When I was back working for corporations, I became aware of the Corporate Bright Idea. Those were primarily sourced from Japan, but after a few go-rounds of them, I started to notice while the described practices were emphasized, the foundational philosophies were ignored. What does that have to do with football? Read on.
It’s well-known that the NFL is a copycat league, but this may be the season where it’s hit its limit. Why? Analytics and formulas, my friends. You follow the established path to the success others have had, and stop thinking about it, just like those promotion-hungry executives. There’s no plan, no commitment, you just follow the steps, and good things supposedly happen.
Welcome to the real world, which doesn’t conform to the script of a customer service phone rep. I recently shared an article about how moneyball perfected baseball, and also ruined it. Again, formulas and analytics, the same crutch of the NFL. Teams try to copy the success of others, and never do learn that it don’t work like that. The Pioli hire was an example of that, as is the inability of others to run KC’s shovel-pass RPOs.
But what I really want to talk about is The Art Of Tank. It’s similar to The Art Of Trade (which DEN hasn’t read, lol) in that both caution against using the logic of the Underpants Gnomes. You do the rote thing, good things happen, success! But when we abandoned The Patriot Way, and embraced the authentic Reid Way, look what happened.
You can’t just follow a set of steps to success while not understanding the principles underlying them, not at that level. Teams are starting to tank when the analytics say they should, but only MIA went into it with a solid plan. How are the others doing? Things have been weird this season, but I think it’s because of the current young HC fad, which follows the same school of thought. The future of this one may be uglier.
But what do I know? I’m all verklempt, discuss.