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Have you positively assumed that our players are getting better simply by working hard on their weaknesses? Have you heard players and coaches speak about spending large amounts of energy becoming football-jacks-of-all-trades? There is a good chance you have, and there's also a good chance the question may not be as simple as you think.
A few years ago my girlfriend asked me this question; "Would you rather be really, really good at one thing, or be a jack-of-all-trades?" I quickly answered jack-of-all-trades without thinking too much about the question. I was sure THEN, in that moment, that THAT was my final answer; but believe me or don't, since then I've been answering just the opposite.
She ended by giving me her answer and telling me she wanted to be really, really good at one thing and she said it was a personality test, and I didn't really believe her. But after my my answer was replied I noticed a slight disappointing face in her eyes like I had failed her test. It was apparent she knew something I didn't, and to this day I don't know how that happened since she graduated from KU.
Would Google be Google if they stuck their nose in the television business, or attempted to overtake SBNATION sports news and ESPN? Would Apple be Apple if they started growing oranges?
On the flip side, is it wrong for Jamaal Charles to be working on the things he's not good at? Could he be getting even better, even sharper, and more polished at his strengths instead?
Which Tamba would you rather see? A Tamba that's gotten better at pass protection, but hit his ceiling rushing the passer? Or, Tamba even better at rushing the quarterback along with sup-par pass protection
Our coach seems to be pointed in the direction of Jacks. He would rather cover everything extensively, or in full, rather than further varnishing brilliant skill sets our players already own. I'm not sure if I'm comfortable with Charles working hard solely on his weaknesses, even though that (in itself) sounds heinous.
I remember a time not long ago when I was playing Jack. I bought the largest most recent fact books and read and read and read and read. I also bought large amounts of joke books in a ridiculous attempt to be funnier, and as you all know by now, that's not the thingy I'm really good at.
I soon realized what I was good at. Things like: the business and teaching side of golf, food & beverage service industries, and cooking. I ran with the teaching gig, showing customers how to canoe and raft while teaching them about the Chihuahuan desert and how to survive and giving them the simple pleasures back in life that may have disappeared in their busy city lives. I cook them three meals a day on multi-day trips in canyon-land beauty I can't describe and I've really found (I think) what I'm really good at. So do you think it would be wise for me to try out for "Last Comic Standing" in pursuit of a better outcome?
I'd rather be real good at one thing than be mediocre at one-hundred others and I would rather our guys work harder on their strengths than their weaknesses. I believe that our coaches just may be emphasizing those weaknesses, thus, rusting up the Chief's talent as a whole. Our players may be hearing too much about what they're not good at, and not enough about what they are (good at).
In this shortened off-season we could be utilizing our practices in all the wrong ways, allowing our players to forget about their way. This has given us a preseason full of too many players thinking too much. Call me crazy, but we need to react and instinctively take over this division once again. No more "stinkin' thinkin'" my high-school golf coach used to say.
You may say I'm digging deep, but there is a reason our team is looking the way it is (not good). It caught us all by surprise and now we have nothing to hope for but a solid week one against the Bills and maybe (if we're lucky) a surprise for the morrow against the reigning lords of the ring.
Seriously think about that same question I was asked and let us all know how you'd answer question. Also, how do you think this could effect our season preparation?