Originally Posted by KDWilliams85
Heh. It's funny that you use an expectation to justify the use of them. You would have made a better case if you said this:
"Hello men. It's the offseason training and conditioning programs. Last season is over with. You all start clean. We have nowhere to go but up so let's see what you have to offer."
No expectations. Just aspirations and potential.
After training camp:
"Hello men. Now that you have gotten yourselves back into a football frame of mind, I have come to expect that you give me everything you have every week. What you had before is no longer good enough."
You have expectations now based on what you've seen instead of what you're hoping to see.
That makes more sense. Of course offseason signings and the draft alter the perception of expectations, but they aren't expectations to begin with. They're clauses of conditionality. You think that:
[View Full Quote]"Ware was an explosive rusher in college. We expect that it'll carry over to the NFL."
That's an expectation based on previous events. Those mean nothing now.
While, it should be:
"Ware was an explosive rusher in college. We're hoping that he can elevate that talent to the NFL level."
That's an aspiration based on previous events but on the potential to see what he can do. Not on what he has already done.
I, personally, don't know if you don't get the logic behind it or not... but I think I've made the difference between an expectation and an aspiration clear.
It's up to you to accept it or not. Disappointment will come from expectations. A learning experience will come from aspiration.
I know the difference between the two words if that is what you are implying. I just don't agree with you. I used to coach. I didn't have aspirations for the players I coached, I had expectations. I expected them to work hard. I didn't aspire for them to work hard. I expected them to study film. I didn't aspire for them to study film. I expected them to be in shape. I didn't aspire for them to be in shape.
You want a softball approach to sports you might as well expect to be last place. No thanks.
I don't agree that in a sports situation you can learn from aspirations and not from expectations. That's a philosophy that does not work in the sports dynamic. As a coach, player, owner, fan, and media member the best way for this team to reach lofty heights is to believe that they can and expect it.
If you expect it you work harder. If you aspire to it you've got built in excuses for why it failed. Again, no thanks.