Sunday, February 26, 2012

Men Of Integrity Expect To Be Belived


and when they are not, they wait for time to prove them right.

I appreciate that the season is not over and the proverbial jury is still out, but to all the the fans who said (quite justifiably) that Coach Grant was responsible for the poor offensive production during the middle of the season, I hope you are willing to credit him with the improved production we have been enjoying since the team began to gel and the freshmen began to feel more comfortable with their places on the team.  If not, then I am sure Coach Grant is willing to keep waiting for you to come around. 

Roll Tide, buckaroos!

2 comments:

finebammer said...

"but to all the the fans who said (quite justifiably) that Coach Grant was responsible for the poor offensive production during the middle of the season, I hope you are willing to credit him with the improved production we have been enjoying since the team began to gel and the freshmen began to feel more comfortable with their places on the team."

this situation kind of reminds me of another (football related, sorry) back in 1989. i forget which game it was but i'm thinking it was early in the season our quarterback (jeff dunn?) got hurt and an unknown gary hollingsworth came off the bench and under the tutelage of homer smith led alabama to the sec title and the sugar bowl that year.

some at the time wondered how a record setting qb could have been wallowing on the bench under the coaches noses and had not the starter gotten hurt, would any of this (the records, the sec championship, the sugar bowl) have happened??

ditto the situation here. do you like the team we have now better than the one before the suspensions???

would the team we have now be were it not for the actions that lead to the suspensions???

the improvement of gueye and engstrom has been visible from game to game. i think we are a better team (certainly defensively) with their practice and playing time.

grant certainly deserves credit for this.

but looking back, who now deserved to play?? grant answered these questions with the suspensions. but do we now look better and have a better chance in the post-season with the starters we have now??? players that obviously wanted it more than the prima donna mitchell and the bonehead green.

and why did it take the suspensions to figure this out???

i never had any problem with the discipline. i lauded grant for suspending them. my problem was allowing a three-time loser back.

i don't think anyone can question the fact that we're rolling now and like i've said here on many occasions (which means it's no big secret) peaking at the right time is vital to success in the post-season.

but i also think it bears remembering that all this kinda fell in grant's lap with green and mitchell acting out like they did and forcing his hand with the discipline.

now some are gonna say 'there you go again, finebammer' and accuse me of being anti-coach grant or some other ridiculous notion. (and i do mean RIDICULOUS)

but there is a tendency for some here to cheerlead and this is your blog and that's fine, i appreciate the opportunity to voice my feelings and appreciate that i haven't been banned. (i know this is gonna sound crazy, but that's happened to me before. ;-)=== )

thinking back i think, no, i know i was one of the first to publicly state that mark gottfried might not be taking us the direction we needed to go. i NEVER thought david hobbs could get the job done.

as a team we're rolling now and barring some unforeseen situation i believe we're gonna be a team no want wants to play in the post-season.

but i do think it's important to remember the role LUCK plays in these things sometimes.

with all that said, ROLL TIDE!

39 Steps said...

I am guilty of holding my coaches responsible. I am also overjoyed at the results we are now getting. I applaud the coaching that is obviously taking place. May it forever be changed for the good.

I'm an old guy. In another time and another sport, I was one who criticized a certain coach for becoming stale and not "coaching 'em up." That coach re-examined himself and made changes. And our glorious football run of the 70's under Paul Bear Bryant was the result.

No coach is immune from critique.

I applaud the team's resurrection. May we go deep in the Tourney and make Final Four next year. ROLL TIDE !!