My take on Graham


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Posted by Big Ron on December 26, 20 at 10:20:23:

In Reply to: He was likeable and had Coaching skills... posted by ZDevil on December 26, 20 at 08:34:30:

During my career, I moved a lot, building new facilities for expanding companies. I would bump into corporate consultants like Bain or McKinsey. Technical braceros. They had established SOPs that enabled them to quickly become productive, make improvements - then move on.

I saw the same mentality in TG when he arrived. He had his proven template and would not deviate - the Gus Malzahn zone-read offense playbook, his blitz heavy defense and his Texas recruiting base. His system had provided quick success as he moved up the ladder of G5 schools. But his system broke down at ASU. First, he stayed too long. He had two 10 win seasons, but then talented PAC-12 coaching staffs started exploiting his schemes. Next, his Texas recruiting base failed him. The region has about 10 prominent college football programs that feed off elite Texas recruits, but there was always enough 2nd tier talent for TG to fill a G5 roster. But that did not work against PAC talent. They were good players suited for the TG systems, but not quite good enough to sustain 10 win seasons at the PAC-12 level. And they were playing in systems that the opponents had already figured out all the tells.

In his previous life, TG would be ready to move on, but he developed an attachment to ASU. Unfortunately he doubled down on his system. Going zero of California in recruiting was the fatal flaw. His systems were collapsing. Anderson had all the reason he needed to fire Graham and bring in his buddy, Edwards.


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