Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, January 3, 2012 – George Lucas
“A lot of people like to do certain things, but they’re not that good at it. Keep going through the things that you like to do, until you find something that you actually seem to be extremely good at. It can be anything.”
“Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.”
“Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that’s one of the hardest things to do because you don’t always know exactly where you’re going, and you shouldn’t.”
“Star Wars” is fun, its exciting, its inspirational, and people respond to that. It’s what they want.”
“Whatever has happened in my quest for innovation has been part of my quest for immaculate reality.”
“When you are a beginning film maker you are desperate to survive. The most important thing in the end is survival and being able to get to your next picture.”
“Working hard is very important. You’re not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.”
“You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.”
“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.”
“Luke, there is no try, there is either do or not do.”
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
“In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.”
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
“Yoda: Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.”
“[Luke has seen a vision of Han, Leia and Chewie being tortured in Cloud City] Luke: I saw – I saw a city in the clouds. Yoda: [nods] Friends you have there. Luke: They were in pain… Yoda: It is the future you see. Luke: The future? [pause] Luke: Will they die? Yoda: [closes his eyes for a moment] Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future. Luke: I’ve got to go to them. Yoda: Decide you must, how to serve them best. If you leave now, help them you could; but you would destroy all for which they have fought, and suffered.”
“C-3PO: Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1. Han Solo: Never tell me the odds. “
“[Luke can't levitate his X-Wing out of the bog]
Luke: I can’t. It’s too big. Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.”
“Yoda: I am wondering, why are you here? Luke: I’m looking for someone. Yoda: Looking? Found someone, you have, I would say, hmmm? Luke: Right… Yoda: Help you I can. Yes, mmmm. Luke: I don’t think so. I’m looking for a great warrior. Yoda: Ohhh. Great warrior. [laughs and shakes his head] Yoda: Wars not make one great.”
“Luke: All right, I’ll give it a try. Yoda: No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.
“[Using the Force, Yoda effortlessly frees the X-Wing from the bog] Luke: I don’t, I don’t believe it. Yoda: That is why you fail.”
“Yoda: Yes, run! Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice. Luke: Vader… Is the dark side stronger? Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive. Luke: But how am I to know the good side from the bad? Yoda: You will know… when you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, NEVER for attack. Luke: But tell my why I can’t… Yoda: No, no! There is no “why””
“Luke: I won’t fail you. I’m not afraid. Yoda: You will be. You… will… be.”
“Luke: There’s something not right here… I feel cold. Death. Yoda: [points to a cave opening beneath a large tree] That place… is strong with the dark side of the Force. A domain of evil it is. In you must go. Luke: What’s in there? Yoda: Only what you take with you.”
What was it Paul “Bear” Bryant said about coaches and football?
“If you were to ask me if football is a coach’s game, I’d have to say it is. And always was.” Paul “Bear” Bryant
Is there any better proof in the game of football right now that “football is a coach’s game” than what Jim Harbaugh has been able to do as the head football coach of the San Francisco 49ers?
No, is the answer to the above question.
Yes, Jim Harbaugh at both Stanford and with the 49ers proves beyond ANY doubt that the most important hire by a college football program or NFL team is the….
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
Most people know what Jim Harbaugh did at Stanford….
Harbaugh took over a Stanford football program that had won 16 games in the previous 5 seasons and won 29 games in four years on The Farm (Interestingly, Paul “Bear” Bryant took over an Alabama football team in 1958 that had won 14 game in the previous 5 seasons and then Bryant won 31 games in 4 seasons including the 1961 national title).
….but in our opinion the job that Harbaugh did with the 49ers is even more impressive.
Check out these numbers:
San Francisco 49ers under Jim Harbaugh
2011: 13 – 3 – NFC Western Division Winner
SF 49ers Head Coaches 2003 – 2010 Before Jim Harbaugh
Dennis Erickson (2003 – 2004): 9 – 23 Mike Nolan (2005 – 2008): 18 – 37 Mike Singletary (2008 – 2010): 18 – 22 Jim Tomsula (interim 2010): 1- 0
SF 49ers Overall Win-Loss Record 2003 – 2010: 46 – 82
No Playoff Appearances in 8 Seasons
The San Francisco 49ers won 46 games and had no playoff appearances in the previous 8 seasons before Jim Harbaugh took over and in 2011 the 49ers went…
13 – 3
…and won their division in Year 1 of Harbaugh on the job.
