Nick Saban discusses why he does not try to intercept the signals of the opposing team.Even if it were clear whether the opposition was going to run or pass, Saban would not want to know because he is so committed to the Process. Nick Saban’s superpower, which is the capacity to overcome human nature, makes him the greatest coach of all time.
Without eradicating complacency from everyone in your company, not just from yourself, you can not win seven national titles and keep coming back for more.
Total devotion to focusing on oneself, stressing what needs to be done that day and instant, ignoring all extraneous circumstances, and finding motivation from yourself rather than from outside reasons is how Saban’s superpower is manifested in his famed Process. Of course, none of this is brand-new, but Holly Rowe managed to persuade Saban to discuss the Process in a way I had not heard before.
On Thursday night, the top sideline reporter for ESPN called into Nick Saban’s weekly radio show and inquired about how his previous connection with Steve Sarkisian may affect the outcome of Saturday night’s contest. The first thing Saban said was, “I do not know.”
However, his final response was more meaningful. Saban would continue by claiming that he is so committed to the Process that he never tries to intercept the other team’s signals and does not even care if they are running or passing on a particular play. Knowing how the following team will play, in Saban’s opinion, distracted from the main goal of concentrating on his own squad and its practice.
“When the players are competing, the coaches really do not matter anymore.”The participants are crucial.
I never, ever try to steal signals because of this. Please do not even tell me what the other guys are doing because I do not want to know. ” he said.
When I was the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, there was a man in the press box who frequently grabbed the cues from the opposition team. I reassured him that I did not want to know. I do not even want to know if it was a run or a pass, so please do not tell me. The players will participate; we are aware of the circumstances and have given them instructions on how to behave. Because that would just make me feel worse, I do not even want to know.
“When the game begins, it is really all about the players and their capacity to execute. In order to prepare them to achieve that, your job as a coach is complete on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. It has nothing to do with the coach, what I know or do not know about him, or how he knows me. I am not entirely sure how that affects the game”.
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