I am trying very hard to get fired up about our game tomorrow night. I am trying. But just when I want to put the nightmare from last weekend on the back burner more disturbing news pops up. Apparently it was total disarray on the field last weekend in Seattle. Apparently there may have been total implosion on the field:
"They started arguing," he said. "Their running game wasn't working any more, their receivers weren't doing the right things, the quarterback is yelling at the receivers, he's yelling at the line. The linemen are yelling at each other. It was real chaotic on their end."
UCLA split end Junior Taylor was read that quote and denied that the Bruins were bickering on the field, though he as did several players, admitted to some frustration.
I would get excited I guess if I knew we had coaches who are capable about making quick adjustments after something went wrong. Well you'd think the coaches would try to figure out what went wrong, specifically in the end zone. Here is Svoboda doing more soul searching after the debacle in Seattle (emphasis mine throughout):
The Bruins were inside the Huskies' 10-yard line four times, had nine plays, threw three passes and scored one touchdown.
"I called every play on our script from the 10-yard line," Svoboda said. "Every play & and then you're there again."
"I got into a (Division II) national championship game where you had four two-point plays," Svoboda said. "Usually, you have two, so you have to get creative in that situation. These are plays we typically use in that situation, and again, because of the restriction of the field, your plays are cut in half.
"You talk about, `Why didn't you throw the ball in the end zone?' Well, tell me what the coverage was. If they're playing off, it's pretty hard to do, just throw a fade route. That's as low percentage a thing as anything else."
In other news the fall out from DeWayne Walker's pinning the loss on Rodney Van continues. Apparently Van found out coaches were scapegoating him via papers just like rest of us. Although he is trying to make the best out of the situation, he almost sounds like how Ced Bozeman used to sound back in the day when the Lavin staff was blaming him for their own screw ups on the court.
It sounds like we have a football program that right now has serious mental issues to work through:
"I need to make it like a practice play, whether it's a break on a hitch or tackling a running back in the hole. I make more out of it than it really is."
Well apparently all this fall out from Washington game has not been disconcerting to Dorrell. He is sticking to his own script:
Meanwhile, there is a lot of excitement on campus about our program. How excited are our students?
For our community's sake lets hope these underachieving bunch (not our students) come out with fire and put together a statement (something akin to that 66-3 Texas route from 1998) that will give students some reason to believe. That is the only way there will be some excitement back in Dorrell's listless, boring, mediocre, and dull UCLA football program. We are going to need an overwhelming blowout win tomorrow night at the Rose Bowl. Let?s hope the coaches get it done.