‘Fire Coach Shaw’ Finally Gains Traction: Stanford’s Horrible Coach David Shaw Resigns After Worst Season In 16 Years

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‘Fire Coach Shaw’ Finally Gains Traction: Stanford’s Horrible Coach David Shaw Resigns After Worst Season In 16 Years

By Dave Levine

I’ve never liked former Stanford football Coach David Shaw. But I would have applauded him if he had done what he was paid to do–recruit the best players in the U.S.

He personally lost countless games during his ridiculously long and overpaid tenure by his terrible use of the clock and poor training techniques. He refused to fire incompetent assistant coaches and lousy trainers who didn’t properly prepare Stanford players for the games. As a result, Stanford’s star players continued to get injured at a fantastic rate.

But his poor recruiting–allowing great talent to get away to other schools–hurt the team the most. Without good players, Stanford looks more like the teams of the Cactus Jack Curtice years!

If Shaw had recruited great players and hired talented assistant coaches, he would have been successful. But he just didn’t seem to care. And at $9 million a year, Shaw was the most overpaid coach for his talent.

The sad thing about Shaw is that it will take YEARS to get Stanford football back on a good track to winning. Recruiting weakness hurts a school for 3 or 4 years. It takes years to build a strong team. The most important thing for a winning team is a great, tough, mean defense–the kind of defense Stanford had under Coach John Ralston. Remember The Thunder Chickens? Stanford will ALWAYS have good QBs and receivers but a great defense wins games and keeps the other team from scoring.

I hope Stanford’s Athletic Dept. hires a Jim Harbaugh kind of coach–a tough-as-nails coach, not an intellectual coach or “a nice guy” as Shaw supposedly is. Football teams don’t need “nice guys” to win games!