Last Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer had an article written by Larry Platt about Philadelphia Eagles former coach Andy Reid. For those of you that are not aware, Andy got fired after the team struggled through a dismal 4 and 12 season.
The premise of the article is that Andy “Did something rare in America: He took responsibility.” He never called out his players. Eagles fans were incensed by his weekly news conferences where he parroted the familiar refrain, “That’s my responsibility… I need to do a better job.” Andy never wavered in his commitment to take ownership of the problems.
Truth be told, the performance of the Eagles was Andy’s responsibility. He was the head honcho, responsible for player personnel as well as the head coach. He was unable to improve upon his team’s lackluster 8 and 8 record last year, so he was fired.
But, Andy didn’t play the blame game, which is so easy to do. The author points out that blaming others has become routine. In fact, it’s even encouraged and often rewarded. He goes on to make the argument that we need more managers to take the high road. We need more buck stoppers and fewer buck passers.
Thoughts Joe and Wanda?
Joe Kerr: I almost stopped a buck dead this year – an eight pointer. Unfortunately, my lousy gun misfired.
Wanda B. Goode: Amen. Leadership is tough. It’s summed up in another quote from the article. “Victory has a hundred fathers, but defeat is an orphan.”