Now that is a Helluva turnaround…
…and why the Head Coach in Football is EVERYTHING!
Many Coaches Hot Seat members will be in San Francisco at Candlestick Park on Saturday, January 14, 2012 which will be ROCKING for the NFC Divisional Round game between New Orleans (If the Saints beat Detroit) and the San Francisco 49ers which promises to be a GREAT football game!
Congrats to the SF 49ers, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers coaching staff for a GREAT regular season.
Earth to Jerry Jones: This fellow could have won 8 games as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 2011:
We can only wonder what the Hell Jerry Jones is thinking right now because if Jerry Jones believes that the Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will EVER take the Cowboys to a Super Bowl then Jerry Jones has gone off his rocker, around the bend and is headed toward the loony bin!
Hey, we respect Jerry Jones here at Coaches Hot Seat because Jerry is just a hard working son-of-a-gun that has worked his rear-end off his entire life and he is a great American success story….BUT….Jerry Jones has one Very Big glaring weakness:
He has a problem with hiring coaches with egos that match the Very Big Ego of Jerry Jones and that is probably why Jones wants to keep Jason Garrett on as the head coach of the Cowboys. Jerry doesn’t want someone to challenge him and Jason Garrett fits that requirement to a TEE and that sound you just heard was the Dallas Cowboys sinking further into…
Memo to Jerry Jones II: The ONLY coaches that win big are coaches that have BIG EGOS and even though some coaches can hide how competitive they are and how much they want to win, the Great Tony Dungy comes to mind, the Greatest Coaches have a burning passion for excellence and winning and if Jerry Jones believe Jason Garrett has a burning passion to return the Dallas Cowboys to the top of the NFL then Jerry….
You are a terribly confused man Jerry and if your goal is MEDIOCRITY for the Dallas Cowboys then keep Jason Garrett on for another season because that is the ONLY thing you will get from Garrett because Jason Garrett is not going to work as hard as Jerry Jones and when the head coach will not work as hard as the owner of the team…the owner needs to find a new head coach.
Let’s go Joe Friday and get the FACTS on the table to see just how pitiful the Dallas Cowboys have been under their last 6 head coaches starting with Barry Switzer’s last year as the head coach of the Cowboys in 1997:
1997 – 6 – 10 – No Playoff Appearance
1998 – 10 – 6 – Lost in NFC Wild Card Game 1999 – 8 – 8 – Lost in NFC Wild Card Game
2000 – 5 – 11 – No Playoff Appearance 2001 – 5 – 11 – No Playoff Appearance 2002 – 5 – 11 – No Playoff Appearance
2003 – 10 – 6 – Lost in NFC Wild Card Game 2004 – 6 – 10 – No Playoff Appearance 2005 – 9 – 7 – No Playoff Appearance 2006 – 9 – 7 – Lost in NFC Wild Card Game
2007 – 13 – 3 – Lost in NFC Divisional Game 2008 – 9 – 7 – No Playoff Appearance 2009 – 11 – 5 – Lost in NFC Divisional Game 2010 – 1 – 7 – Head Coach Fired During Season
2010 – 5 – 3 – No Playoff Appearance 2011 – 8 – 8 – No Playoff Appearance
One word springs to mind when looking over the Dallas Cowboys performance over the past 15 seasons:
Are you satisfied with MEDIOCRITY Jerry Jones?
OK, then keep Jason Garrett on for the 2012 season but don’t blame Jason Garrett and the Cowboy players when Dallas misses the playoffs next year because….
Jerry Jones should blame….JERRY JONES.
Now, if Jerry Jones wants to return the Dallas Cowboys to the top of the NFL then his team needs a head coach that has a burning passion to win games and win championships.
Who are football coaches that have a burning passion to win games and championships?
