If rebuilding linebacker Bruce Carter’s confidence is part of returning him to his 2012 level, don’t expect Rod Marinelli to do it.
“I don’t do confidence stuff,” the new defensive coordinator said with a sniff Friday at Valley Ranch.
Obviously, Marinelli’s Marine training must have suddenly kicked in when he was asked about getting Carter to believe in himself after admitting last year that his confidence sagged during part of the season.
A reporter used the word “drooped.”
“Don’t droop,” Marinelli said. “Go play. It’s a man’s game. Just go. Play it the right way out here, and that’s what I want. We’re going to coach it. We’ll coach you hard. Be where you’re supposed to be, and here’s what I expect. And then go.”
So, no confidence games?
“Get down and play. Get down and play,” Marinelli said. “Here’s your alingment, assignment, your key. We want you to play fast. We want you to take the ball away.”
And his toughness?
“I just coach football,” Marinelli said, perhaps half-amused, half-annoyed at the Carter examination. “And I think there’s a lot of toughness in football, coached the right way.”
-- Carlos Mendez