He is coming, and everyone knows that he will be here. We fear the worst, since nothing that we can do will stop him. He is the smartest collegiate football coach in the country, and also one of the toughest. He is David Shaw, the head football coach at Stanford University.
Last week his team played the powerful, high ranked Oregon Ducks. One of the players on that team suggested that Oregon would score at least 42 points, on their way to another victory. He probably had second thoughts late in the game, once Stanford nearly shut them out.
Shaw inherited a powerful team when previous head coach Jim Harbaugh left Stanford to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He also inherited a once-in-a-lifetime quarterback whose last name is Luck. However, for the last two years his team is not had any All Americans. Most of them are not All Anything, unless you want to take into account their prowess in the classroom. Like Shaw, they are smart!
He knew that facing Oregon would not be a walk in the park. They have many great athletes, and they play a no huddle, up-tempo game. They do not give their opponents enough time to think, or even to breathe. Even before the games are over, most of their opponents are gasping for air. This was the fate that he had to avoid.
His plan called for his team to keep control of the ball. They would run it again, and again, and again. In order for his team to do this, they had to be very physical, and they had to avoid penalties. That is easier said than done. However, Stanford implemented the plan and turned their well-dressed opponents into Duck Soup. It was amazing to see the discipline and determination on his team. They kept the ball for 42 minutes of the 60 minute game. The Ducks had enough time to have some eggs on the sidelines, while they watched the Cardinals roll. They will be with him at the Coliseum at 5 PM, this coming Saturday. We would have preferred that Shaw comes alone, but he declined to do so.
While Shaw is The Man, USC has found a worthy opponent for him. His name is Ed Orgeron, and he is a tough guy, too. However, he has not been on the job long enough to turn his athletes into a well-disciplined team. They will play the game with all of their heart and soul, but they will make so many mistakes that victory will elude them. At least, that is my prediction. Pac-12 opponents are hopeful that Shaw will leave Stanford and become a head coach in the NFL. If he does, then they can all breathe a little easier.