October 15, 2009
Passion is on display
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA
Losses hit a head coach hard.
And Richie Hall isn't one to hide it when it hurts.
"It's not so much for myself, my heart goes out for the guys because they're the ones that play the game," Hall said. "Especially after last week, they played hard and they deserved better fortunes, but at the same time we didn't make enough plays."
Friday's 34-31 loss to the B.C. Lions dropped the Eskimos into last place in the CFL's West Division.
"From an emotional perspective, my heart went out for them because I know what they felt like," Hall said. "To some degree, I felt like they were my kids, but there's nothing I can do about consoling them. I think as a parent, you see your kids hurting, but all you can do is put your arm around them. There's nothing you can do to change the situation."
In his rookie season as a CFL head coach, Hall has worn his emotions on his sleeve.
"I like to think the way that I've behaved over the last nine months since I've been appointed head coach is just the way I've been as a player and as a coach for the last X amount of years," he said.
"I think I'm a passionate person, an emotional person but at the same time I think I'm a controlled person.
"I don't want to get too high where you're out of sync or you get too low."
It's the same way he expects his players to react emotionally.
"I'm glad that they were passionate and I'm glad that they hurt because I think when you have emotion that means that you care.
"They cared about the final outcome last week, (it) wasn't expected but at the same time we brought it upon ourselves."