Well, Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 and the Cowboys have won THREE Super Bowls since then:
1992 and 1993 under Jimmy Johnson 1995 under Barry Switzer
Since Barry Switzer’s final season in 1997 Jerry Jones and the Cowboys have hired…
5 MEDIOCRE NFL coaches (Well, Bill Parcels was a GREAT football coach with the Giants…but not at Dallas)
…and over the past 15 seasons the Dallas Cowboys have been…
If Jerry Jones’ goal for the Dallas Cowboys is…
…then Congratulations Jerry because YOU HAVE ACHIEVED YOUR GOAL!
Getting back to head football coaches that have a passion to win games and championships which the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones badly need right now is first of all a very simple requirement. The Dallas Cowboys need to hire….
A FOOTBALL COACH
…that has a passion to win games and championships and more importantly has a passion to hoist the….
Please, does anyone really believe, even Jerry Jones, that Jason Garrett goes to bed at night dreaming of hosting the Lombardi Trophy? Don’t make us laugh. Jason Garrett is an Ivy League boy who is a nice fellow, borderline decent to average offensive playcaller and someone who could probably pick a good bottle of wine to go with Beef Wellington….BUT….is Jason Garrett the HEAD coach to lead the Dallas Cowboys back to the top of the NFL and put the Lombardi Trophy back into Jerry Jones now getting very old hands (Jerry Jones will be 70 next football season)?
If Jerry Jones wants to win another or multiple Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys then he needs a FOOTBALL COACH that will light a fire under the precious asses of his very MEDIOCRE Dallas Cowboy players and here is the Coaches Hot Seat list of COLLEGE head coaches we would call if we were in Jerry’s shoes because after all….ONLY COLLEGE head coaches have won Super Bowls with the Cowboys since Jones bought the team in 1989:
1. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma – Bob Stoops has been the head coach at Oklahoma for 13 seasons now and has put up a record of…
139 – 34 7 Big 12 Championships 1 National Championship
…and whether Bob Stoops knows it or not….Bob Stoops needs a new challenge in life and winning a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys would be a great challenge.
2. Nick Saban, Alabama – Just the thought of Nick Saban and Jerry Jones working together sends both a chill down our backs and an electrical charge to our brains because a Saban – Jones pairing would put together two of the Bigger Egos in the game of American football but then the Cowboys won THREE Super Bowls with two coaches that also had (and have!) Big Egos, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, and maybe Jerry Jones needs someone that can look him in the eye on an issue and say….”No, you are wrong Jerry.” After his relative flop with the Miami Dolphins, 15 – 17 in two seasons in Miami, Nick Saban has returned Alabama to the top of college football (win or lose in the Bogus BCS title game) and we have a sneaking suspicion that Saban would like to prove he can win a championship on the pro level also and if Jerry is offering $8 Million Dollars a year then how in the Hell could Nick Saban turn down a chance to make that kind of money coaching the Dallas Cowboys? Hell, we would start walking from where we are sitting right now to coach the Dallas Cowboys for NO MONEY and unlike Jason Garrett would bring a passion to the job and outwork the very hard working Jerry Jones.
3. Les Miles, LSU – Hey, Les Miles has already coached with the Cowboys before he took over at Oklahoma State and he knows how demanding Jerry Jones can be, but Les might not want to take a risk at the NFL especially since he is ensconced in Baton Rouge where there is an opportunity to pile up championships for as far as the eye can see.
4. Chris Petersen, Boise State – If Jerry Jones wants a coach that has a burning desire to win games and championships then Boise State’s Chris Petersen is his man, but would Petersen leave Boise for the Dallas Cowboys? If one realizes that former Cowboys coach Tom Landry and Chris Petersen have a Helluva lot if common in their approach to life and football then maybe Petersen would consider taking over the Cowboys and the opportunity to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Why the Hell not? Chris Petersen or Jason Garrett? Please, there are several hundred football coaches we would hire before we would hire Jason Garrett to coach the Cowboys and Chris Petersen would be near the top of our list.
