That was a big reason the Oakland Raiders and Bill Callahan decided to part ways. Although Callahan's motivational ways might suit him better in his new job as the University of Nebraska head coach.
Callahan apparently tried to gain control of the team but was openly called out by players such as cornerback Charles Woodson and wide receiver Tim Brown. Callahan suspended Woodson and Charlie Garner for violating curfew the night before what turned out to be his final game as the Raiders head coach, a 21-14 loss to San Diego.
Turner, who hails from nearby Martinez, Cal., was asked the hypothetical question of how he would handle a similar situation when he was introduced as the Raiders new head coach in a Monday press conference.
"Martinez has an outstanding school system. In public speaking, they taught me to never deal in hypotheticals," Turner quipped. "We're going to have a standard policy that handles things that come up. Coach (Jimmy) Johnson is a guy I have the utmost respect for. When I was with him, it's clear that you cannot handle every situation the same. I learned that from him and obviously he's had great success."
Turner was referring to Jimmy Johnson, who was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys for two Super Bowls.
"The biggest thing for me and obviously I wasn't here is that we're starting new," Turner said. "When we get going in our first minicamp or our first meeting, there will be changes. Obviously there's a new head coach. Some assistants will be here and some will be gone. At that point, we're going to address the things that are important to us. The number one thing is that anyone involved has to be accountable. We have to understand that we're all counting on each other. There's some basic rules and they'll take you a long way."
When Davis spoke publicly for a rare time last week, he said he was not looking for an autocratic disciplinarian, claiming that approach will not work with NFL players.
"I think players want to be successful," Turner said. "They want to win, number one. Number two, they want to be productive. It's our job to make sure our guys do the same things over and over enough times. That they get enough repetitions and know exactly what they're doing. If you've got an assignment, do it right every time you do it."
Vince D'Adamo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org