POD: Nevada

OK NU fans, we're 2-2 after the non-conference season with problems getting our offense on track. A former player [and our official poll generator] has a few comments on Northwestern Football and what some fans have to say about our Wildcats after 4 games...

I'm not convinced NU is in BIG TROUBLE.
We do need to support our Cats. Actually, I consider this a reasonable post, unlike many of the ones I've seen on this board and on the other board.

I must say that I've been turned off by the seemingly large number of folks who lambast the Cats, criticize Fitz, bemoan NU's stupidity, etc. I don't frequent boards for other teams - perhaps their fans do it too. I like to think we hold ourselves to a higher standard. But I fear we're heading in the direction of becoming as bad as many (not all) OSU fans.

Let's remember a few things.
First, this is a game, not life. It seems like some people forget this.

Second, the players and coaches are doing the best they can. And we're clearly on a different level these days than years ago. Barnett brought us back from the cellar, Walker showed that it could be maintained with a different coach (ie, not just a one coach deal), and now Fitz is bringing in one of the best recruiting classes since the Damien Anderson class that Barnett brought, even better than the one Walk brought two years ago.

Third, the defense is doing remarkably well considering its youth. If you take away the interceptions returned for TDs, we've held everyone to less than 20 points except NH (and look at how they were ahead of Dartmouth 35-0 at the half). Next couple of years they have the potential to be awesome.

Fourth, it's easy to be a Monday morning quarterback. I've coached, and can tell you it's a humbling experience. I've played too, and even if you "know" what to do, it's not that easy to do. Hindsight is 100%. My daughter, who played on NU's championship lax team, told me after refereeing one weekend in a local lacrosse league that she would never complain about a referee's decision again.

Fifth, we start out with a disadvantage to most teams - our academic standards. Despite this, we're quite competitive and on track to being a steady top team in a few years (especially if we have another good recruiting year in the next year or so).

Sixth, negativism can be contagious - so can positive attitudes. I'm not saying we should be Pollyannish, but am saying we should not say things like, "NU sucks," etc. Let's have constructive criticism, not impulsive putdowns. Yes, some freshman quarterbacks do better than Kafka, but most don't. Yes, we want Brewer to play more and I suspect Fitz wants to get him in more too, but has reasons for not doing.

Finally, keep in mind that prospects do read the boards on occasion. I doubt they make their decisions based on what they read, but it doesn't help to see so many negative comments.
I'm a former NU football player, and people who know me will tell you that I am driven to succeed in every way. I want to see us win regularly as well. But going overboard with the negativity is not the way to do it.

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