Third down conversions.
They’ve been a hot topic in the Seahawks locker room the last couple of weeks because the Seahawks are converting just 32% of the time.
When I’m in the locker room and talking to players about how improve those numbers the receivers will tell me it’s about ‘staying on schedule.’ In football terms ‘staying on schedule’ means picking up the right yardage on first down and second down so that the offense isn’t facing a third and long situation.
For example, a 5-yard pick up on first down and a 3-yard gain on second down leaves two yards to gain on third down. That’s much easier than facing third and 10 and having to gain 10 yards in one play to keep the drive alive.
Staying on schedule requires all 11 players on offense to execute their assignments. Each player needs to be on time with their blocks and routes. A mistake could cost the entire team a chance to gain positive yards, causing them to fall behind and try to play catch up on third down.
Staying on schedule in the business world looks a little different but concept is the same. Everyone has a job to do. Miss your assignment, fail to complete a task on time and you could be the reason your team is playing catch up and facing a third and long situation.
If you’re a football fan and you’d like more ways to talk football at work, consider the concept of staying on schedule. Use the Seahawks as a starting point to the conversation and transition to what your work environment looks like and how staying on schedule relates to your team at the office.
Jen Mueller is the radio sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks, as well as, a reporter for ROOT Sports NW out of Seattle. She is also a professional speaker and the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day, the go-to resource for new and novice sports fans. The book is available on Amazon.