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Count Alex's Losses
07-11-2009, 08:17 PM
Interesting stuff. A couple of these strike me as bullshit or overly conservative, but it WAS the 60s and a different game.

http://www.bobgretz.com/chiefs-football/stram%E2%80%99s-keys-to-winning-%E2%80%A6-weekend-cup-o%E2%80%99chiefs.html#more-9389

Here’s what Hank Stram was telling his players almost 40 years ago:

“The difference between winning and losing often lies in the failure to do the little extra things. Everyone cannot be an “All-Pro”, but EVERYONE can hustle and be a Team Man.

“We are looking for players who will become “coaches’ ballplayers”. This is the highest compliment a player can receive.

“Read these tips over and over again during the season and see if you comply.”

What follows are 53 tips, bromides, rules, suggestions and demands that Stram made of his players. Why 53? There’s no known reason. Unfortunately Hank is no longer around to ask.

But in Stram’s mind they were important steps towards victory and a championship. They still are.

Here’s the list:

1. The desire to be a champion must come from within. Do not expect your coaches, or anyone else, to do everything for you.

2. Hustle on every play on offense. Pursue on every play on defense. You have been instructed on the proper way.

3. Be punctual, even early, for all practices, games and departures.

4. Always strive to improve yourself by working on your weaknesses. You have been given an improvement sheet.

5. Use the time after practice to improve yourself. Don’t be a clock watcher and rush to the showers.

6. Be sure you know all the audibles, both on offense and defense. Also know when to use audibles and expect them.

7. Do not take careless chances on offense or defense when your team is two touchdowns behind or two touchdowns ahead.

8. Always call loudly to your teammate when fielding a kick to tell him that you are going to catch it – he must answer your.

9. All players must develop endurance. Be stronger in the fourth quarter than your opponent. If you are not getting enough running stay after practice and run on your own.

10. Everyone must know how to make a tackle and throw a block. This is especially important on special teams.

11. Linebackers and defensive backs must talk loudly on every play.

12. Anticipate what your opponent is going to do, but do not guess. Your pre-game preparation will help you here.

13. Always keep the score and time of the game upper most in your mind when on offense or defense.

14. Every defensive back and linebacker should leave his coverage and fly to the football once it is in the air. You never know when your presence could mean an interception, a recovered fumble or a game saving tackle.

15. Do not field punts from inside the 10-yard line. Fair catch high short punts in a crowd.

16. Always play the defense called. Don’t be a guesser.

17. Offensive linemen must learn to cover on every pass. You never know when you effort may result in the big play.

18. The quarterback must learn to push himself in practice before he can be an effective leader in the game.

19. Don’t depend on a teammate or coach to tell you what to do. You have been prepared for every situation on offense and defense.

20. Each receiver must know and line up with the correct spacing one every play. This was faulty last year.

21. The linebackers should play down and distance on long yardage plays by increasing their depth.

22. On long passes, the defender nearest his teammate should call “ball, ball, ball” at the last moment. This has to be done in practice.

23. Defensive backs should not allow the receiver to make unnecessary yardage by making a futile attempt to break up a pass that will not give the opposition a first down.

24. Defensive backs and linebackers should hustle on every batted ball. Occasionally you can stretch or dive and intercept one.

25. Don’t stand around and watch others if the play goes away from you. We can’t win with inspectors.

26. Receivers don’t take your eyes off the football when attempting to catch the ball, in order to look at the defender.

27. Quarterbacks and generals should not call plays or defenses that are big names when a sound play or defense will pick up the necessary yardage, or prevent the long gain.

28. Know when to gamble and when not to gamble. If in doubt, see the head coach.

29. Don’t take a chance and throw a block and be called for clipping.

30. Never commit a foul, or be offside, when they are giving you the football.

31. Never substitute yourself on special teams without asking your special team coach.

32. Never let up on an offside play that appears obvious to everyone. Play the play out, always.

33. Prepare yourself for a written examination every week on Saturday night. You should be able to score 100% on every test.

34. Punt returners always check the wind before the game and again at halftime. Do not allow the wind to blow a ball over your head and bounce dead.

35. Defensive backs should make a determined effort to intercept low passes. Too many of these go incomplete because the defender thinks he cannot reach the ball.

36. Know the type of crowd and the acoustics in every stadium you play. There are specific parks where audibles are most difficult to hear. For example: Chicago and Baltimore.

37. Be sure to fall on a fumble and recover it in a crowd. Don’t try to pick up a bouncing ball on the run unless you are out in the open.

38. Return every intercepted pass the designated way we have planned for that opponent. This increases our chances of gaining extra yardage.

39. Always expect a fake field goal attempt and always be alert for the punter to run.

40. Hustle from one practice area to another when whistled up. Don’t be the last one.

41. Every pass thrown by our quarterback must be thrown at a target. This will improve your accuracy, even when warming up aim at a target. For example: numerals, right shoulder, left shoulder, left ear, right ear, etc.

