Recently, I watched an interview of former Oakland Raiders quarterback Jamarcus Russell. Russell was the first pick in the NFL Draft several years ago. Since the end of last season, Russell was released by the Raiders and was arrested in July for possession of a controlled substance known as “purple drank.” NFL critics and fans are starting to consider Russell the “biggest bust” in the history of the NFL.
How can a player of Russell’s caliber be such a bust?
Is it because his coach didn’t develop him to prepare him for the NFL?
It leads me to believe that his college coach, LSU’s Les Miles, either didn’t spend more time helping Jamarcus work on his mechanics and maturity as a quarterback, or Russell thought that he didn’t need to change his “game”. Talent is a great thing to have, but you have to hone your skills and work on your weaknesses in order to be ready for whatever happens.
Which is why Kirk Ferentz is respected and admired by the NFL community. NFL coaches and scouts know that when a former Hawkeye joins their team, that player is ready mentally, physically, and prepared for the next challenge.
Just like in sports, “coaches” are everywhere and are available to help people work on a weakness, better utilize their strengths and skills, and help build confidence to tackle on life’s challenges.
There’s a “career” coach, “life” coach, and even a “motivational” coach. There is a coach for almost anything that we need help in.