Per Bellerophon's request, these are other things CRN must do in addition to what 03rdn9 pointed out in his original post: What Rick Neuheisel Must Do.
- Norm Chow: I will wait for 03rdand9's updated analysis but I respectfully disagree in retaining Chow. I don't doubt that there is a learning curve which Chow is currently immersed in. However, that does not excuse his impotent playcalling. Also, his mismanagement of the QB position was one of the main reasons this season blew up in our faces. Chow gets 1 more year to fix things. Either put up or shut up.
- Rick Neuheisel: I agree with 03rdand9 that he needs to grow some but he also needs to bust out the whip. Unfortunately, I don’t believe this is a quality that is within Neu nor is Neu comfortable coaching this way. There are many ways (style wise) to be a successful (Joe Pa v Saban) program. As long as I can remember, we’ve been the sterotypical Cali laid back surfer boys on the gridiron. Whether that is fair or not is irrelevant to me. You don’t see Miami being stereotyped as being primadonnas from South Beach. UCLA FB lacks toughness, resolve, discipline, killer attitude, etc. that is reflective of the Bama’s, Va Tech’s, Ohio State’s of the college football world. Simply put, CRN needs to build the identity of the FB program that falls in line with the other successful programs around the country.
- Reggie Moore: Show him the door. Star rankings aside, he has done the least with the most IMO. Our pathetic statistics from this position has to do with Chow and the offense but it does not excuse the poor route running, dropped passes, etc. For all the talent that our WR’s came into the program with, they have failed to develop. Meet Mr. Justin Blackmon who happened to be ranked the #58 WR out of HS. He was ranked lower than most, if not all of our WR recruits. Yes, there are tons of highly touted recruits that bomb at the college level but for us to witness the inept play from our WR’s that we’ve seen the past few years is simply unacceptable.
- Todd Hundley: You’re next. There is no excuse why our CB’s cannot be taught to track the damn football. Turn your freakin’ head around. This is basic coaching 101. I’m sure Hundley is coaching this (I hope) but if the players are not responding, it falls on you. You as the coach need to get it through their heads. Our technique is porous at best in coverage and run support. I don’t want him to mess up the Hilliard’s and Riley’s of the world because they have talent and potential.
- Frank Gansz, Jr.: You get another year. If Josh is fumbling punt returns, you need to figure out a way for him to fix this problem. You need to figure out how to get our best weapons on the field.
- Overall coaching: I’m encouraged by the development of some of our cubs. However, I’m seeing too many highly touted guys turn into pumpkins once they get to Westwood. Whether this is a coaching issue or scouting issue, it still falls on the coaches since it’s their job and they’re the ones identifying the kids to recruitl. Also, we still lack discipline, resolve, etc. that I stated earlier. To me, this falls directly on the coaches. Get it fixed. No excuses.
There should be no excuses next year (as long as we don’t get devastated by injuries). Personally, this team should win 8-9 games including a W against suc. If not, I’m looking for a new coach.