How the players react

Posted by Darren Urban on November 26, 2010 – 9:18 am

Late Wednesday night, I received this Tweet from “Gloryaz”: “@Cardschatter how come when I watch cards hq on fsn, the players seem happy someone is interviewing them insted of mad they are sucking?!?!”

For those who are not familiar, “Cards HQ” is our broadcast department’s half-hour show that comes out Wednesdays. It is basically 30 minutes of sound bites, allowing the players’ and coaches’ own words to describe the most recent game and then look ahead to the upcoming game. The interviews are from post-game Sunday, Monday and then Wednesday.

And that’s how things change.

Obviously, after a loss, no one is bursting with glee. And the Monday bites are usually pretty low-key too, after a loss. But by the time we get to Wednesday, the players have moved on. That’s the point I am trying to make. I would guess whatever “Gloryaz” didn’t like came from a Wednesday interview. Sure, I understand why fans want players to be miserable during the losing streak. But in the NFL, most teams — including the Cards — have a “24-hour rule.” Spend 24 hours mulling the game just completed, win or lose, and then move on.

By Wednesday, the players’ heads better be on the next game, not the previous loss. No one is going to forget about the current losing streak, but wallowing in it makes no sense, either from a football perspective nor a mental well-being perspective.

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