I like the idea of rallying behind Nathan Brown
as a general theme
Have been thinking about your and 6 Agains posts this afternoon
Everyone is correct which is why I agree with all sides.
I have a light hearted comment to share
Brown is a little bit country but also a little bit rock and roll
Brown is a bit Dr Jekyl and a bit Mr Hyde
Regarding creating accountability this year by his press conference honesty...I have also had a think about that.
In my management experience we are taught to:
Praise in public and criticise in private
I think he should holler at Rocco Berry
one on one behind closed doors and talk at a high level about faults in press conferences without getting down to individuals
Overall he is my favourite coach I have ever had for a team I have supported out of cricket, union or league.
His basic solution for winning rugby league is to put a team on the paddock that is better on paper than the other team can put out.
From my betting days when I used to bet on Super Rugby each week. The biggest impact to team performance was injuries and guys coming back from injury that week. Getting Anto Leniert Brown back in the line up or not would be the definitive element of the chiefs winning that week and the news paper articles about how training was going that week or a particular motivation for the game meant nothing.
Talented players win sports games. Not coaches with clever tactics or well thought out defensive patterns.
gets that so he although he focuses on all aspects of coaching: player development, tactics, defence, ball handling, strategies, shape etc - however his number one focus is building a roster and trying to win by having the best players.
The all blacks win because they have the best players not because their coaches are genuises.
If you put Nathan Brown
in charge of the Storm this year instead of Craig Bellamy and the Storm would still finish top 4. If you put Stephen Kearney
in charge of the Storm this year and they would still finish top 4. There are limits. If you put David Kidwell in charge of the storm then they would be spoon.
I would like us to keep Nathan for at least this season. And watch him more. I get the feeling is he learning and adjusting still to what works and what doesn't work as an NRL coach. I think he has head coach figured out as he showed in Super League just not head NRL coach which is a different and more challenging dynamic.
Some jobs that are very senior can take 5 years to learn. I once had a job where it took me 5 years to figure out how to do it it was so complex. It was project management of solution concept unknown projects where you would go into a situation and be told a problem and have to come up with the answer yourself and implement that answer while the whole organisation watches you because it is a high profile project. It was extremely difficult to learn and my friend found an article that showed that our role took years to learn for anybody.
Brown is leading in a way a solution concept unknown project where the media watches his every move. He needs to figure out the problem that the Warriors have, come up with options, look at his organisations constraints, his organisations competencies. and implement a solution that triangulates all of that in an environment that wants results right now and wants and expects results now.
It is also a hard one because the answer is not just give every coach 5 years to learn and turn into a Bellamy or a Bennett. Because some never will, in fact, most won't.
The ones that do get the cerebral part right early or show signs that they can. The soft stuff like not critcising in public might be a hard lesson he has to learn but that can come later. If you start with the soft skills only the harder league technical stuff and player discernment will never come.
I do have concerns about his player discernment and that is my biggest knock on him. Had Arthars played game one ahead of Vailea
then we might have won. And I thought that Arthars showed well in the trial and had more experience so that was a head scratcher.
The ongoing play of Aitken at second row is also a red flag in terms of discernment. You can play a hunch but you need to abandon it at some point.
I am watching. He has now figured out that Arthars is the guy. So that is a tick.
No conclusion to this post other than I firmly think at least this season for Brown if not next as well based on the fact he gets the concept of how to build a winning team better than most other coaches I have seen in my life.