I wrote about Tim Kawakami and his Bay Area bias a few minutes ago. I’m going to write about another media figure and his comments this morning on CBS Sports Radio. I’m talking about Mike Mayock.
He was non-specific, yet blunt in his assessments. If you want to know why your team has been really good or really bad, he was clear: It’s the general manager / coach combination. Mayock said he’s been in the offices of all 32 teams, and he can see the disconnect when talking to the team’s leadership. He said if the general manager is complaining about the coach, and the coach is saying things like “where’s he getting these guys”, that’s why that team is bad. He brought up Ozzie Newsome and the fact he’s been on the same page with each of his head coaches. The philosophy never changes in Baltimore. Big strong rough players. Same with Pittsburgh. When your philosophy doesn’t change, your team is going to be successful year in and year out. When you change it … a lot … you’ll have lots of early picks and coaches getting fired.
I thought, that’s why most of sports media is terrible. Only a few sports writers actually understand the sports they write upon, and even fewer really recognize what’s happening … the game within the game. Kawakami thinks it’s easy for a general manager or coach to simply emulate someone else. Mayock understands it, and that is decidedly NOT easy. Mayock knows the game, while Kawakami is an inflammatory hack.
It makes you wonder how many bad relationships there are between GM’s and coaches, but are concealed by the media.