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Helmets Off


Jan 6, 2018

You have to love the egos in the NFL.  No one can be humble and just embrace their experience.  Father time will eventually hit you in the NFL.  Scott is talking about the New England Patriots and the article from ESPN.com about issues between Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, Head Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.  The reality is that there is no success without the three of them.

Scott recalls a time with the Detroit Lions in 1995 he played with a record setting offense with the Lions.  They could have been a very dominant team but guys wanted more.  Barry Sanders was upset with his contract. 

The 1985 Chicago Bears.  There wasn’t a team that was so dominate defensively but their egos got in the way of the success of the team.

Scott didn’t expect to see this in New England.  The article doesn’t just show up out of the blue.  Unless one of the three guys has their ego in the way and using the media to vent and create turmoil.

Scott saw this with Dan Marino and the way that he approached football games.  Scott said it was more entertaining on the sidelines than on the field.  He was just a really competitive person.  Head Coach Don Shula would do everything possible to make sure they won the game.  Dan claims that the only reason he is in the Hall of Fame is because he had one team, one coach and one system.

Bill Belichick after working with Tom Brady for over 15 years knows when things will start slipping.  But everyone knows that the Patriots never had a true superstar besides Tom and no one wanted to be the superstar and it worked. 

What would things have been like if everyone got along and egos didn’t get in the way?

Scott talks about interesting gifts that Quarterback has given to their offensive lineman.  It is important because the offensive line is the biggest reason for a quarterbacks success.  Linebackers should give the treatment to the defensive line.  Jacksonville Jaguars rookie runningback Leonard Fournette bought all of his offensive lineman a Rolex watch.  Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers bought his offensive lineman off-road vehicles. 

A great gift idea is giving them the latest and greatest phone with a picture of you on their background.  But it is all about making a statement and showing appreciation for their contribution.  Scott always did an outlandish gift.  He gave every single offensive lineman two round trip first class airline tickets to anywhere in the world.

Scott would also host a dinner with the very best cuts of meat.  They were huge.  He also flew in cheesecake from Chicago.  It was his way of showing his offensive lineman how much he really appreciates them and what they do for him.

Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop of all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.

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