I told you!

As much as I hate to say it I feel that I must. I told you so! I have never in my life seen a football team operate successfully without a true field general.

Now when I say field general, I mean a player, particularly the quarterback, the one who leads the team through the good times and the bad, the ups and downs is the field general.

Throughout this past GSU football season, I have witnessed a changing of the guard, if you will, game after game. Even as senseless as it is to make so many changes so often during a season, the coaching staff of our beloved Tigers decided that it was a good idea to do so.

Now I have seen where head coaches make the decision to go with what they feel is a better suited quarterback but you will never see one flip flopping between two quarterbacks not only week after week but also during games.

Being taken out halfway during a game does nothing for a quarterback’s confidence, let alone help his learning curve. Being a quarterback is hard enough without the added pressures of feeling like your job is in danger every week.

While I do feel that if one person isn’t working out you should go with another, there comes a time when you have to suck it up and grind it out with one guy or the other if you want to call yourself a head coach.

The effects of this horrible decision has been blatant all season because of the way that we have lost games and the problems that we have been faced with regarding our teams consistency.

After having watched something so ridiculous continue to happen all season long, I feel that the leadership that our team needs can no longer be found amongst the coaches that we have.

Now I am not saying that we do not have a diamond in the rough that could return our team to prominence. What I am saying is that things cannot continue the way they are going presently.

If there is someone who is currently on the list of coaches that can step up and do the job then by all means please do so, because I, along with the rest of the Tiger nation, am longing for the days of winning football games.

Once everyone sets aside their egos for a minute and realizes that there indeed is no “I” in team then we can return to those days.

I’m not one to bash a coach but I have gotten to the point where I feel that constant criticism is the only thing that some people understand and react to. There is no reason why it should come down to that but what must be must be.

Now before all of you people out there start commenting about my column and making snide remarks about the things I have said, know this: Yes I do know the game of football, did play the game, and have worked as a coach all before I decided to become a sportswriter so bite me.

But for those of you who feel what I have said here, maybe you should join me so that we can make a loud enough voice to get some things changed around here.

If you are satisfied with the way that things are then do nothing and let things continue the way that they have been.



Wendell Graves is a graduate student from Shreveport.