Just a few weeks after Erik Spoelstra attended a University of Tennessee practice, Spo made the jump to the NFL, visiting Pete Carrol and the Seattle Seahawks and speaking to the players.
Of those players, star quarterback Russell Wilson was impressed, which says a lot since he was recently on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, stars in a million commercials and is constantly subjected to Skittles eating contests with Marshawn Lynch and listening to Pete quote Sun Tzu while rolling a cross joint. (“Hey, Marshawn, lemme get some of those Skittles!”)
But I digress. It is understandable why coaches, even football coaches, would bring in Spoelstra, who is coming off of winning back-to-back championships, to talk to their teams. After all, if winning is contagious, Spo visiting a few football practices and coughing on oodles of football players can only help, right?
Spoelstra talked to the team about sacrifice, effort, hard work, competitive skirmishes, warriors, brotherhoods, destiny vs fate, the meaning of life, string theory and Miley Cyrus.
“That’s what he talked about,” Wilson said, according to ESPN.com. “It’s having that discipline and believing yourself, sort of ignore the noise. And how do you continue to stay focused when so many things are said about you? How do you stay focused on the work ethic and the sacrifice?
The Seahawks are a hyped team, not to the level of the 2011 Miami Heat, but certainly expectations are high. And why not? They have one of the best defenses in the NFL, an exciting, talented and charismatic quarterback and are coming off of a successful season.
Managing expectations is a big part of the job for every coach, and Spoelstra has proved to be one of the best at it.
“Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.” – Sun Tzu