Flashing Before Our Eyes – TCU – Boise State winner only gets a trophy – Charlie Weis gets a much needed win, McMackin now on Hot Seat? – Rich Ellerson to Army – Gus Malzahn to Auburn: This is “Auburn Football?” – Emerald Bowl – “Turner Gill Rule” – Mike Singletary: A Football Coach – Pretty Boy Romo – What went wrong Monte Kiffin? – Missing Dick Schapp
Flashing Before Our Eyes in the Last Week
In the last week of holiday parties, family events, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the opening of presents there were several things in and around the game of college football that caught our attention…
What a great college football game last Tuesday between TCU and Boise State – It is a real shame that such a good football game between TCU and Boise State was only for the Poinsettia Bowl trophy, because this is exactly the type of game that would be great in a postseason college football tournament. TCU played terrific in the second half and shut down a very potent Boise State offense and now TCU is sitting with a 11-2 record with losses only to Oklahoma and Utah in the regular season, and yet they do not have an opportunity to advance to play for a legitimate national title in college football. In the Coaches Hot Seat College Football National Championship Tournament TCU was the No. 11 seed (16-team tournament) at the conclusion of the regular season and Boise State was the No. 8 seed, and this game would have been a classic postseason upset and would have sent an underdog team in TCU forward towards a chance to win something beyond a meaningless bowl trophy…. How sad, how pitiful, how embarrassing the college football postseason is….but all of that is going to change…. Yes, that will be a great day in America….
Speaking of surprises…..
Notre Dame just crushed Hawaii on Christmas Eve – We were not surprised that Notre Dame beat Hawaii, but we were surprised by the final score, Irish 49 – Warriors 21, and this game to us actually raises more questions than it answered…
Where was this Notre Dame offense all year? Notre Dame only scored 23 points on pitiful Syracuse and were shut out by Boston College, so how can the Irish put up 49 points on Hawaii? Very strange indeed…
Did Notre Dame play better because Weis was in the booth or did Weis call better offensive plays from the booth? With Charlie in the booth calling plays Notre Dame seemed to play a lot looser and with a lot more confidence on both sides of the ball and the offensive play-calling also seemed to be a lot more in sync than it has been since Weis’ second year at ND. Again, very strange indeed…
How good is Hawaii? This may be the most critical question, because Notre Dame may have very well crushed a pitiful football team, but one looks back at Hawaii’s final regular season game against a very good Cincinnati team and the Warriors had the Bearcats beat. Again, very strange indeed….
No doubt, Charlie Weis will move down the Final 2008-09 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings from his No. 1 spot when we post them in early January after the Bogus BCS title game, but how far will he move down is the question. Even with a nice win over Hawaii, most of us still think that Weis will enter the 2009 season with a smoking rear-end, but he will most certainly not be on the No. 1 Hot Seat after an impressive bowl win by his Irish…
Of course, after Greg McMackin’s team laid an egg on their home field in the “Hawaii” Bowl we can imagine that Greg will find himself moving onto the Hot Seat after putting up a 7-7 (.500) record. We hear that McMackin was none too happy to find himself on the Hot Seat earlier this year, but when your team basically lays down in a home bowl game, you deserve to be on the Hot Seat and we see McMackin’s rear-end starting to heat up….
Cal Poly’s Rich Ellerson to Army – We cannot tell you how good of a hire Rich Ellerson was by Army, because Rich was one of the best football coaches in the I-AA division and his competitive drive and very potent option attack is just a perfect fit for Army. Ellerson being hired at West Point is very bad news for Niumatalolo at Navy and Calhoun at Air Force, because Ellerson will have Army playing some very good football in Year One. One thing we always did here at Coaches Hot Seat when presented with the opportunity was get to Cal Poly football games in the last few years, and Ellerson only proved what we already knew about his coaching skills when his Cal Poly team almost beat Wisconsin in Madison the final game of the regular season. Needless to say, Rich Ellerson is a great hire by Army. Good Luck to you Coach Ellerson at one of our favorite places in this Republic, West Point.
We thought Gene Chizik was going back to old-fashioned “Auburn football” but then he goes out and hires Gus Malzahn – Don’t get us wrong, we think Malzahn has a great offensive attack and what he has done in his high school coaching career and at Tulsa is nothing short of remarkable, but we just flat do not understand how Malzahn fits in with “Auburn football” which we take to be lining up and running the football. Malzhan’s offense may even be more pass happy than what Tony Franklin wanted to, but was not allowed to run at Auburn, and it just baffles us how Chizik believe Malzahn fits in with the vision that Chizik painted for Auburn at his introductory press conference. Now, if Malzahn is allowed to run “his” offense we have no doubt that it will create a lot of havoc in the SEC, but is Chizik going to have a say in adapting the Malzahn offense what Chizik believes “Auburn football” is supposed to be? If you listen to former Auburn head coach Pat Dye, who many believe had a hand in the hiring of Gene Chizik, we don’t understand how Gus Malzahn fits into what Dye thought Chizik would be bringing to Auburn. Listen to this interview with Pat Dye on the Paul Finebaum show shortly after Chizik was hired: http://www.finebaum.com/media/archives/show/20081217_PFRN_Hour1.mp3
Yes, Gus Malzahn is a very strange hire to run the “Auburn offense” but if he is allowed to do what he has done during his coaching career, which is a wide-open pass happy spread offense, then this may be great fun on the Plains over the next few years….
