A small example of Mike Vrabel allowing a good thought to trickle up from an assistant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After the second of three weekend practices for his rookies, Mike Vrabel fielded a question about the anxieties of young players in such situations.IMG 8806

I was struck by one piece of his response on the topic.

Typically, things from strong-willed, alpha coaches – which is certainly what Vrabel appears to be in the early stages of his first head job – trickle down.

That coach would be the tone-setter and the message-sender, dispersing the key themes and expecting them to travel down the chain.

When I was at ESPN, bigger bosses would often deliver their message and instruct subordinates to “cascade” them to their people.

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