For what it’s worth, I like the “Above the Line” idea. It’s that coaches won’t play favorites and if you’re good enough to make a difference, you’ll get snaps and get better.Over Christmas my daughter shared with me a video about “above the line” leadership. She and her colleagues jokingly refer to it as “toxic positivity.”
I had no idea that this was an idea from the corporate world.
A few things struck me about it. First, I remember people being promoted back in the day, not because they were good at their job but because they were good at brown nosing and spouting the company line. “Above the line” sure looks like it could become another version of that.
Second, “above the line” is supposed to make you less defensive, losing your need to be right, open to learning new things. The problem with that is “management” has a vested interest in being right and the rules about being open to new things is rarely a two way street. “Above the line” looks like it could become a lethally effective power play to keep workers subservient.
Lastly, CGC does not seem to exhibit “above the line” leadership characteristics. He insists on his own view of reality and seems determined to be right. He does not seem to take in new information or learn from mistakes. His body language in press conferences seems defensive.
I guess where I am with this is trying to decide if CGC is not practicing what he preaches or if “above the line” is just the latest really bad corporate speak that will eventually fade away like many other management styles.
The other plus is that coaches have multiple experienced players. If you don’t spread the game reps out, you have to start a starter who is 85% healthy over a backup who is 100% healthy.
What I’ve seen is that to start off the season, the difference between a “starter” and their “backup” might not be much. After several games where the starter has all the reps, the backup has fallen behind and the transfer portal beckons. The difference between 100 and 110 game reps isn’t going to be much, but the difference between 0-10 or 10-20 game reps is going to make a big difference to a player’s development.