We’re a mere two games into the Willie Taggart era.
Let’s do a quick review. The Toppers have lost both games. They’re giving up an average of 56 points a game. The offense has been one of the brighter spots.
And despite the embarrassment WKU was dealt by Kentucky, Taggart believes the Tops got better Saturday night.
I’m sure when the Toppers broke down the film, there were bright spots. Little things casual spectators like us don’t notice. Maybe better blocking, maybe better communication — little things the Toppers can build on as they continue through their September gauntlet.
But one place Taggart said he saw improvement concerned me a bit.
“We got 28 points. So I think we got more. I think we got better,” Taggart said.
Sure, perhaps the offense executed better than they did against Nebraska, giving WKU more points than they got a week ago.
But on the flipside, WKU gave up 14 more points than they did a week ago.
So did the defense take a step backwards?
Taggart unquestionably recognizes the challenge he has in front of him. He said when he was first hired that he felt like a hurricane had wiped out a WKU program he knew and loved, and it was his job to rebuild it.
On Saturday night, Taggart reminded those of us gathered around him that Rome wasn’t built overnight.
And as much as Taggart has said the 20 games lost prior to him taking over this season are in the past, they’re still something every fan, most players and media members have witnessed the last two years.
We’ve heard the ‘getting better’ mantra.
We’ve heard the ‘no one believes but us’ mantra.
For the most part, Taggart did dwell on the way WKU hurt themselves time and time again with penalties and turnovers.
But those that follow the team can do without the ‘more points, got better’ spin.
Because if there’s one thing Taggart will learn quickly, it’s that the spin can get out of control quickly, and before you know it, he will sound like a broken record.
I can’t think Taggart is spinning a 63-28 loss to his players.
But we don’t know what Taggart tells his players behind closed doors, and even so, what he tells us can still be read by those players.
For all I know, Taggart went in the locker room and gave a stirring speech following the game hoping to light a fire that would carry over into practice this week and into the home opener.
If Taggart is lighting a fire with his guys, he should be lighting more of a fire when in front of us, too.
He’s the face and voice of the program, and right now the supporters around the program want to see improvement. More importantly, they want to see wins.
So when it comes down to it at the end of the day, the majority of folks don’t care if more points were scored than last week.
Let me end by saying Taggart is the right man for this job right now. He’s got the energy, enthusiasm and right attitude for the gig.
In due time, we’ll be writing about him being the king of the Sun Belt Rome.