- Aug 26, 2011
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That's a fair point and I can only imagine what was discussed, if anything, regarding CR. Winning this season was critical for a lot of reasons, and we failed spectacularly.
What do you mean by "winning this season?" If you mean win more than last year, that's one thing (and even then maybe a pipe dream). If you mean having a winning season, maybe it would have been nice, but even a bigger stretch, and really damaged, or it looks that way, when Cochran went down right off the bat and double down when Jones bit the dust on D. Last year's performance was certainly no predictor of success this year, not even the likely fool's gold of winning the last three against teams as bad as we were.
I think the bigger problem wasn't exactly Ws and Ls but the totally confused execution (more precisely, lack of execution) on both sides of the ball. Some of that can be attributed to the skill of the players, but the quirkiness of the on-field choices is the scary part of what the future holds. I thought the team looked fairly representative against the two relative heavyweights in the early part of the schedule, but aside from the flukey UCF game (I froze out there to the sweet end) , those games were the high point. The mess on O, partially because of generally lousy line play, was pretty much a consequence of the apparent no rhyme or reason QB subbing as well as the changing use of RBs over the course of the season, although sort of settling on Johnson seems like a supportable decision. I agree that there is no choice but to give Diaco another year. If the field play is not improved to something resembling a well-coached team, even putting the record aside, I wouldn't allow a third year and do what needs to be done with the remainder of his contract. Win or lose, it is supposed to be sort of entertaining, not like going to have a tooth pulled. I also would not quite throw WM under the bus for the hire. It was pretty well acclaimed at the time, but when an assistant is hired for the first HC gig, the results are unpredictable. Happy Holidays.