5. Mack Brown, Texas – Just like with Bob Stoops, it is our opinion that Mack Brown needs a new challenge in life and Mack moving up Interstate 35 to take over the Dallas Cowboys would be a Helluva challenge. Does Mack Brown still have a burning passion to win games and championships? Hard to say, but Mack does need someone to light a fire under his ass and Texas giving him another contract extension will not light that fire. If we were running things at Texas we would tell Mack Brown that either he will win at least 10 games in 2012 or he will be gone. Now that MIGHT light a fire under Mack Brown, but it might not since MEDIOCRITY is now as acceptable at UT as it is with the Dallas Cowboys. Only LOSERS give contract extensions to coaches that have produced MEDIOCRITY and right now the Texas administration are the biggest LOSERS going in America if they think that Mack Brown deserves a contract extension. What Mack Brown deserves is a swift kick in the ass because this fellow could have won 9 games at Texas this year:
If Jerry Jones called us this morning and asked us what he should do we would tell him:
“Jerry, you are getting old boy and the time for MEDIOCRITY with the Cowboys needs to end and if we were you we would fly up to Norman, Oklahoma and see if Bobby Stoops is interested in coaching the Cowboys. If Bob doesn’t want the job then we would call Little Debbie Boy in Memphis and see if Nick is interested in the Cowboys job and if he is we would talk to him right after the Bogus BCS title game because Nick needs to move quick on this decision since the boys at Bama aren’t going to be real happy to be hiring another head coach. If Nick doesn’t want the job then move on to Miles, Petersen and Brown and if none of them want the job then guess what Jerry….you are probably stuck with Jason Garrett and Good Luck with that because we wouldn’t hire Garrett to coach our sons’ Pee Wee football team.”
How much would we offer to Bob Stoops and Nick Saban?
$8 Million a year with a 5 year guaranteed contract (this is not a college football program and for-profit organizations like NFL teams can waste money if they want to) and a $5 million dollar bonus for EVERY Super Bowl title.
Good Luck Jerry Jones and in the next couple of weeks we hope you and your son tune-in and watch the San Francisco 49ers to see how fast things can be turned around when a football team is coached by a…
You don’t have a FOOTBALL COACH in the head coaching position with the Dallas Cowboys Jerry.
You have an average offensive playcaller in the head coaching position with the Dallas Cowboys Jerry
And of course you have MEDIOCRITY with the Dallas Cowboys.
Keep living in a Fantasyland Jerry Jones because you are in ONE WORD Jerry…
Be Proud of your MEDIOCRITY Jerry but don’t try to convince us or anyone else that you really give a Damn about winning because just like in the Dave Campo years…..you are more interested in have a head coach that will Kiss Your Ass than about winning games and championships Jerry and the sooner you admit that the sooner the Dallas Cowboys can get back to…
Winning Games and Championships.
Put it on his epitaph because it is TRUE: Jerry Jones….MEDIOCRE
Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, January 2, 2012 – Paul “Bear” Bryant
“Mama wanted me to be a preacher. I told her coachin’ and preachin’ were a lot alike.”
“But it’s still a coach’s game. Make no mistake. You start at the top. If you don’t have a good one at the top, you don’t have a cut dog’s chance. If you do, the rest falls into place. You have to have good assistants, and a lot of things, but first you have to have the chairman of the board.”
“If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.”
“I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don’t need a lot of talent.”
“The idea of molding men means a lot to me.”
“You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat. Then you’ve got yourself a team.”
“If wanting to win is a fault, as some of my critics seem to insist, then I plead guilty. I like to win. I know no other way. It’s in my blood.”
“Get the winners into the game.”
“The old lessons (work, self-discipline, sacrifice, teamwork, fighting to achieve) aren’t being taught by many people other than football coaches these days. The football coach has a captive audience and can teach these lessons because the communication lines between himself and his players are more wide open than between kids and parents. We better teach these lessons or else the country’s future population will be made up of a majority of crooks, drug addicts, or people on relief.”
“Sacrifice. Work. Self-discipline. I teach these things, and my boys don’t forget them when they leave.”
“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
“I’ll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives up on himself. In time he will develop.”
“Set goals – high goals for you and your organization. When your organization has a goal to shoot for, you create teamwork, people working for a common good.”
“Don’t talk too much. Don’t pop off. Don’t talk after the game until you cool off.”
“You have to learn what makes this or that Sammy run. For one it’s a pat on the back, for another it’s eating him out, for still another it’s a fatherly talk, or something else. You’re a fool if you think as I did as a young coach, that you can treat them all alike.”
“If a man is a quitter, I’d rather find out in practice than in a game. I ask for all a player has so I’ll know later what I can expect.”
