during an important week in in a relevant week for everybody.
I think everybody, it's the only thing everybody is talking about.
Yeah, I have a feeling it's gonna go on for a little bit.
But it was crazy and least like missing last week.
It was due to football reasons.
So, um, I started calling spring league games last week.
It's gonna be eight on TV, some calling all those and it's all happening in four weeks and got CGT Barrett.
She, uh, Patterson play last night.
Uh, so start calling those games.
We'll kind of get it dialed on and schedule hearing.
But Thursday night during the game during a crazy week, Um, here we are.
Talk a little bit about the spring leg, if you want.
That sounds interesting.
I haven't even got a chance.
Thio catch up with you on that.
What? We could keep it however long you want, but tell the viewers a little bit as well.
I thought it was a brand new thing that it was another new lead.
Come to find out.
It's like four years old.
Man's l played in this a few years ago.
Um, and competition is really good the XFL before Covic was working, so it went bankrupt, but it was working.
The only reason that stopped working was covered on Ben.
You heard the news.
Like I said, the news that the rock and his business group bought it s o.
But this is the spring league TSL.
It's been around for a while, and it's actually not a professional league.
Players pay to be a part of it, but it's really is a developmental league.
And so I just was getting text from different.
You know, front office guys on different teams.
Go ahead and watching this game right now.
Yeah, actually, there's a couple guys we like in that league, and so it's it's gonna be It's gonna work.
It's gonna be a really good league that guys go to when they go.
Hey, look, I didn't get a chance to play, and a lot of them like this year because of Kobe, they didn't get a chance to work out for teams.
So, like Shay Patterson, he went undrafted.
He didn't get a chance to even meet with the team because every shut down.
So you know, guys, I can This is a great opportunity to come play, so you any opportunity to get on the field and get evaluated is a good thing to be doing, but pretty cool opportunity there for all the viewers to go.
Check that out when you have some some free time.
If you wanna watch some ball right now, we're you know, everyone's appreciative.
Get to watch anything they can.
Yeah, Tuesdays and Wednesday nights and, um, mixes up a little bit.
But it's competitive.
I don't know in overtime game overtime game last night, and it's been good.
So but we got a lot of good NFL football happening, and that's really what we want to talk about is used.
Some of what's happening in the NFL, even if you haven't seeing every snap.
We're not following that team and I get.
But weekends are busy and pretty much the primetime games just get watched when it comes to high school quarterback Um, but there are some overarching themes that we're seeing and some consistencies we're seeing in the league.
One of them is, uh, is how well some of these rookies were playing, and the other side of it how well some of these guys who are old dudes are well on me.
Early forties, Tom Brady to breathe Well, some of these guys were playing some comebacks to Was that some comebacks to Big Ben, Big Ben as well and some guys that are coming back and playing at a high level that I know a lot of people didn't really expect.
Yeah, so it's just an interesting time.
And the common denominator that I see is which is relevant for how big this week is, is, Um, there's some dynamic leaders in this league, some of these older guys, obviously their leaders, because they've been doing a long time.
But we're seeing some young players come in and not wait for the older guys to accept him and anoint them, and they just came in and took over the organization and have been running it from Day one.
And so one of the kind of focus on that because there's some players right now high school guys that are playing ball, and there's some guys that are waiting for their season to start on.
One of the most common questions I get where come with younger players is a question that something under the leadership umbrella.
You know, some question that pertains the leadership, whether it's what are these guys like Or, you know, um, I doing it wrong, or how come this isn't working or, you know, when I go to my new school, how should I do it? And the reality is that there is not one way toe lead.
I don't believe that there is one way to throw, either.
I think that there is the most efficient way to lead, and there's the most.
I'm sorry that the most efficient way to throw and I think there's, um when it comes to just just straight up throwing the ball there, you can have your most efficient way.
And then there's a most productive way to lead.
And that may change over the years, and that may change situation to situation.
So we're gonna give some examples tonight and have a little conversation.
Um, if you've got friends, that air, this is a conversation you guys have had.
Get him in here.
Um, free game, as we say, Free game game and something I in something I think that's talked about in generalities.
You talk about leadership, you talk about what it means to talk about the effect on guy.
And I feel like very few people really dive deep in the leadership, different types of leadership, different types of leaders, really, and what they bring to a team on.
It's something that I think is super cool as someone who works every day to be a leader.
Still to this day in my job.
And I'm sure, and I know you and your business and you look at head coaches and and how they talk about a team.
And the one thing that's always different in those championship teams in those special players is that characteristic.
So you alluded to it.
There's a lot of diverse leadership, but I guess in general talk a little bit of how you think about leadership as it relates to the quarterback position.
