Oakland Raiders: What Goes In, Comes Out On The Playing Field


Iron sharpens iron

There is a saying: Iron sharpens iron. It means so much to me because the environments from which I draw inspiration include people, places, books, videos, and more.

The Oakland Raiders can only be as great as they have the potential of being if they do as Al Davis and others have done. Study the opponents. Study themselves and the play book.


Eyes, Ears, and more

There are several ways to absorb information. The eyes and ears are what most people use. Others, like a man named Earl who was blinded by a shotgun wound in a small Southeast town, lost his vision during his adult years. He would enter the college classroom with his beautiful dog named Niko, and he would ask about other students. He listened and learned from the echo in the room, and from the scents he could discern.

The broad application of the ways of knowing is what is needed on the playing field. A keen sense of interpretation of the moves, speed, strategies, and more is needed.


Study, emulate and out-perform your role model

Some of these things can be learned from the study of films and videos. It's called doing your homework. I ask my students at the beginning of each class, especially the Calculus class, "Did you do your homework?"


Then I show them the raw data or the finished articles or books I may have finished since the last time I saw them. Serving as a role model for the expectation I set for them is a reasonable responsibility if I desire to inspire them to be better than I am.

So, a coach or teacher should expect the player, protege, or student to do better than he or she has done.


Take it to the limit

Do not limit those who you coach to do only as you say do. Inspire them to go beyond your expectation an...

About the Author