If Coach is distracted by BBB or it is a “time suck” then he should never have been a college coach to begin with. By this logic, Coach and Jen did not have time to conceive a child.
I am not one of those who find fault in coach’s demeanor on the sideline. He is a calming force much of the time. I think of the (at) Tennessee game in 2015. We get down quick and CBB is no different than he was 3 hours later as we were closing out the game with our first road win of the CBB era.
There is a methodical side to CBB that too many do not appreciate. Too many like the rah-rah of Houston Nutt or Gus Malzahn, or the petulant tantrums of Bobby Petrino. I saw Coach calmly convince an officiating crew that the wrong call was okay to call (Va Tech, first half). That doesn’t happen if the coach is wild, over-emotional, or out-of-control (or has already been an ass towards the officials). [I mean, really: how does that happen?]
I would expect him to execute his evaluation of what to do next the same way.
It is ludicrous to suggest that the outcome of one game (a bowl game no less) suddenly changes the mood in CBB’s office. The fate of the staff was sealed following Mizzou, right? A reasonably stellar performance (first half in particular) really can’t undo a year’s worth of defensive whiffs. The offensive theme hasn’t shifted much either - stellar scripting by the staff builds momentum (sometimes they can sustain, sometimes the other team makes adjustments that we can’t overcome).
Too many things about this season were determined before week two. OL was going to be a work in progress, at best. Whatever hope the defense had was crippled (pun intended) by two year-ending injuries to Tutt and Richardson and some painful whiffs late in the 2016 recruiting process. Greenlaw’s mid-year injury sealed the deal, but the way to beat UA was on tape by then anyway. The lack of length and speed on defense, the lack of interior push, the lack of a speed rush…those things have to be found or fixed in spring drills or on the recruiting trail. There is nothing that suggests CBB and Co didn’t know that a rough year was in front of us by the time Bama left town.
What had to surprise, though, was the odd failure of some players to step forward and lead, and for others to seize opportunities placed in front of them. I have seen this many times (with HS teams): senior-heavy teams have players feel they are handed their shot vs. earning them; players behind the seniors feel they deserve a shot (that isn’t necessarily awarded); factions appear easily, and chemistry goes funky because of all of this.
I still maintain that the staff drew a line in the sand and said this is the year they don’t rush as many true frosh onto the field, to really commit to the redshirt program. There seems to be a host of redshirts who could have helped this year but they wanted to hold off if at all possible. The rewards for that won’t be felt soon, maybe not even in 2017 or 2018. I’m okay with that…if that is what really happened. I’m only able to look at lists of names, onfield performances, sprinkle in a few comments from coaches, and make a (hopefully) intelligent guess.