Well, you know, there's like there's so many examples because the quarterbacks in college in the NFL, they're famous now that big social media followings and we know we know a lot about him, you know, like pretty young guys watching this back when your dad was your age, he didn't know anything about Joe Nemeth other than like what he did in the game.
And maybe he was in a commercial.
There wasn't the access.
They lived their lives.
Now we dio like, raise your hand.
If you saw that Patrick Mahomes is having a girl at his gender reveal because he broadcasted on Instagram, you know what I mean? Like E know that.
And so we get to see so many different leadership styles and good ones and bad ones, and there's a bunch of examples of it.
I mean, somebody showed me a YouTube video that waas.
It was a postgame interview with Peyton Manning.
And then it was a cut of a postgame interview with Drew Brees.
On It was a postgame interview with Russell Wilson.
And then it was a postgame interview with Cam Newton and the first three guy.
All four of those interviews were postgame interviews after they lost a Super Bowl, and it was showing you the difference in how Peyton and Tom and Russell handled lost and how can handle the loss, not even taking interview.
So it was like, So we like That's on YouTube.
You can watch that video and you can go.
This is what I think about leadership, right? So there's all these things that you can watch toe to toe form your opinion around how you should air quotes here.
How you should lead Reality is I don't think there's one way to lead and I don't And I just think there's the most productive way to lead and it's a combination.
If it was a Venn diagram here and there's two circles, one circle is you, and the other situation is the leadership that's needed on your team, and that varies year to year.
Every year seniors graduate, kids transfer in.
Kids transfer out like that in college, too, and is way more turnover in the NFL.
Let out this whole like one team, one goal.
That's fine, but your team changes and it changes.
Every single year on that team will never be the same again.
So I always challenge quarterbacks, and it's literally if I'm talking to an NFL starter or 1/9 grader who's gonna start on freshmen team for the first time, I would like everything that's about to come out of my mouth is the same thing for either of those guys.
This isn't specific to the situation and it's You need to do a deep dive early on.
On what kind of needs does your team have? Are you Guys stop.
Okay. You need toughness.
Are you guys lazy? Okay.
You need energy and work ethic.
Are you guys undisciplined? Okay.
You need discipline.
You know what I mean? Like, are you guys hung and not confident? Okay, You need confident.
And so in that circle over here of your team needs it's just needs of from a leadership perspective.
And then for you, I would homework assignment.
I would write down.
Like, what are the five key things that come most natural to you when you leave? Not if you fake it.
What could you act like? If you're a huge Seahawks fan? How do I start acting like Russell Wilson? That's a That's a dead end.
I would look at it like, who are you? Because if you say Well, I'm not really I'm not.
I'm kind of soft spoken.
I'm kind of more introverted, and I don't know, I'm not a rah rah guy, right? That was my brother.
That's the Shawn Watson.
That's like a long list of due to a really good right is what is it? Yeah, I I think really, it comes down to Everything you're saying is you need to invoke a change for the better, right? You need to identify what's going on, and you need to make a change.
And the important part about making a change and how you affect change is from being authentic and being honest.
And I think that goes to the the part of leadership that's individual for every person, because there are those things that you need to evaluate, like you mentioned.
There's those two sides, but I think at the same time, to affect that change, that authentic portion has to be truly authentic and and to a point where the people around you know that it's really they know that it's not an act, because in those tough times that that's when you know the rubber meets the road and and your teammates know that, you know that.
I know on previous streams you've talked about, you know, story of the Shawn Watson in two minute drills and whatnot, and that's something that it's because it's authentic to him.
It's because his teammates know that that's him.
That's him on Sundays.
That's him on Wednesday practices.
That's him all the time, Um, so I think that's super important, that it's kind of the subject of change that you're talking about, which I think is pretty cool to the authentic portion of it.
Yeah, I think change is a big, big component, but it's also reading the current situation because some things you may just need to keep going, right? So there's things need to change, But like, let's say you're taking over your team.
You didn't start last year.
You're starting this year.
And last year's quarterback, man, he he really did these three things. Awesome.
Well, if if you could do those three things, keep it going to work, you know? But if you look at that ven diagram so you guys don't have a diagram, so two circles air overlapping a little bit.
So here's you and here's your team needs There's this stuff in the middle where it overlaps and that that's that whatever over lapsed, if you write down right, I want to write down five things that your team needs, whether it's they need to keep it going or they need to change this right and improve it and then write down to five things that, like make up who you are.
Annette Examples could be like I am a connector, meaning like I connect people like I you know, I sit down and, like, three people sit down with you know, it might be I bring energy because I'm Rajaratnam High strong.
I'm ready to go 80.
Whatever, right? That was me.
Uh, it may be that you are just the toughest dude on the team. That's great.
That's working for Josh Allen.
Russell Wilson's never missed a practice.
I never missed a game he got.
Here's Mr Gay Media is Mr Practice guys.
High ankle sprains.
Tears, all kinds of stuff, right? So there's plenty of examples of tough.
In fact, I could name three or four quarterbacks in the entire NFL, right? Go.
That guy's not super tough.
The rest of them are right.
Our mutual friend Blake Bortles.
I wouldn't fight Blakely.
It's a bad dude.
He battled drug.
I wouldn't fight him.
Uh, and so you know, if it's toughness, that's an example.
So I think about those things and what are the things that are in the middle.
Okay, that's your job.
You gotta own that.
And I have keeping some of digital, and it's an online coaching platform.
It's a ton of content.
But every Sunday we do a zoom, and it's just remembers, and I'm actually doing a really, really deep dive this weekend on factors that go into, like, what makes a true leader.
And so I wanted tonight kind of go through kind of the framework of it.
Um, so you look at those two things and that's your that's the stuff in the middle is the stuff that you need to own and what I'm gonna talk about.
The Sunday is investing and not in the stock market.
Like if you have a ton of money and you're when you're when you're older and you have a bunch of money like, yeah, you want to invest it in all kinds of things, whether it's real estate or, you know, stock market or whatever.
But as a high school quarterback, middle school quarterback, college quarterback, you don't have any money to invest in there.
You don't invest money in high school to win games, right? Yeah, you go to camps and stuff, but, like literally invest money.
You don't have any money, but you invest is the resource that you do have, which is your effort, your attitude, your energy and your time.
So if you can really learn how to invest that stuff wisely So what I'm talking about, There's been diagram.
If you've got five things that make up who you are and five things that your team needs things in the middle, that's an investment.
That's where you're gonna invest your time energy, your relationships, all that stuff to make sure that those things are owned.
And then the second part of this is you gotta the things that that your team needs that you that aren't crossed over with you.
You gotta empower other leaders to take that so example.
Let's say your team need is we need energy.
And one of your five things was not energy.
Like you're not a rock that you're not a energy.
Give your doesn't doesn't have energy reason.
No, I was echoing you.
You're just not that guy.
Authentically, you're not the energy rah rah guy and one of the most ex I see all the time can't say how many times I've been to a kids game, kid.
Young guys gained that I worked with and I go never seen him act like that.
Never seen him talk like that.
It's not gonna show you got stuff, but like Wait a second.
This guy's really quiet and mild mannered, and he's like running around the sidelines.
Clapping that registers to me is a bad thing. No one impersonated.
If you If you don't have that if you If they got missing pieces and leadership on your team, sign it to somebody.
Go get that young corner Who hasn't played yet.
But who's gonna be really good down the road and empower him is the starting quarterback.
Hey, man, listen, we need you to stuff like, Hey, you bring that energy every day and maybe you do talk a little trash in seven on seven just to get with him back and forth just to get the energy going right.
And now all of a sudden, you empower the guy, and every time he brings the energy and it works, you tap him up.
Hey, dude, that was great, man.
You have the defense going today and seven on seven. That was awesome.
Man, we need that everyday warmups tomorrow, but push you, you know.
And so in the NFL, when you walk around and warm up, some guys were just thoroughly in line stretching, talking, trash talking, trash talking, trash talking trash, everybody.
Hey, I played with one of the all time NFL all time greatest trash talkers.
You guys were young, you guys and watch him play.
But he was o b J times 1000.
It was just pre social media and Chad, it was harmless.
He wasn't like f you mother efforts trash talker.
He was like, he'd line up a receiver and he looked the corner, and he was, like, closer.
I'm gonna outside release.
You're gonna have to get closer to him about the outside and then set hut outside.
Really? I just told you I was in the outside release, like, just like that kind of playful track.
So I play with my brother and Chad, and all they would do is talk trash the defense all day, and it was all harmless fun.
It just got the energy going.
You know what I mean? So your stuff on TV summit that I just did a partnership with Spike Ball.
You know, Spike Ball E.
I always have spiked ball nets out before warm ups because with my NFL guys, because it's a great way.
What I noticed is when they play Spike ball, it's two on two.
They get sweaty, they start moving around and they start talking trash and they get each other.
And then when we goto warm up energy levels, right, I don't need to give a speech.
I don't need Drake energy levels up.
And it's super fun and whatever.
We got a running tab, but it's just the whole point is that, like guys air chirping and the energy levels up.
So if you have these two circles, you have the five things that you you can dio who you are.
You use the word authentic.
That's a great word.
It's an important word to understand.
And then the five needs on the team.
Whatever is in the middle, you've got an own.
Invest your time into the rest of it right down, right down on the sheet of paper.
Who could fill? That could really be the guy who's energy.
No It's probably Tyler, like, literally fill it out.
It should be a game plan.
On third and two, you're gonna have a play you feel the most comfortable with, right? I mean, you're gonna start off the game, And you already talked about which player you're gonna start off with.
You practiced it. Probably walk through it.
Like if leadership so important, I wouldn't just hope that it it works out. I would have a strategy.
And if you're in eighth grade and you're watching this right now and you're like, Well, I don't know No, I've done this with the creators.
But I don't know the new team.
We haven't picked the team yet.
I know when they do pick the team, and as you're getting to know, guys file it away.
You go home tonight, maybe jot it down like that new running back.
But I just met today like he's a super tough dude.
And he might be like a good guy. That brings toughness.
Make sure they let him know that, like, Hey, let him break it down on me on it.
Involving other people.
And I think you know.
One thing that you said that has been a topic that Blake and I have have talked about quite frequently is what you're saying.
In terms of this isn't an age oriented type thing.
This is a skill set in an awareness that you can learn.
And I think that's very common that usually people who are the greatest people, what they dio, they all talk like that.
They all talk, and everything is strategy.
Everything is well thought out.
People just think people are these amazing players Tom Brady, Just, you know, you know, great player.
But the level of detail Russell Wilson, the level of detail that goes into every way they think about these things.
Normally, for players, you rely on your talent to a certain level, and depending on when you meet other people that air Justus good, you have to play those different games and the people, the people who understand that regardless of the competition, regardless of the talent, when I make this a competition between myself and I about holding yourself accountable to being the best player, that that changes right and you can adopt some of these mentalities and and really a part of it, I think, and what you're doing with Q B.
Some of digital that's incredible is awareness of these things.
I don't think these are things that are commonly talked about because again, it's it's around the best that's in sport.
It's not matriculated down to Pop Warner, right? It's crazy.
Let's get philosophical for a second.
So you know, the totem pole is right.
So totem poles, Native Americans, it's stack, you know, these different faces.
And so if you watch and you want to walk up to a total pole, you'd be like, Oh, cool, you, like, take a selfie in front of it.
But what it actually used to represent is like was like the people that led the tribes.
And so, as they do a new person, it build it up until you rise to the top.
So that's where the term bottom of the totem pole come from, right? Like you graduate high school and you go to college and, ah, man, I'm in college bottom of the totem pole again.
What that means is like the chief is up top, and then the second line and third line and fourth in line or whatever.
So it might be an eagle and the bear and a wolf.
But that Zatz somebody, right? And I think in old society stuff it was all about, like, age.
Like you had to be the oldest to be the wisest, right? The wise old owl, you know, stuff like that.
And, you know, even in other countries, like in Africa, like old people like the more wrinkles you have there, like, celebrated more because you're considered wise and old have seen so many things in our society over here in America.
You got Mark Zuckerberg at 23 years old.
Starts Facebook and you got rookies plan.
You got Johnny Manziel wanna highs in his freshman year, First year plan.
You know what I mean? Trevor Lawrence won a national championship is true, freshman.
So people are Just do it, guys.
You know, the young CEO of this company just started it.
We just had a 25 year old when a Senate seat, I think in South Carolina, North Carolina, 25 year old.
So, like you know, you younger and hunger and drive.
And I mean, Joey, you've built an amazing company you're not 46.
So what's happened in our society is like, No, I could do a younger.
I could do it now, right? And I don't I don't think one's better than the other.
But what happens is I think human instinct is that we go.
We'll all step into a leadership role when I get more comfortable or when someone anoints me or wait, I'll wait until they like I'm in a quarterback competition.
I'll wait until they named me the starter to start being the leader because we think it's this thing that you are.
It's just we think it's this thing that you can be.
It's not what you can be, it's who you are.
And so I've got a guy who's in a competition in college and did not get named the starter.
And he probably will throughout the course of these and replace the other guy.
And we had this conversation to the big school, had this conversation because it was like, Do not wait for this quarterback competition to settle before you step into a leadership position.
He red shirted last year with a bunch of other freshmen.
Why don't you be the leader of that group.
So now redshirt freshman year.
A lot of those guys were playing and they all think this guy's the man.
So he just let his little group you don't get to read and get practicing it.
You just let his group.
Now his group is starting to play. Makes sense.
So wait, this we've got a couple examples of we're gonna Can I give you guys some examples? We'll just watch a little bit of tape, and this isn't gonna be breaking down tape like I did in the last one.
But we're gonna use these guys examples.
And here's an example of two players that did not wait for their face on the totem pole to rise.
Okay, Joe Burrow.
Now we all know what Joe Burrow did it.
L s u I don't think most guys in high school know what Joe Burrow is doing right now.
What you borough is doing right now is he's third in the NFL in yards ahead of Tom Brady.
He's ahead of Tom Brady.
I think he's sixes in the NFL in touchdown, and I don't have all these staffs in front of me.
But the guy that everyone compared him to coming out of college could be the next Tom Brady.
Right? And everyone said it like this.
No, I hate comparing him to a guy who's been in the league for 20 years, but this is a guy who could develop into the next Tom Brady.
And Joe heard that.
Okay, Joe's beating Tom Leading is ahead of Tom Brady in almost every statistical category.
Now you say, Well, none wins.
Tom Brady got to choose the situation.
He wanted to go to a ZA free agent and all the best teams that were available wanted him and pitched him.
Joe Burrow was selected by the Bengals.
I think he wanted to go there and he loves it. He stoked.
And guess what? They had the first overall pick for a reason? Yep, And they have probably the worst.
The line in the league, This game right here.
This is first Tennessee.
I think they were like Tennessee was favorite like two touchdowns.
I think the Bengals have the worst, the line in the league, and they started three new players up front in this game, So instead of him going, we're gonna get killed.
You have the upset of the year okay of the year, and Tennessee did not play terrible.
You know what I mean? Like, Cincinnati played great.
What? I think it's obviously you got the ball out quickly extended plays.
He made plays in the pocket.
He always keeps two hands on the ball.
Here he is finding a rhythm.
That's a huge third down conversion right there to get into scoring position to set up the next touchdown.
So let's look at Joe Burrow based off of the Venn diagram.
Here's what I know of Joe Burrow.
God has spent a lot of time ago, right? I don't like ranking this, but I will say he's absolutely one of the most confident players I've ever been around.
I played for seven years on a lot of different teams.
I played with some amazing players I'm not talking about.
He's one of the most confident young college guys I've ever trained for the draft.
One of most confident players I've ever been around at any level at any time, and he was that confident going into the NFL, and he didn't really know all the protections and he didn't really know all this and never really played in this situation.
And, you know, all of the stuff.
The difference between playing in college and the NFL is it's a big gap.
Eso Joe confidence is definitely on his list.
Okay, attention to detail.
He is a stickler for attention to detail.
And as you young guys watch Tom Brady yellow alignment, that does not mean that quarterbacks are allowed to yell at alignment.
The reason that he's yelling at offensive lineman is that Tom Brady doesn't really make mistakes.
So if you make a mistake that we talked about in practice, he's gonna hold you accountable.
So now I wouldn't lead that way.
And that's not I wasn't me, and Joe is not like that, either.
And in fact, I think he's the only one doing it like that.
But he's put himself in a position to behave the way that he wants to behave, and his leadership style is specific to what's needed and what's true to him.
We'll get to Tom and a little bit, but with Joe he stepped into this confidence attention to detail.
He's not a raw, raw guy.
What he does is he does a great job of just walking up two guys walking up to a tight end and going A.
If you don't get your group going today, you may not get a ball in practice just a little.
Just get him going.
And now if you get these guys going right now, I'm gonna force it to you.
Just like don't quote me on that.
But just like those little tiny conversations where the teammate ends up walking away, going All right, Let's go, fellas, let's go.
You know, like he just delegates.
He's a he's 32 years old and he's not okay.
Oh, and Jordan dropped out for a quick second there.
He'll be back on shortly, but I'll continue talking about Joe Burrow as we wait for Jordan.
JP will be on the lookout for some texts, but I think the other thing with Joe Burrow in terms of his leadership is he, uh he seems like one of those leaders where he doesn't have to say a lot.
Everybody on the team knows that's a bad dude.
All of his teammates, everybody in the locker room.
There's so much respect for watching him with a consistent level of confidence, a consistent level of play, a consistent level of showing up and wanting to win and leading a team to win that.
People just say there goes that man.
There goes that man.
But I'm gonna be working to get JP on.
We got a special show for you.
We got to other players that we're gonna be talking about this player here, another rookie that's having an incredible season so far.
The way that he eyes leading the Los Angeles Chargers, putting up big numbers and really in this similar situation is Joe Burrow.
Ah, lot of injuries.
Not a lot of expectations for how they're performing, but yet coming out every week and performing.
So that will be a soon as we come back might take a little pause to get JP back on, but stay with us.
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