Can you imagine the outcome of a game on any given Sunday if the coach didn’t bother with a game plan? Somehow drawing up plays in the dirt like in the playground seems unfathomable. The odds of winning are negligible. The odds of the head coach keeping his job are no better.
A key part of being professional is the commitment to preparation. It became almost legendary that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Jon Gruden was up everyday at 3:11am. His typical workday was one of exhaustive review of game films, strategy sessions and running practices. It’s grueling to get to the top, and stay there.