Is anybody else slightly concerned by Eric’s level of emotional intensity and its affect on team confidence?
On the one hand, I like the fact that he cares and is a fighter and really into figuring out what it will take to win.
On the other hand, I get concerned that his frustration over mistakes in what appears to be a high level of execution requirement may lead to lack of confidence in tight situations.
I notice that in tight games, when you need players to feel confident vs. frozen in fear of mistakes, Muss seems to be more focused on the mistake vs. cheer leading and building confidence in the moment and letting the mistake go…for the moment.
I’ve seen both styles. If you watch coaches generally you will see clapping or some other sign of “it’s going to be okay we can win this” behavior…Roy Williams, Bill Self. Others get very frustrated by mistakes and focus on not making them. Saban - Bob Knight.
Watching Eric at press conferences post losses and during games, I get a little worried that his perfectionism and intensity may impede confidence in tight or stressful situations. Not blaming Eric for Mason Jones outburst, but no doubt it’s intense in those huddles and in tight situations, I would think you want calm, attention and confidence.
One last point. I know Muss cares and he’s frustrated when we lose, but by all measures this team is overachieving, given the roster and the fact that we are down to basically one legitimate offensive weapon. Personally I’m concerned that Eric’s outward display of stress (late game and pressers) can affect the team at a time when they need confidence, and maybe that’s just me. But, when we make mistakes, miss free throws, don’t take open shots and then later in a possession take bad ones, especially at the end of games that are tight, I wonder if they are a little too afraid of mistakes vs. playing to win. (I know they want to win)
I’m sure all of this would be less noticeable and less important with more wins and less stress, but what I see right now is slightly concerning.