and, No, it doesn't look good.
First, let me state..."Mike Leach...you will get yours"...
O.K., now to the work at hand. Me delusions are gone. I will call it the way I see it. We just are not that good. I am seeing signs that the offense is starting to get it. A year of maturity in the system can only help our O-line. And whichever QB gets the starting nod against New Mexico next September 5th should be better for it (my guess is Dorman). We will have plenty of RBs, even if/when Goodson and Lane depart. Another WR opposite of Fuller/Tannehill would be sweet.
But what is up with our D? We have not improved. I know that you can't make chicken salad out of chicken $h1t, but still. Their is a scout on the local ESPN radio station, Bryan Broaddus, who was an assistant (probably a grad assistant) at A&M when Sherman was there. He went on the air and gave us the loudest defense that I have heard yet. Summary of his defense, Sherman is the coach best suited to turn around the program, there are 2 excellent recruiters on the staff, and his one worry/negative, is Kines the D-Coordinator. We need more horses on the D side of the ball, and we need a fiery young D oriented coach to get them into shape. The problem is where is that guy. He is not in the Big 12, Pac 10, or local in the state. Dick Bumpas of TCU is not young, and we are all weary of another coach with TCU connections in love with the 4-2-5.
But we are moving in the right direction. Do you want another Bear Bryant? Bear won one game in his first season, a 6-0 shutout of Georgia. His teams lost by an average of 18-10. And remember, defenses ruled. Losing by more than a touchdown then is like losing by 20 now. We only scored more than 7 points is a game 4 times... Bear won the SWC 2 years later.
So we win 3 or 4 games this year. Maybe, with some recruits and a year of experience, we win 7 or 8 next year. That type of momentum could lead to challenging for the conference in year 3, just like Bear. After 5 years of Fran, we have regressed. We did not get this bad in one year, and we will not return to the national scene in one year. Give it a little time.
Just plan your bowl season for the living room couch this year...