Whether you love or hate football, there’s a hidden message in this football analogy. The Dallas Cowboys are being criticized for blowing a 26-3 lead to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday, losing 37-36. The criticism is that the Cowboys didn’t run the ball enough to “KILL THE CLOCK” in the second half to protect their lead.
Killing the clock is the football myth of playing it safe when you have a lead by calling running plays instead of pass plays. Running plays are perceived to be safer, less chance of turning the ball over to the other team. And running keeps the clock moving if you stay in bounds. Keeping the clock moving is what coaches want to do when they have a lead. Passing is perceived to be riskier because people believe that it’s easier for a pass to be intercepted than to cause a fumble on a running play. And incomplete passes stop the clock, giving the trailing team more time to catch up.
Here’s the myth – protecting a lead by calling only running plays is foolish. You can’t gain yards by running into the wall set up by the defense who expects the running play. It’s too hard to get first downs strictly on the ground, so offenses turn the ball over on downs, the same effect as if they had fumbled.
Here’s the truth – passing scores more points. That’s why the NFL has finally moved out of the dark ages recently and has become a passing league – because passing gives bigger return on investment. The best way to protect a lead is to increase it.
The reason the Dallas Cowboys lost was flawed execution on defense and flawed execution of passing on offense. It had nothing to do with not killing the clock. Flawless execution is the secret in football and every job in real-life. Execution is the difference between winning and losing in sports, business, and every profession you can think of. Those who execute the best, win the ring. Those who don’t, end up in last place, broke and broken up.
Playing it safe is a manifestation of intense fear. Trying to kill the clock is another contradiction in the self-professed tough-guy world of pro sports. They’re engulfed in overwhelming fear that spreads like a virus. The mainstream football culture teaches fear by passing down their myths from generation to generation. If a team is winning 26-3, they should be good enough to score another 26 points. Playing it safe promotes crushing fear that will shatter the will and spirit of any team in any profession.
Here’s our team policy:
• Bomb the other team when we’re leading. Dual meaning. Pass deep when you’re in front on the scoreboard and in front psychologically. Scoring more and more point breaks the opponent’s will.
• Never kill the clock. Killing the clock becomes a habit. You will become a clock-killer in real-life by sitting back, letting others pass by. Real-life clock-killers sit in rocking chairs, bundled up by the fire, rocking their life away by killing the clock day in, day out.
• Killing the clock promotes fear. Killing the clock promotes the ‘play not to lose’ attitude that guarantees losing. Killing the clock makes you afraid to play your own game. Killing the clock turns you into a frightened shell of your former self. Then you’ll go out in the real-world and play scared, being fearful of losing instead of playing with the confidence of scoring more and more points.
• If you’re afraid to score more points instead of killing the clock, find another team, another program that plays with conventional thinking. We will never follow conventional thinking. We are not followers. We are leaders.
• Never be afraid of a lead. Never protect a lead, add to it.
Conformity in football is rampant. Fans believe the tired-old bullshit that coaches, players and the media spread over and over again. Over 66% of humans are influenced by false conventional thinking even when they know better. Studies have proven that over two-thirds of humans are hopeless followers who will follow any foolish myth just because they are terrified of being different. The fear of being your true self stops you from speaking up when you have an new idea. The fear of being different stops you when you want to break from the pack and be your own person. Fear of leading makes you a hopeless follower for life. Fear of leading makes you follow someone else’s life instead of building your own.
Be original. Don’t fear being different. It’s your choice – follow or lead. The football culture is a perfect example of how limiting myths are spread into the minds of the easily influenced. Be your true self. Don’t hide your true self.
#Peace #Blessings #Buonnatale.
Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., NCCP Level 3
Head coach – Niagara X-men football
Owner – X Fitness Inc.
Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of books are at: www.ginoarcaro.com His books include: 4th & hell: seasons 1-5, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT Offense, SWAT Defense, X Fitness Workout System. He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks.