Every new head coach comes in wanting the organization to march to the beat of the drum that he carried in.
Bruce Arians came in with the motto of “Trust, loyalty, respect.” That motto carried the Cardinals on the most successful run in franchise history.
Steve Wilks is no different, he started to coin the phrase “the system” when discussing his team and how they are buying into his program.
The message starts with figuring how the players are responding to the new playbooks and coaching from a new group of coaches. Wilks told the media at his press conference recently, “We are going to give them as much as we can, trying to see how much they absorb and retain.” After that has been completed, Wilks will analyze and really start to shape his system according to how he described it as “do what those guys do best.”
The success of the system seems to be holding the players accountable by allowing them to be a part of the overall picture of the franchise. To Wilks, if a player is a part of the system, then he should be able to be accountable for the results positive or negative. When discussing Sam Bradford and how important his voice will be in the big picture, Wilks indicated “he is smart, understands the game, giving his input…more importantly, having accountability in this offense.”
Arizona’s last coach just ended a magnificent five-year run that began with one specific battle cry. Wilks now comes in with his. Hopefully this run will be as good.