Thursday, November 02, 2006
The Only Direction is Down From Here
The title of the Blog today refers to how I feel with this team and the direction they are going. I have sat back and defended this team game after game saying that they have the chance to turn this season around because I feel like they have the talent to do so. Hell I think the entire nation feels as if the Dogs have the talent to make something more of the season than they have. To the rest of the United States it is a complete puzzle as to what has happened to Fresno State this season. I don't think there is anyone who truly understands what is going on in Bulldog nation and I think that is what I am going to dedicate this blog to.
Last night was embarrassing and not just with respect to what happened in the game but what the coaching staff did during the course of the game. As everyone knows I pushed for Norton to get a chance to play and I still feel as if he is the better of the two quarterbacks. For Pat Hill to pull him at halftime of this game was easily the single worst decision of his career. Not only did he pull a QB that was fighting for his life while on the field but he went back on his word to all of us Bulldog fans that he wanted one starting QB. It took him five games to pull Brandstater even with one poor performance after another yet he does it to Norton after one game against the best defense in the nation and a very strong Boise State team. Now Pat Hill says he will play two QB's the rest of the way when we all know that means Brandstater will finish out the season. I hope that Norton has a chance to play elsewhere because Pat Hill has absolutely screwed Norton and his chances to become something more. At the same time last night on the barkboard everyone was pushing for Hagan to be fired. I understand frustration with our offense, it is as pathetic as any college offense in the nation. My boy MDG said we run maybe ten plays total on offense which is just absolutely ridiculous. I am not an offensive coordinator and I have drawn up over two hundred plays in my life that would be effective in college football. But I think the blame is being thrown at the wrong person. When Cignetti was here we all complained that our offense was too vanilla and we ran on first and second down too frequently. We changed offensive coordinators yet the problem still exists. So let's see, two different coordinators and remember Pat Hill wears the headset on offense. The problem is not our coordinator, it is Pat Hill. He is making the calls to run the ball on second and ten to lose four yards. He is the one calling for eight runs in a row when we are down 45-21. If you want to place blame please put it where it belongs and that is solely on our head coach.
With all of that being said we will not win another game this year. We do not deserve to win another game this year and I have to say I hope we don't. I am frustrated beyond belief and want the Dogs to go 1-11 so we can shi*can the coaching and start all over. Bring in a whole new coaching staff and start all over because Pat Hill is not a leader anymore. He has gone back on his word now and he is leading a bunch of men out there who don't care to play for him anymore. We will be lucky to land any recruits this off-season and I don't blame any kids for avoiding the Bulldogs. I am sorry if this is coming off as harsh and out of line but I am just fed up with everything the Dogs are doing. I mean how many damn weeks in a row are we going to try and force the run on the defense. We aren't going to win by running the damn ball 50% of the time, we just aren't. Yet somehow Pat Hill thinks against high powered offenses the way to win the game is control the clock and limit mistakes. As Lou Holtz said last night the only part of time of possession that matters is who ends up with the win. In other words if a team has the ball 20 minutes but scores forty points who cares how long their defense is on the field, they still win the game.
I feel betrayed by Hill with the way he has coached this team into the ground this season. I feel even worse for guys like Norton, West, Ciccone, Pascoe, Miller, Moore, and Crawley who will all be back next year under this horrendous coaching staff. I have not even started on the problems on defense yet and this blog is already lengthy. Dan Brown is a disgrace to college football. The schemes he runs might work at the high school level but in college football what he is doing out there is downright ridiculous. We do nothing right, and somehow at Fresno State defenders have never learned to actually defend the ball and not just the receiver. Somehow the defenders never turn around to locate the ball and that is why through eight games we have one interception. If these guys would just turn around from time to time the Dogs would have at least seven to eight interceptions. Last night Zabranski threw the ball deep on Simmons and although the ball was heavily underthrown somehow Simmons never turned around. He would have caught the ball in stride had he just turned his head. We need a defensive coach to buy these guys a clue and I just don't see it happening anytime soon. I feel terrible for McCauley because while everyone knocks him I just think he has lost interest. Go back and watch all of the games we have played and you will notice a pattern with respect to McCauley. The offenses do not throw his way in the first half and rightfully so. By the time the ball actually comes #17's way the game is in the second half and already over. He has to feel deflated that he can do nothing for his team aside sit and watch two players on the other side continually screw up pass coverage. I know many of you will go off on me for defending McCauley but before you do go back and watch the last four games we have been blown out in. Tell me what I just said is not true. You won't be able to, I promise you that much.
This team is going nowhere and the thing that pisses me off the most is the talent is there to win at least eight games. Williams has been horrible this year and cannot catch anything. He will be lucky to be drafted on the first day. Is it just me or does Kyle Young get called for holding more than any other lineman we have, and he is supposed to be the best center alive? I don't care what everyone else thinks McCauley will still go early especially after he posts his 4.3 combine time and shows how talented he is. This team just doesn't have any drive and the last four games are going to be ugly. We will not be able to defend against New Mexico State or Idaho because they both pass non-stop. Louisiana Tech and San Jose are on the road and there is no way this team wins any games on the road this season. 1-11: Did you ever think it could get this bad? I know I didn't but we need change here in Fresno and there are plenty of coaches to choose from out there. I just hope the administration sees things the same way many of us do or we have plenty of bad years to come.