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"Am I alarmed? Yes, absolutely. It is time that we recognize that we cannot go on the path that we are on." Would something like that from Coach Beamer make people feel better?
Coach Beamer will always say: We played a very good team but we did do enough/ we didn't execute blah blah blah...
I hate coach speak.
To me no. It's two different coaching styles, both have their ups and downs. As good as Miles has been at LSU, LSU fans still are as frustrated with him as we are with Beamer.
I'm not exactly a Les Miles fan but yes, something similar from Frank would make me feel a small bit better, assuming its actually backed with results.
I totally get not wanting to point fingers or throw people under the bus and I certainly respect that, but at some point the generic coach speak just doesn't cut it. There is a way to speak respectfully and candidly without throwing people under the bus.
If he even had said something like "Our gameplan and execution just hasn't been up to par, we are doing a lot of little things wrong and the effort has been inconsistent. Ultimately its our responsibility as coaches to get these kids prepared to play the right way and so far we've fallen short in that area this year. We are going to work even harder to make sure we play and coach up to the standard we've set for ourselves as a program. " Something like that would at least assure everybody he's well aware there are issues and isn't OK with it. Saying things like "well I thought we got better out there and did some good things" and "we gave good effort" repeatedly just makes it sound like he isnt looking hard enough at why the negative stuff is happening. He can't expect everyone to know that he's getting to the root of the problem behind the scenes and willing to make changes for the good of the program when he gives literally no indication to that end in his public comments.
He usually does a good job of not being too panicky if things go badly and making sure they "trust their preparation." This is a great way to go about it when you have games that don't go your way like BC in 2007, or you have isolated incidences of poor play where the team was out of rhythm or beat up for a game. But it doesn't make sense to trust your preparation when that preparation repeatedly leads to undesired results. On the contrary, you need to step back and take an unbiased, neutral look at how you can improve your preparation. Just because you've had the same coaches preparing the same way for the past X number of years, doesn't mean that if you keep doing it the way you've always done it things will eventually turn around.
There also seems to me to be a slight culture of making excuses creeping in. They played poorly against GT but we won and it was the first game so they're just finding their rhythm. Against AP they played terribly but they were on a short week and physically beat up, and its hard to get up for Austin Peay. Then against Pitt they took them lightly and had gotten a big head after not trying and beating Austin Peay handily ( still scratching my head how a single player could have been feeling themselves too much and gotten a big head after that game, much less how the coaches didn't make it clear that they didn't play well and would need a much better effort to beat most opponents). I'm not saying they need to always focus on the negative, but it seems like every time there's a sub par showing they have an excuse to fall back on or don't realize how much they need to improve on because they were just happy to have won. You see all the time teams that execute well regardless of the opponent aren't just satisfied with a win, they still focus on the areas they need to improve on and stay humbled. Do you think Nick Saban would have let his team get complacent after a showing like we had against Austin Peay? I GUARANTEE not a single one of his players would go into the next game feeling too good about themselves and taking the opponent lightly.
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