James Franklin explains his 'burn the boats' philosophy
- by Doug Samuels 11 months ago
Vanderbilt started a new series today where they sit down with James Franklin and watch some of the all access videos inside the Commodore program last year while Franklin provides valuable commentary.
The one video that really stuck out to us was the look back at Franklin's halftime speech during the Tennesse game last year (a game that Vandy rolled to victory in 41-18). As a refresher, here's the speech that Franklin breaks down.
"We have a process.They're built for success...they're programmed for success. Losing is not an option for us and we talk about that all the time."
"I told the players the story of taking your boats up for battle, and storming the beaches. It's a different mentality when your captain, your commodore, goes back and lights all those boats on fire and you have no option of retreat. You have no choice. The only option that you have is to storm the beach and overcome your enemy and that's the kind of mentality that I wanted our guy to understand."
Franklin also notes that when it comes to motivational speeches, sometimes words aren't enough.
"I think that story, and what we did there, really shows how we've been able to do some of the things that we've done. I'm not going to just tell them the speech. I'm going to have them stand up and turn around, and try to illustrate, try to paint a picture for people to understand what we're trying to do and how we're going to do it."
Hear plenty more from Franklin below.