Armando Salguero wrote:
Gase tries to keep the players feeling like they’re part of something bigger than a professional football team -- even if that means employing hokey motivational ploys like printing T-shirts for everybody.
Everyone now is wearing T-shirts with “University of Davie” stamped on them. By the way, there is no University of Davie. It does not exist.
“We were talking about the culture we want to create and a lot of players were agreeing with what we were saying,” Gase said. “We felt like kind of a college team. Sometimes nobody seems to know we’re down here. That’s where it started.”
Gase says players came up with the idea, but he stoked the kindling and turned it into fire. He embraced the idea to give players a collegial sense of belonging. And, by the way, he added a bit of “us against them” feel to it because he often mentions to players that most people -- pundits and oddsmakers in particular-- believe last year’s success was more a happy accident than the start of a tradition.
“He’s mentioned that nobody believes in us a few times,” a player said. “Speaking for myself, I know that gets me riled up. So I guess he’s doing his job.”
Well, if Gase does his job as well this year as last year, maybe somebody around town will start recognizing him.
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