Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Problem Solved...

I got your solution to the QB problem right here...


No, that is not Jared Lorenzen. That is Kevin Farmer, a 6'4" 299 lb freshman O lineman standing in at QB during pass rushing drills this summer (notice, none of our D-linemen are getting anywhere near him). We might as well, right? I mean we clearly aren't going to ask our QBs to throw and if he still gets hit, at least the big fella should be able to give as good as he gets. And look at that footwork! Eyes down field, standing tall in the pocket... Looks good to me.

Allright, enough funny business. I wanted to chime in with my 2 cents about the mind blowing catastrophe that is the 2008 Cougar Football season. The streak died. And it died without us making any kind of serious attempt to keep it alive. Like many of you, I was beside myself with rage/grief/humilation, you name it. However, unlike many of you I am in no way even close to condemning CPW and his staff. Now I will admit, that is the first time I can ever recall seeing my beloved Cougs not actually try to win a game. At all. That is painful, and certainly not fair to anyone who paid to attend the debacle. I think it was a mistake on the part of this staff not to attempt to compete, and I expect they are learning a tough lesson from being raked over the coals for it all week.

But Cougar Nation, I implore you to keep in mind as you judge the decisions that this staff is making, there is not a single option available to them week in and week out that they actually want. They cannot run the defense they want, and they cannot run the offense they want. The only options available to them due to personnel issues are not what they would ever choose if they didnt have to. Making all the right decisions in a circumstance like that is not possible, and making decisions that are popular with the fan base? Forget about it.

Now for those of you questioning coach Wulff's qualifications, I want to get something straight. Eastern Washington is not a Division II school. It is a Div 1AA school, and there is a difference. In fact, in all of football there are no two closer divisions than Div 1 and Div 1AA. So close in fact, that they actually PLAY EACH OTHER. If you don't think that coaching success at Div 1AA translates to Div 1, you are simply not a knowledgeble football fan, so luckily for you, I am here to set you straight. Or better yet, go check out Joe Cline's article on Cougfan. I'll be waiting here for you to come back and explain to me how all those other "Div II" coaches like Jim Tressel, Dennis Erickson, Mike Price, Rich Rodriguez, Frank Beamer, etc. were all overwhelmed by the bright lights of D-1. The fact is there is no other more dependable proving ground for successful Div-1 coaches than Div-1AA. If any group of coaches has ever proven to be "in over their head", it is the career assistants like, ahem, Doba.

There seem to be a lot of people in Cougar nation taking this season as vindication of their desire for a "sexier" hire than Paul Wulff. I have to conclude that these folks either:
A. have been Cougar fans since about 1997
B. think the Tony Bennets of the world grow on trees
C. both

CPW has proven at a high level that he can succeed against competition that has greater resources. He also has unquestionable loyalty to WSU and can refer to this as his "dream job" without a hint of B.S. That is a great recipe for sustained success on the Palouse. If you have been a Coug fan since before 10 win seasons were even considered a possibility, when the Jackie Sherrils and Dennis Ericksons of the world used us as nothing more than a rung in their career ladder, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Today coach Wulff and his staff took a timeout from being all overwhelmed by Div 1 to land yet another verbal commit from a kid that other Pac-10 schools were after.


That's right, Jamal Atofau from Bellevue chose the Cougs over Oregon, Arizona, Oregon State, Boise State, UW, etc. Atofau is another three-star player, rated the #55 defensive back in the country by Scout.com. So forgive me if I forget the disaster on the field for a moment and say, thank GOD we hired coach Wulff. If only we would have done it sooner...

19 comments:

San Francisco Coug said...

Amen! Amen! Amen! Wulff shall lead us through the terrible wilderness to the promised land. GO COUGS!

Aubs said...

Finally, a positive and accurate picture of what is happening on the Palouse. I am glad you are back longball!!!

GO COUGS!!!

Sedihawk said...

Aubs, you think only Longball is positive and accurate? I guess you don't know us very well.

Aubs said...

Sedi, no you are great. There are just so many comments made after your posts that are not. No offense intended Sedi; I appreciate your posts as well!

Sedihawk said...

No, no offense taken. I know what you mean. But we want the comments, we encourage them, and this season has been extraordinarily bad. The negative stuff is going to come, especially in the heat of the moment. Even some of our most negative commentors find that after a few days pass, it's not that bad. It's never THAT bad!

Brinkhater said...

Great stinking post, LB.

Between this post and the Wulff recap, I feel much better about things.

Thank god we don't have a game this weekend to send me back to reality.

Anonymous said...

You guys forgot to put an asterick beside Bellevue HS, the official school of D1 BUSTS!

Chris '04
Pullman, WA

Anonymous said...

You guys forgot to put an asterick beside Bellevue HS, the official school of D1 BUSTS!

Chris '04
Pullman, WA

ambush said...

Longball, you're bang on. Better days are ahead in about 3 years. I was @ WSU when "The Worst Football Team in Cougar History" played. This team shows no quit even when they are badly outmatched. It's very painfull to sit in the stands until the end of the games, but when the guys are on the field giving the best they can, I can do no less. It pains them as well to be so badly outmatched. What's our mantra..."Wait 'till next year"? Next year's coming, and basketball is just around the corner. All you Coug fans call your local radio stations and encourage them to carry Cougar Basketball since there's no pro team to carry now. Ambush

Stiffmiester said...

