GREAT read to start the morning! Thank you!
Good article. But after the fact that when captains were announced everybody and their brother jumped on the "question/belittle the decision" bandwagon (see articles, comments ad infinitum.) Is it unorthodox? Sure. Do you think Urban and his staff have a plan? I do. Yet and still there were 10,000 arm chair "leadership" gurus questioning the strategy before it's even played out. I wonder, would people have been happier if they had just overlooked an area of concern and named three or four so "the masses" would be pacified. I Love my Bucks. And I Love Buckeye Nation but good lord are we a fickle bunch. When it's all said and done Urban doesn't give two shakes about what "we" think of his decisions. Good thing because at last check he's got a better track record, position & salary than any of questioning minions. See y'all in The Shoe Sat.! Go Bucks!!
"The minute I think I'm getting mellow, I'm retiring. Who ever heard of a mellow winner?" ~ Woody Hayes
My twitter quote " I do not care if we have 20 captains as long as we have 14 wins this season" This season may need multiple people to lead at different times. I can tell you that many seasons have came and gone where 4 captains have only been named and those did not all pan out to be great years.
Agreed. Urban Meyer will do what he thinks is best for this team, not to pacify the masses. GO BUCKS!
So we "minions" (fans) should just dutifully "fall in line" with every decision Urban makes and you are berating those that have an opinion on the subject counter to yours? The guy is an amazing coach, an excellent leader and is giving kids some great tools to help them be successful in whatever they do for the rest of their life. Super excited about this season and the years ahead. But these forums allow us to (respectfully) post opinions. No one here has any illusions that Coach Meyer cares about our posts and there is nearly a 100% chance he has a bigger bank account than any of us here. I happen to think announcing eight captains is kind of strange and a little silly, but there may be a method to his madness, and I don't think it matters all that much in the long run. My take on the subject and I'm not apologizing for it.
The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes
He is where he is at, and we are where we are at, for a reason. Do you have to dutifully fall in line? No. But I, for one, trust what he does.
Every time i hear the word minions, I instantly think of butters of south park! Insert butters picture here! If i knew how to do that! hahahah
Go Bucks! All opinions are welcome unless of course they differ from mine!
That's one of the many things I love about Urban - recognizing and developing the intangible aspects of individuals & teams that lead to success (and championships).
From the black stripe for freshmen (what a great motivational tool) to strength and conditioning to nutrition to bringing in leadership development consultants, he has most of the "angles" covered.
He has a special talent for molding and motivating kids, and I agree with you, he's definitely a "leading edge" kind of a guy. In addition, his will to win reminds me a little of how Woody Hayes was ... loved his players and demanded excellence on and off the field and absolutely HATED TO LOSE.
What would I do without 11W to get me through these tough final days before kickoff?
Kyle, great article.
It is very hard to win every game even with a "easy" schedule. Can they do it? If the defense is better then last year I think they can. If not its a crap shoot like last year.
Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust...but life goes on.
Many players of this level have innate leadership qualities although all that have them may not realize it or know how to use it naturally. Meyer has provided the opportunity for these young men to know the skills required to be a leader on the field and life. Good job.
Very cool. The E+R=O reminded me a lot of this quote - "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand" - Randy Pasuch, from "The Lecture," a very good read.
I wonder if they'll trim the "season's captains" down to 4 or 5 or officially recognize all 8 guys at the end of the season.
We have more Captains than just 8. Bradley and Carlos will be behind the scenes doing equally good work. Their response to the suspensions will show a lot about their character and demonstrate their ability to lead. My guess is, they will be working twice as hard to help the team win during their forced time-outs.
Can't wait for some footbaw!!!
"The future is bright at Ohio State." - Urban Meyer 1/1/15
Am I the only one that finds the whole E+R=O wristband stupid? If it works, then it works, but it seems pretty lame, or like the staff is trying too hard or overdoing it a bit.
I think that they will always over do it to keep the players focused. The minute they aren't trying to push the limits is the minute you become complacent IMO
B.F. Skinner would have been proud.
If Braxton could develop the accuracy and pocket presence he could be one of the most dangerous Quarterbacks of all time. In my opinion he has already shown the ability to be clutch and make plays when they matter which is a skill that cannot be taught.
Awesome article, E + R = O is a great way of life for anyone....
Any chance these wristbands will be sold to the general public?
I like this format for teaching. We all go thru events in life, good and bad; and whether one has been in a Have to Step Up situation, or had someone else to lean on, has an influence on how our individual leadership develops. Events during a football season are different than events on a battlefield, or in the neighborhood. Being able to think thru and talk about those situational leadership scenarios will go a long way towards helping these kids realize their potential in individual leadership. That's got to help the team, their families, and their communities. Props to Coach for helping these kids grow in ways that benefit more than just his football team.
We have some of the brightest minds in coaching. Teaching life lessons to these young men. We really do have it all right here. Hopefully when it gets tough these kids respond angry and with purpose they put their minds to it and no one in the nation is going to stop them.