In my opinion, Zook was a great recruiter, a really good person, an average strategist, but where he was really weak was his leadership. I believe the fatal mistake Zook made was being way too close and friendly with the players. He put himself on the same level as the players as opposed to being their leader. And in the end, though I think the players really liked him, he didn't command their respect and he lost control of the team. I always found it amazing that what inspired the players was when Zook, their friend, was fired.