Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
I dont follow Cal football much. Whats the deal with the head coach? Is he on the hot seat?
I'm sure rumors will say that he should be but IMO firing Dykes would be IDIOTIC. You just can't evaluate a season in which you were forced to play so many young and inexperienced guys on defense, which was already transitioning from a 3-4 to a 4-3 (which I hate BTW). Add to that a true freshman QB playing behind a shaky O-line and no real running game ... s**t, I for one I'm not shocked at the 1-11 record. This team will be much better next season and IMO take that next step and at least go to a bowl game. Goff is now the undisputed starter at QB (why Kline is transferring), putting together a solid season (considering):
320/531 (!!! - 4th most in the nation), 3,508 yards, 60.3 completion %, 6.61 YPA, 18TD, 10INT, 123.2 rating
The WR corps will be outstanding: Harper/Treggs/Lawler are becoming what many of us envisioned when we signed the 2012 class, and Darius Powe (from the same class) is up-and-coming talent (6'3", 210lbs). I think Richard Rodgers will come back and continue to be that solid TE/WR4, although a part of me thinks that his pass-catching skills could be used in the NFL. Cal will need to solidify their O-line (I hate losing Tagaloa) and establish a running game. Khalfani Muhammad is a fighter but IMO he's better served as a rotational guy that you try to spread all over the field. That or he needs to bulk up, I saw him get NO push at the point of contact way too many times this season.
On defense - just get healthy. While this season hurt, those youngsters did get a lot of valuable experience.
Dykes went 5-7 (4-4) his first season at LTU before going 8-5 (6-1, WAC title) and 9-3 the following seasons. Even as someone who is more a pro-style offense guy, I believe we need to see this through for at least another season or two before we write the book on Dykes at Cal.