What If This is as Good as it Gets?

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Well, here we are again. It’s like we’re stuck in some sort of hellish Groundhog Day movie, and Bill Murray isn’t here to save us with the laughs.

WVU didn’t only lose to Texas Tech – they got flat out embarrassed. In what was probably the worst performance of the Neal Brown era, the Mountaineers fell to the Red Raiders 48-10 in Lubbock. The offense sputtered, the defense was nonexistent, and Casey Legg still can’t seem to miss.

He even put on a little comedic performance for us today with his fake injury.

Outside of that…this game was a total sh*t show.

I have defended Neal Brown again and again. Yes, I was one of those that used the COVID excuse. Yes, I was one of those that used the “bare cupboard” excuse. But it’s time for me to face reality – this thing is just not getting any better.

And honestly, who’s to say if it ever will? To quote the title of one of my favorite Jack Nicholson movies – “What If This is as Good as it Gets?”

We have the new offensive coordinator, we have the quarterback, we have the highly talked about Neal Brown talent. So what the hell is the problem? What can be the excuse now?

Neal Brown is being outcoached by first year coaches, second year coaches at doormat programs like Kansas, making bonehead decisions in the biggest rivalry game of the year, and the list only continues from there. Being in year four, we should be seeing some kind of improvement and changes. There should be SOMETHING there that makes fans go, “hey, this may just be fun. This may work.”

But it’s not. It’s absolutely miserable.

Brown is the nicest guy in the world, I know that. But the program I have loved is crumbling before our very eyes. I want us to be good. I want to have fun watching my team. I want CHAMPIONSHIPS. The product that has been on the field under Brown isn’t championship football. It’s not fun. Hell, it’s not even good.

It’s time for Shane Lyons to take a good long hard look at this program before it’s too late. Make the changes necessary or go down with this sinking ship.

I’ve wanted it to work out so bad, but today further drove in the nail that it’s just not going to. There’s still time – I could be wrong…

But it is really beginning to look like this could be as good as it gets.


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Clark Johnson
Clark Johnson is a Football Columnist for The Voice of West Virginia. He is a student at Concord University and is majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. He became a Mountaineer fan at 9-years old and has not missed a WVU football game since 2008. He is honored to bring new perspective and fresh content to the best fanbase in the nation!