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Was it just the OL last year or was it not having a very good RB coach to develop our runners that cost us so badly in the running game. Does an effective running game help win the UGA game, the USCe game, the Kentucky game? Looking for opinions before I say what I think.
I hate that you went there because I know I'm gonna get dv'd ITT but I think not having a RB coach was a huge mistake. You can't win this league without elite RBs and you can't expect to sign one when there isn't a RB coach. Good news is we have one now and Neal appears poised to carry the load this year maybe next. More to your point.. Yes, an effective running game absolutely helps in those games but I can't say who's to blame more... The OL or the RBs?? They were all terrible.
The roster he inherited put him on the hot seat. Year two after Fulmer was going to be a killer on any coach.
I think this was definitely a part of the problem. It's hard to pinpoint one thing that caused the bad season. With all of the close calls going against us, so many young players, the injuries, dismissals, the hard schedule last year, Dooley has had a lot to work through. But the RB coach being non-existent last year looks like a bad decision at the very least.
I think a bad OL coach combined with an inexperienced OL, combined with no RB coach, combined with no elite RB's created the mess he's in. But I believe those things are fixed now.
This is hard to argue against. I wouldn't have bet on any coach succeeding with what Dooley inherited. When Dooley was first hired I pegged him as a clean up guy. He has been impressive in a lot of areas though, just not the win column.
There was no RB coach in 2010 either, so you really can't pin the 2011 record on that. There are too many factors that go into a successful season in all aspects of the sport to place blame on the lack of a RB coach. The RB coach doesn't teach the OL how to block, so you can't blame that on the non-existent coach either.
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The more I watch this program the more I am convinced Dooley wasn't ready for this job when he took it. I have always thought not having a RB coach would hurt him in recruiting, I think he made a mistake publicly criticizing his players and he made a major mistake in how he handled Rogers because it cost him the locker room and coaches. Having said that, he has done a number of good things and I think he is growing into the job and can be a good coach. I'm just not sure he is going to get there in time. We'll find out over the next 14 weeks.
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Your going to have to give me more specifics than what you provided in your first two sentences before I buy your premise. Not that you care whether I do or not.
See I am on of probably the only ones on the board that doesn't think he handled the Rogers situation terribly bad. I understand that he lost the team at the end of last year, but you also have to put some of the onus on the team leadership last year. The leadership was very poor and in the locker room that is just as important with players attitudes as is a coaches decision to keep or boot a player, IMO. I do agree that not having a RB coach is a terrible decision in the SEC, though.
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