Mike Nolan doesn't settle for mediocrity. He expects greatness. Sure, Sean Weatherspoon had an impressive sophomore campaign. And sure, we all expect him to quarterback our defense going forward. But don't get it twisted: Nolan wants him to improve.
"He's a good player now, but he could be a lot better than he is," Nolan told the Falcons' official website Monday. "And he will be. No question, because he loves football and he's exciting to watch and he's a playmaker, for all those reasons. But he's done well, but he can still do a lot better."
Admittedly, this is what good coaches do. You can't inflate an athlete's ego ad nauseum and expect him to progress. You're good, but you could be better. You're on the road to greatness, but you're not there yet. That's what guys like Weatherspoon like to hear. It drives them. I'm sure BVG did the same thing, at least on some level, but BVG didn't have Nolan's pedigree.