Several of us were at the Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Saturday night and this was another very good postseason game between two very good football teams and both of these teams should be very good in ’09. Randy Shannon had a boatload of players out of the game on suspension, including one of his main QBs in Robert Marve (What the hell is Robert Marve thinking not going to class? Does Marve know how many people on this planet that would do about anything to be on scholarship at a school like Miami? Truly, if Marve just quit going to class, he is an IDIOT and he deserved to be suspended from the team) but Miami was still very competitive against Cal in what was clearly a home game for the Bears. Randy Shannon is completely reshaping the Miami football program and we are confident that Shannon will win a lot of games at Miami and that he will continue to bring in great recruiting classes because parents will want to send their kids to play for Shannon with his approach to football and to doing things the right way. Randy Shannon, Turner Gill, Derek Dooley, Todd Graham, Kevin Sumlin, Ken Niumatalolo and plenty of other first or second year coaches are proving that things can be done the right way AND that winning football can be played and we expect to see most if not all coaches start to hold their football players to higher standards off the field in coming years as players find fewer and fewer places where they can get away with not being totally committed to playing college football….
Speaking of new coaches…..
After what Turner Gill has done at Buffalo and other coaches in both the NFL and college (What a job Tony Sparano had done at Miami this year!) we are instituting what we are calling the “Turner Gill Rule” on how to measure a new head coach’s success. Turner Gill has proved at Buffalo that a good or great head coach can win ANYWHERE within 3 years and if Turner Gill can win a conference championship at Buffalo by his third season, there is NO excuse any more for any coach at any school that will be accepted any longer at Coaches Hot Seat. Here are the new standards for new head coaches:
1. The first year is a transition year but progress must be discernible, especially off the field.
2. Measureable progress in the second year, over the first year and what the previous coach had done is A MUST.
3. Serious and strong progress by the third year and a team that can compete with almost every team in conference is A MUST
4. From the third season on staying competitive in the conference every year and winning a conference title every five to six years is also A MUST for coaches that want to stay off the HOT SEAT!
Yes, those are what we are calling the “Turner Gill Rule” because if Turner Gill can win a conference title at Buffalo, the excuses for all new and current coaches are OVER!
We are working on the Coaching Changes Analysis for the new coaches we have not commented on up to this point and we will putting those up in the CHS Blog in the next month or so…..
Speaking of new head coaches again…
What about the job that Mike Singletary has done with the San Francisco 49ers since he took over 9 games ago? – Man, what a great job that Mike Singletary has done with the 49ers, because this team was a damn disaster when he took over for pretty boy Mike Nolan (any coach that is more worried about what he is wearing on the sidelines than the actual coaching is not a football coach). Anyone that has every run into Mike Singletary knows what an incredible man he is and the only question we had was if Mike was going to stay true to what he believes in and coach the 49ers the way he knew they had to be coached. Answer: Yes, as usual Mike Singletary stayed true and the 49ers are now a completely new football team. We know a few 49er players and they just talk of Singletary in glowing terms and about how quickly he has turned the 49ers around and for his great skills as a leader of men. Anyone that is old enough and lucky enough to have seen Mike Singletary play in the NFL with the Chicago Bears knows the man was a great football player and now he looks like he is going to have a great coaching career as well. One thing for sure, we would play for Mike Singletary anytime, anywhere and that looks to be the attitude of the 49ers as well and if they can pick up a few more good players in the NFL draft next year, the Niners could really challenge next season for a division title.
Congratulations to Mike Singletary for the great job you have done and for being named the HEAD COACH OF THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS. For the first time in year we all feel good about the 49ers football team going forward and we can’t wait to see what Singletary will do with this football club in the coming years. Yes, it may just be great fun again to be back at Candlestick Park watching the 49ers play football again!
Let’s just admit the truth on the Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo – Tony Romo = PRETTY BOY! That’s all that needs to be said about Romo… He is a PRETTY BOY with a good looking girlfriend and that is about it…. Football player? Please, Romo is a PRETTY BOY, especially when the chips are down and that has to really concern the folks with the Dallas Cowboys….
What about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense collapsing AFTER Monte Kiffin announces he is going to join his boy at Tennessee? – What is going on Monte? We have been told that Monte Kiffin is one of the greatest defensive coordinators in the history of the NFL, but then how can that be with the way the Buccaneers defense just collapsed in the last 4 games of the season? Answer: Monte Kiffin quit coaching because his attention was on joining his boy in Knoxville…. This entire thing of Daddy working for his Boy just strikes us as very odd with Monte going to work for Lane, especially in the pressure cooker that is Tennessee football. If Monte’s defense collapses at Tennessee the way it did with Tampa Bay Monte Kiffin will not just be yelled at by fans and written up by columnists, but he and his boy will be out of work, because a football team just laying down on the field and allowing a piss poor football team (the Raiders) to run all over them is actually taken serious in the SEC and more importantly, IS NOT TOLERATED!…. We are going to be fascinated to see how Monte Kiffin adapts to coaching in college ball, which he hasn’t coached in since 1982…. Can Monte and his Boy really handle the SEC? That is something we are all going to find out and if things do not go well in year one at Tennessee, the Lane and Monte show is going to get old very quickly and we certainly hope that the Kiffin’s are ready for more pressure than either man has ever been under in their lifetimes, COMBINED….
We opened up this Blog entry with the phrase “Flashing Before Our Eyes” which we stole from one of our all-time favorite sports reporters, Dick Schapp, who wrote a great book, Flashing Before My Eyes: 50 Years of Headlines, Deadlines & Punchlines
Dick Schapp interviews Dick Schapp…. We certainly miss you Mr. Schapp….