I was scanning the LA Times website this morning when I came across a few quotes that borderline irritated me. I'll start with CRN's answer to a question regarding why Franklin barely saw any action in the second half despite having already run for a 59 yard TD:
"I don't think he was benched at all," Coach Rick Neuheisel said. "I don't know why his playing time diminished. Coach [Wayne] Moses handles the running backs. Maybe he was dinged up. I'll have to ask."
Ok, isn't your job as a head coach to know these situations? Let's ask Moses:
"Moses said he did not bench Franklin, but merely wanted to get some other backs some playing time. The "other" backs had 34 yards rushing in nine carries. Franklin had 109 yards rushing"
Really? Why would you keep one of your best weapons sitting out during a second half where he made ONE mistake? Granted that mistake caused a TD but why not give him a chance to go out and redeem himself?
Furthermore, if it is a case of "wanting to try other options" well clearly those options were not working. The running game was non existent after Franklin was pulled and the passing game was stagnant as a result.
To me, this either falls into one of two categories:
- Communication between coaches is horrid, which would actually explain a lot.
- Franklin was being punished for his fumble. But again, if your other options aren't getting the job done, why stick with them? Give Franklin a shot at redemption, what do you have to lose?