We, as alumni, expected too much to presume that a new coach could be hired that would immediately turn losses into wins. I’m writing this letter to the players in the hope that they will retain their love for the game and continue to work hard.
The relationship between players and coaches has changed so much over the years. All coaches have different methods for motivation. The thing a player should most worry about is when coaches are not on your back. That’s when they are indirectely telling you that you are not in their plans. Some players today feel that coaches are too demanding or disrespectful.
Let me take you back to the Bear Bryant era. Coach Bryant is considered to be one of the all-time best coaches. Early in his coaching career he was coaching at Texas A&M. There is a movie titled “The Junction Boys.” It relates the story about what his players endured during a 10-day preseason series of workouts. I believe that all players and coaches should see this movie to get an idea of what winning teams must endure.
Coach Bryant won one game in his first season and eventually went to Alabama to become one of the most winning football coaches in sports history.
It’s too early to sit in judgment of Coach Leach and his staff.