Note: You knew it was coming.
As 5th Year Senior told us yesterday, "everybody fucking panic!" I certainly am. Why? Because Coach Stewart and the Mountaineers certainly left a lot of doubt on Saturday. In fact, the doubt dial is turned all the way up to 11.
Walking out of the Pitt game last December, I didn't think it was possible to see a Mountaineer team play with less heart or determination. Unfortunately, instead of a lifetime, it took all of nine months. Whether it be offense, defense, special teams, the Mountaineers lacked any type of intensity. With each drive, I foolishly got my hopes up that a change was just around the corner. Each time, my soul was crushed just a little bit more.
Where do we go from here? Well, good question.
I know it was only one game, but Coach Stewart has essentially lost all credibility he painstakingly built up over the past eight months. All of a sudden, the criticisms made by the national media of this hire are hitting very much at home. Unless this time responds and responds quickly, this game could reverberate much more than just one loss on the record.
I won't throw anyone under the proverbial bus today, but this team better respond. It has to, or we're in for a long season.