Originally Posted by milkman
The problem is that Pioli has avoided the guys that play with emotion.
He believes the best way to win is to find guys that play smart.
But the great defenses always have that one or two guys that play with their emotion on their sleeves, and when you have that, the rest of the team follows.
The Patriots, in their SB years, had those guys, with Willie McGinest and Teddy Breuski.
As soon as those guys started to move on, even though their defense still played smart, that defense declined, because they drafted smart players who don't bring any emotion.
I honestly believe that football teams should be like they're portrayed in the movies. You need some smart guys, you need some fiery leader guys, you need some talented and naive rookies, and you need grizzled veterans on their last legs to teach them.
As a semi-related aside, Jimmy Johnson was just featured on that "Football Life" show. He was out on a fishing boat with Belichick, and he said, "Hit me in the head with a hammer if I ever draft a dumb guy", and Belichick said, "Yeah, you taught me that."
Johnson then went on to say that you can't reason with a dumb player. He would take a malcontent who was smart because you could reason with that guy, but you can't reason with a guy who's inherently dumb.