One thing that I can say with 100% confidence is that if TOB were still coaching BC, his team would win this Saturday. Maddeningly that was just the way he was at BC. Once his rebuilding was done in 1999, he never lost three in a row. We had our backs up against the wall and had lost three out of four in 2003, but he started Paul Peterson and rolled off three in a row to end the season.
TOB's approach certainly put limits on our upside but it also kept us from truly bottoming out. TOB relied on consistency. He knew that a methodical approach would pay off.
Now the question remains, did Spaz learn enough all those years to rally his team? Can he come up with an executable gameplan that will stop the slide? Can he provide some enthusiasm for his lifeless players?
A head coach's job description is a little broad. There are a lot of moving parts and each coach approaches things differently. You can be a list maker like TOB. His orderly approach gave everyone confidence that things were not falling apart and were never as bad as they seemed. Take one play at a time and BC will win more than they lose. You can be a riverboat gambler like Jags. This is more chaotic and reckless, but you always feel like you have a chance. What does Spaz have? What approach will he take? Whatever he does, he needs to rally the troops this week or things could get out of hand quickly.