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    The Linehan System: "Scared to Death to Lose"

    For the last few years, I've struggled to figure out what Linehan's coaching philosophy is exactly. What is the Linehan system?

    Then, in a single quote, it all became clear.

    Linehan is "scared to death to lose."

    It all makes sense now.

    A head coach who is scared will be indecisive - switching back and forth from calling the plays to delegating that role.

    A head coach who is scared will call conservative plays, like quick hitches, swing passes, shovel passes and quick slants, rather than taking a chance at throwing the ball downfield.

    A head coach who is scared will hire friends and obtain familiar players, rather than hiring innovative assistants and allowing young, unknown, but talented players get needed playing time.

    A head coach who is scared will be unwilling, or unable, to criticize when needed, make bold changes in the lineups when warranted, or demand action to ensure improvement.

    A head coach who is scared will not insist on obtaining available players who have huge upsides that outweigh their risks.

    A head coach who is scared will not succeed in this league.

    Fear is the absence of confidence. The absence of confidence guaratees failure.

    It all makes sense now.


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    Re: The Linehan System: "Scared to Death to Lose"

    Whatever Linehan's hangups are, I am not impressed with the offensive plays. When he was hired to replace Martz, it was with the idea of keeping a dynamic offense while astablishing more dicipline. True the gaffs of wasted timeouts, poor clock management, and over-all reckless behavior are in the pass (mostly), so too is the dynamic offense--a thing of the pass.

    Point is the team isn't playing for their coach which all can see, including front office!! The worst thing that can happen to a team has happened--loss of confidence in leadership. I doubted in 07 Linehan would regain the team trust and seems thus far to be true in 08.

    And the fun is just starting. I suspect plenty of drama and an over-all MELT DOWN is comming say about week 8 or so.

    WE all know Linhan is on borrowed time, but how much of this continued collapse his fault? Again little if no off-season moves to speak off in terms of free agency pickups. Little or no movement made to cut problem cases and find replacements. Fact is other then a major shift in coaching staff all was quiet in Rams camp. If front office wasn't willing to make the "moves", certainly Linehan was quiet about it, not going public or being vocal.

    Fact is, by week 8 if there isn't a marked turn around with the Rams, Linehan needs to be fired. Personally, I think Linehan is done; the Rams had 2 great opportunities in making them credible--Eagles & Giants, but blow it. If they had to make a good showing, this was it.

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    Re: The Linehan System: "Scared to Death to Lose"

    Well, to be fair, pulling Eagles-Giants right out of the gate was a pretty big bell to answer, and the schedule's looking pretty ugly through the end of October, so I'd say the odds of turning it around by Week 8 are not exactly in Linehan's favor. Not with a pissed-off, reloading Seahawks squad at Qwest on the horizon and Buffalo and the 'Boys coming into town.

    I gotta say, though, I too wonder how much of it is fault and how much is just the football gods aligning against you guys. It's hard to maintain a dynamic offense with a patchwork line, no matter how well Pace and Barron have stepped it up, and a porous secondary that has you playing from behind more often than Ron Jeremy. Add to that a lack of a replacement for Ike and there's not a whole lot of reason for Holt to ever see single coverage or Bulger to have time to find anyone else.

    I'm sure it's probably been said ad nauseum around here, but if Linehan gets the boot, bring back Schotty and let him and Saunders go bananas.

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    Re: The Linehan System: "Scared to Death to Lose"

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    For the last few years, I've struggled to figure out what Linehan's coaching philosophy is exactly. What is the Linehan system?

    Then, in a single quote, it all became clear.

    Linehan is "scared to death to lose."

    It all makes sense now.

    A head coach who is scared will be indecisive - switching back and forth from calling the plays to delegating that role.

    A head coach who is scared will call conservative plays, like quick hitches, swing passes, shovel passes and quick slants, rather than taking a chance at throwing the ball downfield.

    A head coach who is scared will hire friends and obtain familiar players, rather than hiring innovative assistants and allowing young, unknown, but talented players get needed playing time.

    A head coach who is scared will be unwilling, or unable, to criticize when needed, make bold changes in the lineups when warranted, or demand action to ensure improvement.

    A head coach who is scared will not insist on obtaining available players who have huge upsides that outweigh their risks.

    A head coach who is scared will not succeed in this league.

    Fear is the absence of confidence. The absence of confidence guaratees failure.

    It all makes sense now.

    totally agree and you can see it in the players reactions on the field too!
    the young uns have followed him down the path of uncertainty,whilst the vets can see it and dont believe in their HC because of it. Chavous is just poor because he hasnt got it anymore..

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