I've seen enough sports and I've definitely played enough sports to recognize the problem of playing next to a below average player.
When you have an, at least, adequate teammate next to you, you can focus entirely on your own part of the game. Every single percent of those 100 that you spend on your own game makes you a better player.
When you have a below average teammate next to you, you can't focus entirely on your own part of the game. Every single percent of those 100 that you don't spend on your own game makes you a worse player.
It's just that simple.
We have average, good, very good and extremely good starting players at most parts of our team. Unfortunately, we have at least one below average starting or frequently rotation player at most parts of our team.
When you consciously/unconsciously isn't 100% focused on your own task, because you are worried about the guy next to you, you underachieve and becomes a worse player yourself.
It 's not my intention to determine which players this is about. I just wanted to try to explain how bad players make good players become worse players.
I've now been awake for 19 hours. During that time I have seen us get beaten by the Bears, worked night for 11 hours, been on the phone with way to many post offices to find out where a missing parcel to Russia has gone and written this.
I'm unhappy and I'm off to bed. When I wake up it's six days left until it's time to sit on tenterhooks again..
Skål and good "night" Viking friends ... wherever you are.