It is not shaping up to be a good Monday for the worst coach in the history of UCLA football. Reporters for once swarmed over Dorrell yesterday. Chris Foster in the LA Times this morning has a tough article this morning reporting how Dorrell was caught "unprepared for disaster" wrt to emergency situation at QB:
Rasshan was recruited as a quarterback and trained two seasons to be a UCLA quarterback before moving to wide receiver over the summer. Yet, when the offense failed to re-boot under Bethel-Thompson during Saturday's 20-6 loss to previously winless Notre Dame, Rasshan was considered user unfriendly for reasons beyond his control.
"It wasn't an option," Dorrell said in a conference call Sunday night. "He hasn't had any reps in quite some time at quarterback."
The question some might ask is, "Why?"
The Bruins' top two quarterbacks have not been healthy in the same game this season. Olson missed one game because of a concussion and Cowan missed the first three because of a partially torn hamstring and the last two because of a partially torn knee ligament. Yet, the Bruins seemed unprepared for disaster, with Bethel-Thompson and freshman Chris Forcier, who they hope to redshirt, as the only backups to Olson on Saturday night.
Dorrell had considered resorting to the Rasshan option going into the season opener at Stanford, when Cowan was out because of a hamstring injury. Dorrell said they had a "package" ready for Rasshan in case of emergency. When an emergency came Saturday, the expiration date on that package had passed.
"We haven't practiced that package since the early portion of the season," Dorrell said. "We thought the injuries our quarterbacks had were not long term. We thought that Pat would be back soon. . . . We felt in pretty good shape."
They weren't. Bethel-Thompson showed he was not nearly ready, with four passes intercepted.
Other teams have used such a limited offense to take advantage of multi-dimensional quarterbacks. Florida spotted Tim Tebow effectively in its national championship run last season. The Bruins had seen it up close, when Utah used freshman Corbin Louks in opportune situations during the Utes' 44-6 win Sept. 15.
Dohn has more on the pathetic situation at QB, as he notes Cowan is coming back to practice this week.
Elsewhere, from Dohn's blog something that may echo the speculation about Dorrell "losing" his team:
Anyway, I asked WR Brandon Breazell how difficult it was to muster an offense with third-string quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson in the game.
"To me, it's no different,'' Breazell said. "Obviously, he's a freshman quarterback, but you would think he would have a good feel for the game.''
Speaking of shots, Coach Weiss launched this stinger at number 44:
Lastly, on the note of "embarrassing," just like his HC, DeWayne Walker also likes talking about sleeping:
"To be honest with you, I can't wait to go to sleep so I can get in the office (Sunday) and start game-planning. They're going to be a helluva challenge for us. I can't really focus too much on this one. We have to get ready for Cal."
Oh, and I hope they can keep their collective yap shut for two weeks and not treat us the with the same BS about putting losses behind, focus, and winning the Pac-10 championship. This entire program deserves nothing until it actually walks the walk (which is to win the Pac-10 championship) or goes through immediate house cleaning starting at the very top.
We are sick of being embarrassed by these clowns week after week. And the only thing that remains exciting about this season is the new DumpDorrell.com campaign, which just launched today. We are excited to see how this plays out and will do everything we can to help the good guys over at DumpDorrell.com to amplify their efforts.