The NFL season is upon us. Every team is full of optimism and truly believes the Super Bowl is within their reach.
Each team started to develop a personality during the grind of training camp. It is the first quarter of the season when the real personality of the team develops. It is only after the final roster is established does a team start the bonding process to develop its true identity.
The head coach of each team should have planted the seeds of what he expects his team to become by clearly and intentionally communicating his vision. The coaching staff reinforces that vision routinely to keep the destination in sight and to sell the vision as one unit.
The routine of the regular season and the game week preparation is in full swing. Many times, players being interviewed by the media pass along the notion that the team is preparing and having a lot of fun. My initial reaction is that they are not clear on the definition of fun.
Fun is defined as amusement and lighthearted pleasure. It is also defined as a behavior or activity that is intended purely for amusement and should not be interpreted as having serious purposes. I have heard head coaches preach the fun principle. I am suspicious of teams speaking of fun. I’m positive not one player or coach would say one of their goals is to have fun if they truly understood the definition.
NFL Process and Preparation
The serious contenders talk about the process and preparation. The team that has learned to find joy in the process is the team who will be playing for the championship. The head coach and staff who can convey and sell that vision will find a championship in their future.
Rarely have I heard coaches use the word joy in their speech. It doesn’t have the football tonality. It was a word I used often when addressing my own unit.
Joy is defined as the passion or emotion excited by the acquisition of good. WOW! Teams that find a passion in the process to be good, WILL be champions. Champions find JOY in the process!