There are many different ways to approach the role of coaching football in the NFL, and you can debate all day long which one leads to the most success.
From “The Patriot Way” of Bill Belichick, to the expletive-laden tirades and scowls of Jon Gruden, to Tony Dungy’s more reserved mood, championship cultures have been developed from many different coaching styles.
There’s certainly a particularly mindset in New York, where Giants head coach Joe Judge prefers punitive methods of motivation for his players when mistakes are made in practice.
For the first-year head coach of the other team that plays at MetLife Stadium, Robert Saleh, there’s a bit of a different approach:
How does Robert Saleh feel about disciplining players with laps or push ups? He’s not a big fan:
“For me, it’s more about creating accountability with self rather than forcing accountability. These players are grown men”
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) August 5, 2021
Speaking to the media Thursday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles had similar sentiments:
“We have trust on both sides of the ball with coaches and players,” Bowles said. “We coach them hard and they understand that it’s not personal and they respond. They make mistakes and we correct them. We make mistakes, they correct us. So it’s a lot of open dialogue and a lot of trust, and we kind of build from there.”
Since Bruce Arians arrived in 2019 as the Bucs’ new head coach, the team’s motto has been, “trust, loyalty and respect.” Those words have obviously been taken to heart by both the players and coaches in Tampa Bay, who turned a team that hadn’t been to the playoffs in more than a decade into Super Bowl champs in just two seasons.
Sure, the arrival of Tom Brady and the presence of a well-rounded roster played a big role in their turnaround, but it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Arians, Bowles and the rest of Tampa Bay’s coaching staff has been able to develop those three traits in a championship way.
Who knows what the future holds for the Giants under Judge, or the Jets under Saleh. But if Tampa Bay’s recent results are any indication, betting on Saleh’s more humble approach might be the smarter play.