Peppered Football: Revisited — Useful To Understand The Scenery


Apr 5, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke during the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 5, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke during the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

GBMWolverine Coach's Corner2Posted at 6:45am — 5/8/2014

Peppered Football: Revisited — Useful To Understand The Scenery

Thank you to the many who viewed this year’s scholarly presentation “Peppered Football.” Thank you also to those who find such ventures refreshing and appreciate how such a focus can better explain some of the underlying flow of the current Michigan program. A final thank you to new reader AlbertaBlue for his fine comments.

Those who have not read the series can find reference down the list under Peppered Football- parts 1-5. The series will soon be in the archives.

This is a follow up to comments and also a summary that may be of some use in looking at the natural, philosophical, metaphysical side of football.

Stephen Pepper’s four world views each had descriptive root metaphors and truths. Each world view possesses strengths and weaknesses. Every view is open to interpretation.

Morris and Coach NussWe started with the Formism camp; the metaphor is the form or idea and truth is that forms or ideas lead to knowledge. The Mechanism camp believes in the machine, composed of parts that serve a purpose but have no real interrelationships. The truth is in the data that is produced, although Pepper points out that even data is interpreted and cannot be considered universal truth. But another type of data is logical data, which the third world view, Constructivism, seems to have ran with rather well.

The Constructivists have as a metaphor common sense, and what works becomes the truth. The last world view, the Organicism, uses as a metaphor the living, flowing model, even the universe. The truth within the scope of Organicism is smaller organisms, real or analogous, make up larger organisms.

AlbertaBlue on the message board asked if this world view scenario serves the corporate management or Myers-Briggs version of improvement. At the present time corporate management and the associated models from the psychological knowledge base seem more interested and influential in delving into the possibilities of Pepper’s world view theory. Type theory has been somewhat slow in utilizing Pepper’s work. As a typie, I believe this is a mistake. In short, both approaches could be better understood and refined by understanding world views. Management models are picking up some steam, with reported good results.

Coach HokeAlso, AlbertaBlue, Hoke sought to delegate, but now conditions demand he must be more in control. This may be a tough change, we will see. AlbertaBlue also talked about management going into crisis mode and how this falls back to Mechanism. I agree, the danger is that falling back to Mechanism does not guarantee success. However, if what was presented in the series is true, that the Mechanistic view of UM football needs the most work, this certainly seems a good strategy.

Finally, remember my first “warning.” Keep in mind this is a discussion that does not truly revolve on raw talent. Ideas, data, common sense, and having a living unit are all nice. But none of the world truths of the metaphysical world will supersede talent and development.

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