The playoffs are over, the big game is set, and honestly, I wish it was already over. We all had big hopes for this season and although we didn’t get to see our dream come true…playing in the Super Bowl in our own house, we did finally get a few changes made that were desperately needed. Wade is gone, Garrett is in…a new era, a new time, a new passion, and much needed discipline.
Garrett brings in a Johnson-esque style of discipline requiring the players to be more responsible; they actually have to show up on time for practice, no more wandering in whenever they feel like it. No more showing up or traveling in clothes that are unbefitting America’s Team, they now once again have to look the part. Full pad practices during the regular season, and big new flashing red digital clocks installed to remind the players the importance of being on time and that there are consequences if they’re not. Garrett has put a work ethic back into the team and let the players know that the lazy days under Wade are gone, and if they want to play for this team, they had better start earning it.
Since Garrett took over the team, also gone is the average of 20 points per game and fans wondering where their team was and when they would show up. We all got a glimpse of the team we know and love and were able to cheer on their average of 32 points per game, giving us all hope for the future.
There are a lot of questions and rumors flying about why Garrett didn’t make some of these changes to his offense, since he was in charge of them before he was promoted to the head coach position. You have to look at the big picture to find that answer. Although he did call the plays and hope for the execution, he can’t do it all himself. The players have to want to make it better, want to make it work, and care about their team again. That has come from the culture change that has been instilled since Garrett took over. With players showing up to actually play and wanting to make a difference and keep their job, the level of play on offense and defense goes up. Turn overs are down, penalties are down, allowed sacks are down, and big plays are up. Now that’s a change we needed to see.
All of this gives us hope for the new season and the future of our team, America’s Team, now and forever! I say bring it on!!