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Klinsmann: “We can not win this World Cup” — Me: “Why are you the coach then?”

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Klinsmann: “We can not win this World Cup” — Me: “Why are you the coach then?”

Posted on 05 June 2014 by Drew Forrester

I’m sure someone will say, “That’s the way the German mind works.”

If so, I’ll pass on the German mindset.

I had several German players on the Blast roster back in the 1980′s and I’ll admit they had a very different “look” at things.  They were always very quiet.  Always very “down”.  Always locked in on the philosophy of “Don’t get too high when things are going well and you won’t get too low when they aren’t.”

I’ll admit some of those thoughts aren’t all that bad in sports, particularly the latter one.  It worked well for me over my amateur golf “career”, if you will, where you need to keep yourself on an even keel as much as you can.  Two birdies can easily be offset by one bad swing and a double bogey, so it’s better “not to get too high” so you won’t “get too low” when things balance themselves out.

That said, there’s absolutely no reason at all for Jurgen Klinsmann to tell a group of reporters yesterday, “We can’t win this World Cup.”

It’s defeating.

It’s dumb.

And, frankly, it’s NOT the American Way, where we learn from an early age that anything is possible.

Anything is possible if you BELIEVE it’s possible.

I can’t imagine for one second gathering my group of golfers at Calvert Hall and telling them before the season “we can’t win the MIAA championship this year.”  Instead, I’d tell them the exact opposite.

“We can win it all.  Of course we can.  We just have to play well.  Have faith in God.  Have faith in your abilities.  Have faith that your hard work is going to pay off.”

Now, maybe Klinsmann is sly like a fox — and some across the country have written that in the wake of what he wrote yesterday — but I don’t believe he was in “ploy mode” on Wednesday.

While he was busy taking a crap on Kobe Bryant and his $50 million contract, he also dove-tailed that comment into a moment of honest reflection when he said, “We can’t win this World Cup.”

Even if he believes that in his heart, he shouldn’t say it.  A great coach wouldn’t say it, that’s for damn sure.  There’s not a coach in the NFL who would EVER, EVER, EVER stand up at the microphone on Wednesday and say, “Frankly, there’s just no way we can beat the Patriots this Sunday.”

Klinsmann is still busy trying to protect himself from the idiotic decision to leave Landon Donovan off the roster for next week’s World Cup in Brazil.   We can all see, now, what he’s doing.  By saying, “We can’t win”, he’s essentially telling everyone, “Out with the old, in with the new.”  Meanwhile he has an 18-year old kid on the team, Julian Green, who is about as ready for this level of soccer as your mailman.

I’ve liked the job Klinsmann has done with this team, in general.  They are much more dangerous offensively — his strength in teaching, of course — and are no longer a one-sided group on the field.  Now, the defensive players can attack with the same vigor as those who are paid to go forward, and the offensive group are more helpful in the back when called upon.

That said, I will never, ever subscribe to the theory that a professional coach tells the masses, “We can’t win.”

Herb Brooks sure as hell didn’t say that to the U.S. Hockey team in 1980 at Lake Placid, did he?

Maybe Jurgen Klinsmann is right.  Maybe he can’t win a World Cup with “this” team.

Perhaps someone should remind the coach he’s the one who picked the team in the first place.

 

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