Thursday, April 24, 2008

The sky is falling? - Part 2

You've been waiting in constant anticipation. A new day has dawned and you want more than anything to be apart of it. The winter drifts by. You find a small level of solstice in basketball and hockey but nothing fills the void left by the college football off-season. You may sneak away to quietly get a YouTube fix of Paul Johnson's greatest hits, highlights from the years of the well oiled machine that was Navy and Ga Southern. As spring arrives you know that T-Day can't be far...the smell of fresh cut grass from Grant Field better than aromatherapy available. New players, new numbers, a new year, a clean slate. So why did you leave Sat with your head hanging? Was it the combination of hot sun and warm Dr. Pepper? Maybe the $6 slice of Pappa Johns? Or was it your heart sinking as you watched the beginning and end of the Johnson administration all in one afternoon. Well, cheer up....things are not a grim as they seem.

Let's take a moment to think about what we know. Let's say I'm a writer of fine orchestrations and I take my best penned symphony over to the GaTech wind ensemble for a future concert. A collection of students and amateurs. All have above average talent, many on music scholarship but most will not become professional musicians. They all read music and read it well. In fact most of them have heard my piece played on television and in concert many times before. They might have even played a variation of my composition at some time in their youth. So if this ensemble comes out and plays this music at a public concert after only 14 practices, how well do you think they would sound? Well, it wouldn't be pretty to your ears. Musicians off rhythm, bad notes, no harmony. Completely out of sync. Heck, a few might even drop their clarinets.

I'm sure by now you see my point. Practice. More practice will allow you to put back on that puffy finger and hold your head up high. Like a symphony, Johnson's offense is a precision instrument best played with surgeons hands. It requires, timing, patience and study. All items which do not come in 14 short practices.

Hcteacher11 over at The Hive had this to say:

"...consider the following analogy: you've been writing with your right hand for 20+ years and you break your right hand severely. You would think writing with your left hand should be no problem (same # of fingers, same alphabet, same implement, etc.) but everything you try for the first couple weeks looks like chicken-scratch."

Yea, he's pretty spot on. Lets be patient, there is much work to be done. Now if the Offense looks like this against Jacksonville State in the opener...

There were still positives to take from the day:

• Turnout was the best I've ever seen for a Spring Game. I've seen estimates anywhere from 8,500 to 10,000.

• The D line is going to be fun to watch this year.

• There were no major injuries.

• Bryce Dykes came to play. Booker can throw and Nesbitt never ever wants to go down.

Overall it's been a rough off season. Peek and Donely move on. A few recruits take their chances elsewhere. James Johnson retires from football. And now the news today that Trey Dunmon is transferring. Yes, it's been rough, but not necessary bad. Johnson is building a team, not a collection of individuals. The sky is still intact.

1 comment:

O'B said...

I can appreciate the analogy of switching to writing with your left hand. However, it's difficult not to be concerned when, after only a month's worth of organized practice, you have a series of penmanship contests against people that still get to use their right hands.