The time to win is now
After 2 full seasons and a few conference games under his belt this season, there is plenty of heat on Dan Enos to show some results. His supporters will argue that Coach Enos has been waiting to get “his guys” in. Or that Butch Jones left the cupboards bare when he left. Or that Coach Enos has been killing it on the recruiting trail.
To me these all sound like excuses for a Central Michigan football team that is under performing and continually getting pounded by conference opponents.
The Iowa win was exciting and made most forget about the abomination that was the last two seasons but let’s be honest, they beat a pretty bad non conference team. Then came the start of the conference schedule in which they were absolutely creamed by NIU in the second half—a solid team and a loss here was excusable.
Next came another tough conference foe in Toledo. CMU looked great in the first half: forcing turn overs, scoring points and limiting the damage of the high flying Toledo offense. The second half was more of the same as CMU was destroyed and seemed listless on defense.
Your eyes are not deceiving you. If you feel like you’ve seen losses like these before, it’s because you have. The same trends continue from last season—decent performances in the first half followed by duds in the second half. Even in the Iowa game, CMU was outplayed in the second half. This trend has little to do with talent or execution but way more to do with coaching.
Dan Enos has 7 games left to prove to fans that the MAC is not too big for him. If this team puts up another 3 to 5 win season, CMU should be in search of a new head coach.
Recruiting is a fun way to get fans excited about football in February but winning football games is the way to save your job. CMU football is better than this and fans definitely expect more.