I wanted to get this out ahead of Reusse's inevitable column that will rip Brewster tomorrow morning. Reusses has taken every opportunity to rip Brewster and everything he has done since he started. Why? I'm not sure.
I guess in Reusse's book living up to the mediocre expectations that Mason worked so hard to lower was what a football coach is supposed to do. So far Reusse has a bug up his butt because Brewster is raising the bar, getting people excited about football and really for doing his job.
I understand that his record is 1-2 and we've lost to 2 teams that we were capable of beating. On the field Brewster's Gophers have not lived up to the hype. But you can't rip him for the hype.
Here is what you CAN rip him for...
- Spotting inferior teams a 21 point half time lead (twice)
- Having a defense that seems unprepared to start games
- Starting the season 1-2
- Taking responsibility for his team's performance - today's game was ugly. But post game Brewster took full responsibility saying he and his staff needed to do a better job. When did you ever hear that from Mason?
- Raising expectations - Mason LOVED to tell us how bad we used to be and how hard it was to win here. Brewster isn't afraid of the challenges he faces and is working hard to overcome them, not submit to them.
- The talent level on this team - He is starting a handful of players that he recruited in just a few weeks from the time he was hired until Signing Day. What does that say about the talent Mason brought in?
- Making adjustments at half time - While the 1st halves of Bowling Green and FAU have been unwatchable (literally for Comcast subsribers), it is nice to see a team that makes half time adjustments and has twice reduced a 21 point half time deficit.
- The offense - as much as the defense has disappointed, the offense has been very encouraging. Redshirt freshman Adam Weber has been very good (sprinkled w/a few freshman mistakes), the WRs have been better than we hoped and the running game appears to be still be very good.