No dig.

By: Waldorf

True, the "love" thing recently brought up regarding Helton was probably fresh in my mind because I read the thread below, but that really was a problem, IMHO, in the Neuheisel era and, perhaps to a lesser extent, in the Mora era. 

I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting to be loved. We all do. And there's nothing really wrong with a coach wanting to be friendly with his players. But it's difficult for players to accept real criticism from a coach if he's also -- on other days -- trying to be real friendly. I am NOT saying a coach should be a prick, or that he  has to be a bastard in order to win. But they're there to do a job, and sometimes wanting to be liked or accepted is not the best approach. 

One more thing: coaches who are friendly with some players and less so with others, well, that can cause big problems. Even if it's not intentional, it can cause some players to feel resentful; they may think it's favoritism. I don't know firsthand, but I've heard that was a problem with Mora. He was more friendly with some players than others, not because he liked some guys better but because he felt more comfortable with certain players more than others. 

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