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Friday, January 06, 2006

The next Packers coach doesn’t need to be a fiery motivator

By Rick Cina
PackerChatters Staff
Friday, 06 January 2006

As the search begins for a new head coach for the Green Bay Packers, it has recently been suggested that GM Ted Thompson may be looking for a fiery, dynamic coach who can inspire and motivate players to play with more passion and intensity. Which may lead one to believe that perhaps Thompson didn’t think that Mike Sherman was enough of that kind of coach. And perhaps he wasn’t.

The prototype for the kind of coach we think of when we talk about the fiery motivator is, of course, Vince Lombardi. And there probably will never be another Lombardi. But while many have directly associated Lombardi’s intimidating, combustible personality with his skills as a motivator, it may be alternatively true that player motivation primarily comes from two main sources: a) extreme confidence that the coach knows what he’s talking about and what he’s doing, and b) from deep within himself, or from a player’s own personal will and sense of pride.

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