Here’s a peek inside The Guru’s head:
First, the Jaguars are bad. How bad are they? Sorry you asked because they’re worse than you think.
Is that possible? Yep.
The NFL season has started off with offenses going up and down the field at a record pace and more down-to-wire finishes than ever. Meanwhile, the Jaguars are anemic on offense and haven’t been competitive in either of their first two games.
And help isn’t on the way. I know the most optimistic of Jaguar fans are excitedly awaiting the return of Justin Blackmon from a suspension and Marcedes Lewis from injury, but I warn you not to get your hopes too high.
There’s no doubt that Blackmon is a difference maker at wide receiver, but with his personal demons and general bad behavior can he really be counted on for anything? Whatever the Jaguars get from Blackmon should be considered a bonus.
As for Lewis, there’s always been more promise than substance. He’s had exactly one exceptional season out of seven and has even admitted to giving less than his best.
Aren’t you sorry you asked?
Second, any list of the top college football coaching jobs in America will include Texas, Southern Cal and Nebraska – especially the first two. That means there will be three REALLY, REALLY good jobs up for grabs soon because it’s already all but a foregone conclusion that Texas will fire Mack Brown, Southern cal will fire Lane Kiffin and Nebraska will fire Bo Pelini after this season, if not before.
And when Texas, Southern Cal and Nebraska start looking for replacements they won’t be looking to hire hot young coordinators. They all have the cash, tradition and arrogance to go after established coaches at the top programs.
You’re damn right FSU’s Jimbo Fisher would listen to offers. Ditto for Clemson’s Dabo Sweeney, Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Miami’s Al Golden. How about Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze and Vandy’s James Franklin? Boise State could lose Chris Petersen. Keep Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and Baylor’s Art Briles in mind.
Okay, Nick Saban isn’t leaving Alabama.
Return to: Lamm at Large Blog