Good morning Rumblers,
Happy Hump Day! :-/
For today's Joe, I'm going to do something a little different. I'm going to open up with a quick story and let you in on something a little personal; we're all family right? :-) I promise it will relate back to Bills football.
So about 7 years ago, I started out in Mortgage/Loan sales. I had the personality, drive, and talent to become successful. In a very short time, I became really good really fast. I was able to sell fire in hell and water to a well. So naturally in any profession, if you exceed expectations usually promotions follows. I was really young at the time and my then Manager came to me and said "Doc (lol) we want to promote you to sales manager, so that you can teach and train others on what you do". "However, you have no experience running the day-to-day operations of an office, we're going to send you to this sales manager training". Naturally, I said yes and began the training. For two months, I focused on becoming the best sales manager as possible. I read the books, participated in all the seminars etc etc. I learned how to run an office; how to recruit and hire talent, and I even learned all the administrative duties. All of these things were a weakness of mine, and I wanted to master them all.
So what went wrong? Well in sales, it's all about production. I didn't realize that I was hired in to that position because of what I did exceptional well, which is SELL!! Not because of my abilities to run the office. I simply stopped selling. I focused so much on my weaknesses, I neglected my strengths. I forgot who I was and why I was successful.
Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them. Instead, guided by our parents, by our teachers, by our managers, and by psychology's fascination with pathology, we become experts in our weaknesses, and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected....Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton
As promised, back to Bills Football.
I mentioned this, because in yesterday's post Morning Joe! What Are We Missing?, I asked you guys to pick what is it that we may be missing that may potentially prevent us from making the playoffs or the Super Bowl. Not surprising, 50% of the votes (majority in this case) and discussion pointed to our passing game (QB and #2 WR). Why is that? Is it because of our "fascination with pathology"?
If I would have done a separate post and poll you guys on the strength of our teams, the majority of you guys (me included) would have said either the running game or the new defensive line. Now I must give credit where credit is due, Der Jager (Defensive Line) and mike$bills (running game), were the only two people who actually addressed adding depth to the strongest parts of our team. Der Jager said:
I think Buffalo needs depth. The Wannstedt defense relies on the defensive line. They are six deep at DT with Dareus, Williams, Troup, Edwards, Carrington and probably Johnson. They are thin are DE unless the old Shawne Merriman returns.
Did Der Jager have the foresight to see something that we all may be missing? That we are only as strong as our strongest unit(s). That we are an injury away at DE from being virtually the same team on defense that we were a year ago. mike$bills said:
i do wish
we had a power-back for short yardage situations. Of course Fred Jackson can get those in most cases and I suppose even Brad Smith out of the wildcat was very successful at picking up the short yardage plays.
I kind of wish our #3 running back was a bruiser. Perhaps Dorin Dickerson can be that type of option maybe not.
Was mike$bills on to something here? We have two RBs that virtually does the same thing, can it help for us to add a true short yardage guy? Is it far fetched to want to add depth to our already potent running game?
I'm asking these questions, because I want us to start looking at this a little closer. I'm not saying this is the right way to go about it, but it's a way we hardly explore. The Giants, Pats, Niners, Saints, all focuses on what make them great and play to their strengths. Are we missing the boat?