I'll go back to the old Optimists, Realists, Pessimists category. I prefer realism with a lean towards optimism when talking about my vols. Most posts this season though are trending towards pessimism. I'm with the OP. Most commonly when there are an assortment of new coaches and young players, you'll see terrible results. But once the coaches gel and Pruitt's players become Juniors and Seniors, that's when strong results should show. "But we gave Dooley and Butch all those years for nothing". Yep, well start firing coaches every two years unless they win by year two and see if that works out for you.
Now, I'll join the Pessimists towards the middle to end of year three. Or, I'll sign on to getting a new coach if Saban comes knocking (a proven coach) which clearly is not going to happen (someone call Gruden).
One thing I've learned about this place and I guess you could say just in a general sense, some (not all) people would rather feel vindicated than admit they were wrong. Not all or even a majority, but some.
I havent taken a hard stance on Pruitt or the staff yet. I'm not confident either way. The program needs a win Saturday. The players need a win. The fans need a win.
A win would be great but what I would want to see is at least another year or 2 out. Assuming he buys himself that much time.
Its evident some were pissed he was offered the job, some that hes a Bama guy, some that hes not who they wanted. His struggles have made that a lot easier to be vocal about.
Can some of them live with him if hes successful? Yes. But it's a lot easier to go armageddon when you didnt like him to begin with. That would happen with the first slip after that.
We've taken the sunshine approach two other times and both times has failed. We were told to give Dooley plenty of time and we did. He got probably one more year than he deserved And then we kept Butch for 5 years and look at the irreparable damage he's done to the program. Why can't we try another approach for once? The sunshine Pumpers always get their way and then we find out what a big mistake it was and then they ask us to do it all over again.