Collectively, it appears that UCLA is beginning to see the mistake it made when we hired Dorrell as our head coach. Game after game, Dorrell illustrates to us what it means to be a sub-par coach while wasting away some great talent.
This morning, I walked onto the UCLA campus right before my Accounting class and decided to grab a Daily Bruin. I thought the sports writers would surely tear Dorrell a new one. I don't think I've ever been more wrong in my life.
The very first thing I see on the sports page is a column that reads, "Go easy on young Bruins." What?!?! Go easy on a team that just lost two games to two teams they were clearly superior to talent wise? I thought for sure this writer must have some valid point of view in his article, but it really was the same old stuff you hear from the Dorrell sympathizers (even though he may not be one).
There are some really great highlights in this article, and I will outline some of the funnier points this writer makes:
1.) "Is it Dorrell's fault that he lost virtually all of his offensive talent from a year ago in a season where virtually all the tough Pac-10 match-ups are road games?"
2.) "Last season, Dorrell's third, was an excellent one for the Bruins. Ten wins, no matter how they are acheived, signal a great season - especially for a team that hadn't tasted true success since the Cade McNown era."
I do believe it was Nestor who said the people over at the Daily Bruin were a bunch of tools (at least the writers who cover football are), but this just epitomizes the point.
I've spent years in debate classes, debate clubs, and I am currently in law school at UCLA. I fully understand the value of making an argument without an ad hominem attack. This is one of those few instances when I must not hold my tongue and say that this writer is a moron of infinite stupidity. It's not Dorrell's fault he lost all of his offensive power?!?!?! This is HIS TEAM now. Everybody except for the handful of fifth years seniors are his players. Why did Dorrell not have the foresight to recruit players to ensure that the UCLA offense did not have a huge drop off? Why did Dorrell have to rely so heavily on players last year that he didn't even recruit (Olsen, Drew, and Lewis are all Toledo picks)?!?!
Its beyond the talent though. Dorrell cannot utitlize the talent he has! Rice was begging us to run the ball all day long, and Dorrell, as head coach, decides that our crappy pass game was sufficient! We embarrassed ourselves with that ugly victory against one of the worst teams in Division 1-A football!!!! My God, it does not take a genius to see this.
Worst of all, this writer envokes last years 10-2 record. Wow. The year be got waxed by a 3-8 Arizona team (one of those wins were against our "great" UCLA team) and our rivals, the USC Trojans. We couldn't even hang with the Trojans last year! We weren't at that level of competition, and yet it was a "great" year? Give me a f*ckin' break.
Why must UCLA deal with morons who don't look at the bigger picture? Yes, 10-2 is nice, but combined with the other seasons, Dorrell still has the worst starting record of any UCLA coach since WWII. Dorrell is still 0-8 against winning teams on the road. Maybe this is great if you're a complacent Bruin football fan as this Daily Bruin writer is, but not for the rest of us. We demand excellence. We are tired of waiting until "next year" as this writer alludes that we do.
The writer of this moronic article states, "But if you look honestly at the hand the Bruin Program was dealt this year, could you really have expected anything more?" No, because the hand we were dealt was another year of Dorrell. Another year of Dorrell punting on 4th and 1. Another year of Dorrell not expecting our opponents to see a fake punt coming when we are down by double digits with 4 minutes left. And, lastly, another year of waiting for the inevitable pounding by USC at the end of the regular season.
But, as the writer says, "But for now, just relax. There's nothing to be too upset about."
Yes, that's because ignorance is bliss. But for those of us that have been paying attention and know the stats, we have many sleepless nights ahead until Daniel Guerrero grows a set and some Bruin fans open their eyes.