“Find your own picture, your own self in anything that goes bad. It’s awfully easy to mouth off at your staff or chew out players, but if it’s bad, and you’re the head coach, you’re responsible. If we have an intercepted pass, I threw it. I’m the head coach. If we get a punt blocked, I caused it. A bad practice, a bad game, it’s up to the head coach to assume his responsibility.”
“It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back.”
“Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.”
“The biggest mistake coaches make is taking borderline cases and trying to save them. I’m not talking about grades now, I’m talking about character. I want to know before a boy enrolls about his home life, and what his parents want him to be.”
“What are you doing here? Tell me why you are here. If you are not here to win a national championship, you’re in the wrong place. You boys are special. I don’t want my players to be like other students. I want special people. You can learn a lot on the football field that isn’t taught in the home, the church, or the classroom. There are going to be days when you think you’ve got no more to give and then you’re going to give plenty more. You are going to have pride and class. You are going to be very special. You are going to win the national championship for Alabama.”
“I’m no innovator. If anything I’m a stealer, or borrower. I’ve stolen or borrowed from more people than you can shake a stick at.”
“There is no sin in not liking to play; it’s a mistake for a boy to be there if he doesn’t want to.”
“I’m no miracle man. I guarantee nothing but hard work.”
“Don’t overwork your squad. If you’re going to make a mistake, under-work them.”
“Be aware of “yes” men. Generally, they are losers. Surround yourself with winners. Never forget – people win.”
“If there is one thing that has helped me as a coach, it’s my ability to recognize winners, or good people who can become winners by paying the price.”
“You take those little rascals, talk to them good, pat them on the back, let them think they are good, and they will go out and beat the biguns.”
“If you whoop and holler all the time, the players just get used to it.”
“I know what it takes to win. If I can sell them on what it takes to win, then we are not going to lose too many football games.”
“If you want to coach you have three rules to follow to win. One, surround yourself with people who can’t live without football. I’ve had a lot of them. Two, be able to recognize winners. They come in all forms. And, three, have a plan for everything. A plan for practice, a plan for the game. A plan for being ahead, and a plan for being behind 20-0 at half, with your quarterback hurt and the phones dead, with it raining cats and dogs and no rain gear because the equipment man left it at home.”
“My approach to the game has been the same at all the places I’ve been. Vanilla. The sure way. That means, first of all, to win physically. If you got eleven on a field, and they beat the other eleven physically, they’ll win. They will start forcing mistakes. They’ll win in the fourth quarter.”
“Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things.”
“Scout yourself. Have a buddy who coaches scout you.”
“The first time you quit, it’s hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don’t even have to think about it.”
“But there’s one thing about quitters you have to guard against – they are contagious. If one boy goes, the chances are he’ll take somebody with him, and you don’t want that. So when they would start acting that way, I used to pack them up and get them out, or embarrass them, or do something to turn them around.”
“There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.”
“People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don’t share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat.”
“I told them my system was based on the “ant plan,” that I’d gotten the idea watching a colony of ants in Africa during the war. A whole bunch of ants working toward a common goal.”
“We can’t have two standards, one set for the dedicated young men who want to do something ambitious and one set for those who don’t.”
“I honestly believe that if you are willing to out-condition the opponent, have confidence in your ability, be more aggressive than your opponent and have a genuine desire for team victory, you will become the national champions. If you have all the above, you will acquire confidence and poise, and you will have those intangibles that win the close ones.”
“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit – you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”
“Don’t ever give up on ability. Don’t give up on a player who has it.”
“A good, quick, small team can beat a big, slow team any time.”
“I have always tried to teach my players to be fighters. When I say that, I don’t mean put up your dukes and get in a fistfight over something. I’m talking about facing adversity in your life. There is not a person alive who isn’t going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you’ve lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back.”
“If they don’t have a winning attitude, I don’t want them.”
“I have tried to teach them to show class, to have pride, and to display character. I think football, winning games, takes care of itself if you do that.”
“I always want my players to show class, knock’em down, pat on the back, and run back to the huddle.”
“I tell young players who want to be coaches, who think they can put up with all the headaches and heartaches, can you live without it? If you can live without it, don’t get in it.”