Part two of the Chronicles of Legge is behind a paywall, so I’m not going to quote anything from it here, but let’s just say that “No one believes in Brian Schottenheimer” bears a strong resemblance to something I wrote years ago.
… Mark Richt wakes up this morning as the captain of a very dysfunctional ship. I doubt there’s anyone in the Dawgnation, including the head coach, who feels same way about the program today as I did in Jacksonville seven years ago.
If I had to put my finger on what’s wrong, I’d call it a crisis of faith. I don’t mean that in a religious sense. (By the way, of all the arguments I’ve seen about what’s wrong, blaming Coach Richt’s religious convictions for the slide has to rank as the dumbest.) Rather, it’s a systemic doubt: the coaches lack faith in the players to execute and the players lack faith in the coaches’ ability to deploy them efficiently and effectively.
Sigh. Déjà vu all over again.
Bullet point reactions? Bullet point reactions:
- If you’re someone like me, what this reminds you most of is one of Richt’s glaring issues, the ability to fix one thing and have something else crop up to bedevil him. The depressing part is that in this case, it was a repeated mistake.
- That being said, it was a problem Richt fixed before and seeing that there wasn’t the personal relationship with Schottenheimer that there was with Martinez, I don’t doubt that had he been allowed to stay as head coach for 2017, he wouldn’t have needed much urging to show Schottenheimer the door.
- Even so, there would have been some other issue right behind it.
- Did I mention that Richt let this happen before?