I’m starting something new on the site today. So far everything you’ve read on this site has been the opinion of just one guy, me. While, as you can see clearly from the comments section and the facebook page, that opinion is shared by many people, I’ve still been the only one with a big audience so far.
So, to spread the love a little bit, I’ve gotten with some people who’s opinions and football knowledge I trust, and am going to give them a chance to speak their mind as well, and offer another viewpoint.
We’ll call our first guest columnist Chuck. He’ll take a look at the situation in a different way, what happens if Addazio is actually let go, how it effects the players, the present, and the future. I’ve added my take at the bottom, since you know, I just like talking. Here’s the article…
You are in San Francisco.
You are riding a trolley.
But the trolley has been taken over by a mad scientist.
There are five people tied to the tracks ahead. But you have the opportunity to flip a switch and divert the train onto a different track. The other route has only one person tied to the track. Do you do it?
Now, what if the trolley is too heavy and needs to lose weight. If you unload weight, the trolley can be controlled and those five people saved. To do this though, you’d have to push a fat man off the trolley.
This is not a bad vacation story from a trip to the Pacific Time zone. Instead, it’s the well studied Trolley Problem.
What does this have to do with Steve Addazio?
Michael Pouncey, Carl Johnson, Maurice Hurt, Marcus Gilbert, these are the fat men on the trolley. These players have worked four or five years in Gainesville to get to this point, not to mention all of the work they did in the first eighteen years of their life. They are now starters who have gone from five star recruits to busts, from the ‘other brother’ to the team leader, from starter to not even dressing for the game, from guard to tackle then back to guard. Now, they are four-fifths of the offensive line.
If Addazio is let go, they will be people who suffer, and these seniors who have worked so hard are at the top of the list. These guys have been taught by Addazio for their entire college career, they don’t know anyone or anything else. Whether we like it or not, there are growing pains with new coaches, especially in the middle of the season.
But, the question is not just about the fat man, what about the rest of the people on the trolley? What about the rest of the team? The good of the team, not one fat man, is the most important element that should be considered.
The utilitarian approach is to maximize utility, happiness or pleasure. How is happiness measured by University of Florida football? Success on the field.
No matter the coach, the transition to a new coach is a tough one. If the remainder of the year is diminished with a new offensive coordinator, then we have to determine if its best for the University of Florida football team.
As the team currently stands, the offense is not producing, the team is losing football games, and the program is losing recruits.
What happens when you get a new coach? Initially, teams struggle (see year one in the Urban Meyer era). But after a little time, teams usually respond after learning the new system (see year two in the Urban Meyer era). If the Gators start the process now, it will put the team in a better position for the future.
There’s only problem with the solution, the fat man has to go overboard.
My Take: A very well written article that takes a look at some of the deeper seeded issues that people may not think of offhand when raging after yet another HB dive call when the defense has 9 guys in the box.
This should provoke some good discussion, and I’m going to give everyone a chance to sound off in the comments section. However, I get to go first 🙂
One has to wonder if, for many of these guys, the damage has already been done. Pouncey was a 1st round draft pick at guard, but being forced to play out of position, and in a position that he is having trouble picking up, has destroyed his draft stock. If a new OC means using the talent at the things they excel at, then the change could help these guys as much as it hurts them. Something to think about.
Teams typically struggle early on with a new OC. But we’re struggling now (mightily) with our current OC anyway. I don’t think that a change to the entire system is necessary this season. The system can work, we’ve seen that with Dan Mullen. We just need a change in the play calling, and in the coaches attitude (IE actually coaching instead of just telling everyone how great they are while they get dominated).
Let’s play hypotheticals for a minute here and assume that the team is going to struggle to get adjusted to the new OC early on. Wouldn’t we rather him struggle now, in a season where our NC hopes are already lost, and we’re already struggling anyway? Is it better to let a new OC work the kinks out on a 4-2 team that is out of the picture rather than waste an entire new season where we’re starting fresh and are right in the thick of things?
I think at this point, Addazio being run out of town is nearly a certainty. It has to be. There’s no way anyone could possibly believe the guy should be coaching this team when week 1 rolls around next year. So, what are your thoughts, readers? Are we better off getting rid of him now or getting rid of him in the offseason? Which is better for the players? Which is better for the recruits? Which is better for the present, and which for the future?
Sound off in the comments section below, or in the forum. A big thanks to Chuck for bringing up this thought provoking discussion.