Ahead of the Curve... for Now
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No one doubts the fact that Ted Gregory, Kevin Ward, Don Jackson, Ray Tellier and Dianne Murphy are smart people dedicated to Columbia athletics.
But I have to agree with many of you who have commented on the fact that it would help to also get some newer and different blood into this selection process for our new head football coach.
But I do want to give credit where credit is due, and right now Murphy gets a lot of credit for having the guts to make this very necessary decision and doing it quickly.
With Dartmouth and Yale still dithering about with their head coaching decisions, (I can't believe BOTH Buddy Teevens and Tom Williams will survive the month... I think at least one is going to go), we're suddenly ahead of the game for once.
Our only semi-parallel competition is Fordham, who fired Head Coach Tom Masella right after yesterday's game. Masella started the same year as our Norries Wilson, but was let go despite sporting a better winning percentage and a league championship.
But getting back to the matter at hand, I can only hope that this blog will somehow serve as an outside monitor and aide in the search process... even though I know that's a bit of a long shot.
Robert Kraft, are you out there?
And before we only think about what qualities we want in a coach, let's remember that there's a team of players that has to be evaluated as well.
Yesterday we said goodbye to 24 seniors. That means about 86 players are still around.
They include a super talented QB, two dynamite pass rushers and a lot of players with varsity experience.
But the issues the team needs help with the most are:
Several players and even a coach or two told me this season that the team just wasn't prepared from week to week. I attribute that to tunning out some of the coordinators who had lost their hold on the team, but there may be other reasons.
Some fundamental rules of football just got violated way too often the last two seasons. It may be rough to focus on that in the limited practice time allowed in the Ivies, but it has to be addressed.
The talent is still better than most longtime fans are used to, but there was still not enough depth at WR, RB and some of the offensive line positions. These backups need to be more ready to play.
-Winning in crunch time
In tight situations, the Lions just lose way too often. Losing 50% or even 60% of your closer than a TD games is one thing, but Columbia lost more like 80% of them in the Wilson era.