POLL - Correct College Coach Post Game Response

What's the right thing for the coach to say post-game if there were player issues?


  • Total voters
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fmlizard

Active member
What do you mean by player issues? That they weren't talented enough? That they made mistakes? Or why was so-and-so held out of the game?
 

Face The Facts

Fleck Superfan
What do you mean by player issues? That they weren't talented enough? That they made mistakes? Or why was so-and-so held out of the game?
If they made a mistake or didn't execute.

Player missed an assignment, didn't cover a gap, didn't make a tackle. Threw a bad interception he shouldn't have attempted. Continually missed blocks on O-line. Played lazy on D-line.

Where it's obvious to the coach it's a player issue, should he say so, or should he take the blame?


I am offering the best four options I could come up with in this scenario to slice and dice it. Maybe there are some better options I didn't list.
 

Face The Facts

Fleck Superfan
Yeah I'm a bit lost here.

There's so much more to this question than the poll implies.
How so?

Are you saying the answer varies depending on issue?

Like if you had to play your last DB because of injury and he was over-matched
vs
He's your #1 prized recruit and you kept playing him versus taking him out to put in the Senior who broke team rules?
 

cjbfbp

Active member
Whatever Fleck says in post-game shows in mostly irrelevant. What's relevant are the decisions made on the field (including personnel decisions).
 

Some guy

Active member
Doesn’t matter. People get annoyed no matter what. So say what the players need to hear not what the fans need to hear. And that probably depends on the player and the situation.
 

fmlizard

Active member
I would be very generic and not name names ("execution was an issue") when identifying the sorts of in-the-course-of-the-game failures that happen for every athlete, ever.

I would have no issue calling out by name avoidable mistakes like taunting calls, unsportsmanlike conduct, or penalties of discipline 30 yards from the play.
 
Let's say a WR is wide-open and drops a pass that could have been a game-winning or game-changing play.

My ideal coach would say "You saw the play. Player X feels worse about that than anyone else. He knows what happened. He's a good player. he's going to help us win games. We will work with him to make that happen."

Acknowledge the play without dwelling on it or throwing a player under the bus. But don't pretend it didn't happen, or be defensive about it. At the same time, be sure to point out players who made good plays, so you're not just focusing on mistakes.
 

highwayman

Knows Less Than Coaching Staff
"Sid: Opponent scored two TD's on blocked punt and bad pass. ever been in that situation?

PJ: they made a good play. we have to be better. blocked FG is unacceptable. lack of technique. lack of split. have to get better at fundamentals. we will go back to day one. work on multiple things. Missed on 4th down, had a FG blocked, strip-sack for a TD. those are non-defensive issues. our defense played lights out. held an option team to under 200 yds total offense. our offense at times was exceptional but at times we made catastrophic mistakes. the FG block is unacceptable. we are finding ways to win games while making catastrophic mistakes. everybody watched what happened yesterday. numerous B1G teams lost. we were not one of them. we have faced three very good non-conference opponents. we didn't have Rodney, Mo, Cam Wiley, Kamal Martin. Still found way to win with all the things that went wrong. we need to clean up the little things."

The last three games have shown how resilient and resourceful this team is, not how "bad" they are.
 

#2Gopher

Active member
"Sid: Opponent scored two TD's on blocked punt and bad pass. ever been in that situation?

PJ: they made a good play. we have to be better. blocked FG is unacceptable. lack of technique. lack of split. have to get better at fundamentals. we will go back to day one. work on multiple things. Missed on 4th down, had a FG blocked, strip-sack for a TD. those are non-defensive issues. our defense played lights out. held an option team to under 200 yds total offense. our offense at times was exceptional but at times we made catastrophic mistakes. the FG block is unacceptable. we are finding ways to win games while making catastrophic mistakes. everybody watched what happened yesterday. numerous B1G teams lost. we were not one of them. we have faced three very good non-conference opponents. we didn't have Rodney, Mo, Cam Wiley, Kamal Martin. Still found way to win with all the things that went wrong. we need to clean up the little things."

The last three games have shown how resilient and resourceful this team is, not how "bad" they are.
Decent response to me. What else do you want Fleck to say? Trash the players by name? These are college students for crying out loud. They're learning.
 

btowngopher

Active member
Depends on who the player is. I am guessing that some players use criticism as motivation to be better, others may lose confidence and get discouraged by it.
 

denguegopher

Active member
Decent response to me. What else do you want Fleck to say? Trash the players by name? These are college students for crying out loud. They're learning.
Fleck or any coach. If you lose its a little trickier. Joe Morrison, when at South Carolina, would always say, "We'll have to look at the film and see what we need to work on." Calling out players by name or making excuses it to be avoided....obviously.
 

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