Let it be known that ‘wyobilzfan’ (RIP) may have died on the now defunct Buffalo Bills Message Board (RIP) hill , but my spirit is alive and well on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO. After waging nearly a 20 year battle with the keepers of analytics about the importance of intangibles on the earliest incarnations of social media – I can now die in peace after recently hearing Nick and Nolan gloriously praise the value of the ‘immeasurable’ as a variable for sustained success in the NFL on their recent “5th Date” Buffalo Rumblings podcast.
Let me begin by giving a shout out to ‘Bruce’ and Nick for the terrific podcasts they are producing for Buffalo Rumblings. I listen to a lot of different podcasts about the Bills, and theirs is among the best.
This particular podcast did more than just a deep dive into Sean McDermott’s psyche, Bruce and Nick deftly delved into the abyss that is labeled ‘intangibles’ – the variables which cannot be measured that may impact success or failure in the NFL.
One of the most intriguing discussions was about what makes Sean McDermott so different than other head coaches. Bruce and Nick explored the relationship between love and sacrifice with relationship to how players will create an advantage in production through a willingness to sacrifice for each other.
Their exploration of the term ‘love’ was spot on. Nick’s suggestion that Sean McDermott facilitates love among his players and coaches – and the result might just be one step past Bill Belichick’s “Do Your Job” mantra with regard to focusing on intangibles was insightful.
Many aspects of their analysis were fascinating. Nick and Bruce rightly pointed out this belief that culture trumps scheme is exactly why Rex Ryan’s FORCED defensive scheme failed miserably, despite having a plethora of physical talent.
They also rightfully pointed out some of Sean McDermott’s shortcomings as a head coach. Their critical view of McDermott’s clock management and head-scratching decisions during games was spot on. There’s no doubt he has a lot of growing to do as a head coach.
However, despite the issues he must continue to work on, Sean McDermott remains my prototype coach for emphasizing the importance of creating a productive culture for sustained success in the NFL. As Nick pointed out, McDermott’s philosophy meshes well with BillsMafia’s unique compassionate fan base. He embodies all the concepts I’ve been whining about wanting in a coach for decades.
Bruce’s shout out to me at the end of the podcast warmed my heart and I’m forever grateful for the love. My endless rants on the Buffalo Bills Message Board about the importance of establishing a healthy culture in the locker room are were in fact prescient and not just the rantings of a self-proclaimed Queen of Intangibles. Huzzah.
Editor’s babble: Nick and Nolan’s podcast is a load of fun and well worth your time. Many thanks to them for the obvious work they put into producing a great podcast about the Bills. As always, you can find me ranting about something on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO.