McElwain wants accountability out of Rams
March 23, 2012
By Nick Frank
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - After the first practice, Head Coach Jim McElwain loved his players' approach to the start of spring ball.
After the second practice, the first-year coach saw a completely different team than he did on Wednesday. McElwain described it as a lack of consistency from the team.
"They have to understand that it is every day," said McElwain. "It just doesn't happen every once in awhile. But again, it is changing a culture and changing an attitude and changing a mindset. The guys that understand the mindset and understand what it means to be a Ram will be the ones playing next fall."
The fast tempo from the first practice remained intact; however the execution and discipline were not up to McElwain and his staff's standards.
"You have to have some personal pride in yourself to be a relentless competitor and right now they don't have it," McElwain added. "It is a simple lack of focus, attention to detail and accountability."
While disappointed with practice, he knows that there are techniques that he and his staff can incorporate to better understand each player.
"As an educator, it is our responsibility to find out how each individual learns, what makes them tick," McElwain said. "It is easy to say, `Oh they are a bad player or they are dumb'. No they're not. Our teaching is not correct. We have to re-evaluate how we are teaching to get the message across."
The team will have a chance to rebound on Monday afternoon as they hit the practice field for the third of 15 allowed practices during spring ball. McElwain knows the next practice will be a good indicator of the attitude of the team.
"It is going to really tell a lot and tell a lot about a bunch of guys' character. I look forward to see how they come."
Other post-practice comments from McElwain
On if the team just doesn't know what he expects:
On the injury status of Momo Thomas:
On using referees in practice:
On how long he expects it will take the team to adapt: