If the coaches don't watch it and get this team together this week we may be looking at a total implosion within the Bruin football program. Yesterday A pointed out how DeWayne Walker shamelessly hung the disgraceful Washington loss on the shoulders of Rodney Van, who (unlike his coaches) was making an aggressive effort to win the game. Well Walker tried to backtrack from those shameful remarks, but it could be a little late for that. The boys over at Dump Dorrell notes this is not the first time Dorrell's coaching staff have thrown our players under the bus:
Now add erstwhile respected DC DeWayne Walker to the list of UCLA coaches singling out individual players as scapegoats. He called out Rodney Van for the missed tackle late in the first half when Washington had 3rd and long deep in their territory as being the reason for the loss (Ajax at Bruinsnation has a good read on this). That is just unacceptable. This type of blame game is not worthy of UCLA. Take responsibility for the loss coach!! What kind of culture are they breeding there? We have always respected KD for his class, but now we are losing that respect. KD has to stop this. Coaching lost this game, the evidence is clear.
"I want the ball, the receivers want the ball. In order to make plays, we have to have the ball. You have the receivers; you have to go to them to make plays."
"But that's one of those things that we have to continue to develop (within) our offensive staff, and our players. We're still working through growing as a football unit on that side of the ball, and we're doing the same thing defensively."
Walker again had a strong game plan, and if not for a few missed tackles the Bruins could have still won. However, the conservative play calling -- a run on third-and-goal from the 10 late in the third quarter is one of many examples - is impossible to overlook.
Anyways all is not lost (yet). Luckily we get D-1AA Stanford this Saturday. Bruins need to demolish Stanford if they want to have any hope of stemming the spiraling downward momentum since the Rice game (one can argue since Dorrell's hire). A win over Stanford will not do much to wash away Saturday's disappointment in Seattle. But it will keep some sense of hope afloat that the team will not implode before the midpoint of this season. Otherwise if our team takes one more loss before the next Oregon trip, well God help the Bruins Nation.