Life Among the Ruins
The Army game made what many of us suspected was true, official: Ron English’s presence is now hurting the team. I can only imagine the pall hanging over the team in the locker room. The speculation. “How much longer will he [English] be here”, they must be thinking. As poisonous as that line of thought is, it probably gets worse. This guy is going to be gone soon, so why should I listen to him?
The way the Army ground game steamrolled Eastern was shocking. It doesn’t take years of experience as a defensive coordinator to understand that you need to put nine men in the box and dare Army to throw the ball. From the very first play. Army averaged nine yards a play against the Eastern defense. From scheme to execution, the defensive effort was abysmal.
Heather Lyke is sitting at the kitchen table staring into a bowl of gruel that someone else left for her — a gruel that is not her concoction. But, since she took the job of Athletic Director, this is now her bowl of gruel. Grab a spoon and dig in.
At this point, you can’t look at English’s record here and deem it anything less than a disappointment and a failure. A disafailure. Or failappointment if you prefer. In any line of work if the record is this poor, your pink slip would be waiting for you. I don’t care if you are a manager at McDonald’s, a banker, a Fortune 500 CEO, or Speaker of the House. This kind of record (11-43) merits getting canned. Period.
Here’s a fun stat, if Ron English were to win thirty-one games in a row, his record would still be below .500.
After this Saturday’s game, Eastern will in all likelihood drop to 1-6, mathematically eliminating the chance of a winning record. If there was some kind of a deal to keep English if he had a winning record, that deal will be nullified. I know that no one wants to rain on Swoop’s birthday party this Saturday (I’ll be writing about that later in the week, stay tuned), but maybe firing Ron English is the gift Swoop wants most. I mean, what do you get the giant stuffed eagle who already has everything?
Eagle Totem has been calling for Ron English to be fired since the Ball State loss. It was evident to those of us on the Editorial Board that English’s last chance for success was gone. I’m tired of equivocating, and saying English is a good guy. He is. But he’s a good guy who should not be coaching at Eastern Michigan anymore.
So, Ron English is a good guy, a decent man. But is he a stand-up guy? Must he stay to the bitter, bitter end? Couldn’t he take the pressure off the new AD and resign? It would certainly ease the tension, and allow us to say goodbye to him, thank him for the near miss in 2011, wish him success in the future, and allow all sides to move on to the next phase of their careers.
I know that our readers and fans are upset. I’m certainly tired of this. I’d like to be writing about football, and winning football at that, or at least competitive football. But, the saga and drama continues. Soon, it will be over. It has to be. Whether the season ends, English resigns, or is finally fired, it has to be. The question is what remains among the ruins.