John Kuester, via Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, explained why he doesn’t communicate his rotation changes to his players ahead of time:
"That’s why you keep telling people that you don’t tell a player that he’s out of the rotation or whatever, because anybody that has a uniform on has got to be ready to play," Kuester said. "So if you tell somebody he’s not going to play, then all of a sudden things like Will Bynum; guys get hurt and that’s why I keep communicating with you guys about that."
In life, I think being in control of everything you do is an admirable quality. Do everything on purpose.
Make a wrong turn because you incorrectly thought your destination was that way? That’s a problem. Make a wrong turn because you had no idea where you’re going? That’s a bigger problem.
I think this is particularly relevant to coaching. I can accept a coach’s deliberate decision being wrong more than I can accept a coach who didn’t recognize a decision needed to be made.
I always though Kuester didn’t communicate well with his players solely because he lacked the awareness to see the necessity of doing so. But that hasn’t been the case at all. He a plan, and in almost any scenario, that’s better than working from obliviousness.
That said, I completely disagree with Kuester’s handling of this situation. A coach can make his players feel comfortable with their assignments and still preach being ready at all times.
Kuester didn’t do this by accident, which is admirable. That his actions are reasoned and intentional show me he’s a better coach than I thought.
But after executing a plan, the next step is executing a successful plan – and Kuester is nowhere near that.
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