As a Coach, I have learned to pay careful attention to how individuals and teams process information. As a QB Trainer, understanding how a QB processes information is paramount.
All the physical skills in the world cannot overcome a information processing deficiency. Athletes process information in 2 basic ways.
1) Information Drives Decision Making. This is the most common method. Good Reps, Organized Practice Structure and Film study leads the Athlete/Team to make accurate decisions - they play well and have success.
2) Decision Making Drives Information. This model warrants close scrutiny due to the high risk/reward nature of the outcomes this method can produce. Some athletes who use this model can seem like "mavericks" - they may not practice hard, seem like they are not paying attention and not appear to study film. But if you measure their effectiveness, it becomes obvious that they collect information to drive decision making. They just do it differently.
ON THE OTHER HAND, there are athletes who decide to make a decision, simply because they want to. Their decision making impulses are self-centered. At the apex of their decision making, their minds are completely void of any concern, other than how the pending decision will make them feel.
These type of athletes are privately (among coaches) called "Coach Killers" because they destroy team focus and get coaches fired.
If you coach or run an organization, your team will improve immediately when you get rid of "coach killers" asap!
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