Oldfan Posted March 20, 2011 Share Posted March 20, 2011 When the Skins lose football games, we often hear Stadium members cite psychological causes: "The players lack discipline; they need leadership!" "The coach has lost the locker room!" "Someone needs to establish a winning atmosphere!" I think these fans confuse effects for causes. I think poor coaching (about a 20% factor) and lack of roster talent (about an 80% factor) are the causes of losing football games. It can be one or the other or both. This is how I see the cause-and-effect chain: original cause> poor coaching effect> more difficult for players to execute assignments effect> more missed assignments effect> players cheat to compensate effect> players are penalized effect> missed assignments and penalties cause losing original cause> lack of roster talent effect> more missed assignments effect> players cheat to compensate effect> players are penalized effect> missed assignments and penalties cause losing The effects of losing are often mistaken as its causes: cause> losing effect> players blame coaches or each other effect> coaches blame players effect> players and coaches lose respect for each other effect> discouragement effect> loss of confidence effect> lack of discipline One might argue soundly that these psychological effects cause even more damage. However, when we discuss what needs to be done to fix the problem, we have to go back to the original causes: poor coaching, lack of talent or both. Forget the psychological effects. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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