Dollars to Donuts Geoff Collins has passed the first Fizzy eye test.
Another in the occasional series of stories posted here by former Temple player Dave Weinraub, who was once involved in a benches-clearing brawl at the end of a game at Temple Stadium. Hopefully, he will write about that soon.
By: Dave (Fizzy) Weinraub
Well gang, it’s not often I have something to comment on before the football season begins. If I do, it’s usually to bring up something that left a bad taste in my mouth from the prior season. But I’m not going to even mention anything from last year, as a new era has begun.
This past Wednesday, we had a nice crowd at an “Old-Timers” lunch in the Diamond Club, and had the opportunity to break bread with our new head coach, Geoff Collins. I’m pleased to tell you I came away with a fine first impression. Of course, you should trust my instincts. Everyone knows I’ve been a 92% successful play-caller from the stands.
Yeah, I know it’s almost impossible to make a prediction about a coach before he even has his first spring practice. However, let me tell you why I walked away feeling good about Geoff Collins.
- He told us about the breadth of his experience, and the coaches he worked with and learned from. He gave us specific examples of what he learned from some very successful guys.
- He admitted he thought he was ready to be a head coach a long time ago, but really wasn’t. (I, on the other hand, I thought I was ready when I came out of the womb.)
- Even though he hasn’t even had spring practice yet, the legal activities he’s already had with the team seem to indicate he’s already captured their enthusiasm.
- He’s anchored in reality, and gave an honest appraisal of the fact that we’re only getting, right now, two star recruits at best, and often no star recruits. He also let it slip in he’s won a national recruiting award.
- He’s already assimilated to our city. For example; Although the house he bought is in Chestnut Hill, he tells everyone it’s in North-West Philly because it sounds tougher.
If you’ve previously read a few of my critiques regarding our games, you know I’m certainly no “homer.” With Collins’ background, I’m confident he’ll eventually develop a very strong defense. That leaves me worried about the offense, with a slew of coaches new to this level. Of course, there’s always a slew of “old-timers” ready to give advice.
PS: Good News – The $1.5 million study for the new stadium has been “tabled.” Has common sense prevailed?
Wednesday: Crunching The Numbers
Friday: Month of Mayhem