Week 2 showed us that we seem to still be, in the words of Saban, "playing up to the good teams and down to the bad teams". I sure hope he gets them straightened out and ready to play consistently each week.
I think that its going to be extremely hard for CNS to get this mentality out of their heads, especially on some of these historically weaker teams, like Tulane or Ole Miss... i think its hard to get any team out of that kind of mentality when they have just beat a top 25 team, especially with the way we dominated Clemson... Look at WV vs. ECU this past week, which ECU is looking really good though.. bad example... look at Ohio State vs. Ohio... they had that type of mentality like this teams going to be a pushover and were looking forward to USC and almost got knocked off... IMHO we're pretty lucky that we didn't have another LA Monroe... IMO I'm glad this game happened with Tulane instead of an SEC team like Kentucky or Ole Miss... but the only thing that mattered was that we got the big ole dubya... i just hope (and i think he can) that CNS can keep the players heads up and thinking "were better than what we played" and not thinking "wow were not as good as we thought we were"... Guess its up to the coaches and the leaders of the team to insure that type of mentality does not start and if it does to stop it...
The only thing is that we aren't Ohio State or WV. I think the guys got their "thumb smashed in the door" and will take Tulane as a lesson learned. Many teams(ULM) may not have as much tradition or championships, but that doesn't mean you should take them lightly. CNS is a great motivator, but until a player buys into what CNS is preaching, there will be little if no improvement. This team this year has shown that it can be done and has young players that want to win BADLY. RTR
I didn't mean to come across as meaning that they won't learn from this. I agree with the "thumb smashed in the door" analogy. I just think, especially IMO with the younger players, the team is (maybe not as a whole but just a few of them) not performing to/or exceeding their level of talent/expectations. But like i said before the players need to keep their chin up and thinking "were better than what we played" and not thinking "wow were not as good as we thought we were." because IMHO once this enters a players head it's going to be hard to change that thought.
I agree with this 100% and that's why I think all of our players are thinking more on the positive ("were better than what we played") side of these types of thoughts instead of the negative ("wow were not as good as we thought we were.") because they know and we fans know they are a much better team than what they showed Saturday.