“Respect the Process.”
Since Gary Andersen was hired, that’s been a catchphrase we heard over and over.
While he was installing a new philosophy and system. While the coaching staff played musical chairs with the QBs. And while the Beavers suffered through some of the most horrible loses in program history
But after watching Anderson shake up his coaching staff and seeing Kalani Sitake and Ilaisa Tuiaki leave for BYU, I can’t bite my tongue any longer. At the moment, that “process” appears to be quite unclear.
Demoting your experienced and proven offensive coordinator to inside receivers coach coach after one season? A season that everyone knew was going to be struggle… What the heck? It’s not like Dave Baldwin had a surefire QB, a consistent stable of running backs, etc. You have to have some talent to execute your play calls well, right?
So while I am excited to see what Kevin McGiven and TJ Woods can do with the offense, I can’t help but feel Baldwin was given a raw deal, and it’s hard to imagine someone with his credentials sticking around much longer. Same with Brent Brennan who now will coach outside receivers and special teams.
And that’s a shame because after the disaster that was John Garrett, it seemed like the Baldwin was just what the Beavers needed. Someone who could put players in positions to succeed, while keeping defenses off balance with creative game plans, while Brennan helped bridge the gap between Mike Riley and Andersen.
I do know this, Andersen must hit a home run with whoever he hires to replace Sitake. The Beavers have enough talent returning to make big strides offensively next season, but the other side of the ball is where the questions are. They could use a coach who can make a immediate impact since we didn’t get to see the full Sitake effect.
Speaking of Sitake, as I mentioned in my last post, I don’t blame him for taking the BYU job. I also don’t begrudge Andersen for hiring him, even if it was clear Sitake might get snatched up quickly. You have to make the best hire possible.
But… here’s where I struggle with that. For some OSU players, this season will mark their third coordinator in as many seasons. When rebuilding a program, stability and continuity are important. That’s why the shuffling on offense, and the having to hire two defensive coaches isn’t ideal.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Andersen is capable of doing great things at OSU, but enough questions have been raised lately, that I think it’s fair to wonder if Andersen can get the program back to respectability and take it to the level Riley fell just short of reaching.
I’ve always been in “wait-and-see” mode with Andersen, and right now, I’m questioning the process…
Go Beavs! (RW)