It's funny what a difference a month can make. Just a few weeks ago, the naysayers were out in full force. Fans mocked UCLA coach Jim Mora for being an ill-tempered and dim-witted buffoon who couldn't coach. And fans were shouting from the rooftops that UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith needed to be fired ASAP. One poster even said that back in his day the most Smith could aspire to being was a bra salesman on Longfellow Avenue in the Bronx.
I'm not usually the See I Told You So Superiority Guy. But for just a moment I will assume that role.
After UCLA consecutive games and got boat raced by Oregon, even his staunchest HHB supporters abandoned him. But not yours truly. The same qualities that fired us up about him in 2007 still existed last month. And since that time, Mora's Bruins have won 5 in a row after crushing USC on Saturday. UCLA is now 9-2 and will be ranked either #8 or #7 in tomorrow's college football rankings.
And Jonathan Smith, my goodness. Many posters on Hardcore Husky wanted to burn his house down and run him out of town on a rail. But look what's happened with a string of well-called games. As I said before, we don't know what's going on behind the scenes with the OC and head coach. In Smith's case, it could be anything. Perhaps Petersen was meddling in the playcalling and screwed things up. Perhaps Petersen has intervened recently and steered things in the right direction. Perhaps Smith was bad earlier and has learned on the job and become a quality OC. Or maybe the Husky team has recently united and bought in to Petersen's philosophy, and magically the offense is running better now. Who knows.
But it looks like we're in good shape going forward.
Now, this isn't to say that I'm infallible. One of Hardcore Husky's message boards is called "Duck Half Brains". The slogan is "Anyone with a half a brain and a computer can criticize Mark Helfrich." I was steadfastly convinced that Helfrich was going to tank that program. And maybe he still will, as I believe that Marcus Mariotta has masked some of that team's problems.
But the Ducks are 10-1 and have a great chance of being in College Football's inaugural playoff. So our Ducks Half Brain Board isn't serving much of a purpose at the moment. And I was wrong as can be.
As always, the motto is Let it Play Out.