It's not all about the finish
ALLEN PARK Coach Jim Schwartz is not a big believer that winning the last game of the season will carry momentum over to the next season. That doesnt mean he doesnt want to beat the Chicago Bears on Sunday it just means that he wants to win every game regardless of where it falls on the schedule.
Its probably overplayed. It all counts the same. It may make you feel good for a week or two, going into the off season, but then after that you start watching your cut-ups and you start looking at the season in whole. That stuff wears out. I think sometimes you can get a skewed view of your team. I dont know if thats the right way to put it, but whether you finish strong or finish poorly, you can feel either worse about your team or better about your team just because of the last couple of games, Schwartz said on Monday.
I dont know if thats momentum carrying over, but Ive been a part of teams where we made mistakes in evaluation of players because of a good performance at the end of the year, and we ignored the body of work of all 16 games, the coach added.
He said its also gone the other way when a player didnt finish the season as well as he had started it.