‘It’s not a perfect game’: ‘Tough love’ for struggling players
Business Insider’s Ben Goldacre and Mark Giannotti explore the philosophy behind what they call the “Tough Love” movement.
It’s a philosophy that they say has helped many of their players make it to the NFL, and it’s not for everyone.
The tenets of the movement, which was developed by former Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and NFL player John Lynch, emphasize that players who suffer through a season or two of poor play can come out of the abyss much more motivated to improve.
The key, though, is to be willing to make changes that will help the team win, regardless of what happens during the season.
It’s a system that helps players in the long run, and is also a way to teach them the importance of hard work and discipline.
The NFL is full of examples of players who went through a rough time and managed to turn their careers around.
But, according to Goldacre, “It’s difficult to tell a story of someone who’s had a difficult season and who’s able to bounce back and make it work.”
“When you’re going through tough times and you’re dealing with a difficult environment, you’re not going to have time to think about the positive,” Lynch told Sports Illustrated.
“You’re just going to do what you gotta do.
And then you’re back to your old self.”
Lynch went on to win the Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2012 and 2013, and now is an assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers.
The former QB has gone on to coach the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.
The idea of the Tough Love philosophy is to take the hard knocks of a season and get them to work for you.
It helps you find your feet and get ready for the next season.
That said, there are some who say it’s a dangerous approach to trying to help a player overcome adversity.
“It doesn’t work in the NFL,” Lynch said.
“We have players who go through things and they can bounce back, but if you don’t do it, you won’t get there.”
This article has been updated with additional comment from Lynch.