Sunday, December 11, 2016

Cal Should Dump Football Coach Sonny Dykes

I never root against Cal but when the Bears finished their football season a short while ago playing UCLA I was pulling for a Bruin rout. If the Bears were crushed and ended up with four measly wins and five straight losses, maybe athletic director Mike Williams might do the smart thing and show head coach Sonny Dykes the door.

But the Bears screwed up that scenario, beating up the Bruins, 36-10. It wasn't that difficult, considering the UCLA offense was so crippled, with star QB Josh Rosen out for the season, the offensive line in tatters and the rushing game virtually non-existent. So the Bears feasted on the wounded Bruins, giving Dykes a triumphant, season-ending win, making a grand total of five. That was enough to save his job.

Hot damn! Just what Bear fans needed, another sub-.500 season and at least one more year of Dykes' crappy coaching.
There was hope that Baylor, hunting for a replacement for Art Briles, might take him off our hands. According to rumors, they were interested in Dykes. But the Baylor bigwigs came to their senses, passing on five-win Dykes and hiring a real winner, Temple's Matt Rhule, who had led the Owls to first-ever consecutive 10-win seasons

So, Cal fans, brace yourselves. We're doomed to Dykes again..Sadly, as long as he's in charge the Bears won't crack the PAC 12 elite. Last year was the first time in his four years that the Bears had a decent season, with 8 victories. They seemed headed  in the right direction this year. But five wins ain't the right direction.

His problem is that he's a one-note coach. His only tune is offense. He really is good at it, though. His special skill is spotting QB talent and nourishing it. Jared Goff, a No.1 overall NFL draft pick, and Davis Webb, a sure No.1 selection in the next draft, are prime examples. Dykes offers entertaining, super-speed, high-scoring offenses. But what about wins? There he's woefully short. His overall Cal record is a pitiful 19-30.

That's because he doesn't care about defense. He recruits low-quality defensive players who are slow and minimally skilled, who can't tackle, who can't rush the passer, who can't cover opponents' wide receivers.

With Dykes at the helm, Cal will always have a super offense, a sub-par defense and a team that finishes in the middle or near the bottom of the PAC 12, settling for lower-tier bowls or going to no bowls at all and perennially losing to Stanford, USC and UCLA,

Enough, damn it..

Hopefully, others who are as fed up as I am with this incompetent coaching and losing seasons will join me in this impassioned plea to Cal athletic director Williams::