Coach: "You guys are the fodder"
We have a BJJ tournament coming up on Saturday. Near the end of tonight's class, the coach pointed to me and another guy next to me and said "Every tournament needs fodder. You guys are the fodder. Just try and get back to your knees". Now, I certainly take the positioning advice on board. I do need to concentrate on bailing out back to my knees. But referring to one's students as fodder seems unusual to me. I'm not particularly insulted by it because I probably am among the bottom 2-3 guys in my class, and the guy is the plainest of plain speakers, but it just seems..odd. Why would a coach say that? Would it be to try and get us to simplify our games? To fire us up into ****-you-I'll-show-you mode? Just being a dick? Obviously you guys wouldn't know for sure but I am interested in possible theories, especially if you've had instructing experience.