Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I was watching Sportscenter at the field yesterday when I saw Jim Mora Jr, the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, give a post-game press conference about his loss to the Chicago Bears 25-19. Coach Mora was extremely upset about the close defeat, and called out his kicker for missing two makeable field goals costing his team the game. He has received a lot of attention in the last few days, mostly because his father, Jim Mora, was known for his post-game rants, but also because it raises the issue of whether or not a coach should publicly criticize a member of his team in front of the media. It got me thinking about how I would handle a situation like this if I were the head coach or manager of a professional franchise. I have always felt that issues between players, or player and coach should be kept inside the locker room. There is no need for the media to know what is being said behind closed doors, and it can do nothing but cause friction in a clubhouse. I have also never liked blaming a loss on a single play or player. No single play wins or loses a ball game. It drives me nuts when people blame a loss on the player who makes a mistake at the end of a game. A football game consist of 60 minutes and over one hundred plays, and the first minute or play of the game is just as important as the last. I've talked to a lot of people about this and they say, "he makes millions of dollars to make field goals not to miss them." Most professional athletes get paid well, but they make mistakes all the time. Mistakes are part of the game, so you can't say because a player makes a lot of money he should be perfect.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 4:08 PM