30.Jan.2013 Is Riley a Victim of His Own Success?
Today I play Devil's advocate to the devil. Is Riley a victim of his own success?
For example, the Iphone. It was inevitable this gadget would lose luster as habituated customers' expectations rose. In the 90s, what Riley was doing was great. Fans weren't habituated to 5-7 wins; they were habituated to Pettibone(head's) 0-2 wins. So Riley steps in and he's a genius, a human Iphone! Now we're used to 7 or 8 wins, and this seems like a top (just like the Iphone 5 for Apple). In corporate America it's not such a big deal…CEO acquires some cutting edge assets/technology, change the business model from luxury good to economies of scale, raise the dividend, and everyone is happy. In football, where the CEO (Riley) has less control over end results, it's harder to predict where this goes.
I do know that there is a timing and relativity variable to all this. If the Iphone came out in the 1970s when people were using wired pay phones, it would have a much different impact than in 2007. It's why Riley seems like such a hero to some. In 1997 Oregon State was tantamount to said wired pay phone. Riley was an Iphone in that environment. But I am not sure timing and relativity are enough to forgive Riley completely and label him a victim of his own success. If he weren't a victim of himself (i.e. costing himself wins each year) I think it would be easier to put that label on him.
One positive I can say about Riley is he's an old dog who is open to new tricks–they just take a painfully long time for him to learn and incorporate.