Player Accountability And Consistency
Teams that have gone on to become dynasties aren’t afraid to look in the mirror. Players will call out the others that aren’t performing. This isn’t an insane request to throw each other under the bus. But, it is a building block that can’t be ignored.
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Most players have become numb to the jeers of fans. After all, the average fan doesn’t understand the dynamics of what really causes performances to suffer. Maybe an injury has slowed a player down or there could be personal issues. Those factors can’t be ignored. But, when a player is addressed by his peers, there’s a certain amount of respect that comes into play. Ultimately, a certain standard has to be met.
When Jeremy Hill was in the midst of another slow year, it was the duty of coaches and teammates to find out what was hindering his progress. No, it doesn’t take a sofa and notepad to nudge production. All it should take is a few words. Athletes have become sensitive. Coaches are essentially dealing with big kids and prima donnas. But, players that want to win will be open to constructive criticism. Surprisingly, Bengals players had been waiting for Rex Burkhead to get his turn to shine. Players and coaches should have fought for his playing time. Burkhead’s passion could have easily turned the season around.