As awesome as UW is, and as amazing as Seattle is, and the legacy of greatness the program has…until we get over the proverbial hump that Coach Petersen elevated us to, I wonder if we have enough pull to draw the big name coaches? We don’t have Knight’s checkbook. We DO have three straight New Years Six bowl game losses. We don’t have an experienced head coach. We DO have a team that went from conference champions to 7-5 under one of the greatest head coaches in college football.
All I’m saying is…until we can actually start winning those challenges, not just getting to them, perhaps the big name coaches will remain cautious about signing on with the Dawgs.
This doesn’t really concern me, though. I think with the talent we have, and the head coach that we have…we are going to shock some people. I believe Lake IS hungry, has the right energy, and will take this team to the next level. But, in many ways, I think we all want to believe that we are already AT the next level, but we aren’t. We need to prove it. We need to win. The culture will continue to bring talent, and the grass roots recruiting being executed by guys like Smalls, Kalepo, Huard, etc…it will continue to help. And once we can show we are big time, by changing our style of play from uber-smart, trying to out thinkin you, to more of a line up and smack you in the mouth, and then go over the top to our top flight receivers because we’re just better than you…that makes the program different. It makes the vibe different…and it will yield different candidates that want to coach here.
This process has been discouraging and confusing, but that is because we all want the best for our program, and we do not have access to know what is actually going on, so we freak out about how we all think we could do a better job in managing this search. But ultimately…we have to see how this first year goes. Regardless of the OC we end up with…Jimmy has to know that he wants a different offense than what we ran this year (and all years under Coach Petersen). Whoever he hires will have an opportunity to make that happen. And while I know we all want a proven, rock star type OC…all of those current proven rock star dudes started somewhere, and that might be the kind of situation we end up in. We just need to win. And a guy who has never been an OC, or isn’t a flashy big name still has the capability to win.
And if Moorehead goes to Oregon? So be it. People are spot on that right now we are deficient in marketing ourselves as compared to Oregon. Oregon could hire a high school coach as their OC and right now, with their marketing and hype, they would continue to garner the attention they are getting, and they would probably still be successful on the field. HS kids like hype and flash. They like attention. They have big egos and are in a culture (college scholarship level football athletes) that feed that desire. If UW doesn’t up their game in THAT competition, we will struggle to keep up in CFB.
Lots of absolutes in this email, and it’s just a stream of thought kinda deal…but, I love my Dawgs, I love being a Dawg, and I can’t wait to get the staff finalized and see where we go. Keeping Gregory, more so than anything going on with the OC search, is the most baffling and confusing call of what is going on right now for me. Maybe Coach Lake just really likes him and kept him on because he’s a friend. But if so, Lake has some learning to do…this is big business, and if your friends are not producing, they need to work somewhere else. They can still be your friends, but you cannot keep proven underperformers on your staff and expect to be elite.