Since the arrival of McDermott in 2017, he has not only rebuilt the team roster, but its collective culture. A culture, based on the commitment to a process of daily self-improvement for the good of the team, love and respect. His ‘Playoff Caliber’ mantra is something the players have fully embraced.
“It was just something he would keep saying,” Pat DiMarco said. “Guys would listen to it but they would not always live it. Now it’s our nature. It’s like that saying. First you form the habit, then the habit forms you. So it’s the habit now. You go in here and the ̵6;Playoff Caliber’ is standard.Not just on the field, but in the weight room, meeting room.Playoff caliber is what we are doing every single day.The boys are working their tails.
“Perhaps the second greatest thing he preaches is your love for the boy next to you. You will sell, not for yourself or your contract, but for the boy next to you and his family and his well-being. There are many things for him. “When you take care of and love the guy who is playing, you will only play much better.”