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Old 03-07-2015, 10:44 AM   #1
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Is playoff experience overrated?

This is an overall sports question, not just a football one. Whether it's individual players or collective teams, people like to discredit those that don't have playoff experience under their belts. By the same token, the addition of vets and players with the so-called "playoff experience" are talked up too disproportionately much.

I strongly disagree with the notion that gaining more playoff experience makes you a better performer in the postseason.

Let's look at Damian Lillard last year for example; he was absolutely phenomenal and elevated his play during his first series. In fact, we witnessed him win a crucial game 6 to push the Blazers into the second round. Lillard's stats reflect this as well, as his efficiency and scoring averages actually rose in his first postseason.

Having said all that, I think it's more about the player's mental fortitude than the x number of years a player has been in the playoffs. A guy that can't play at the big stage will underperform in the playoffs regardless of the*amount of playoff experience he's gained over the years. I think that a guy that isn't scared of the moment, will be able to excel in the postseason, even though he's never been in the playoffs.

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Old 03-07-2015, 10:57 AM   #2
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Re: Is playoff experience overrated?

Good question

It depends on the player i guess. You cant beat having a vet that shines when the bright lights are on. Its what separates the good and the great.
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Old 03-07-2015, 11:40 AM   #3
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Re: Is playoff experience overrated?

There are lots of things in the sports world that are highly overrated. "playoff experience" is one of them. It certainly didn't help the 1990-1993 Buffalo Bills or the 2009 Colts win a SB.
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Old 03-08-2015, 06:25 AM   #4
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Re: Is playoff experience overrated?

I would say it can be a positive factor but its not the only one or even most important one.
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Old 03-08-2015, 06:52 AM   #5
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Re: Is playoff experience overrated?

Pretty good offseason topic, .

Did losing playoff games in '08, '10, '11 give Matt Ryan enough 'playoff experience' to finally win one in 2012? (obligatory Matt Ryan dis, ) IDK, and I would think being in the playoffs that many times would be considered a positive because of the 'experience' regardless of winning or not because 'playoff experience' has more to do with handling the hype, media, partying, et... leading up to the game than the game itself, IMO.

Players/coaches can tune out everything on the field, it's the distractions and the down time during the playoffs that they need to have the 'mental fortitude' to deal with and the only way to get that is through experience, so in that regards, I do not think playoff experience is overrated, but in terms of actual play on the field, I would tend to agree that guys who get it done during the regular season, get it done in the post season, so it's not that important, though there are guys who built their reputations on their playoff performances regardless of what they did during the regular season ... "Mr October" (Reggie Jackson) comes to mind, Patrick Roy (NHL goaltender) is another ... but they were usually pretty good most regular seasons anyway.

Whenever a team is making the playoffs for the first time or with a large number of players that have never been to the postseason before, I do take that into consideration before wagering ... some teams/players appear visibly nervous in playoff venues and some don't. Maybe it comes down to the individual maturity levels of the players, IDK. It was a positive for the Detroit Lions adding guys like Reggie Bush, James Ihedigbo, Golden Tate to their roster in that it gave the team a certain amount of "playoff experience", calmed the locker room down some, gave direction and veteran leadership, IMO.

Overall, I think it helps.
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:17 AM   #6
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Re: Is playoff experience overrated?

Playoff experience equals experience under pressure, and discipline, which can be quite valuable. But of course, a guy who is already mentally and physically ready for the big time, he is going to shine under the bright lights, whether he's ever been there before or not.

But I would never underestimate the value of a player or a coach with a championship ring, in the locker room, in camp, the weight room, the sidelines, on the bus or behind the scenes. There are simply guys who have a ring, who know what it takes to earn one, and then there is everybody else. Winning a Super Bowl is incredibly hard. Players and coaches with a ring can be leaders, in the locker room or on the sidelines or in meetings, and the young inexperienced guys will look to them for leadership and confidence when the chips are down. When you are in the trenches in the middle of a game, down by a score or two, with your backs against the wall, there is nothing like having an experienced leader in the huddle who says "I've been here before, we came back from this -- this is what we do, this is how you win, we can do this." So the ring, the extra experience and wisdom that comes with it, and the respect that people have for it, is incredibly valuable.

I picked this up from a guy I used to know in my old neighborhood. He had played some minor and major league baseball for a while, and bounced around between the majors and the minors for a couple of teams, when he was younger, back in the '70s and '80s. I was not a big baseball fan, so we used to talk about sports stuff in an abstract and conceptual way, like this thread is doing. And he told me that was a huge thing of respect, for him -- he respected and admired the players and coaches he met, who had a World Series ring; he listened to what they had to say, he followed their lead, he tried to emulate them. They might have even got that ring on another team, in another city, or been only a small part of the team, but that was how it worked -- everybody in the locker room knew it meant something. The coach or player who had won a championship with the So-And-So's, it might have been years ago, but the people on the current team all knew about it, and respected it.
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Not sure, but I think Tom Brady was the lone survivor from the previous NE SB teams. Is that enough playoff experience for one team?
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Old 03-08-2015, 06:12 PM   #8
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Not sure, but I think Tom Brady was the lone survivor from the previous NE SB teams. Is that enough playoff experience for one team?
Considering he's the QB, I'd say "yeah" ... from that position he's got a bully pulpit to look everyone in the eye and tell them what it takes to win the Big One ... any other position, I'd say, "maybe not".
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We were experienced too because of 2006.
What? LOL.
I stopped reading right there. Have a nice day LOL
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