I might be what some people call old-school. I believe in establishing the running game. Getting after the passer. Stuffing the run. Nothing fancy. Just good, old fashioned football. Which is why I’m so annoyed about all the after the play crap that happened in the Giants Eagles game.
I do understand emotion, and having it get the best of you. It happens. It’s happened to me. It happens to all of us. I understand that these games are heated, that it’s a rivalry game. I get that. And I also understand not reacting appropriately when provoked. I think we’ve all been there.
That said, refs are going to call every unnecessary roughness violation they see. They’re going to call any personal foul violation they see. And, at some point, it’s going to cost the Giants a game.
The best thing to do is just walk away. Let your play do the talking. If you get pushed, don’t push back. Push back on the field. It’s not worth it. It just isn’t.
But as much as I may plead, I think it’s impossible for players to take a deep breath when they get pushed, or if they feel they get hit high, and say, “wait.”. It’s difficult. I know that. I just think that, when possible, caution needs to be exercised.
If I was a coach, I would preach remaining calm. I think if you get all heated, it could hurt you in other ways. Maybe you miss a tackle, drop a ball. That’s something that you can’t have. So, you have to be judicious.
I’m not saying that if the Giants are up 45 points, to just go crazy. I think that would be hypocritical. Obviously, in that situation, a personal foul isn’t going to affect the outcome. But, it’s about getting into habits, no matter the score or situation, and sticking to that. Easier said than done, I know.
I’m just making my case here. I know that players are not going to stop playing with emotion, and going over the line. But, I just think they need to be more aware of the consequences, not get bogged down in petty conflicts. THey’ll be better off for it.