Record: 7-5;3-5 League losses: at Okla. St., Texas A&M, at Mizzou, at Texas, OU Bottom line: Tech has only four starters back on offense and only five back on defense. If Mike Leach hasn't been recruiting well, it will show. A typically soft nonleague schedule should ensure Tech remains the only Big 12 team without a losing season since the conference was formed.
(Please use the comment area liberally - everyone except B Orange - who is laughing his ass off at us right now)
Does Graham Harrell lack:
A. Leadership skills?
B. Killer instinct?
C. Good decision making skills?
D. The ability to "look off" defenders?
E. All of the above?
What's the matter with genius Leach:
A. Lacks game day management skills?
B. Fails to employ a "both sides of the ball" methodology?
C. Play calling becoming predictable?
D. Won't put receivers in motion?
E. All of the above
What's the matter with the defense:
A. Because the DC coaching change happened during the season they are still running a scheme that doesn't work?
B. The defense is just too small?
C. The DL is just so young?
D. Because the offense has been sucking, the D is on the field way too much, with too much pressure on them?
E. All of the above?
What's the answer (Pick all that apply):
A. Leach has done well so far - but has reached his ceiling - it's time for him to move on?
B. Recruiting must improve - we have too little talent?
C. Ruff is a great guy - but we need a top-flight DC?
D. Bench Harrell and put T. Potts in?
E. Leach must evolve as a coach and shake himself up?
I've also added a simplistic poll to the right - we welcome your input there as well.
I don't know the answer - I'm just a fan in a far-away place. I didn't play college football - much less coach.
I'm really and truly stumped and I'm as frustrated as anyone else.
And now, for the first time, I wonder if graduating players can save Leach's job from the axe of Gerald Myers.
I have only one thing to fall back on really - and that's that we weren't supposed to be any good this year. Some of those pre-season predictions look fairly accurate now to tell you the truth.
This one looks fairly prescient:
Chip Brown - DMN
Jimmy Boyd - Locksmith Sports There are just too many talented offensive teams now in the Big 12 for the Texas Tech Red Raiders to get by without a better defense. Sure you'll see them near the top of the nation in passing yards and points, but you'll also see them as one of the worst run defenses and scoring defenses in the nation. The Big 12 South is too tough to get by without playing both sides of the ball.
In case you want to see what the media as a whole thought of our chances - here's the pre-season Big 12 Media Poll:
League losses: at Okla. St., Texas A&M, at Mizzou, at Texas, OU
Bottom line: Tech has only four starters back on offense and only five back on defense. If Mike Leach hasn't been recruiting well, it will show. A typically soft nonleague schedule should ensure Tech remains the only Big 12 team without a losing season since the conference was formed.Or how about this one:
|2007 Big 12 Preseason Football Poll (Media Vote)|
|3.||Texas A&M (1)||82|
Note: First place votes in parentheses
While it's certainly no fun to say - "well we were supposed to suck" - or "there's always next year" - we may as well get well prepared to say exactly those things.