August 30, 2012

Changing the Thought Process

Filed under: Chryst,Coaches,Football — Chas @ 10:22 am

Coach Paul Chryst has avoided any public pronouncements on goals or expectations. They exist, but he’s not saying much on them. That has been a consistent approach of his since taking the head coaching spot at Pitt.

“We have a lot of goals. To sum it up, you’ve got to work to improve and guys have got to get better. You’re a better team if each individual player gets better,” Chryst told the Panthers’ official website as summer practice got under way.

“I’ve never been able to tell what a guy’s ceiling is or how good he can be, but I think that it is enough if you keep working to be the best you can be.”

But try and get him to state what the actual goals are for the team. And you get nothing.

I asked him if he’d broached with his players the topic of a Big East title.

“No,” he said, politely.

Does he ever mention overriding goals such as winning a conference or national championship?

“No,” he said, politely.

This year, definitely a good thing. The last two years have seen high fan expectations dashed, followed by brash, bold talk that crashed and fled. Going forward, though, Chryst will not be able to avoid at least talking about team goals a little more specifically. It is also something he has to do.

Talking of player improvement. Talking about how that translates to the team. That is what coordinators and position coaches are supposed to do, and how they are supposed to think. When Chryst speaks of this team, that strikes me as how he still thinks.

It is part of the transition to becoming a head coach from a coordinator. I think this will be an issue/growing pain for Chryst this year.

Being the head coach requires looking at the whole a lot more. A head coach cannot just fixate on a position, player or side of the ball. Those are the things that his assistants and coordinators have to do.

Coach Chryst is the guy who has to set the goals and expectations for the team. Not simply their individual ones. But to get them to want to achieve the team goals.

The players need to have goals. They need to know that their coach believes in what they can achieve.

He can avoid the question. He can duck it. He can use coachspeak to dance around it with the media and fans. He can do all he can to take the pressure off the players in public as to what they can and should do.

Chryst cannot, however, do that to the team.

FWIW, here is an excerpt form the P-G:

Big start for Pitt recruit
A highly touted Pitt football recruit started the season with a memorable performance. Tra’Von Chapman, a quarterback at Roosevelt High in Kent, Ohio, had 518 yards offense in the season opener against Hoban last Friday. Chapman completed 22 of 39 passes for 439 yards and also ran 19 times for 79 yards

Comment by wbb 08.31.12 @ 12:53 pm

@ Taxing Matters, I have no comment, because I still don’t know what “machiavelian” means.

Comment by Dr. Tom 08.31.12 @ 1:31 pm


– marked by cunning, duplicity, or bad faith

-a cunning, amoral, and opportunist person

FOR THE THREAD AT HAND: a Pitt football coach characterized by subtle or unscrupulous cunning, deception, expediency, or dishonesty

Comment by Kenny 08.31.12 @ 3:12 pm

Quote from the PIttsburghSportsReport:

“We talk a lot about controlling the controllables. I think a lot of those things (achieving championship goals) are by-products from doing your job and focusing on the things that we can control and those things will be a by-product of that,” Chryst said. “It’s not to say that those aren’t things you hope are residual awards or rewards or effects of doing your job and focusing on things we can control. I think that’s the best way of accomplishing your goals — to focus on the process and not the results. A lot of people want that, we all want that, but we’ve got to do a lot of things to put ourselves in that position so we’ll focus a lot on the things we can control.”

Comment by Kenny 08.31.12 @ 3:27 pm

Thanks Kenny

Comment by Dr. Tom 08.31.12 @ 3:30 pm

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