I don’t know what to say. I was as confident as you can be going into this game – going so far as making Washington my top choice in this year’s college bowls pool – and I was rewarded with the hottest mess imaginable.
One of my themes on the year has been: we’re wasting all this great defensive talent with this mediocre offense. That’s no less true now, and guys like Shelton, Kikaha, and Thompson will all be greatly missed. But, for what it’s worth, what did those guys or anyone else do on defense last night? I mean, what’s the deal? We’re talking about no less than three All Americans on the same side of the ball; yet a team like Oklahoma State is able to shred us at will? It’s not like those three guys are surrounded by total scrubs; this defense should be better than it is!
A lot of people are calling for the head of the offensive coordinator, but you know what? This coaching staff failed across the board this year. Part of the blame should rightly be placed on a difficult transition from one coaching staff to another; I’m willing to concede that. But, I’ll tell you what: I’m not giving this coaching staff FOREVER. In fact, I’m less inclined to give this staff a long leash compared to Sark and his crew when they took over in 2009. Because the expectations are higher right now, and quite frankly, the cupboards aren’t NEARLY as bare as they were six years ago.
Should Coach Pete and Co. get some time to have their guys mature and see what they can do? Of course. But, in the meantime, we shouldn’t be THIS FUCKING BAD with the players brought in by the former regime, because these are still some good players.
One of those players is absolutely not Cyler Miles. He’s awful. He needs to go. This coaching staff can regain a lot of credibility in my mind by benching him and going with literally anyone else. If Coach Pete wants to start a redshirt freshman next year and go through a zillion growing pains with a future possible star? BE MY GUEST! But, if I have to endure another year of Noodle-Arm Miles, just because he’s the most experienced, I’m going to flip the fuck out.
I mean, WHAT HAPPENED? Washington is supposed to be a school that’s capable of attracting quality quarterbacks! Even in our leanest times post-Tui and pre-Locker, we had quarterbacks who could do SOMETHING well. They either had strong arms, or they were able to run fast. Ol’ Noodle-Arm can’t do EITHER!
The Washington Huskies easily had the worst starting quarterback in the entire state of Washington, and that’s including Wazzu’s backup-turned-starter AND Eastern’s capable signal caller. Hell, I’m thinking even the Bellevue high school kid’s got some tools Ol’ Noodle-Arm will never DREAM of having.
There really couldn’t be a grosser taste in my mouth after this season. The only thing I have to possibly look forward to next year is the fact that we never have to see this starting offensive line group ever again. But, really, no. I’m NOT looking forward to next season. At all. Maybe if they bench Ol’ Noodle-Arm, but I doubt they’re even capable of doing that. Zero expectations of anything good. So, who knows? Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised, but I dunno.
I can’t even sit here and expect to make a bowl game next year. 6-6 seems to be our highest upside, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Huskies at the bottom of the conference.
I’ll leave you with this: the combined record of the seven FBS teams the Huskies beat in 2014: 26-60. And this: the combined conference record of the four Pac-12 teams the Huskies beat in 2014: 7-29.
2014: total disaster for the Washington Huskies.