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Friedgen: The Director's Cut

Prisbell has written a very interesting story that will appear in Friday's paper on how Ralph Friedgen has altered his approach this season. Here's a few anecdotes from Eric's reporting that won't appear in tomorrow's story:

Friedgen has also gone to greater lengths to motivate players, believing he fell short in recent years. During one practice, when players were particularly sluggish, Friedgen pushed them hard, calling it a character practice and saying afterward, “I have to get off my fat [butt] and start getting every ounce of energy and every ounce of talent out of them. I kind of let them down a little, and I am not going to do that anymore. I’m going to get right in there with them.”

Right tackle Dane Randolph, who has noticed a significant change in Friedgen’s approach, said: “With him yelling in the past, there was a point where it was no longer getting to us. It was past the point of motivation. It was like, ‘Okay, we understand, we understand, we know what you are talking about. Just let us do it.’ There was a point where he just didn’t get that. Now he does. He is very motivating.”

Players have enjoyed Friedgen’s video presentations over the past month. He showed them the “Thrilla in Manila,” the epic 1975 boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, to illustrate a champion’s will. He showed highlights of Tiger Woods winning the U.S. Open with torn knee ligaments and an interview in which Woods said he never gets complacent because he has an insatiable appetite to improve. And he showed clips of the Boston Celtics, whose three stars sacrificed individual stardom to win an NBA title. This week, Lonise Bias, mother of the late Len Bias, addressed the team.

“Some of these kids always think I don’t like them,” Friedgen said. “It is not a question of not liking them. It’s a question of getting them to do what they need to do to be successful. Sometimes that takes on many different looks.”

By Matthew Rennie  |  August 28, 2008; 5:09 PM ET
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