31.Aug.2013 Eastern Washington Post Game Thoughts
People are talking about specifics, like fire Banker and Sean Martin sucks.
Yes, both true.
But what I saw is a team of players looking for the other guy to make the play. Guys would get in the vicinity of an Eagle and then almost…look around…waiting for some other dude in the vicinity to make the tackle. It’s girly football, and that part is on the players.
Now, is this on Banker, Riley, etc? Yes! Riley sets the tone. He is not a physical guy. Banker is a pretender, phony, a fake. Telecasters keep saying he’s a great DC and well respected, but I have to ask, by whom? Every time the guy interviews for some B-level job he gets rejected. Banker is Dave Kingman, for those who remember the old-school baseball slugger. He’ll strike out 20 times, then hit 1 home run. People will marvel at that one long ball, because it’s always a monster shot into the upper deck, and for a few games (in baseball terms) everyone would forgive Kingman’s 0-4 with 4 strikeouts. Same with Riley/Banker. There’s the occasional game where the D gets 8 sacks and gives up 200 yards. They get to an Alamo Bowl — these things buy them half a dozen mulligans.
This is another over-arching problem. The boosters are afraid to make changes. They get caught up in the occasional good, and put more weight on the positive games than the negative. This is counter-intuitive in many ways. For example, if someone calls you attractive, you feel good, but usually forget about it shortly after. However, if someone calls you ugly, it might stick with you for life. Negative outcomes usually carry more weight than positive ones, because positive is expected. But not as OSU. Instead the boosters rationalize the loss and start spewing stats about Rileys win/loss record how he won a Grey Cup or some shit. Until the correct weight is placed on a loss by the boosters at the top, nothing will change.
So what is going to happen next, is that Riley and crew will throw together enough of those upper deck Dave Kingman longballs to make the old guard forget about this loss. Maybe they blowout Hawaii next week. All would be forgiven. This is the bigger pattern. Forget today. Today was just a dot on a long-term repeating pattern. A bigger problem is the pattern itself and the attitude of OSU boosters.