If there’s one thing Dawgnation excels at, it’s overreacting to scrimmage news, whether it’s good or bad. So I wasn’t shocked by some of the stuff I saw on message boards and Twitter after this week’s scrimmage. Some players may not be immune, either. Aaron Murray, three-interception performance (ZOMG!!!1!1) in hand, didn’t have much to say about the day, but his backup did.
“Coach Bobo always talks about it can’t be coach-driven enthusiasm and leadership. It has to be player-driven,” Mason said. “We hear so much yelling and so much of the coach jumping us it does get kinda old, and it kinda gets tiring. That’s why we need seniors, that’s why we need upperclassmen, guys with experience and moxie and balls to them, to step out and say you know what, you’re not doing your job. You’re letting me down, you’re letting your whole team down. You’re letting the offense down and you look like crap. That’s what we need. … You can only go as far as your leaders go. If you’re a coach-driven team, you’re gonna fail.”
This, after a summer when by all accounts the team gave better effort in attending voluntary offseason workouts than ever before.
Not to make too light of the outburst, but it’s hardly surprising that a team hits a wall during fall practice, especially when you consider the number of kids held out of the scrimmage. Part of the experience from that is getting used to the grind and making your way through it. Granted, if the funk continues, it could develop into a legitimate concern, but it’s hard to get that worked up over one disappointing session.