I didn't mean to imply you thought it was a stretch. And I agree, there are a lot of unknows heading into the season: Manny first time head coach, new offensive system, who's the QB, who's the LT. And I'm someone that did a face palm when Manny was hired as head coach. I thought it was a Blake James panic move.’Not a stretch’ isn’t the same as baseline expectation. I never said it was a ‘stretch’ to think we ‘could’ do better. Given our past 15 years we could do worse, too. Richt won a lot of games in the SEC and stunk it up here. Manny has never coached a game at this level.
I expect better, but fans’ expectations and hopes are not the same as rational probabilities.
But I've been watching him. That beer party he staged in Orlando at FSU's event. His intervention with Richt at the end of the FSU game to ice it. Bringing in two coordinators who have experience preparing game plans and calling plays. His use of the portal and approach to recruiting. He's got balls and won't coach scared. Nobody knows how he'll be as a HC but he strikes me as one mentally tough SOB. If the team take on his demeanor (which Richt's, Golden's, Shannon's, and Coker's teams lacked), it makes me cautiously optimistic.