Re: Bill Belichick on Execution versus Playcalling
posted at 1/8/2013 1:55 PM EST
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
No No No Pats Eng....Play calling means nothing! Bill Belichick just said so. It is all dumb luck. Either your guys play good and win, or play bad and lose.
Sounds like sour grapes because Bill Belichik just absolutely WRECKED what you've been saying and agreed with me.
You could at the very least acknolwedge, considering what he just said was what I've been saying to you almost verbatim instead of being sarcastic.
BB is right.
I am right in this instance.
It's always about execution. Football players play, not coaches. They decide how games turn out.
Playcalling is decided by the situation you are in (you pass in long distance, late downs; run in early downs or short distances or some permutation on that).
If teams couldn't execute when the other team knows what is coming then we would never see: exciting goal line stands where everyone knows you are pounding it in, last minute comeback drives where they know they are passing, quick scoring drives before the half where you must pass, or clock killing drives where everyone in the stadium knows you are running it and you still do it effectively. The vast majority of the time in a football game .... everyone knows basically what you are going to be doing anyway.
Of course, I could say "You are right, it has nothing to do with execution. In fact, it's all predetermined: the team that runs the ball more wins, and the team that passes more loses. Forget players doing silly things like blocking, running, catching, passing, tackling, covering. That stuff doesn't matter, just run the ball whether it works or not, because that is all that matters."
Moreover, execution IS coaching. IT takes years of practice and grooming to train a player to execute.
What do you think BB is talking about in practice and on the sidelines to his players? You think he sits there for five minutes between drives repeating the names of the 8 or so plays they are going to run? Because playcalling is the key? Gotta make sure they know what play is being called? For like ten minutes, or for days after days during practice? He is critiquing them actively on their fundamentals and telling them how to play their position given the micro changes in game. The conversation about "play calling" happened a long time ago, once after the draft, once right before camp, once after camp, then during a few meetings weekly. 90% of the coaching work is getting your players to be better blocker, runners, etc. The players don't spend time thinking about how much teams run or pass, they think about what they need to do to beat their man.