17.Sep.2015 Gary Anderson, Honeymoon Phase Over?
The following is an excerpt between an inside source and I. Combine this with GA saying some players need to grow up (we have to assume that was Bright O, but who else?), and Storm not starting the game (possibly an injury, but he didn’t look injured). Then there’s the issue of possible locker room divide over the QB situation and locker room issues over moving players around so much — I’ve never seen so many players moving positions — and GA shunning a pampered media used to Father Riley.
Anyway, read below and decide for yourself. I sense something negative brewing, but wins fix negative vibes, and the Beavs should be able to eek out a win. I am definitely lowering my expectation (score prediction), though, as this seems like a divided team with some conflict brewing.
This has been a really weird week at practice.
First, there was zero energy or I should say very low energy for only being the third week of the season. It had a final week of the season after a blowout loss with no bowl game on the horizon kind of feel to it. Seth is even mentioning that he only needs to bring energy on the field.
Then players were dodging the media like crazy, saying they have to run to the weight room and that they will be right back, then never coming back out for interviews. It’s a big shift from previous week. I don’t know if this is because of what the media members who haven’t bothered to show up to anything all season wrote after the Michigan game or what.
The offense is still looking like a mess the past two days, Seth is short-hopping screen passes to receivers and Marcus looks rattled. Honestly, dating back to last week Mitchell has looked the best. If I’m the coaches I give him a couple series against SJSU, the quarterback play has been so poor up to this point, why not see what he can do in a game? Probably won’t see him, but I would give him a chance.
That is crazy, but not totally unexpected — after week 1 I wrote something like the rush of hiring GA is now over and fans and players have to deal with actual results now. The players in the preseason were talking about adding on all this weight and muscle and talking like they were all world. I bet the kick in the nads at Michigan, and the return to reality, is hard to deal with.
Players will work hard for a taskmaster type coach when they see results, but it becomes harder when they work their tails off then get beaten that badly. It’s going to be harder for them to “respect the process” when it nets a beat down. It’s possible they’re still jet lagged from that trip, too.
There is definitely that feeling that the “honeymoon phase” is starting to end. Which is a good thing, it was never going to last forever especially during a rebuilding year.
Good call on the jet lag, everyone who made that trip has been complaining about being not up to speed quite yet. That is an excellent point. Maybe I’m just overreacting a bit on this, maybe not, we will find out on Saturday. Just an odd week.