Saturday, October 11, 2008
....but right now? You can see it from here.
Tonight's post took some time to think about and discuss with Brinkhater, among others. What to say about another truly embarrassing performance? 549 total yards allowed, 30 first downs....to just 132 yards of total offense, and another QB knocked out?? If you haven't heard, Wulff said after the game that Marshall Lobbestael is likely out 3-4 weeks with an MCL sprain. Anyway, you know it's bad when you have MORE PENALTY YARDS (170) THAN TOTAL YARDS. Good Lord.
What can you say? Every week we not only hit rock-bottom, we redefine the term. It's a season of new lows, and there isn't any sign this will end. In reality, it could get a lot, lot worse. And I'm not talking about just what you see on the field.
What will the locker room be like now? There were already some rumblings that some vets were, shall we say, less than thrilled with the new regime. Anyone still watching at the end of the game notice a very frustrated Andy Mattingly? Think about how his season has gone. Here's a kid who, as a sophomore last year, had over 90 tackles and 8 sacks. He was rated by many as a true all-conference candidate this year, and there was even a few websites that had him on the NFL RADAR for the 2010 draft, given his size and play-making ability. Now? This year he's a backup defensive end who simply cannot get going. That frustration has got to be boiling at some point.
And what kind of a message do these weekly performances send to recruits? I know Wulff has put a positive spin on things in regards to recruiting, and so far it's a good start if you can put any weight or belief in the verbal commitment process. But let's face it, Pullman isn't the easiest sell in the world. We love it, but there's many that cannot picture going there. There's no way to dance around that, it's just reality. But what will a recruit think of seeing this team get sand kicked in it's face, week after week, with no let up whatsoever? I know they say recruits are attracted to a place where they see early playing time, in a BCS conference, etc. And Wulff and the rest do have a pretty good reputation for finding players. But this season has to make that sales pitch that much harder, don't you think?
And what's going to happen with attendance???? YIKES. Think about the years where we've been entertaining, if not really good, yet attendance was a problem. But now?? When you are 1) bad, 2) in a bad economy where pennies are tight, and 3) on TV every week? Not a good recipe for a great gameday turnout.
But enough of all that. I hope they keep playing hard and trying to improve. But it has to be a very difficult time to be a player or coach at Washington State right now.
Have a great evening, and go Cougs.
Posted by Sean Hawkins at 8:03 PM