Open Letter to the Coaches

coit

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Dear coaches,

Do any of you go to sleep each night feeling like you've earned your highly competitive paychecks for the day? That would be a shame. As our institute strives to produce alumni with integrity, who hold themselves to the very highest and most rigorous standards with regards to the products and services that they design and offer, and with how they conduct themselves professionally, we feel that our football team should reflect those core values in every way it reasonably can.

It would be embarrassing for any of you to claim, at this point, that you are honestly reaching for these standards. Your product on the field is incomplete in painfully obvious ways. Your services seem insufficient to motivate the young men who have entrusted themselves to your program for their development -- not just as players, but also as people. You talk about "fight", but we see a lot of "quit". You talk about building, but we don't see any plan to combat the disorganization and lack of focus that plagues us in every game. Surely you won't stoop to blaming the players for this behavior, and hopefully you will not insult them by continuing to praise their efforts in these regards, particularly on defense.

Each of you should assess yourself honestly at this point and consider whether you have lived up to the opportunities and rewards which you have been given. We are all eager to see your collective vision for this program come to fruition, but it will be smothered in its cradle if you continue to conduct yourselves like this. Take accountability, first for yourselves, and then for each other. Lead your men, don't make excuses.

It seems difficult to imagine that anyone would need to remind you of where you stand: at the height of your career, in shoes that hundreds of other very capable coaches are more than eager to fill. Yet it seems necessary, because it is equally difficult to believe that this is your best effort.

As fans of Georgia Tech athletics, we are highly resilient people. Many of us are alumni, having been formed under the immense pressure of our alma mater, and the rest of us are sustained in our support of this team purely by our immense passion. We have all endured hardships and shared in suffering for the betterment of this program, and we will continue to do so as long as it is required of us. We will continue to support our players through thick and thin. We will not quit on them. We know that as coaches your bonds with them run even deeper. We know you won't quit on them either, whatever it is that's gotten so messed up.

Dig deep and earn what you've got. The players and the fans are depending on you to do better than this.

Please fix this now,
Your fans.
how long ago did you write this?
 

Vespidie

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I’d say Coach Rev earns his pay. All of our big men have shown improvement with him.
Agreed, but more than the big men need to improve. Basketball expectations are always high, yet that program has not performed up to expectations for whatever excuses others want to make.
 

coit

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We need to play the young players particularly at DT and LB.
How can we have three kickers that cannot make extra points?
It seems to me that we have played all the young inexperienced players on defense. It is the only justification for what has been happening o the field.
 

knoxjacket

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We have a five alarm coaching problem. Take out “the biggest offensive transformation in college football history” for a second.

We are last in the ACC in penalties

We are tied 10th to last in the country in turnover margin

We’ve had more kicks blocked than any team in college football.

Our defense, which has not undergone the biggest transformation in college football history, went from 59 in 2017 to 72 this season, which isn’t too bad until you realize we went from 128 teams to 79. 2018 was 33, by the way. We are bottom of the barrel on defense and Clemson is the only outlier one our strength of schedule thus far.

To talk about talent, consider the freshmen and the transfers. We have middle of the road talent. We should be competitive and winning games against middle of the road teams. Getting blown out by Syracuse and Boston College is not a talent issue.


This coach talks a lot about being a developmental program. Do you see the development? I see DJ Jazzy Geoff, blue carpet walks on game day and gimmicks like a DJ in the stands for practice and games, money down signs going up in the air when the game is already out of hand, and a turnover whiteboard that might as well be useless. When your only wins are come from behind victories and your losses are all blow outs you have a major coaching problem. This is small ball at its core.
I assume you are looking at scoring defense which is silly given we had the ball ~40 mins / game back then.Let’s look at points allowed per play:

Points per defensive play (rank)
2017: .423 (85)
2018: .496 (111)
2019: .447 (95)
2020: .477 (58/78) (keep in mind no FCS to lowers number)

our defense has been baaaaad for a long time.
 
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BrentwoodJacket

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It seems to me that we have played all the young inexperienced players on defense. It is the only justification for what has been happening o the field.
Who are these young players you think we have played at LB and DT?
 

swampsting

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BC had more yards rushing today than they had in the previous four games
Combined.

This was also the most points BC has scored in an ACC game since joining the league.

Watching The Huddle on ACC Network now.
I think Richt is being held hostage. Blink SOS if you need rescue, Coach.
 

BuzzLaw

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Dear coaches,

Do any of you go to sleep each night feeling like you've earned your highly competitive paychecks for the day? That would be a shame. As our institute strives to produce alumni with integrity, who hold themselves to the very highest and most rigorous standards with regards to the products and services that they design and offer, and with how they conduct themselves professionally, we feel that our football team should reflect those core values in every way it reasonably can.

It would be embarrassing for any of you to claim, at this point, that you are honestly reaching for these standards. Your product on the field is incomplete in painfully obvious ways. Your services seem insufficient to motivate the young men who have entrusted themselves to your program for their development -- not just as players, but also as people. You talk about "fight", but we see a lot of "quit". You talk about building, but we don't see any plan to combat the disorganization and lack of focus that plagues us in every game. Surely you won't stoop to blaming the players for this behavior, and hopefully you will not insult them by continuing to praise their efforts in these regards, particularly on defense.

Each of you should assess yourself honestly at this point and consider whether you have lived up to the opportunities and rewards which you have been given. We are all eager to see your collective vision for this program come to fruition, but it will be smothered in its cradle if you continue to conduct yourselves like this. Take accountability, first for yourselves, and then for each other. Lead your men, don't make excuses.

It seems difficult to imagine that anyone would need to remind you of where you stand: at the height of your career, in shoes that hundreds of other very capable coaches are more than eager to fill. Yet it seems necessary, because it is equally difficult to believe that this is your best effort.

As fans of Georgia Tech athletics, we are highly resilient people. Many of us are alumni, having been formed under the immense pressure of our alma mater, and the rest of us are sustained in our support of this team purely by our immense passion. We have all endured hardships and shared in suffering for the betterment of this program, and we will continue to do so as long as it is required of us. We will continue to support our players through thick and thin. We will not quit on them. We know that as coaches your bonds with them run even deeper. We know you won't quit on them either, whatever it is that's gotten so messed up.

Dig deep and earn what you've got. The players and the fans are depending on you to do better than this.

Please fix this now,
Your fans.
Well said.
 
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