How should leaders respond to losses?
Read these post-game quotes from Pete Carroll and get 7 tips for your own playbook.
“Boy this is a hard thing to take…”
Describe What Happened
“Let me just tell you what happened…We sent in our personnel, they sent in goal line, it’s not the right matchup for us to run the football, so on second down we throw the ball really to kind of waste that play. If we score we do, if we don’t, then we’ll run it in on third and fourth down. Really, with no second thoughts or no hesitation in that at all…And unfortunately, the guy…jumps in front of the route and makes an incredible play that nobody would ever think he could do…”
“There’s really nobody to blame but me, and I told them that clearly. And I don’t want them to think anything other than that. “
“They busted their tails and did everything they needed to do to put us in position, and unfortunately it didn’t work out…”
“I know you have a million questions about this, and I’ll answer them, it’s really ok, I understand why you’re asking, so I’ll try to answer them the best I can for you…”
“They made a better play than we did. That’s going to happen…Tom [Brady] did a great job to engineer the win. That’s it, they’re a great football team. They played like they were capable of playing.”
(on disappointment in the fight and a player getting ejected from game at the end) “Yeah, that’s unfortunate. That’s a mess. Nobody needed to see that. That’s just emotions and stuff like that. It’s too bad that showed up.”
(Quotes source: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/seahawks/2015/02/01/post-game-quotes-from-seahawks-coach-pete-carroll/)
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