42. The safety man on the kick-off team, the kicker on the punting team and the holder on field goals must always check to see if we have eleven men on all these special teams. Many games have been lost because someone failed to count and only ten players were on the field.

43. Take care of your equipment and don’t throw it around. Don’t dress sloppily for practice, just because it’s practice. Have pride in your appearance every time you go on the field with your team. Always shave your jersey tucked in your pants.

44. Always check your cleats before every game and make sure that you are wearing the proper type for the condition of the field. If in doubt, see the head coach.

45. Make sure you know the direction of every punt return and kickoff return. Don’t guess. Many games are won or lost in this department.

46. Never miss a weigh in and never be fined for being overweight. This is a lack of self respect.

47. Be careful of your conduct and your associates off the field. Keep in mind that you represent yourself, the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs.

48. Be careful of your language on and off the field. Just imagine that your mother or sister is within hearing range. The vulgar talkers are not always so tough.

49. Think and talk positive football off the field.

50. Regarding the clubhouse – let what you hear there, see there and say there, stay there.

51. All players must learn the official playing rules. You have a copy, read it. You will be tested.

52. Your body is your best friend. Don’t abuse it and shorten your playing career.

53. Set a good example for all the rookies and develop pride in being a Chief.

“The only way we can lose is for us to beat OURSELVES”

FAX
07-11-2009, 09:17 PM
38. Return every intercepted pass the designated way we have planned for that opponent. This increases our chances of gaining extra yardage.

This is the most interesting one, in my opinion. I wonder what the "designated" way is or was for various opponents? I suppose they felt that, if a particular tackle or someone was deemed slow, they'd run to his side or something?

48. Be careful of your language on and off the field. Just imagine that your mother or sister is within hearing range. The vulgar talkers are not always so tough.

I trust that Mr. Raised On Rats will take this to heart.

FAX

FAX
07-11-2009, 09:18 PM
Also, things must have changed a great deal more than I imagined since, in today's NFL, it would be highly difficult to shave your jersey tucked in your pants. At least without risking injury.

FAX

Count Alex's Losses
07-11-2009, 09:52 PM
38. Return every intercepted pass the designated way we have planned for that opponent. This increases our chances of gaining extra yardage.

This is the most interesting one, in my opinion. I wonder what the "designated" way is or was for various opponents? I suppose they felt that, if a particular tackle or someone was deemed slow, they'd run to his side or something?


This may explain the Vikings player who returned a fumble the wrong way for a safety. Perhaps Minnesota's coaching staff merely wanted their defenders to run that way and he was executing the gameplan.

RJ
07-11-2009, 10:36 PM
50. Regarding the clubhouse – let what you hear there, see there and say there, stay there.


Today, that would be, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas".

Mecca
07-11-2009, 10:39 PM
What's wrong with swearing?

Count Alex's Losses
07-11-2009, 10:39 PM
What's wrong with swearing?

I'm guessing Hank Stram was an old-school conservative.

FAX
07-11-2009, 10:55 PM
Swearing is a means whereby aggression and anger might be passively vented from the human persona, Mr. Mecca.

Hank knew full well that by forbidding the use of vulgarity, these emotions would continue to be bottled up inside the player, building until such time as that player took the field and "BOOM!!!", "BAM!!", "BOOGIE NAACTO ROONEY BOOF!!!!" that player would unleash upon the opponent such fury that the opponents' blood would freeze in their veins, their jocks would fall to their knees, and tears would flow like rivers of despair down their faces, clouding their vision, and allowing Otis to fly down the sideline for six.

FAX

Raised On Riots
07-11-2009, 10:56 PM
38. Return every intercepted pass the designated way we have planned for that opponent. This increases our chances of gaining extra yardage.

This is the most interesting one, in my opinion. I wonder what the "designated" way is or was for various opponents? I suppose they felt that, if a particular tackle or someone was deemed slow, they'd run to his side or something?

48. Be careful of your language on and off the field. Just imagine that your mother or sister is within hearing range. The vulgar talkers are not always so tough.

I trust that Mr. Raised On Rats will take this to heart.

FAX



Piss on you!


(guess it didn't take):fire:

listopencil
07-12-2009, 12:48 AM
40. Hustle from one practice area to another when whistled up. Don’t be the last one.



Someone has to be the last one.

J Diddy
07-12-2009, 01:49 AM
40. Hustle from one practice area to another when whistled up. Don’t be the last one.



Someone has to be the last one.

They were immediately cut and a new guy to be cut the next practice was brought in.

bdeg
07-12-2009, 05:29 AM
14. Every defensive back and linebacker should leave his coverage and fly to the football once it is in the air. You never know when your presence could mean an interception, a recovered fumble or a game saving tackle.
24. Defensive backs and linebackers should hustle on every batted ball. Occasionally you can stretch or dive and intercept one.
25. Don’t stand around and watch others if the play goes away from you. We can’t win with inspectors.

