NFL Coaching Rumor Mill Works Wonders For All-Updated

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After the firing of so many NFL head coaches on Black Monday immediate speculation began about who would fill the new head coaching openings.

Since that time there have been a ton of rumors about who will land up where and those rumors play important roles in our psychological and emotional lives–so much so that we cannot do without them.

Bil O’Brien has been hired and so has Lovie Smith.  The Browns are looking everywhere including under rocks.

There have now been seven coaches fired and a few hired.  So the rumors will just keep coming!

The Redskins are also interviewing a lot of people. Jay Gruden’s name has no surfaced as a hot candidate and Josh McDaniels remains a hot pick. The Auburn coach is now in the mix, and Bobby Stoops should have had five jobs by now.

Ken Whisenhunt.  has been linked to the Lions,  Sean McDermott has been associated with the Redskins and some fella name Franklin is in the mix.

Bill Cowher has been linked to so many jobs who can tell. He can-Cowher has denied in print and now on television that he has not only NOT been contacted by any teams but has no interest in returning to the sideline.

And with more action to come the gossip and rumor mill  cannot be satisfying enough! Here is why..

Speculation will continue until all positions are filled and rumors have already begun regarding free agent players.  With fan and media fantasies and wish lists running amok.

This is actually no different than what happens in every business and in life in general. Rumors play a very important role in our society fulfilling many of our psychological and emotional needs.

The obtaining of information is germane to our society, especially information and knowledge that others do not know. Knowledge about others is at a premium especially in the world of sports, entertainment, and politics where reporters are constantly looking to gain scoops and exclusive access.

They are also under the pressure to produce a tremendous amount of content on an internet filled with countless sports sites.   Under this pressure it is no coincidence that they use rumors and any grains of truth to write a story.

Sometimes rumors are just that other times they turn into facts.  It is just hard to determine truth from speculation, innuendo and pure falsehoods at times.

The telling and disseminating of rumors starts developmentally very early beginning in preschool and kindergarten and continuing until a person passes.

On the most elementary level it gives people something to talk about and distracts them from their own problems and issues.

In addition, it provides them with an outlet and an opportunity to both perhaps help and hurt others depending upon the information they are disseminating and their feelings about the people they are talking about.

Rumors are often spread through third party communications. The third party always has an agenda in revealing information that involves two other people.

I often wonder what the third party’s agenda is and what they want the person to do with the information they were just provided.  More often than not it puts the person receiving the information in a quite a difficult emotional and practical position.

On a deeper level it gives people the feeling of power and superiority as they are in possession of information that others do not have—and wish to know.

At times people simply make up rumors to achieve these feelings and more.  It has been my experience that they have been also been associated with people’s fantasies and unfulfilled wishes.

These fantasies, wishes, and the need to find out information albeit true or false are paramount to who we are.  And the reporting and passing of rumors among us will be timeless.

So the next rumor or rumors you hear about your favorite player or coach being, fired, hired or traded understand that it fulfilled a lot of psychological needs for us all.

And finally, don’t worry fans your team WILL have a head coach by opening day of the 2014 football season. I like Ken Whisenhunt a great deal.  Coaches grow and gain from experience. The second time around will be even better for Whisenhunt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Richard Lustberg

About Dr. Richard Lustberg

Dr. Lustberg’s On The Couch Column, Blog and Psychology of Sports Podcasts are syndicated on the Internet. He is extensively quoted and published, and is the sole developer and creative force behind The Psychology of Sports. Dr. Lustberg has helped launch and host Psyched Up, a Psychological Podcast addressing pertinent psychological issues for the Suffolk County Psychological Association and Psychology And You for the New York State Psychological Association.

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