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Texas Football: Focusing on Manning Misses the Point

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The hype is building for Arch Manning. For obvious reasons, the excitement regarding the prospect is growing. In fact, the University of Texas is one of the schools that he will visit. The reality is the hype is overrated. Manning could be a superstar. It is entirely possible. But even if this does happen he is one player.

 

Chasing star players isn’t a long-term fruitful strategy. If you don’t believe me, examine the history of the New York Knicks. They are in the playoffs for the first time in several years because they actually built a team. Instead of trying to chase a  superstar free agent. 

 

Quarterbacks are capable of transforming games. Winning without a talented quarterback is extremely difficult. At the same time, not surrounding them with talent is also a recipe for disaster. The problem becomes even more difficult when you factor in college football’s player turnover rate. It can be difficult to consistently rebuild a winner. 

 

Arguably, the best strategy is for the Longhorns to build a system. Meaning all they would have to do is plug in the right players. When done correctly, this can be an effective long-term strategy. Not to mention it would make recruiting more efficient. Manning may or may not fit into the hypothetical system. 

 

When players can be plugged in, skill set becomes the most important factor. The trick is determining what skills you have and which ones you lack.  Accurately conducting this assessment can affect the outcome of multiple seasons. It is the difference between short-term and long-term thinking. 

 

Jeff Bezos often preached the concept of every day is day one. At the same time, Amazon was known for planning several years ahead. Time is extremely valuable when you allocate it methodically. The larger the time window you have access to, the easier it is to be strategic. 

 

In a perfect world, Texas would plan 10-20 years into the future. This strategy would require lots of patience. Not to mention potential initial short-term frustration. In the long run, it would enable lots of success. When you’re not in win-now mode every year you tend to be calmer. Making big decisions is often easier in a relaxed mental state. 

 

Planning a long-term future is a big decision. One easy solution is to think smaller. In other words, embracing the previously mentioned win-now mentality. Manning could wear burnt orange and he could thrive in Austin, Texas. A championship or two would be nice and fans would be initially happy. The alternative is to build a system and if that system incorporates him great. If not, no worries because if the quarterback has the right skill 0set the first and or last name won’t matter.

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