One thing Herm got right: even dl should chase.

38. Return every intercepted pass the designated way we have planned for that opponent. This increases our chances of gaining extra yardage.

This is the most interesting one, in my opinion. I wonder what the "designated" way is or was for various opponents? I suppose they felt that, if a particular tackle or someone was deemed slow, they'd run to his side or something?This alone makes me think this list is BS. An interception should be returned based on factors which are unknowable pre-play.

19. Don’t depend on a teammate or coach to tell you what to do. You have been prepared for every situation on offense and defense.
what is this high school?

"22. On long passes, the defender nearest his teammate should call “ball, ball, ball” at the last moment. This has to be done in practice.

can someone please define "the defender nearest his teammate"
if we have 2 fallen dl who make contact must they yell "ball, ball, ball" if it's a pass? I think the rest of the d might already know what's going on


23. Defensive backs should not allow the receiver to make unnecessary yardage by making a futile attempt to break up a pass that will not give the opposition a first down.

well if i knew it was going to be futile...

30. Never commit a foul, or be offside, when they are giving you the football.
...
so i should only be offside and commit fouls when they're not giving us the football. gotcha.

46. Never miss a weigh in and never be fined for being overweight. This is a lack of self respect.
you can fine people for that? what about cats? how much could one fine a cat for being overweight? if the cat is too fat to catch rodents or birds, how do you intend to recoup your reparations?
http://slog.thestranger.com/files/2007/06/fat-cat.jpg
just the funniest picture i found searching 'fat'... :tangent (res)

53. Set a good example for all the rookies and develop pride in being a Chief.
I see this making a comeback soon enough.

milkman
07-12-2009, 08:16 AM
This alone makes me think this list is BS. An interception should be returned based on factors which are unknowable pre-play.

This doesn't surprise me, given Stram's attention to detail, he tried to be prepared for every eventuallity.

Clearly, as Steinbeck said, even the best laid plans........

"22. On long passes, the defender nearest his teammate should call “ball, ball, ball” at the last moment. This has to be done in practice.

can someone please define "the defender nearest his teammate"
if we have 2 fallen dl who make contact must they yell "ball, ball, ball" if it's a pass? I think the rest of the d might already know what's going on

I would assume that would be the teammate in coverage on the intended target.


23. Defensive backs should not allow the receiver to make unnecessary yardage by making a futile attempt to break up a pass that will not give the opposition a first down.

well if i knew it was going to be futile...

This is simply demanding the defender use good judgement, and just another example of Stram's attention to detail.

30. Never commit a foul, or be offside, when they are giving you the football.
...
so i should only be offside and commit fouls when they're not giving us the football. gotcha.

Again, making an assumption, but this is probably directed to punt return teams.

RippedmyFlesh
07-12-2009, 09:46 AM
One of the things I liked the most about Hank Stram was usually tough demanding coaches are consevative play callers. Hank was as tough a coach as anyone during his time yet had great game plans and in game adjustments as far as play calling.I always felt confident that Hank would school the other coach during the game some time to get the W.



My favorite

49. Think and talk positive football off the field.

A few herm missed.....
13. Always keep the score and time of the game upper most in your mind when on offense or defense.

28. Know when to gamble and when not to gamble. If in doubt, see the head coach.

RippedmyFlesh
07-12-2009, 10:00 AM
Interesting stuff. A couple of these strike me as bullshit or overly conservative, but it WAS the 60s and a different game.

Outside of the jersey one they look like they would apply today.
A blueprint to build a team.

gblowfish
07-12-2009, 10:08 AM
Stram was a tough coach on his players, much like Parcells. But he got results. That's why the Chiefs always played smart, and the Raiders have always been undisciplined and shoot themselves in the foot over and over again.

I love this list. This should be DAY ONE of training camp.

RippedmyFlesh
07-12-2009, 10:17 AM
Stram was a tough coach on his players, much like Parcells. But he got results. That's why the Chiefs always played smart, and the Raiders have always been undisciplined and shoot themselves in the foot over and over again.

I love this list. This should be DAY ONE of training camp.
I also like the current regime 40 years later talking about the same things.

Raised On Riots
07-12-2009, 04:29 PM
I also like the current regime 40 years later talking about the same things.

I think history is eventually going to repeat itself. The Chiefs and the Jets are going one after the other to a Super Bowl.

Will we be first or second this time? Who knows. But it's going to happen.

Count Alex's Losses
07-12-2009, 06:01 PM
I think history is eventually going to repeat itself. The Chiefs and the Jets are going one after the other to a Super Bowl.

Will we be first or second this time? Who knows. But it's going to happen.

This is a thinly veiled adulation of Mark Sanchez.

Raised On Riots
07-12-2009, 06:12 PM
This is a thinly veiled adulation of Mark Sanchez.

It isn't veiled. I've never once attempted to veil my "adulation" of Mark Sanchez, and I never will.

You're being a tool.