The relationship between coaches and players is a difficult one. It’s important that coaches organize their players and ensure millionaires with larger-than-life egos respect their authority. When something goes wrong, it can be very tempting to throw primadonna stars under the bus. However, most coaches agree that this is very bad for team morale, especially if they focus on individuals.
Despite this, there are occasions when the coach chooses to pick on one player. Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians recently made headlines for burning Tom Brady in front of the world. But he’s not the only coach or manager to do so. Some of these coaches were under severe pressure and wanted to deflect the blame to someone else. Others were in a position of success and wanted to light a fire underneath an underperforming athlete. Today, we’re going to look at 25 coaches who threw their athletes under the bus. Check out the list below via GQ.
25. Bill Peters
Former Carolina Hurricanes coach Peters left hockey in shame. However, his former goaltender Eddie Lack will only regret that the Canadian didn’t depart earlier. Peters was relentless in his verbal destruction. He threw him under the bus and lit him on fire after a series of bad performances in 2017. But Peters didn’t help Lack with his confidence.
Peters accused Lack of letting down his teammates. Now that was definitely a good comment for morale. “Well, you’ve got to push,” Peters said. “One guy has played 10 games. Eddie has played 10 games and was poor in his last outing, let’s not kid ourselves, right? There were 16 shots, four went in. Not good enough. You look at his numbers in the league, they’re not good enough.”