So, Randy Edsall did an interview with ABC College Football All-Access tonight, and overall....Eh. I was eager to see a) what he had to say and b) if his dismal PR skills improved. Lets just say, I was under impressed. I didn't expect too much out of the interview to be honest, but I could of figured all that came out the interview without watching.
First, I am so tired of hearing Edsall say "well, everyone is bought in now" or some convoluded variant of the same message. Tonight it was, "Well, we're in Year 2 now and the exciting thing you see is that everyone is on the same page and knows what the expectations are." Let me start off with the obvious: Randy, it is your fault the entire team did not know what the expectations were. That falls on you. In the first year, I'd expect throughout the first two weeks that people may not be on the same page because they are learning completely new systems. Ok, I can give you a pass there. But I'd expect your coordinator (or you) to dumb down the play selection to the point where the starters are confident in the plays being called.
He did talk to the changes he made after last season to correct the dismal season, and he pointed right at the coordinators. This falls in line with what we already know: Edsall is more of a CEO type coach who delegates to his coordinators. So he is putting last season on them, OK. But he is walking a fine line with that: Fans won't have that same tolerance this season, even if you do have two new coordinators.
Injuries were also briefly discussed in the 5ish minute segment, and obviously they highlighted DOB moving to Wisconsin, and his successor then tearing his ACL. Edsall played the usual confidence in the freshman QB, as he should, and then pointed to the defense being the strength this year. The only problem is, I'm not so sure they are outside the front seven. The front seven should be decent against the rush, but the secondary is mired with both injury and a lack of talent. And in the world of college football that we are in, that means that Clemson, FSU and WVU are going to have a field day with us.
Anyways, my overall impression of Edsall was really eh. He lost me from the start when the first thing he brings up is being excited about everyone being on the same page and knowing the expectations. I had tolerance for that last season, but I'm really over it. If you're going on local television, appeal to the recruits. Show off the new field, talk about how you're getting local players to stay home (obviously point to last year, can't talk to unsigned recruits yet), etc. It could of been worse, but I guess that is the PR firm helping him some. I do see however that they have a ways to go.