Coachspeak and Goldenspeak

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On this video, Al Golden announces a change from the 5-2-4 defense to the 8-3 defense (not really but we can dream, can't we?) for this week's game at Buffalo.
I want to see three things this week:
1) Gerardi starting/Coyer backing up;
2) A steady diet of Bernard Pierce;
3) A change in the defensive philosophy that puts the emphasis on all-out blitzing from the pre-game introductions until the post-game singing of T for Temple U.
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine told me to not take what Al Golden says seriously.
At least not in public.
This is a guy who hears what Al says at the media luncheons and a guy who is privy to hearing what Al says behind the scenes.
That's cool, I thought.
I really don't care what Al "says" as much as what Al "does."
Yet I've found, for the most part, that Al Golden usually means what he says so these little contradictions don't bother me as much.
The topic came up because last week Al supposedly told everybody, his kid brother, the truck vendor, the security guy, that Mike Gerardi was going to start against Bowling Green.
Then Chester Stewart starts.
Then Chester Stewart throws a pick 6 on his third pass.
Then Gerardi comes into the game.
Al Golden did the right thing by putting Gerardi into the game. Stewart has been killing this team all year and the pick 6 was the last straw. He killed them at Penn State. He killed them at NIU.
Three passes into the game, he was killing them against Bowling Green.
The important thing to me then, as now, was what Al Golden does.
Golden says that Gerardi and Stewart "are battling it out" this week for the quarterback position and that backup Chris Coyer is "one snap away."
Unless Stewart comes in on an end reverse, runs into Gerardi and both are knocked out of the game, I don't see Coyer as being one snap away.
The math doesn't add up.
So there's a contradiction in what Al Golden is saying against what he probably will do.
Your guess is as good as mine.
But because Al eventually ended up doing the right thing last week, I hope he will do the right thing again this week.
I want to see three things this week:
1) Gerardi starting/Coyer backing up;
2) A steady diet of Bernard Pierce;
3) A change in the defensive philosophy that puts the emphasis on all-out blitzing from the pre-game introductions until the post-game singing of T for Temple U.
The doing trumps the saying every time.