Report Guy Carbonneau in Around the League Archives Posted November 15, 2008 So are great coaches great, because they had players who could motivate themselves ? Or are great coaches great, because they new how to motivate? I am sure Scotty Bowman must have had some input! Some, but not all. It takes a mixture of both, IMHO. Right now, I'm very concerned about seeing guys like Kovalev and company unable to motivate themselves for division rivals. Brings back memories of two years ago.