Souhan: Brewster and Childress have gone in opposite directions since start

  • Updated: November 23, 2009 - 6:46 PM
Souhan: Brewster and Childress have gone in opposite directions since start

I wrote two Sunday columns, one on Brad Childress' contract extension and one on Tim Brewster's mismanaging of the Gophers' offense. What's interesting is that I was more optimistic about Brewster than Childress when they first arrived in the Twin Cities. Brewster was full of it, but he was an obsessive recruiter who immediately reached out to Minnesota high school coaches. Childress just seemed overwhelmed by the job in his first season. While Childress has improved dramatically ... Brewster today is an even worse football coach than the guy who went 1-11. This team has a mixture of good, solid Glen Mason recruits and Brewster's supposedly strong recruiting classes, and yet the offense has regressed to the point where the defense might have a better chance of scoring. The Gophers have gone eight consecutive quarters without an offensive TD. Adam Weber is a mess. There is no running game. And the coaching staff does not seem capable of taking advantage of the immense talents of MarQueis Gray. So we wander downstairs for the press conference Saturday, and it made me realize just what a waste of time those usually are. After losses, Brewster appears incapable of thought, and his players seem to have been instructed to repeat a few key phrases.

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