A reader pointed us to this analysis from the Coaches Hot Seat on CRN. I haven’t reading that site since last December and I am hoping I will not really have to keep tabs on that site for next 10-15 years.
Anyway, the boys over at the Hot Seat are predicting a down year for UCLA predicting a 5 win season. Ok I can see why someone would predict we will win only 5 games next season. But I’d like to see a little more honest analysis than this:
More from that "analysis": Of course, at the core of this conundrum is what kind of talent does UCLA really have on its roster, because under Dorrell it was always hard to discern why and who was playing at any given time. From all appearances, and from checking the UCLA roster, the Bruins should have enough talent to be in every game this year save Southern Cal, but it is going to take a little something extra to actually close the deal with wins. Uhm, I am guessing these guys have no clue what’s the situation with our OL and QBs, and the kind of inexperience we have in our defensive back field.
Oh and there was this: By almost any measure an average football coach would win 4 or 5 games in his first year with this UCLA team and schedule, but a great one would win 7 or 8. Yes, a great coach can have that much of an impact, because a great coach inspires confidence in his players that he is going to put them in the best position to win football games. Average coaches never gain the confidence of their players, usually because of incompetence or lack of leadership skills, and that is the terms of the debate for Neuheisel in Westwood: Is Neuheisel average, great, or just merely good? That doesn’t make any kind of sense. So what happens if UCLA wins 6 games next season but does it on a note in which it finishes strong. Don’t forget Pom Pom won 6 games his first season and he inherited lot more talent from Hackett than CRN did from Karl Dorrell. So according to this analysis Pom Pom would be somewhere between an "average" and "just merely good." Right?
Again, the main thing I will be looking for next season is to see signs of progress as the season goes on. That’s something we have not seen from our football program since 1998.