BRaG Talks Football

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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.

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11/17/2022 3:31 pm

not intentionally wanting to change the topic, but I just noticed on ESPN that the Browns vs Bills game this Sunday has been moved to Detroit fwiw

(NOTE: the current version of this article says the Bills game against Detroit is being moved to Detroit, but the text of the link has it correct as the Browns-Bills game is moved to Detroit; ESPN and/or AP has some sloppy writing like everyone else these days. It’s not clear who wrote the original text of this article…ESPN or AP.)

NFL moves Browns-Bills game to Detroit due to snowstorm
3:19 PM CT
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The NFL is moving The Buffalo Bills‘ home game against the Detroit Lions to Detroit on Sunday because of a lake-effect snow storm in the Buffalo area.
The NFL has been in contact with both teams based on a forecast projecting one to three feet of snow falling through Saturday, with more in the forecast on Sunday.
The National Weather Service has issued a lake-effect storm warning lasting through Saturday morning for southern Erie County, which includes the Bills’ home in Orchard Park. The storm is projected to bring wind gusts off Lake Erie as high as 35 mph, which will make travel conditions hazardous and lead to potential power outages.
The Bills had a home game moved because of a snowstorm in November 2014, when they defeated the New York Jets 38-3 in a game played at Detroit’s Ford Field. That game, originally scheduled for Sunday, was pushed back to Monday to take into account both teams traveling.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Reply to  alsi
11/17/2022 6:22 pm

just now saw that

NFL these days … bunch a wimps, I tellya! why, back in the day we’d play in a blizzard and the field was uphill BOTH WAYS!

11/17/2022 2:34 pm

It is a copycat league, except the originals are building things with Legos and the imitators are trying to get the same results with Barcaloos.

You can’t expect to run KCs offense with imitation parts.

11/17/2022 2:27 pm

This, sir, was a fascinating article. I applaud you for noticing trends while certain Chiefs viewers (not naming names, Nasrani) typically forget what happened by the Wednesday of a given game’s week, and/or don’t pay attention to the 31 other teams that aren’t based at One Arrowhead Drive until our beloved Chiefs play them.

Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
11/17/2022 6:23 pm

IOW trust the formula but also (mainly) trust our guy Big Red

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11/17/2022 2:09 pm

and just what, exactly, *is* the Corporate Bright Idea? (you actually gonna make us use the iNterWebZ and do our own research? oh, the horrors!)

Big Chief
Big Chief
Reply to  upamtn
11/17/2022 3:16 pm

It’s stuff like Quality Circles, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, The 6% solution. Business programs that companies implement that seem to be the basis for significant success by some business. As BraG says, managers usually try just following the process without trying to understand the fundamentals behind them, like company culture or whether it’s actually useful in your industry.

Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
11/17/2022 6:24 pm

I think I getcha

11/17/2022 2:09 pm

I love it the Reid way. I say we ride that Reid Wave all the way. I still cannot believe that Philly fired him.

Reply to  ArrowFan
11/17/2022 2:42 pm

Philly throws snowballs at Santa. It’s a jaded fanbase.

Big Chief
Big Chief
Reply to  ArrowFan
11/17/2022 3:17 pm

The problem in Philly wasn’t his coaching, it was when he tried to be the GM as well. Andy seemed to be aware that he needed to stick to coaching.

Reply to  Big Chief
11/17/2022 6:25 pm


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