Guys, I feel bad again. I wasn’t able to write again last week as I was traveling again, and then life got in the way. But in the mean time, Mark Long spouted off about entitlement, college basketball has been in madness, and one of my favorite country music artists, Chris Janson, had his single, “Buy Me a Boat”, went to number one on iTunes.
Heckuva week off.
Let’s look into this past week.
Coach Speak and Entitlement
This past week AP writer Mark Long spoke to 1010XL out of Jacksonville last Tuesday and called Gators head coach Jim McElwain, “a used car salesman”, saying “Right now, to me, he’s a used car salesman and I have a hard time believing anything he says because I don’t find him genuine.”
What spawned that ridiculous answer of a coach he has met probably five times? An answer by McElwain that he didn’t know Will Grier took the first snap of the first practice.
Yes. Mark Long is upset that Jim McElwain did not want to expound on the fact that Will Grier took the first snap in a practice round that ultimately was part of a warm-up routine in his FIRST practice as head coach.
Now, did Jim McElwain know who took the first snap? Absolutely.
Is McElwain entitled to tell you that? Hell no. Why? Because the media would make a big deal out of something that should not be a big deal – yet, at least.
Everyone that attended the first practice (Mark Long did not), knew that Grier took the first snap and ran with that. Does that mean that he is the starter? No, not at all. It is the first practice with a new coach in a new offense – it is the first day.
The reason he acted like he didn’t know who started was to avoid people naming a meaningless starter and risking the attention being shifted away from a quarterback battle to a starter vs. back-up situation.
Often times, certain people believe that they should be entitled to all available information – like Mark Long, in this case. Jim McElwain’s responsibility is to run a football program; Mark Long’s responsibility is to report the news, heck, even break news. If you are un-happy with an answer a coach gives you, don’t complain on the radio, realize that you are not entitled to all answers, and go find answers.
Spokespeople for all brands tell you the information that they want you to hear, and if you are dissatisfied with the answer, go find an answer, but do not whine on the radio about a coach that gives you more access than Will Muschamp did, while using their facilities, wireless internet, and gives you food, about something that is as juvenile as who took the first snap in the first practice in a rep that wasn’t even real.
If you have such an issue with McElwain, Mark, go ask for a transfer.
Recruiting the State of Florida
According to Rivals.com, the Florida Gators offered 60 total players from the state of Florida in 2014 and 56 in 2013. For 2016, Jim McElwain has already offered 64 with 11 months left of recruiting. It is obvious: Jim McElwain wants to win with players from the state of Florida.
Florida is widely considered — along with California and Texas — to the be the biggest hotbed of recruiting talent in the country, so winning the state should equal wins on the football field.
Winning the state is something Will Muschamp never did, and that is a reason why he is no longer the head coach at Florida.
NFL Veteran Combine
This past Sunday, the NFL held a “combine” for 105 NFL veterans (over 1,700 applied). It included big names like Michael Bush, Felix Jones, Adam Carriker, and Michael Sam, along with a number of others.
Two big points on this “combine”.
- How greedy is the NFL? The NFL required these players to pay $400 and pay for their own accommodations for the event – something they don’t do for college players. The NFL generates about $9.5 billion a year. Interesting that they made players pay.
- Most players ran 40-yard dashes and many running backs didn’t score well and it became a big deal on social media. Michael Bush ran a 4.91, Felix Jones ran a 4.85, and Cierre Wood ran a 4.92 – but I think this is probably more like actual playing speed in the NFL. Hear me out. Most college players train for three months, everyday, to prepare for the draft, and that is simply not how they practice in the NFL. I would imagine that if you tested most players that ran a 4.4 at the combine one month later, they would be in the 4.5 range. And I bet, if these players got back into football after being out for a little while, they would increase their numbers. I guess I just hate combine numbers and how much they mean….
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Song of the Week
I introduced y’all to Blackberry Smoke about seven months ago, but I wanted to make sure that you all remembered them.
Blackberry Smoke is going to have more rugged sound, and are going to be similar to “The Charlie Daniels Band”, “The Marshall Tucker Band”, “Shooter Jennings”, and more recently, the Zac Brown Band and Eric Church