Thursday, October 13, 2016
Charlie Strong, Herm Edwards, and the Horrific Flashbacks of a Jet fan in recovery....
"Therefore by their fruits you will know them."
For those unaware, we grew up in New York City. As a result, prior to a very public breakup in 2013, we were fans of the New York Jets (yeah, we know). That's where we've seen this movie before.
Herm Edwards was, for awhile, a very popular coach. The players loved him. He gave great quotes to the media. He was, and remains, a strong Christian man. But his football teams constantly blew games with stupid, self-inflicted, errors. Everyone wanted him to be successful. But he just wasn't.
The parallels with Charlie Strong and the Longhorns are obvious.
We first noticed the parallels between Strong and Edwards following the Oklahoma game...two years ago. Charlie Strong in year 3 forces us to remember it took until year 5 to accept regarding Herm Edwards: the team is still making the same sloppy mistakes they made in year one. Like it or not, the improvement just hasn't been there.
At some point, you have to stop grading on potential and start grading on results. At least for this website, that point came with the third blocked extra point against Oklahoma State. The perpetually optimistic can talk all they want about how this team has the potential to be 4-1 right now, but that doesn't change the fact that they're 2-3 and in eighth place in the Big 12.
A year ago, it made sense to stick with the rebuild. Strong legitimately inherited a bad situation, the extent of which was not fully understood at the time. Strong has legitimately increased the level of talent with which he has to work.. But the self-inflicted wounds continue and the wins simply haven't followed. Frankly, two coaches in three years isn't nearly as destabilizing to the organization as three coaches in two years might have been.
Bottom Line: We haven't made a final decision, but it's getting very difficult to justify not moving in another direction at the end of the current season.