20.Nov.2011 Craig Robinson: Good Coach?
As many people who follow this blog know, I've loved Craig Robinson since day one, mainly due to this recruiting ability and understanding of sports psychology. However, last season tested even my patience. In March I wrote:
Personally, I'm more disturbed that I've become so emotional about Craig Robinson. I started out loving the guy for his recruiting prowess, then the love turned to anger after his dubious substitution patterns, and now I'm just up and down with every win or loss. It can't be this way…we need to choose sides. I'm withdrawing into the "needs one year with his own recruits" corner and staying there this time…
Last season was a roller coaster. Robinson seemed to "regress" as a coach. So, my question this morning is this: how much of this game is talent, and how much is coaching? Was Craig a bad coach last year, and suddenly he is a good coach this year? That seems so unlikely. It's more plausible to say athletic talent trumps coaching, and that the truly great teams have both.
I think we struggle with the question of coaching vs talent on this blog. Many of us blame coaches (e.g. this year with football), but are their poor results due to a lack of talent? When we call for a guy's head, are we being emotional, irrational fans? I try so hard not to be that guy.
Maybe I woke up in a good, forgiving mood today since yesterday was one of the best days ever to be a Beaver fan. Granted, very possible. But I think of how Calvin Haynes, Omari Johnson, and Lathan Wallace held back CR last year. And it makes me wonder if Grant Johnson, Mike Remmers, and Burke Ellis are doing the same to Riley et al. Probably. For various reasons (outlined in my chess analogy post), I still think Craig Robinson's ceiling is higher than Riley's, but Riley is probably better than he looked this past season. He's an eight win coach when he has adequate talent. Whether eight wins is good enough is the real debate.
Anyway, that's my feeling on it. Something to think about….