Conscious that it’s an area where I might be overly dramatic, I’m big on initial messages and lasting images.
Coach Gus Bradley got to talk to his team for the first time Tuesday, and with everyone except left tackle Eugene Monroe (who the team knew wouldn’t make it) assembled, reports make it sounds as if the Jacksonville Jaguars hit it out of the park.
It would be hard for a team getting together for the first time not to be impressed by Bradley’s contagious energy.
I was really struck by one theme he discussed: Simplicity.
Per Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, Bradley mentioned Mozart, Michelangelo and Beethoven.
“I want to really come across as our plan is being really simple,” Bradley said. “Michelangelo used three primary colors and look at what he did. Beethoven used seven notes and look at what he did. We don’t have to be complicated in our house.”
That’s great stuff.
John Oehser of Jaguars.com picked up on that quote.
“Maybe to the offense or defense that’s watching us on film it appears [complicated], but we’re going to teach simple concepts," Bradley said. "The big thing to us is we want to play hard, fast, together. That middle part -- that 'play fast' -- there’s nothing we can do coaching-wise to get in the way of that.”
I expect Bradley will mention three primary colors and seven notes again (and again).
But even if he doesn’t, I think it's the sort of message that should resonate and could be incredibly helpful to a rebuilding team that is going to go through some difficult times.
Heck, it's the sort of message that can resonate with you and I in our work -- it's a show-don't-tell version of "Keep it simple, stupid."