Guys,
Thanks for keeping up the posts and the focusing us on what is to come. I just got back from the windy city (Chicago not TriCities) and was out of contact so I needed my Coug fix. While I was back there and walking down Michigan avenue I ran into a guy wearing a Coug shirt. After a discreet "Go Cougs" and a great conversation he told me that he had hope and belief in Wolf. I agreed and am looking forward to the future. On top of the recruits and two promising young QB's don't forget we get the talented RB transfer from Cal next year. He is still around right? Anyhow, Keep it up.
Go Cougs!

LouisianaCoug said...

Some good information in this post. A little homer-ish, but good info nonetheless. I am curious, are there any examples of coaches hired from D1AA to D1 who haven't worked out?
Surely there has to be other coaches other than Beamer, Price, or Tressel who didn't turn out, right?

Sedihawk said...

Chris, I think the Bellevue comment isn't entirely fair. First of all you have to consider the source of these star ratings. Chris Fetters is as pro-UW as you are going to find. Even though he tries to stay objective in his ratings, well, I'm sure there's been times he's been guilty of overrating UW recruits. And he likely watched a LOT of those Bellevue teams, in person, and naturally hyped up some of those guys. I also believe to this day that there was an effor to help pump up Willingham's first recruiting class, and part of that might have been throwing an extra star Hasty or Savannah's way. And, truth be told, Savannah, when healthy and not acting like a flake? He's a pretty good pac-10 linebacker (over 100 tackles last year). Hasty was your classic silver spoon/bad attitude, and now he's gone. But Fetters and those guys miss all the time, especially when it comes to UW guys. Remember Paul Arnold? They were hyping him for a heisman campaign when he signed, and he ended up a slot receiver. So it's such a crapshoot in rating those guys because you just never know.

I know our own experiences with Bellevue guys hasn't been great, with Rosenberg and Block. But Rosenberg was never that highly rated to begin with, and had some other issues. Block just hasn't been healthy. I really like what I've heard about Block, regarded as a smart, tough, strong kid. Remember, Doba was ready to burn his redshirt but Block got hurt the week he was supposed to play. I still think he has a place with Wulff at WSU.

The highest rated guy ever to come out of Bellevue was Steve Schilling, and he's been starting at Michigan the last few years. Not too shabby. The other guy to watch is DeCasto at Stanford. So we'll see.

Louisiana, sure, there has to be cases where the 1-AA coach didn't make it at 1-A. But I don't even know where to begin to look for information like that, do you? The success stories stick out like a sore thumb, and they are also close to home (Erickson, Price). But if it supports your argument against Wulff, maybe YOU should be the one to tell US of the failures?

LouisianaCoug said...

Sedi- I apologize if my comment came off as insulting to Wulff. I wasn't trying to make a case against him, really. Surely, there are some amazing success stories of guys making the jump. Here's hoping Wulff follows suit... But I certainly will try to dig up some info on some coaching transition failures. I think we would all benefit from a complete picture.

Bellevue Coug said...

If you are going to do the research on only 1-aa coaches who succeeded and failed that isn't giving a whole picture either - you would need to analyze career assistants (I would assistants w over 10 years experience)records when they get the job. Also when you look at the 1-AA guys, you need to look at the time it took for them to be successful - i.e. I think frank beamer had 5 losing seasons before he turned it around at VT. Everything takes time - it is weird that most cougs seem to forget that even through the 90s and early 2000's we still only averaged a bowl game every 3.5 years, something to keep in mind.

Anonymous said...

Thank You Baby Jesus!

ambush said...

On a slightly different line of talk, as I was coming back from Spokane earlier this month the weekend we played UCLA, I had no choice but to listen to the Dawgs pregame show. I think they played Oregon, but anyway when the subject of our game came up in their pregame, Elise Woodward said, and I quote "...WSU is probably the worst team ever in the Pac-10". This from a broadcaster from a school that hasn't won a game. How about a big banner for the Coug locker room for Apple Cup week. Is J.T. Levenseller really going to start against Stanford, or is that still up for discussion? Ambush

E said...

Good to see you back in action Longball! Keep 'em coming ...

-E

Anonymous said...

Good point BH, I was already in my weekly routine of steeling myself with cynicism to protect myself from the usual Saturday humiliation. Maybe I can let myself believe for a few days.

TiltingRight said...

Sedi....

I'm not going to launch into a huge defense of Fetters, but I will say this: He does try to be fair, and he's not in charge of star ratings. He actually has to kick things up to someone else for folks to get evaluated and ranked.

The problem with the rating system is that the folks evaluating them aren't coaches. They don't look at these kids' performance with the same eye as a coach would. Often times the players don't project at the same positions they play in school, and it's obviously hard to tell what they'll do against consistently better competition.

That's why it's exciting to see the athletes signing up to be Cougs next year, but it's even more important that we've got the right coach recruiting them, and waiting to work with them when they get to Pullman.

Great stuff today. If this keeps up, I might not even have to be drunk to watch us play next Saturday....
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Well, one can dream. Right?