer wants his team to be prepared. That philosophy was on display at the Buckeyes’ first practice this fall, as the head coach willed his players to go that extra step.
“The objective today is plus two,” he yelled. “I’m not concerned about the rah rahs. Plus two means we’re going two steps beyond. Whatever is asked of you, two steps beyond.
“I’m here to tell you it’s going to help you win. You’re either going to buy in or you’re not. Plus two is our deal. Plus two, plus two. When the whistle blows, what do you do, two more steps. Coach asks you to go 10 yards, you go 12.
“I don’t need any rah rah. You’re not impressing anybody. You want to impress somebody, go plus two. Let’s have some fun.” It’s a different kind of fun than most of us are used to, but nonetheless the players have bought in to Meyer’s tough-love system.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]
“Yes, guys can get hurt. And that is a risk. But that risk is there in every play, every practice, every workout. Phil Taylor got hurt lifting weights. Miami lost offensive tackle Jake Long in a practice. Same with Chris Gocong. Protecting them when they’re so young and need so much work sends a message of entitlement and arrival way before anyone on this offense has arrived. Sit Tom Brady in the preseason and it doesn’t matter. Sit Weeden in the finale and it doesn’t seem to help anyone. Yes, the argument can be made that a coach’s job is at stake, and if he loses a key player it could cause further problems with job security. But if a team isn’t ready for the opener and struggles because of it, that is just as damaging.” [McManamon/FSO]
Ebay item of the month- “Dec. 27, 1964 Cleveland Plain Dealer Sports Section“
Playing the Percentages in Baseball is looking for some Cleveland fans to respond to a survey. [Inside the Book]
Finally, Chris’ 53 man roster projection- [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]