Recently, and when I say recently, I mean about 45 minutes ago, I was watching a documentary about the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. Something that I found very interesting, was that their head coach Brian Billick created the “P rule.” What this rule was, is that none of the players on that Ravens team, nobody in that organization, was allowed to say the word playoffs, until they actually clinched a spot in the playoffs. Billick wanted his team to take the season one game at a time, don’t worry about making the playoffs, because until they actually made it, they hadn’t earned the right to talk about it. Spoiler alert, not only did the Ravens make the playoffs that year, they became Super Bowl champions.
I love this. One game mentality. Canes need to realize this in 2020. Dont talk about winning the Coastal, don’t talk about a bowl game. Earn the right, take it one week at a time. pic.twitter.com/9WLHelzopy— Bring Jake Garcia To Miami (@hurricanesmarsh) June 16, 2020
Over the past 15-plus years, I think that this has been one of the biggest problems with the Miami Hurricanes, and one of the reasons why this program has struggled. With high expectations being placed before every season, the Hurricanes team as well as fans, are so focused on winning the Coastal division, winning the ACC, winning the National Championship, that they forget that there’s 12 games before any of that matters. And guess what, with only one Coastal division title in 16 years, we have absolutely no reason to be talking about it, until we actually win it again.
Miami officially eliminated from ACC Coastal. That’s 0 ACC titles in 16 yrs for Canes since joining conference, with 1 trip to conference title game. The most disappointing/underachieving high profile program in country during that span— Tom D'Angelo (@tomdangelo44) November 16, 2019
Perfect example of this was last season. Before 2019 even began, everyone was already crowing the Canes as the team that’ll win the Coastal division, and I get that fans and the media are going to make predictions, but I think the players already had it in their minds that the regular season was going to take care of itself. They were already focusing on playing Clemson in Charlotte, but then lost to UNC in September. Miami was already looking forward to playing Virginia Tech, that they nearly lost Central Michigan.
A young OL got outplayed.— 5Rings_Canes (@5Rings_Canes) September 22, 2019
CMU DL was good. They were good coming in.
Did I see THAT happening? No, however, with that group,a mismatch and/or getting outplayed is still possible.
And when it happens, it hurts the whole operation.
When Miami beat Louisville in early November and improved to 6-4, instead of focusing on FIU in two weeks, people were already talking about how this team was going to the Orange Bowl. What happened? Well, you know what happened.
In less than a week Yahoo projected Miami to the Gasperila Bowl against UCF to Stadium projecting the Orange Bowl against Bama. Maybe we should let the dust settle first— Eric Lauzin (@Lauzin) November 19, 2019
Or how about the 2005 season? The Hurricanes were #3 in the country late in November, and everyone’s thoughts were already on the ACC Championship and perhaps a spot in the National Championship game. They completely overlooked a game at home against an average Georgia Tech team, and lost at home.
Since 1985, when Miami is favored by 10 or more at home, the Hurricanes are 123-11.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 22, 2018
The biggest home upset in that span was 2005 against Georgia Tech, when 19-point-favored Canes lost 14-10.
Today's line against FIU: Miami by 26, 26.5 or 27, depending on where you look.
When you have that mindset going into a season, but lose a game early in the year, it could potentially ruin the rest of the season. Because once you lose a game, you’ll then have some players and coaches believing that the season is now a lost cause. Miami EASILY could’ve put the FIU loss behind them and focus on beating Duke the following game. But after the FIU game, everybody already deemed the season over, when in reality, the Canes could’ve won their last two games and ended the year on a high note.
Yep, Miami’s final three games were losses to FIU, to a Duke team which had lost 5 straight entering the game and a shutout at the hands of Louisiana Tech in the bowl game. Just needed to double check that.— Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) December 27, 2019
Once a game is over, win or lose, you have to move on, because the only thing that matters is your upcoming opponent.
#Patriots coach Bill Belichick on why so hard to be SB contender every year: “I don’t know. We just take it one game at a time. This week it’s the #Eagles. We didn’t do well the last time we played them. I hope we can do better.”— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) November 12, 2019
Two of the greatest coaches in football history, Nick Saban, Bill Belichick, they preach about taking it one game at a time, one play at a time. Belichick is known for situational football, having a new gameplan focused only on the team you’re playing that week. The Patriots aren’t worried about the Super Bowl until it’s actually that upcoming game, which is why he’s the best coach in NFL history.
Bill Belichick focuses on one game at a time. Does whatever he can to win every game. He wants to go undefeated. Bill wants to go 19-0.— Mark Dondero (@MarkDondero) July 26, 2017
For Saban, his 2015 Alabama team lost at home to Ole Miss in September, and while everyone around the country already labeled the season over and a failure, the Crimson Tide moved on and focused on winning their next game. That team went on to win the rest of their games in 2015, ending in one of the five national championships that Saban has won in Tuscaloosa.
This is simply amazing.— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) November 15, 2018
"Alabama has a Nick Saban problem" - @joelklatt
"Alabama's dynasty is over" @ColinCowherd
This clip in 2015 is a work of art.
Since this video, Alabama is 49-2.
Good find @bustedcoveragehttps://t.co/K2iA0rhb0S
When it comes to Manny Diaz and the 2020 Hurricanes, don’t talk about how you’re going to beat Clemson in the ACC Championship in December, focus on beating Temple on September 5th, because it’s the only game that matters right now. Don’t talk about winning the Coastal, because we haven’t earned the right to talk about it. Earn it.
“We certainly have enough in the locker room to compete for the Coastal Division,” Manny Diaz said.— Josh White (@_JoshRWhite) December 30, 2019
Diaz says they’re trying to figure out how to maximize that talent.
If the Canes are 4-0 after beating Michigan State, don’t start talking and thinking about what bowl game they’re predicted to go, plan and focus only on October 3rd against Pittsburgh.
Nick Saban w/ a great quote to his players before the SEC championship game: "Trust the process & do your job."— Pure Sweat (@PureSweat) December 9, 2014
Belichick said it best when he said, “We don’t talk about last year. We don’t talk about next week. We talk about today, and we talk about the next game. That’s all we can really control. The rest of it will take care of itself.”
Coach Diaz needs his players to learn this, and live it in 2020, and if they do? Then we’ll be seeing a much better Hurricanes team this season. Earn it, one game at a time.