I know, I know, I usually review the previous game’s tape on Sunday but I went through enough sadness last night and I don’t wanna endure that again. So today I decided to do something different. The fan base is in a state of panic, even after Chris Beard had an awful first year in Lubbock. You shouldn’t throw this one on Matt Wells, you should throw this loss to someone who isn’t even on this coaching staff or team.
This season started with a ton of positives. Before the season even started, the program handed out 8 scholarships to players that had earned it with hard work. They then started the season with a 45-10 win over the Montana State Bobcats with both the offense and defense looking good. The win over UTEP was vastly the same with the offense hitting some bumps along the way but they were pretty effective overall.
Then last night happened. The defense looked good at times, but the offense looked horrific against the 126th ranked defense in the FBS. I’ve seen a ton of blame being thrown around from Head Coach Matt Wells, to Offensive Coordinator David Yost and even Quarterback Alan Bowman. You’re all forgetting about the true man to blame for all of this heartache, the reason this team didn’t show up on the road and the reason you shouldn’t worry about it in future years, Kliff Kingsbury.
DISCLAIMER: This is the point here where I bash Kingsbury, who is ironically now coaching in Arizona. If you don’t wanna see it or don’t agree with me, this might be a good point to go read about sunshine and rainbows. To the rest of you, here we go.
Did we really expect to go 12-0 after Kingsbury got fired?
The answer is no. I think this game would have really impressed me if we would have gone into the desert and beaten Arizona like we should have. Matt Wells is the guy for this job in ways that Kingsbury never was. It is hard to change a culture and it is hard to change a culture in a place where the wrong culture was in place for 6 years.
When did you ever feel comfortable with a Kingsbury team on the road anywhere? I know, I know, he won games on the road. But in my eyes, it was too little, too late to really mean anything.
Kingsbury buried this program in ways it never had been buried before. Matt Wells was essentially thrown into a 15 foot hole and told to pull himself and this program out in 9 months. It just didn’t happen as quickly as everyone thought they would after two blowout wins.
Culture is everything, especially when talking about sports teams. Just look at the New England Patriots.
Kingsbury instilled the wrong culture in this program and that will take years to undo. Wells doesn’t only have to undo the wrong culture and replace it with the right one, he has to make up for years and years of bad recruiting. Not only was he thrown in to a 15 foot hole, he didn’t even get a shovel to dig himself out with, just Alan Bowman.
Yes, I know, Bowman did not have a good game last night. It’s so hard for a guy who has essentially run the same system since he was a FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL come in and learn a brand new system. He’s still the QB of the present and future for this program. He’ll bounce back from this just like I’m sure that the team will bounce back from this.
Yes, it’s hard to take this loss. We should have won this game, and I believe that we will win games just like this in the future. I hate to take quotes from a former high school coach of mine that used this all the time but Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’ll take some time but with patience, I know Matt Wells is the right man for this job.
So can we please, please, PLEASE stop blaming him for everything, stop bashing a man that is still in that metaphoric hole and blame the real source of these issues, the man with the ever golden parachute, Kliff Kingsbury.