I just started reading Next Man Up, the John Feinstein book about the Ravens back from the Brian Billick era. In an early meeting with the team, Billick talked to them about the fact the team had been building to make a Super Bowl run and it was time for that to happen. He told them that the team was configured to get to the Super Bowl that year, as well as the next couple.
That made me think (always a dangerous thing). Should Andy Reid embrace Super Bowl talk? I don’t mean go all Rex Ryan and start talking about how we’re the best and definitely will win the SB. I’m talking more about openly using the phrase “Super Bowl” when discussing the season and goals. Things like:
“Our goal is absolutely to win the Super Bowl.”
“We’re not playing like a Super Bowl team right now.”
“These are the kind of wins you expect to see from a Super Bowl team.”
“The reason we had Tommy and Megan make that hot tub video was to help us get to the Super Bowl.”
Normally I don’t think this would be smart, but since Reid is going to be under big pressure this year…could this actually be smart? Rather than ignore the obvious, embrace it. Reid isn’t on a Super Bowl or bust mandate, but he’s not far off from that if you read between the lines of Jeff Lurie’s PC.
Would this send the right message to the team? Would this put the right kind of pressure on the players and coaches?
What do you guys think?