Monday, June 29, 2009
Pittsburgh Passion Playoffs
Our season ended Saturday night with a gut wrenching loss to the far superior DC Divas, 27-17. And I do mean far superior. The Divas dominated the Passion this year in our two losses to them, no question about it. Best of luck to the Divas as they advance in the playoffs and take on the Boston Militia next.
I do have a few random thoughts about what the Passion needs to do to take their game to the next level against the Tier I teams in their league: Have a single head coach. I think that it's a mistake that owner/player/co-coach Teresa Conn wears three hats for the team. Owner/player is feasible, but the co-coach? I have never, ever, seen a team succeed where there was someone who second guessed the head coach. As co-coach, and owner, Conn undermines the authority and decisions of the coach. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at his worst and on crack, down on the field, deciding plays, you get the idea. I just think that it's a mistake to have two head coaches. She either takes over the coaching duties and suffers the good and bad of that, or she lets someone else take the reins and backs off.
I've been thinking about this issue a lot because of some research I've done into the other Pittsburgh pro women's football team, the WFA league Force. Given the middling success of the Force (2009 record, 2 and 6), and the force that is the Passion (2009 record 7 and 1), why would someone join the Force over the Passion? Or defect from the Passion to the Force, as star running back Torina Henley did? To quote someone other than me; Something is rotten in Denmark, if not Pittsburgh.
It'll be interesting to see exactly what happens next season with both the Passion and the Force, but with the Passion, I hope that they decide to go with a single head coach and concentrate on plugging the sieve that is the defense when anyone runs against us.