Originally Posted by kwayshauntay
so wait...this actually happens in real live non-preseason nfl games that actually count? coaches look ahead? coaches hold back, and then hope they can flip the switch later on, when they need it?
i thought it was tunnel vision, win the game in front of you at all costs by any means necessary, take nothing for granted, and make it a habit of playing full speed, so that you don't have to hope that you can flip the switch later on should things get desperate. is this not the case?
I think people often get confused about all these sayings and things that are out there and they forget context.
Most of those great sayings about not looking ahead and about taking one game at a time, those are sayings for the players and about how they have to play. They have to go out every game and leave it on the field. They can't be worried about who's coming up or what happened a few weeks ago.
Fans say that to other fans. "Don't look ahead!" like fans are players. We're not players. We CAN look ahead. We can look at the schedule and count games as won or lost before we've played them because... we don't matter. What we think about the games doesn't have any effect or power over anything.
But the coaches? The coaches' goal is to get into the playoffs. They have to think both from a strategic and from a tactical viewpoint. They have to have long-term goals and short-term goals. They know that if they show tendencies, other teams are going to pick up on them. They know if they show a particular play, it's going to be on film and studied.
And so coaches play a game above the game. They're trying to get guys to prepare for stuff and then do something different. Wade's not showing all of his blitzes at this point. Kubes isn't showing all of his passes.
A great example was last year against the Buccs. We're coming off a game where we rushed for 260 yards and only threw for 119 and crushed the Browns. So what do the Buccs do? They prepare for the rush. They're jabbering all week about how we're not going to run on them and how they have to stop the rush. And what do we do? Opening play, bootleg, 80-yd TD to Jacoby Jones.