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Willingham’s Scorched Earth

Posted by JoePa on October 7, 2008

This article points out why it was so hard for me to watch Washington’s current state of football after seeing the exact same thing at Notre Dame:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/65809-willinghams-scorched-earth-aftermath-of-bad-recruiting-classes-for-uw

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Ridiculous Coaching Suggestion #2:

Posted by JoePa on October 5, 2008

OSU’s Mike Riley.  OK, this one actually is pretty ridiculous.  I’m still all for Lane Kiffin.  It’s an open week for the Huskies after an 0-5 start (most recently a 48-14 thrashing from Arizona, where the Wildcats pulled their starters in the 3rd quarter), so I think the thing to do is fire Ty today, then hire Lane Kiffin.  Let some current assistant take over for the rest of the season and have Kiffin only recruit for the next 2 months.  Maybe that’s actually kind of dumb (or against NCAA rules somehow?), since I haven’t heard of other schools ever doing that, but I say give it a try.  This season has already gone to hell.  Ty is needlessly burning redshirts in garbage time.  So why not put this season into the tank officially, but at least get a head start on recruiting and a new coaching staff for the long-term benefit?  I mean, how many kids are going to recruit to UW over the next 2-3 months when it’s fairly obvious Ty is gone?

But here’s my case for Mike Riley Read the rest of this entry »

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Jake Locker to play other position(s)

Posted by JoePa on October 2, 2008

I love this quote:

“It is possible,” Willingham said. “I can’t tell you where right now. But he is a tremendous athlete, and the ability to play five, six, seven positions exists.”

These are the 7 positions I want to see Jake Locker play (in no particular order):

  1. Kicker
  2. Center
  3. Nose Tackle
  4. Punter
  5. Fullback
  6. Left Tackle
  7. Free Safety

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0-4 — Locker Injured

Posted by JoePa on October 1, 2008

OK, so it’s been two weeks since I’ve updated anything, but I don’t feel too badly about it, since it’s been 46 weeks since the Huskies have won a game.

This weekend I went to the Stanford game, and the good thing about two teams with bad defenses is that there will be a lot of scoring.  That’s what we had this weekend, but unfortunatly that’s about the only good thing that I can think of right now.

The next three games are going to be huge for the Huskies, with matches against Arizona, Oregon State, and Notre Dame.  Now they have to do it without Jake Locker at quarterback.  That might not be entirely a bad thing, considering Locker has a hard time completing a pass over 20 yards.  What would be truly exciting is if he came back with a broken arm to play another position.

Also, Lane Kiffin finally got fired by the Raiders, so I say the Huskies make a play for him

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Ridiculous Coaching Suggestion #1:

Posted by JoePa on September 15, 2008

Lane Kiffin.  This suggestion was brought up by my brother yesterday morning after we saw of reports that Al Davis wants Lane Kiffin out, and it could happen as soon as this morning.  So a few of us discussed that possibility, and it seems like it could be a pretty good hire, and here are a couple reasons why: (1) Lane Kiffin has plenty of experience in the Pac-10 and the west coast due to all his time at USC from 2001 to 2006.  (2) If he does get fired mid-season, it makes a mid-season coaching change for the Huskies more sensible.  They could try to get the deal done with Kiffin ASAP, and have him in place for the recruiting season.  Any jump on recruiting this year seems like it makes sense.

I guess the jury is still out on how good of a head coach he is, but I think it would be pretty easy to sum up his Raider tenure as a year with an awful team and a psychotic owner.  You can’t really use this experience as a basis to know how good of a head coach he is.  However, we do know that Pete Carroll sucked as an NFL head coach, and things have been working out pretty well for USC lately. 

Here’s an excerpt from his bio on the Raider website:

In 2005, he was promoted to offensive and recruiting coordinator while continuing as the wide receivers coach. In Kiffin’s three years as recruiting coordinator at USC, the Trojans had the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in college football every year. Under Kiffin’s leadership in 2006, the Trojans finished first in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency by averaging 142.8 yards per game, produced two, 1,000-yard receivers (Dwayne Jarrett — 1,105, Steve Smith — 1,083) and a 3,000-yard passer (John David Booty — 3,347).

If he can use his recruiting prowess to get some athletes of that caliber to Seattle, things could look pretty good for the Huskies in the future.

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