Carpenter: Weis struggling with consistent message
- Oct. 10, 2012
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Where are Bill Belichick and Tom Brady when you need them?
The glory days of Super Bowl victories in New England have to seem like decades ago for Charlie Weis, who instead is busy commenting about the student paper’s coverage on Twitter and flip-flopping as well as any politician in Washington.
The Twitter rant wasn’t all that big of a deal, even though it did draw attention everywhere from the Los Angeles Times to USA Today. Weis probably used it as motivation heading into a game this paper called “Road Kill Ahead.”
Never mind that the prediction was more spot-on than guessing Bill Self will win another Big 12 basketball title this season. Forget that Kansas hasn’t won a Big 12 road game in more than four calendar years and has one conference victory since then. Weis was simply sticking up for his players before leading them to slaughter against Kansas State, a 56-16 loss.
Good for him.
Then came Sunday, when Weis held practice without seniors. On Monday’s conference call, he mentioned the word “development” multiple times.
“There’s only so much developing you can do with the seniors because they’re already five games into their last year,” Weis said. “They’ve got seven games to go. It is what it is.”
OK, that’s not indefensible. Anyone can see this season is a lost cause, and Weis’ tenure in Lawrence won’t be altered either way by an extra victory in 2012. You might as well build for 2013 and beyond.
So why the need for the 180 degree turn on Tuesday?
“Sunday was not a penalty to the seniors,” Weis said. “It was the juniors, sophomores and freshmen that played a whole bunch. They were the ones that came up on the short end of the stick.”
Excuse me, but what?
Tell us you need to see which players are worth keeping next year. Reiterate what you said on Monday, that you’re building for the future.
But don’t sit on the fence and say you punishing the players who “played a whole bunch” while 60 percent of the starting lineup is seniors, and you trot out a senior quarterback each week who can’t make two great passes in a row. Three-fifths of the starting offensive line is seniors as well, the same offensive line that has had Dayne Crist running for his life most games. They sure have “played a whole bunch” too.
Weis sounds like a coach caught somewhere in the middle. He wants to win immediately but doesn’t have the talent. He wants to build for the future but doesn’t want to stick with his reasoning for more than a day. With this season already in the toilet, he’d be best off turning the dial to hot or cold.
There’s no room for lukewarm.
Just ask Coach Belichick.