Cool it with CarlMalamute, 1 April 2006
on offensive coordinator Tim Lappano for publicly scolding Carl Bonnell; Carl has the
quickest release and nimblest feet of any of the UW quarterbacks, an
affinity to star if given a slice of a chance. If Lappano doesn’t watch out,
he’ll have another Craig Chambers on his hands. One playmaker gone and one
to go, line them up, two in a row.
If Coach Willingham really wants a
West Coast Offense, and we’re talking about the Bill Walsh variety, then
Bonnell’s his man. He can time his release to the feet of his receivers
better than any of Lappano’s quarterbacks. His rapport with a receiver is like particle
communication in John Bell's non-local world, obeying the law of angular
momentum. Well, not quite, but...Lappano can implement his power
running game with the zone blocking and straight ahead power that Don
Coryell featured with his teams; after, all Coryell matriculated at the Dub.
A couple of big cats pushing ahead
towards the goal line, as did Joe Toledo and Khalif Barnes. They were chained to the
ankle like a couple of dudes at San Quentin. Any parallels on this year’s
team? Can Kirton block? “I’ve got a 280 pound running back,” Gilby told me
proudly, his face beaming like a new papa's. What a waste of talent.
public airing of Bonnell’s work ethic was not necessary.
"He (Bonnell) needs to
understand that playing quarterback in this system takes a lot of work and a
lot of film study," Lappano reportedly said of his would-be star.
Hey, Lappano you’re no Sid Gillman – who, years ago, filled his garage with
miles and miles of celluloid.
Having three talented quarterbacks
pulling the sled is one of the few strengths of the 2K6 Dawgs.
Don't get me wrong, Isaiah Stanback
is still the number one quarterback in my book; you go with your senior
quarterback in the Pac-10. But don't throw the baby out with the bathwater,
The Cause: Now we’ve
got a whole thread on dawgman.com lambasting Carl, some posts suggesting
that he lose his scholarship.
And the Effect: Down
to two helmsmen, both hurt late in the season, with Montlake Jake having
opted for baseball. Where have they all gone, Tim?
The fact the laundry was hung
out to dry in front of all the neighbors instead of using the indoor drier
is what bothers me. To be sure it was a mild criticism, and I'm sure that Lappano meant well, but people tend to
embellish, as they did on dawgman.
Remember back when, when all the
beat writers were picking Bonnell to play the majority of the minutes
available to the quarterbacks in 2004? I watched them tell that to Softy, one by one.
The latest quantum of verbiage out
of Montlake, not recently noted for its loquaciousness, designed to motivate Bonnell, breeds uncertainty, as in Heisenberg. You know, suddenly an
electron is in another place and you don’t know how it got there.
for limiting the media to just the first 25 minutes of practice, Willingham
doesn't need any concerned visitors holding mirrors under the proboscis of
his flat-lining patient, who desperately needs mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Eighteen members of the 2003
class, Rick Neuheisel's last, figure to play significant roles in the year's
effort, all listed on the two deeps going into the spring. Bonnell was part
of that class. Other members of that class, Craig Chambers and Bobby
Whithorne, who both have left the team, figure to contribute at Montana and
UCLA, respectively. MIke Mapuolesega and Jon Lyon have graduated. The 2003
class was ranked eighteenth in the country by scout.com.
Twenty of the 24 starters
(including specialists) listed for spring practice were recruited by
You can say a lot of
things about Rick, but don't tell me he couldn't recruit, especially when
they gave him half a chance. He signed Bonnell, didn't he? For that, and
the others seeking their destiny this spring, the ghost of Rick hovers over