Posted: 06/01/2014 10:38 AM
Posted: 06/01/2014 6:15 PM
RyanGorcey wrote: 90 days to go until Cal kicks off the 2014 season. What are you folks most excited about for the 2014 campaign? What are you dreading? Going to any road games? Joining me in Chicago for some amazing hot dogs (and Cal-NW, too, I guess)? Hit me.
"Yep....yawn... Goff is going to attempt his 40th pass for
maybe a two yard gain during the NW game while Cal is
two touchdowns behind?""I hope I don't see a rerun of the 1981* or last seasons?"
GO BEARS!* Mouse Davis' and Dykes' offenses do work well with exceptional passers that are mobile
and of course with good receivers. These passing attack offenses work extraordinarily better
against iffy defenses, like those that Portland State and LA Tech typically faced under the
aforementioned coaches. Call me a negabear if you must, but I don't think Goff is that
mobile (or durable?), and even if he is, I don't think that Pac-12 defenses are that "iffy"
enough for Dykes' offense to be that successful. Oh, yes, improved OL and WR play might
allow Cal to beat some of the weaker teams, like Colorado, Northwestern, Sac State and
maybe even 'zona or Wazzu, but not the conference elites, like ucla, u$C, Whoregon, and the 'furds.
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Posted: 06/02/2014 5:07 PM
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Posted: 06/05/2014 11:21 AM
HaroldPMuller wrote: Just what degree of improvement is it reasonable to expect? What would it take for you to call for Coach Dykes' replacement? It's been 55 years since we have been to the Rose Bowl. Haven't Cal fans already been patient enough?
IMO, how long we’ve waited is irrelevant to the other questions or to what needs to be done to get us to the RB. The central question to me regards what is reasonable to expect from: (1) a second year head coach (2) in this program.
I would evaluate Dykes according to what he does each year and ask questions such as: how good is his recruiting? How well does the university support him in his efforts? How well does Cal play with the players he gets? Does he address subordinate coaching problems? Has the program stabilized enough after the last staff to fairly evaluate his performance? How much of a priority is the football program to the university? I would want to see him given a fair chance to succeed and to be judged according to what is possible to do at Cal at this time.
Out of the gate, I think that it would be unreasonable to expect wins against #9 Oregon, #11 Stanford, #16 UCLA, #19 USC or #25 Washington (although a win against any of these would be great). These schools are clearly putting a priority on winning and remaining powerful.
This year, I would expect to win against Sac State and Colorado. I think that NW, Arizona, Wash St, Oregon St and BYU could go either way (these 5 programs were undeniably better than Cal at the end of last year). I think that if Dykes could win 3-4 games, that would represent a reasonable improvement.In any case, I wouldn't be willing to start from zero again until at least the third year. I think that if Dykes couldn't get us to middle of the Pac-12 by then (AND if the university matches what other schools put into their programs), we might consider a replacement.
Posted: 06/05/2014 3:39 PM
Posted: 06/06/2014 6:20 AM
HaroldPMuller wrote: How long we have waited is relevant. We have waited longer than anyone else in the conference and have spent more money on our football team than anyone else. That is the definition of inefficiency. When you throw more resources at an objective than anyone else and get the worst results it demonstrates that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way the program is being run.
Posted: 06/06/2014 8:27 AM
jrsmithe wrote: HaroldPMuller wrote: How long we have waited is relevant. We have waited longer than anyone else in the conference and have spent more money on our football team than anyone else. That is the definition of inefficiency. When you throw more resources at an objective than anyone else and get the worst results it demonstrates that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way the program is being run.Getting to the Rose Bowl won't happen as a result of frustration or anger about what happened in the last 50 years. It will be the result of making good decisions now and in the future. I don't believe that firing a head coach and gutting a program every year or two will result in a RB.I do agree that there is something fundamentally wrong with the program and it certainly predates Jeff Tedford and Sonny Dykes.
Posted: 06/06/2014 10:00 AM
Posted: 06/06/2014 12:05 PM
HaroldPMuller wrote: While my frustration jumps off the page, I was not merely venting. I was talking about how Cal spends the most money on football of any team in the conference and gets the worst results. After all, UCLA and USC don't even own stadiums to spend $400M on - they both rent! What we have done is both grossly inefficient and the results have only gotten worse. Yet Ms. Barbour remains along with her 15 deputy, associate, and assistant athletic directors. If a heterosexual white male had performed like that in the private sector he not only would have been fired, he would probably be sued by the shareholders.
Posted: 06/06/2014 2:08 PM
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Posted: 06/06/2014 2:24 PM
HaroldPMuller wrote: Apparently we are in agreement. What do you think it would take to get Nick Sabin to come to Cal? He might enjoy the challenge of coaching at Cal. He might also relish the opportunity to live in the bay area. Whatever it would take to get a top tier coach it would be worth it. It is penny wise and pound foolish to spend $400M on a stadium rebuild that was justified in large part as a recruiting device and then scrimp on the head coach.
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Posted: 06/09/2014 8:27 AM
HaroldPMuller wrote: You sure are torqued, aren't you? Football is the tail that wags the dog. Football and rugby are the only two sports I am really interested in.
Posted: 06/09/2014 9:45 AM