I did enjoy the articles on John Brennan. If players don't buy in, they cannot win.
You are big into the sports science Mickey
Well he did say they have to eat well and sleep well to be able to play well. That's part of the buy in and there's science enough in that for me. I still maintain that what I said before is right. The way the clubs bring these fellas up to play is very very important for Derry. I don't think schools have the same responsibility because players do most of the learning at the club and not in the school. If you take the Moy in Tyrone then it has produced four top county players as an intermediate club in the last few years. Do we have any intermediate clubs turning out four top county players? Maybe we do and I have just missed them.
Did those 4 you talk about in Moy get extra special training over and above what the other players got? Extra skills sessions, fitness sessions? Or as mentioned, did genetics etc and those men's drive to better themselves as footballers, hours spent over and above shape them, along with club coaching mould these men into the footballers they became?
We all remember McFlynn, Rocks, McBride etc coming through at the same time and propelling Loup up the leagues eventually to an Ulster title. Did those men get special coaching or were they just a special group of driven talented footballers who put in the extra work on their own to reach higher levels?
Club coaches have their players for a couple of sessions a week. Only so much can be worked on in this short time frame. The very best club and county players do what what it takes in their own time so they can solo off both feet, foot pass off either foot, kick points off either foot etc.. Spatial awareness and game reading imo can be coached to a point but it's something that comes naturally within certain players.
Micky, you seem to put all responsibility at the feet of club coaches, but it's a 2 way street.