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Old 01-12-2009   #1
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Occasionally, I like to listen to the sports talk shows in Houston, but shortly after listening, I'm reminded why I always turn it off quickly. While listening to a certain stations perspective, on the soon to be stepping down of Tony Dungy, I was irritated at how fast some would think he would return to coaching within 2 years. As though football and coaching is all this man or any other is born to do. Sorry folks, but football, the gladiator sport of our time, is simply an entertainment distraction, to our otherwise slave driven lives. Granted, they get paid much more than the death of a roman gladiator or his freedom, but it's still not the existence God has desired for us. Tony Dungy, who lives for more outside of football, than in it, is not burned out. But is choosing to look at the blessings of his life, to bless others. To venture into the most meaningful areas of mankind, by giving back. Through Ministry, through the teaching of the next generation, through the rebuilding of other countries and communities. He has tapped into the real source of our being, was blessed with his desires, and now he feels that it's his time to payback.
How does this apply to Great Franchises? Because when a guy like Tony Dungy, Bill Cowher, & Mike Holmgren walk away from the game, the franchises they worked for, afforded them the ability to have a long, stable career, that fulfilled all the desires & excitement a person could want from a career. NOT Life. Sure, do some get burned out and want to recharge the battery. Yes. But don't lump everyone in the same category. Franchises with old school ownership, work ethic, and culture understand that creating a framework and masterpiece takes time. It's new school ownership that continues to repeat the same failures of coaching turnover, with limited, to no success. Only a few franchises have even been able to sustain this rapid type of "Fill and Kill" mentality. Namely the Dallas Cowgirls and New England Patriots. Even then, a coach and HIS culture was in place for a good period of time to win a super bowl, along with an inept coach to follow, and the other, an unbeatable cheat system, that allowed them to steal 3 Super Bowl victories. Franchises like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Tennessee, and Indianapolis have chosen the approach that, grandmas sweet technique in the kitchen, far outweighs the fast food junk in the streets. It's a shame that the older owners who understood how to build, are now either dying off or becoming to worn down by the increasing demands of "we want it now". But even so, they created such a culture, that the team and city is able to rebuild in time, through a stable foundation.
In Bob McNair, I see an owner that truly wants to build that atmosphere. Granted, the wrong choice was made in Dom Capers, but still his approach to his city, has been nothing but first class, with patience, and I hope that we as fans, can afford him the same opportunity to repeat what history has shown us to be successful. It's seen in his approach with Kubiak, the players, the media, and the community. Rarely is Bob McNair seen or heard. Just like a Dan Rooney. Rarely is he seen talking down players and coaches, with threats of impending firing. Much like a Jerry Jones or Daniel Snyder. These are attributes that the great owners and franchises utilize. Creating a family structure that reaches into the community, but keeping immediate family business in house! We love the fact that he chooses not to bring in spoiled players (Kids) to disrupt the home. We applaud the fact that he rewards the kids who do their best, and show off dad and the family in the best way (Andre Johnson). Because each of us deeply understand together. But, to continue to have a legacy and build a champion, takes much time and patience.
Now, is not the time to fall into the same pattern as much as the other failing franchise, that create carousels of failed coaches. Now is not the time to fall into the "me now" mentality that has permeated not only the sports world, but obviously, our business, our country, ad society. Maybe if we choose that good ol' technique of patience and time, we too can have a championship in Houston, with a legendary coach, owner, and fan following. More than that, maybe we can get back and see the importance of life like Tony Dungy. That life is more than football. It's about giving, rather than receiving. It's about building back up our communities, regardless of race, sex, or creed. It's about being blessed by God, to be a certified blessing.
Farewell to the great coaches leaving our game this year. Guys who have done it right and done it well. The game will miss you.
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lol. Long winded, but there is a lot bottled up in me about the media, the coaching carousels our society, and our "right now" mentality that never equates to championships, just failed hopes and dreams.
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I thnk this belongs in the NSZ
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lol. Long winded, but there is a lot bottled up in me about the media, the coaching carousels our society, and our "right now" mentality that never equates to championships, just failed hopes and dreams.
You live in or lived in Houston. We are all faced with failed hopes of our sports franchises. Go listen to Dr Phil....or don't. That will probably set off a 10 page tirade.
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You live in or lived in Houston. We are all faced with failed hopes of our sports franchises. Go listen to Dr Phil....or don't. That will probably set off a 10 page tirade.
Lived in pgh for 30 years and now Htown for 5. Grew up Steeler fan, with family playing for the team, but a Texan fan and supporter since day 1! So I see the differences quite clear. The media approach. Fan Approach. Organization Approach. With the Texans being basically new, they can either chose the new school approach or old school. Seems to me, old school wins in any sport, business, society etc.....It comes down to hard work and a solid foundation
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Dan Riley was an old school guy
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I don't know if I fall into that 14% group over in NSZ or lazy. Can I get a Cliff's notes version, pleeze?
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I don't know if I fall into that 14% group over in NSZ or lazy. Can I get a Cliff's notes version, pleeze?
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Pittbull, I agree with your line of thinking, and I'm glad McNair is trying to build this franchise the right way ("Old School"). Rep coming your way.
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Pittbull, I agree with your line of thinking, and I'm glad McNair is trying to build this franchise the right way ("Old School"). Rep coming your way.
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I also see what you are saying and totally agree. Unless a team just happens to get "lucky" and end up with the right pieces, building a dynasty takes time. Usually a lot of time AND patience. With a team like the Texans, it takes even more time.

Folks, this is not making excuses. This is recognizing the piss-poor GM we had in Casserly. Essentially, he made 4 good decisions as a GM. He drafted AJ, Dunta, DD/DW (who went down due to injury), and Chester Pitts. Just about every position outside of those guys had to be filled when Kubiak and Smith got here. It was like taking over an expansion team but without the benefit of an expansion draft, more draft picks, etc. And guess what guys? We are almost there.

Kubiak has made plenty of mistakes. His clock management has been suspect as well as his RZ play-calling. But the end is in site. If Kubiak isn't the right guy and we have to get another coach, we will be bringing a coach onto a team with a strong nucleus. Unlike when we hired Kubiak, we won't be having to start essentially from scratch. And that folks is the beauty of this whole thing.
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