is more than the fact that we beat Texas.
The difference is that CRN is not throwing his coordinators and position coaches under the bus.
Reporter Jim Vertuno, of the AP has a couple of interesting quotes from Brown that emphasize his approach to underperforming units. Repeating what he told his coaches Brown is quoted as saying:
I told them if one of your guys is playing bad, I can change them. If three or your guys are playing bad, I change you. I am ready to play each week.
I'm the CEO who's responsible for it. But, I expect Greg Davis to run the offense and get his coaches to get their players ready to play. I expect Will Mushcamp to run the defense and get his players, get his coaches to get the guys ready to play. ... I tell them all the time, 'Get it fixed.' That's their job.
My first reaction to these statements was not positive. In recent years, we've had a head coach and a DC, who threw players under the bus; I think that is never appropriate.
But, I'm not so sure it's wrong for a head coach to call out his assistants.
My sense is that it is counterproductive -- that it is divisive to make these statements, publicly. That these are things better said behind closed doors. And, I think Brown said them in a way that absolved himself of responsibility for the performance of the entire team. While acknowledging that he is the CEO, he seems to duck responsibility. Reminds me of the Enron trials in Houston where the higher ups took the "I'm so far up at the top that I don't know, and therefore I'm not responsible for, what's going on below me."
On the other hand, there are many here in our community who have been waiting for some strong sign from CRN that he recognizes that our DC and some of our position coaches are not getting the job done.
My feeling is that CRN does not owe us a "sign" -- and that I trust he is putting the pressure on behind closed doors.
And, that's just fine with me.
But, I'm curious to see how my BN brothers and sisters feel about Brown's approach as contrasted with CRN's.
PS. I'm hoping Brown pisses off Muschamp with this public finger pointing. I would really love to have him as our DC.