Coach's' Corner

This is no time to jump ship. It's still early in the season and each game this season will likely be a struggle. I am sure the collective collapse in Pasadena has many of the Husky faithful worried, but you have to not worry about what the season record is going to be, but rather only worry about the next game.

Gilbs has great knowledge of the game and is fixing problems as I write this column for you legions of Dawgman cyber-people. There are some obvious holes in the Washington system and it may take a year or so for the system to rebound.

It starts with confidence, and only winning can cure that. Not far behind that comes recruiting, and there is no doubt the system is in need of a make over. This year's recruiting class will be critical in turning around the program.

That is why Gilby hired Scott Pelluer, and also why Neuheisel hired Bobby Kennedy. They are "go getters" and they will make an impact.

What many people don't realize is that in coaching, you are always evaluating. When fans are asking, "why didn't they do this or that," you can bet that the coaches themselves have already asked themselves the same questions.

They watch the same game the fans do, with the major difference being that if it works, the kids get the credit, but if it doesn't the coaches get the blame. It comes with the territory of coaching, and if you stay in the game long enough sooner or later it catches up with you. Just look at Joe Paterno. He will go down in history as one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game.

But right now, he just wants to win his next game.

The same applies to Gilbs and his staff. They are only thinking about Nevada right now. They know that to do other wise would be catastrophic. The only game that counts is the next one on the schedule, which is why I say that this next game is so critical for the Huskies. Anyone who says this is another cake walk game knows nothing about the parity in today's college football. This is a good team and I can promise you they are well coached.

The Huskies have something to prove, and they don't need to prove it to you, me, or anyone else but themselves. This team needs a victory to wash away the taste of the last game. It needs to cleanse itself of the horror of the second half against UCLA. It needs to feel good about itself. I know Gilby well and you can believe me when I tell you that this game has taken on new meaning because of the Rose Bowl flop.

Rome was not built in a day. Neither is a football team. It is an on going process and it takes great patience and resolve. It is hard work. It is major anxiety and it is all-consuming. Keith Gilbertson is working hard to right this ship, and he has a lot of work ahead of him.

There is no question that this team has a very fragile ego. They want it to happen, but when it doesn't, they show signs of frustration. I'm not making excuses for them but the reality is the events of last summer drained these kids. They were left in a stage of uncertainty and divided loyalty. They were working hard, but for whom? They were a ship without a rudder and when it was finally resolved they still were wobbly from the ordeal. They accepted their fate, but they still didn't have the continuity necessary for a championship program. They were cast adrift, and if hadn't been for Kaligis and Emtman holding down the fort, they could have drowned a long time ago.

So keep the faith all you Husky fans, and you may need to realize that this could get a little bit worse before it gets better. There are a lot of things to be addressed and solved, but I feel that the right men are trying to fix them.

Think about it. Wouldn't it be great to see them put together two halves like the first one we saw last weekend? It's there, and they will have a good plan, but sometimes you have to go through the brush to get to the picnic. Top Stories