Monday, November 3, 2014

Regrouping is painful, hard work

The questions are in abundance. The answers nowhere to be found. But as we venture down this path licking our wounds there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, I hate agreeing with Bill Shanks, but he lays it all out here with history and venom on his side. Just remember that he's pointing to a larger issue and using broad strokes. Calling for a coaching change at this point in the season is a lot like yelling at your steering wheel during a traffic jam. I'm not saying the questions aren't necessary and timely. Now happens to be a great time to ask questions. And to his credit, Shanks does get around to something a lot of people beating their chest don't in that he suggests action over standing in place stamping one's feet; he suggests writing letters and making calls to those in charge.

It's also a good time to remember that the players should never be the target of your frustration. Vent in the direction of your friends, family and especially those that are getting paid good money to find the answers. But never the players. They are busy preparing for the next game because while Saturday's debacle might seem to be the end of the world, it's not the end of the season yet. Maybe for you there's no hope left, but the team doesn't have the "luxury" of just packing up and going home.

Speaking of which, Richt has a good track record for making lemonade in these spots. That won't make many of you feel any better about getting outclassed Saturday in Jacksonville, but don't abandon 2014 too hastily. There's much left to play for this month. And while that starts on Saturday in Lexington for regular fans like you and me, it started yesterday for the players and the coaches.

In good times as well as those that are more painful and hard, Go Dawgs!