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Riverboat Ron

From NBC SportsWorld:

Ron Rivera interviewed for nine (or 11) head coaching jobs, so he felt sure that he was completely ready when he got the Carolina Panthers job. But what made him one of the best coaches in the NFL was the realization that, no, actually, he was not.

With bonus video of why Luke Kuechly should be the NFL MVP.

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6 Responses to Riverboat Ron

  1. Daniel says:

    Damn Joe that was a ripper. Thanks.

  2. Kevin says:

    Just to clarify, Alan Page Minnesota Vikings 1971 was the first defensive player named NFL MVP; Lawrence Taylor was the second…

  3. Peter says:

    It’s so much fun!

  4. KHAZAD says:

    I am a fan of Riverboat Ron, and I don’t even have a rooting interest in the Panthers. The “play it safe” mentality of most coaches goes against the aggressive nature of the players and the game itself, and “the book” which usually follows the play it safe mindset, often runs counter to advanced analytics like expected points.

    I think most coaches don’t take chances because they are afraid of how it will be perceived. If the advantage play has the biggest upside, and the most positive expectation overall, but goes against the play it safe by the book mentality, it also often has the biggest downside as well, even if the chances of the downside are less. If it fails, they will be lambasted by the fans and the media (TV, Radio, and Print). Sometimes they are even harshly criticized for the decision even when it is successful because of what COULD have happened. If they play it safe, the outcome may actually be worse, but as you said, they will get a chorus of “he did the right thing” from most media and fans.

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