cgeldmacher Posted January 5 Share Posted January 5 (edited) Let me start this topic by saying that it does not matter as it relates to Coach Ford. He has had 8 seasons to get us to a better place. He has improved us from the Crews era, but only to the point of being where we have typically been historically. Finishing something like 20-11 and 3rd through 6th in the conference is what we already have been. What we want to be and need to be is better than that. When I look at this team to try to evaluate what is going wrong, I am more and more coming to a conclusion that is contrary to what the popular opinion is. That popular opinion, as we have been hearing for years, is that Ford can recruit, but not coach. As I watch this team, however, I still don't see a problem with our scheme on offense or defense. We do almost exactly what I see other successful teams do scheme wise. I see guys getting decent shots and in position to defend. They are just failing to hit those shots and failing to defend. What I see is guys not performing. To be clear, again, it doesn't matter if its talent or coaching, those both are on Ford. I just truly believe that most folks have way over evaluated the talent level on this squad. In other words, I think the problem is the talent level Ford has brought in, not game planning type issues. The reason I say this is because moving forward, we may have to adjust how we go about wanting to reach the heights we want to reach. To this point, many Billiken fans have been infatuated with the idea of keeping St. Louis kids home. We have now done that. Pickett, Collins, Okoro, Hargrove, Perkins, Thatch (sort of), Goodwin, Nesbitt, Zeke Moore, Gillman, Gordon, etc., etc. What has that gotten us? The answer is, right where we are now and right about what we have always been. I'm just wondering if the heavy on St. Louis kids model, that we have always wanted and now have, is the way to go going forward. That is not to say that we shouldn't recruit St. Louis kids. It's just an observation that getting above average St. Louis kids to come here in numbers we haven't seen before, did not put us over the hump that we want to get over. Edited January 5 by cgeldmacher MusicCityBilliken and Adman like this Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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