Originally Posted by InmanRoshi
If there is such a thing as "attitude" it's apparently completely fleeting and unpredictable to the point where it's meaningless to account for in any pragmatic way.
What happened to the Giants "attitude" from last year? Just magically disappear? Nate's Cowboys 1996 had "attitude" and then suddenly lost "attitude" in 1997? Ravens had "attitude" this year, except they lost "attitude" when they had a 3 game losing streak in December, then magically found "attitude" again. This "attitude" attribute seems pretty random and chaotic to me. Seems like a results driven narrative people concoct to attempt to make sense of outcomes.
You're actually making Nate's point. The Giants started losing when they lost their killer instinct and their "us against the world attitude." It happens when you get fat and happy and win SBs. See other teams and most coaches talking about not wanting his team to get "complacent." This happens in all sports. Thanks for making the point. It fluctuates because it comes down to players concentrating and eliminating mistakes. As I said in my earlier post, much of this comes down to coaching and discipline. The 90s Cowboys had some lapses...until Jimmy got on their tails..and then things magically perked up. Not sure how this isn't obvious. For some reason Jimmy Johnson and others in the know talking about a "country club" atmosphere doesn't quite click for people and how that can translate into sloppy play on the field. They want to concentrate on how they valiantly tried hard for the coach the 4th quarter while ignoring how they came out unprepared, sloppy and with no intensity the first 3 quarters.