"It’s all fun and games until someone pokes an eye out." Mrs. Hazletine (SFUSD) 1984
If I read an article about how Rex Ryan, Steve Spagnolo or any other new coach was going to have a "brutal" training camp with lots of live hitting I'd laugh my ass off and be reminded of how "tough" Steve Marinelli's training camps were in Detroit. Brutal hitting in two a days are for High School right? "The Nutcracker" drill, really? What's next "Bull in the ring?".
So why such blind trust in Singletary? I'm not sure really, but I do know that my trust in Singletary defies logic. Maybe in the back of my mind I'm afraid that if I don't believe in him he'll show up in full pads and tackle me on the way to work. No, it's not irrational fear, must be something else. Is it his eyes? Maybe he's just so intense that he wills me to believe that his methods aren't madness.
What happens if a key starter goes down with an injury in one of these drills? Will I doubt him than or just write it off as collateral damage. I heard Mike Golic on ESPN talking about it and he's been drinking the Kool-Aid too, he said Singletary seems like a guy he'd love to play for and he had this crazy look in his eyes like he was going to suit up and ask for a try out.
Singletary has what the military refers to as command presence. He exudes confidence even when what he says doesn’t make much sense. I don't remember his exact quote, but it was something like this:
We're going to run the ball. We're going to run the ball when they know we're going to run the ball. We're going to run the ball when they take their DBs off the field and line up with 12 linebackers in the box, in fact we're going to tell them the play first, then we're going to run the ball and if the other team doesn't like that than we'll run the ball.....
When I heard him say it I remember thinking simultaneously that it was really bad football strategy but that it was also going to work.
**I'm noticing that people took my misquote a little too seriously, sometimes sarcasm doesn't work in text based humor, but I thought the whole 12 linebackers in the box thing would be a clue that I was exaggerating. Here's the actual quote:
I want to know I have the ability to know that I can run the ball. I want to have the ability to know that I can impose my will on the defense. I want to know that in the fourth quarter, I can run the football. I want to know that when they put eight people in the box, I can still run the football, if I want to. … When everything settles and we need to control the football, I need to know that I can run the football and I’m not trying to do anything fancy at that time. I want to run the football."