Coaching may be one of the hardest occupations in the world. A coach doesn’t just draw up X’s and O’s.
They teach. They inspire. They motivate. And sometimes, they fight for their players.
Many times, those characteristics are shown on the field of play and on the sidelines. Players know when their head coach is behind them. They know when they have the full faith and support of their leader.
“It means a lot to us for our head guy to put it all on the line and go out there and vouch for us when he feels like something was right or wrong or however he portrayed it to be,” says Isaiah Ford, who had a breakout game for the Dolphins on Sunday. “It just means a lot for us and that’s how we reflect on Sundays is we go out there and we put it all on the line for him as well.”
One of the leaders on defense also noticed the emotion and fiery passion Coach Flores displayed on Sunday.
“You like to see that in your coach,” said LB Raekwon McMillan, who contributed four total tackles in Sunday’s loss. “That’s the head of our organization coaching-wise. He’s passionate about everything he does. He’s passionate about his team, he’s passionate about his players, he’s passionate about everybody in this building. So when you see that in your head coach, it just pours out into the rest of the organization. We feel how he feels the same way, and we’re passionate about winning. We just want to keep it rolling for him.”
The last part of that quote is what resonates with players, and it becomes a trickle-down effect that touches the rest of the franchise, from the owner to the equipment manager. When players want to “keep it rolling” for their head coach, you know that a franchise is on the right track.
“It means a lot because they care,” said DB Steven Parker. “We know that they care. They put in a countless number of hours; but to actually feel what we felt and really be right there by our sides, that was a blessing. That was cool.”
This team may be devoid of talent and top-tier names, but one thing they have is a head coach that believes in them, cares for them, and will run through a brick wall for them. After Sunday’s passionate show of emotion, there may be no doubt that Flores will, quite literally, run through any brick wall for his team and his players.
This story was written by Ozzie Delgado. Follow him on Twitter: @ozziedelgadojr
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