Now me a person, that loves to play and watch sports. I tend to stay in somewhat good shape. At least to the point of when im asked by friends to play a game, i do not pass of from the work-out. We hear of a lot of good players that are broken down because of there work ethic in camp or through out the season. Yes, its the players job to keep their selves motivated to work hard and get better and they should want to hit their highest level of play.
Going back to my situation, I am always ready and willing to hit the gym or play ball if there is someone there with me to do these things. Now do not get me wrong if I got paid the money these guys do, I would run a mile for who ever, when ever, but do you think that that coaches and staff play a huge role in making sure these guys are on track( something like a high school counselor).
These players that I see losing focus and becoming one of their own, are in my eyes players without direction. We all know its hard to "teach an old dog new tricks", but it is very odd to me this is happening in such a hugh quantity around the league. What every happen to the coaches getting one on ones with there players and making sure home and work are OK?Is it that players move around so much that the value of player, coach relationships are strained.
I see our coaching staff as being different, not because i know them or live next door, just because of how they push the players to be their best at all times. I do agree this does not work for every player(and it does not work for them because they do not want it to in my opinion), but the coaches just do not do this for their selves they do it for the players. It is the players who do not get to see their families as much as they want. The players who training day in and day out and might not to be able to eat the good and greasy foods we might . It is the players who get cut if they under perform and its the players we rejoice for at the super bowl trophy presentation. So where does the responsibility of our players really lye.