FRZ: Emails to and from FRZ Dec 18, 2005 1:46:43 GMT -5
Post by gatorduck on Dec 18, 2005 1:46:43 GMT -5
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Gator Duck note: Sorry, folks, there were no dates given to help give timeline perspective. They are presented in the order that they were at the site [oldest pages first], so hopefully they are at least in chronological order. The Duck
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The Ron Henke letters:
You can reach Ron by writing him at email@example.com! Now, on with the show....
Ron Henke: "Ron Zook is a great football coach!"
FRZ.com: Good start because it's been proven that he is not. Boy, you almost had me there.
Ron Henke: "What do you know about football?"
FRZ.com: Clearly, just as much as a high school coach in Cincinnati.
Ron Henke: "Go ahead, you are a football expert, tell me where the quarterback is supposed to throw the football versus cover one blitz, with man to man coverage all over the field, when the play called is a double stop pattern, (three step quick stop pass play to the two outside wide receivers, since I know you have no clue what a stop pattern is) with one wide receiver on one side and three receivers evenly spaced on the other side with the widest receiver between the hash mark and the sideline, with the quarterback under center and the one back in the tailback position six to seven yards back."
FRZ.com: I call timeout like Zook's quarterback will.
Ron Henke: "Are there any adjustments that the wide receivers must make, if so, what do they do? Who should the quarterback throw the ball to?"
FRZ.com: I'm glad you've thrown out this hypothetical. Am I Moeller High under Gerry Faust against your brilliant mind? Am I Ron Zook and do I call a second straight timeout? Do I pretend I'm in the Big 10 (+1) and run off tackle because that's what they do regardless of situation. If you want to get technical - you must supply real life situations - down and distance, personnel on each team, game time left, etc., etc. Let me throw one at you there, Sparky ... you have five guys on a basketball court with 2 seconds left and down 1 - who takes the last shot? If you don't tell me who you've got, am I supposed to say shooting guard and you tell me that I'm wrong when I pass up the choice of small forward Michael Jordan?
If I'm in the Orange Bowl in 2002, I throw to whoever I want because they can't cover any of my receivers.
Ron Henke: "What about the line blocking? You have seven defenders in the box, with two guys directly over the tackles and two guys directly over the guards and two linebackers stacked behind them, with both linebackers showing blitz through the A-Gap. Do you know what the A-Gap is? Who is supposed to block whom? Is there any calls to make? The seventh man, he is man to man on the tailback."
FRZ.com: The only call is to use correct grammar. This speaks volumes about high school education in Ohio. Is the A-Gap the one between your two front teeth?
Ron Henke: "Just what I thought, you don't know shit about the game of football, yet you put up this web site and degrade someone who probably has a thousand times the character that you do, and definitely knows one million times more football than you do."
FRZ.com: I have had the privilege of meeting Mr. Ron Zook. At the time, my first instinct was that here is another overblown ego that thinks that you can pump everybody up and all will be well. I thought he was a village idiot then and when he and Mr. Foley are escorted out of the UAA offices, I will be proven correct. I have worked alongside many football coaches over the past 10 years, and character is not a word I use very often.
Ron Henke: "I bring up this example because several years ago I saw the Florida Gators lose a football game because they could not pick up that exact blitz. They never made the correct blocking adjustments over two or three offensive series and lost the game because of it. I told my friend that I should call Steve Spurrier and tell him that his offensive line coach doesn't have a clue, but hell if Steve Spurrier doesn't know it, then what can you say, he was the Head Football Coach, and he should know everything. I did, as a former Head Football Coach, so why didn't he?"
FRZ.com: Yes, and we beat Florida State 52-20 in the rematch for the National Championship. Oh, that's right ... Ron Zook was with the Steelers.
Ron Henke: "And, just to set the record straight, I thought and still do that Steve Spurrier did a tremendous job as the Head Coach of the Florida Gators, but nobody is a genius, not even Steve Spurrier."
FRZ.com: At least you're one for two.
Ron Henke: "Just give Ron Zook a chance, what the hell, maybe I was wrong about you, and you do know a lot about football. It is probably wrong for me to pre-judge you, just as it is wrong for you to pre-judge Ron Zook."
FRZ.com: You are absolutely right to pre-judge me. I clearly had you pegged after three or four paragraphs. Lest you forget, we lived through four years of the previous Zook era.
Ron Henke: "And as far as losing recruits goes, any time you change football coaches, you are going to lose some recruits, especially if the assistant coach that was recruiting the player leaves the school."
FRZ.com: Please read the recruiting update to see what we think of his class.
Ron Henke: "By the way, Ron Zook is also a great recruiter, and he will surround himself with great coaches, as well as great recruiters. And if you didn't know, great football players make great coaches, that is something that all coaches know in any sport."
FRZ.com: That is just the opposite. The great football players, great basketball players and great baseball players very RARELY make great coaches/managers. If you looked at history you would know that. The former players that make the best coaches are the ones who don't have the best talent, yet achieved success. They achieved that success by maximizing their strengths and exploiting the weaknesses of their opponents. Great coaches win at places they should not win. This is a quick synopsis, but Ron Zook has none of these traits. Enthusiasm does not win football games and that is the one quality that everyone agrees Ron Zook has. Plus, I can think of 15 better recruiters off the top of my head. The problem with that you ask? Ten of them are in the SEC and 6 of them are in the SEC East. FYI - none of them are on the Florida Football Staff at this time. Is it going to be tough for Ron Zook to follow Steve Spurrier? Yes it is.
Ron Henke: "You could bring back Woody, the Bear, Ara, anybody you wanted, and they would have a tough time following Steve Spurrier. Just look what his final record was, it speaks for itself."
FRZ.com: For Ron Zook, it will be impossible to follow SOS.
Ron Henke: "I love the game of football, and since moving to Florida I have become a Gator fan, because some of the nicest people I have met in Florida have been Gator fans, and that is why I am now a Gator fan."
FRZ.com: This explains why you have no idea what it is like to bleed orange and blue...and you never will.
Ron Henke: "I am also a Ron Zook fan because I used to coach with Ron Zook under Mike Gottfried at the University of Cincinnati way back in 1982, and after that stint he used to come down to the high school I was the head coach at when he was at Ohio State and recruiting players from the Cincinnati area. I didn't have any players that were the caliber to compete at the Ohio State level, but he stopped by anyways. It was then that I realized that he was more than a great coach, he was also a great person, who cares deeply about the young men he coaches."
FRZ.com: This explains a lot. Let me see, you are a HS coach...and a college coach visits regardless if you have any players. Let's see, that's every college coach in America! Congratulations, this does make Ron special. I was wrong all along...
Ron Henke: "Somewhere you have lost that vision since you are putting down a young man via your web site that is trying to become a doctor some day, what the hell is that. Be a man, write a retraction."
FRZ.com: Retraction. There are thousands upon thousands of quality UF students that I have no problem becoming doctors. This one particular doctor watches a perfect season go awry because he's three steps late to the corner of the end zone AT HOME and we have to watch that pudgy Terry Bowden run onto the field dancing. Frank Sanders was not fast. That's agonizing. The kid three doors down from me in Hume Hall as a freshman, let that kid be a doctor.
Ron Henke: "Finally, the best of luck to the Florida Gators, now headed by that's right, Head Football Coach Ron Zook!!!!!!"
FRZ.com: Like a gallon of milk, that last statement has an expiration date.