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Brown gives staff an 'F,' will review in offseason


08:26 AM ET 11.11 | A failing grade won't be enough for Mack Brown to turf his coaching staff. If [Brown] had to assign a grade to himself and his coaching staff for the jobs they've done this season, he knows what it would be. "I think it's an 'F,'" Brown said Wednesday. "We just haven't been as productive as we should have with these players. That doesn't sound good. It's not pretty. But it's factual." Brown, however, emphasized that he won't consider making any changes to his staff until after this season ends.

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November 11, 2010  08:32 AM ET

What else could he say?

"I'd give us an B- for effort, an A for conduct, A+ for home economics and a C for spelling."?

November 11, 2010  08:59 AM ET

Is he going to review himself?

November 11, 2010  09:03 AM ET

What else could he say?

He could say they all graded out as Champions....


November 11, 2010  09:14 AM ET

What else could he say? "I'd give us an B- for effort, an A for conduct, A+ for home economics and a C for spelling."?

How about-we haven't been as productive as a staff but this group of players aren't as good as we thought they would be either?

November 11, 2010  09:23 AM ET

They all need a time-out, and should think about what they've done wrong before they can come back to school.

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November 11, 2010  09:34 AM ET

I've always thought of football as more of a pass-fail class. Right now, it's fail.

November 11, 2010  09:44 AM ET

I'm curious to know how a coaching staff that was in the BCS NCG last year could have fallen so low so quickly. Has Mack Brown and his staff done something radically different in their approach to coaching this year as opposed to last year? Is this assignation of self-blame self-flagallation?Coaches can coach to the max, but ultimately it's the players who are on the field and play the game. Where's their accountability?

Harley, there are likely a number of factors, but I will offer one. You ask how a team (and coaching staff) that was in the BCS NC game last year could have fallen this far? One thing I would offer was that maybe they weren't all that good last year. I know they were undefeated and all but go back and look at their record. They only had one opponent (OK) that was going to challenge them during the year and they were missing Sam Bradford, Germaine Gresham etc. Get past that game and you are in the B12 title game. If Nebraska had a DII offense last year they would have beaten TX in that title game.
Point, they were just a tad overrated last year. They were definitely a top 10 team but don't know if they were the #2. I don't mean this post to be a TX slam because I like them and have a lot of respect for Mack, I am just saying maybe they were not NC game worthy. Nonetheless, your question is still a good one.

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November 11, 2010  10:06 AM ET

According to my dictionary, his use of the word "we" would imply just that.

You've got to use the Urban Dictionary, JRM. You're probably using silly Webster's...

Takes on a whole new meaning.

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November 11, 2010  10:26 AM ET

Coming into this year, Texas was coming off, I believe 7 years of absolute stellar quarterbacking. VY 3 years? Then CM 4 years ( winningest QB in NCAA history ). To get 1 guy like that is a once in a long time thing, let alone twice in a row. I don't think you can understate just how key that was to Mack's 10 year run run. Shoot before that, it was Simms and Applewhite ( I think he gets run down some, but I thought he was a gamer ). Also, the loss of Shippley was huge. Not only receiving, hands of glue. But more importantly, imo as a punt returner. The guy was a field position changer and threat to go the distance on every kick. I still think the defense is good, just on the field to much ( except Nebraska game :( and defending to short of a field due turnovers. Maybe FJJ or JRM can comment, but to me wild success for 10 straight years with all the 10 win seasons, maybe some complacency set in or the mentality of " we'll just reload and roll on ", little loss of focus to details, lose a couple of games and a snowball started. I think the worse thing Texas could do right now is panic. Okie Lite Saturday, looks tough, but you never know. Should beat Florida Atlantic and then in a rivalry game you never know. They need the 6 wins and a bowl, so they can get the practices.

November 11, 2010  11:18 AM ET

No the 2008 team was much much better. But I think they win with their starting QB in the game.

Objectively speaking, I think they still lose.

November 11, 2010  11:21 AM ET

Its the cyclical change in college football.. You lose a lot of SR starters and the next guys up need some game experience to become elite. Believe me, I love it that Texas SUCKS this year. Week after week a smile comes across my face when they take one like they did from Baylor, AT HOME. BUTTTTTTTTTT, they will be back. Mack has to give the boosters and fans some "IM sorry, we arent that good this year" He's not getting fired, he might lose a couple of key recruits, but he will be back to beating Baylor and Tech next year. OU is another story, because they are on the upswing with a LOT of sophmores and freshmen that are getting 4th quarter experience. Bad year to start that Longhorn network and if the next 3 or 4 years is OU's, then this Network may not make it out of the barn.

November 11, 2010  11:32 AM ET

Then CM 4 years ( winningest QB in NCAA history ).

soon to be shattered by Kellen Moore

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November 11, 2010  11:38 AM ET

... Has Mack Brown and his staff done something radically different in their approach to coaching this year as opposed to last year?...

No ... and that's part of the problem. Mack repeatedly talked about moving towards a more balanced attack with QB under center, downhill running and vertical passing. This was the scheme stressed and practiced during spring ball and it lasted through 3 quarters of the 1st game - then they reverted back to spread horizontal passing misdirection running - a scheme not stressed or practiced. I think this one's on Greg Davis.

Contrary to FJJ I do not think Muschamp has the D taken care of. Our opponents are reading his D like a nursery book and his fiery pump-em-up demeanor isn't doing much to inspire their play. Something has to change on this side of the ball too <cough cough Blake Gideon cough cough>

November 11, 2010  12:07 PM ET

Kid would be carving up the CFB secondary like he's doing in the pros.

It's been more like the short game rather than "carving up the secondary"

November 11, 2010  12:09 PM ET

Nah. Its a win and its not even a close. Kid would be carving up the CFB secondary like he's doing in the pros. He wouldn't be nursing a 3 point lead with 3 to go but rather spending the 4th quarter comfortably lounging on the bench enjoying his victory while the backup is in for mop up duty..

Nope, it's still a loss.


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