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Subtlety is sometimes a powerful form of communication.
Earlier this week, we saw that at work with the Denver Broncos. There’s always an interesting dichotomy when teams change from one head coach and coaching staff to a new head coach and his staff. As Jeff Legwold tweeted, fair or not to the former coaches, whenever a new coaching staff arrives, there are routinely discussions of culture change from players.
When Bradley Chubb and Andy Janovich met the media during the first week of offseason workouts, the subtlety was the jackhammer to Vance Joseph and his staff.
“First team meeting, we started at 8 a.m,” Chubb told the media. “But guys were there at 7:55 in their seats. I remember a couple of times last year that guys would be rolling in at 7:59. Just a culture change like that. Everybody wants to be better than we were, better than 5-11 and 6-10.”
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Added Janovich: “Last year we had guys coming in two seconds before (meetings), and they’re not even seated by the time of the meeting, but they’re there. Now, it’s five minutes early and now we start five minutes early. It’s just extra time to sharpen every tool you have in the classroom. You spend more there than you do on the field and in practice and everything. It’s more of a mental game a lot of time, so just to have extra time (helps).”
On the latest MHR Radio Podcast (iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher), Adam Malnati and I talked about how crucial it is to create those habits now so the Broncos see success later in the season. It’s the attention to detail, even in what seems like trivial workouts or meetings, that changes the culture of a team. What makes it even better is Vic Fangio has carried a consistent message from the day he was hired through today.
“Vic is a no-nonsense guy; old school,” Janovich said. “We’re going to work hard. Not saying we didn’t work hard last year, but I think people are excited about the changes. It’s going to be good.”
Sometimes subtlety is a powerful way to deliver a powerful message.
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