Rhoads is telling his team there is no ceiling and improvement can come every week


Paul Rhoads like to blow up conventional wisdom sometimes.

It’s an often-stated belief that football teams improve their most from week one to week two. That cliché is repeated every year by coaches across the nation after schools show rust in their openers.

“Hogwash” is what Rhoads called that theory.

“I think you have the opportunity to improve every week,” he said Monday.

The Cyclones did a lot of good things in their victory at Iowa last week. But, four turnovers, including three inside the opponent’s 11-yard line, provided Rhoads a curriculum to teach from this week.

“I told the team last week and again after the (Iowa) game to not put a ceiling on our performance,” Rhoads said. “Let’s just figure it out and continue improving every game.”

That sounds simple, and it doesn’t put any limitations on improvement. When there is no ceiling, it is easier to continue reaching for the stars and defining your own success.

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