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Coaches, not Craft

October 10, 2009

It has been said that every system is perfectly designed to get the results it yields. Kevin Craft has endured a great deal of criticism, from me included. There will be more criticism of Craft for UCLA's loss to Stanford.

However, it is the responsibility of the coaching staff to put players in a position to be successful. The conservative, stale, unimaginative, boring offense that lacks any sense of creativity does not position anyone to win, let alone a struggling quarterback. If they don't trust him, bench him. If he's out there, then let him play.

I keep waiting for the Norm Chow genius. It has been absent for two seasons so far, and makes one wonder if it isn't overrated. The Stanford loss was due to poor systems design, and not Craft's abilities.

Arlando Smith

San Jose

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I began to watch the UCLA game on Saturday and thought I was watching a Karl Dorrell team. UCLA may have a different head coach, but, like Dorrell, Rick Neuheisel carries the Terry Donahue mystique of, "We are a basketball school and the only game to win is USC."

It's all about coaching. In the Pac-10, I see more done with less talent, at least on paper.

Sorry, Bruins fans. This team will be lucky to win three games in the Pac-10. Typical of UCLA football teams, this year's team plays without aggression. A timid offense continues to stink and the defensive players aren't as good as they think.

Russ Ramirez

Costa Mesa

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