I have coached at the junior varsity and Pop Warner level. In no way is that the same as coaching in the NFL. I am not pretending it is, however, when I would tell a player to sit on the bench, he sat on the bench. Of course some would be upset about getting taken out; so would their parents. I did appreciate the competitiveness and desire to play. However, when I made a decision to take a player out I thought it was the right thing for the team and I would stick to my guns. Does that make me a great coach? No! That is what any coach who values any kind of respect from his players would do. When I heard the story of how Brad Childress wanted to take Brett Favre out of the game and Favre refused, I was just blown away. I certainly wasn't surprised that Favre didn't want to come out. I have ...
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