Editor’s Note: It’s very rare that we get an email with this much thought, no insults, and this on-point about the Temple football program. Since I agree with 99 percent of what this young man says, I will print it unedited in its entirely. (The only part I don’t agree is giving over the keys of the program to untested Fran Brown but that’s his opinion so I left it in. He did not want to use his name so I’m going to keep it out.) The “young lady” he refers to below is Morgyn Siegfield, who now works for the University of Kansas.
I really haven’t felt a need in a long time to express my dismay about
the Temple football program. But as my sucko-meter has gone off
multiple times this year, I have some things I need to get off my chest.
Look, I wasn’t crazy about Geoff Collins; I always had the sense that he was
learning on the job. But one thing he did well was relate to his
players and the public. I just never realized how important it was
and is until I saw Rod Carey.
Let’s recap the many ways he has sucked so far, shall we:
1) In an early interview with Owl Sports (with a young lady whose name
I forget), he was asked about “Temple Tuff.” It was a softball
question that the interviewer threw at him to let him affirm Temple’s
brand. His answer: something to the effect of, “Where I come from, you
don’t say you’re tough, you just are.” That was the first indication
to me that
this guy was a schmuck.
He had previously said publicly how excited he was to be the new coach
of the Temple football team, going as far as saying that Kraft could
make his buyout sum as much as he wanted. He was expressing his
gratitude and suggesting, ostensibly, that he was going to be here for
a long time. And what does this douchenozzle say in his interview
with Owl Sports? At the first chance he gets to affirm the Temple
brand, a phrase the legendary John Chaney invented, he basically says,
2) He fires Ed Foley. WTF???? Everyone likes Ed Foley. If anyone is
Temple, it’s Ed Foley. He was here from nearly the beginning with Al
Golden, I think. Did he have a little bit of Matt Foley in him?
Sure. But he was a really good coach. Our special teams under him
So what does Carey do? He fires Foley, which must have been handled
poorly as Foley felt a need to express his disgust via social media,
and then decides they don’t need a special teams coach. Only problem
is they ended up really sucking on special teams!! Then, the
following season, Captain Mayonnaise assigns one of his lackey’s to be
the new special team coach. As if we didn’t notice!
My sense of the matter is that he was probably just jealous and felt
threatened by the relationships Foley had cultivated with the team and
university. A confident man uses that to his advantage, he doesn’t
fire the guy. My guess is it probably impacted player morale and
3) He not only gets rid of Foley, but he gets rid of the “Wildboys”
nickname that had been a holdover from past defensive lines dating
back to the Matt Rhule era. Collins had the smarts to keep it. He
probably realized the players on the defensive line liked it. So here
comes Carey saying, “There’s a new sheriff in town, and we’re getting
rid of that tradition.”
Right move: Getting rid of signs and charts on the sideline
Wrong move: Getting rid of a tradition that was started in the Matt Rhule era
4) He gets into a public spat (at least on social media) with the
Imhotep coach. I think it started with his mishandling of a Tyreek
Rainer situation, and things blew up from there. Hey good luck
recruiting Imhotep after that! This has traditionally been a hard
school to pull a recruit from so maybe you could argue that the damage
But he just strikes me as a yokel with zero ability to politic.
5) Good players start transferring out. Kenny Yeboah, Quincy
Roche and, now, Ray Davis. All three of these guys are very good
players with potential NFL chops. I’m almost certain Roche will be a
second or third rounder, (even with a low sack total this year.)
Losing these guys can’t be a good look for your program. I don’t
recall Temple coaching staffs from the past losing a high caliber
player like Roche. That’s just irresponsible. And guess what? Don’t
be surprised if Ifenyi Maijeh is next! In his last interview, he
mentioned that he has options after this season. He didn’t specify,
but he also seemed a little bothered. This is a subjective
interpretation, but that’s how I saw it.
6) He seems to be very rigid in his protocol for player interviews.
If you go to the Temple website to look at football related videos,
you’ll see that the player interviews are chaperoned, if you will, by
the coaches. In other words, a journalist asks a question, and then
the coach connects the player to the question. My conclusion: It
looks and feels like the coaching staff is paranoid that these kids
are going to say something wrong or bad about them. Again, I don’t
recall this ever being done in the past. Who knows, maybe his
rigidity and paranoia is symptomatic of the reason some of these kids
are transferring out?
7) And look at the product we see today. This team is a shell of
themselves. Yes, injuries and covid cases have impacted them. But
it’s also impacted the teams they’re playing. And the loss of these
three transfers is totally on Carey. The defense is just crap; they
can’t stop anyone. And that’s on Carey, too.
His QB, Russo, who was recruited by Matt Rhule, has looked good. He’s
been able to score the football. And I give Carey a little credit for
his offensive line maneuvers (utilizing lighter players / zone), but
that’s it. This team is blah. They’re just not very good. They
reflect the personality of their coach.
They’re semi-good. They’re quasi-good. They’re the margarine of good.
They’re the Diet Coke of good, just one calorie, not good enough.
Mike, Carey is just not a good fit. I get it; Kraft was under a lot
of pressure to hire someone. And Carey was available. But I tell ya,
I really liked Fran Brown. In my opinion, people made too much of him
not being ready because he hadn’t been a coordinator. Well, you know
what, there was another guy who hadn’t been a coordinator before he
got the job at the University of Minnesota, and his name is PJ Fleck.
How’d that work out for them?
And Fran Brown can recruit! We’d have all of these NJ recruits right
now if Kraft would have made the bold decision to hire Fran Brown.
And I suspect none of those guys would have transferred out with Fran
as the coach. Fran’s strength is his people skills. He was the
perfect choice. He’s young. He’s charismatic. He’s local. This is
his recruiting footprint. It is absolute nonsense, if not racist to
suggest he was too young or needed more seasoning as a coordinator.
Another guy to consider for the job is Kurt Sirocco. He went to
Temple (didn’t play because of injury), got both of his degrees here,
and got his coaching start here. He’s now doing quite well at U of
Minnesota as their Offensive Coordinator. I suspect his name will be
tossed around for head coach openings in the near future.
But going forward, I suspect that Fran Dunphy, being the gentleman
that he is, will give Carey every chance to right the ship. So we
could be stuck with this guy for another two years, at least. Ugh.
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