That Diaco has a plan that works for "Developing the Complete Player" is without a doubt. He's following the plan, that has worked elsewhere, to the T. it's a five spoked wheel, and he started in June with a bunch of raw materials, and started in January with a bunch of both raw, and tainted materials. There is no questioning any of that. That plan, is what keeps these players positive, motivated and working together as a team, and I have no doubt they will continue to work together as such, even if we are 1-11, come that December showdown with SMU.
As far as recruiting goes, we are most definitely following a road map, and recruiting plan, that has me excited about the future. The program is in good hands as far as those basic building blocks, of finding players, and then developing them is concerned.
The questions arise, and they are valid and significant, through half a season, about the plan for "Developing the Complete Team". The decision making here, has me worried. It's where the unproven ground and territory is for the new coach. There are lots of things to look at from personnel, game planning, time management, practice etc. etc.....as has been mentioned.
With me - It starts and ends with me, with the fallacy of playing a 2 QB system the way we are doing. The 2 QB system we had with Pasqualoni was different - 2 entirely different offenses on the field. That kind of thing is not ideal, especially with college football practice time limitation as opposed to pro-football, but at least it was a structure that is not flawed. Two different offenses.
Not what we are doing - we are essentially playing the same offense with multiple QB's - he's said so in the press. Vince Lombardi rotated QB's out, to give Bart Starr rest at times - many years ago, especially when he was hurting, and getting older. Lots of coaches will pull the starting QB, for the end of a game, when the game is out of hand, etc. etc....or to give them a rest. But there was never any fault, waiver, anywhere in the chain of command, and that is the key. Diaco has failed to show understanding of that. The way he named QB's in August - uggg. Lombardi was the offensive coach. He knew offense.
Tom Landry, at the same time as Lombardi, also played 2 QB's. He did for years - first with Don Meredith, and Craig Morton, and then with Craig Morton and Roger Staubach. Landry was a defensive coach. Mastermind of defense. Robotic. He drove his QB's crazy, and the team could never overcome and win. It wasn't until Landry finally stopped the nonsense with the 2 QB's, and realized that people behave like people, and not machines, and put Roger Staubach in as full time starter - after Staubach basically gave him an ultimatum - it wasn't until then, that Landry realized that the QB position was not a position on the field that just could be subbed out, like any other - that he finally started winning big events, that Lombardi had accumulated en masse.
Diaco strikes me as a highly intelligent young guy. A defensive minded young coach, that has a very systematic approach to football. A guy that is playing QB's, much like Tom Landry did in the 60's and early 70's.
How long before Diaco realizes that people are people, and not machines, and that leadership and team building and WINNING is not something that you can rotate in and out like a pieces of a machine?
I"ve had it with the 2 QB system we are using. Diaco gets paid a lot of money. Somebody better sit him down, and tell him to stop the nonsense of pulling out your starting QB, when your offense is trying to build a consistent rhythym and win games.