SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Never one to shy away from an honest assessment, second-year Glendale football Coach Alan Eberhart has a few ideas as to just what went wrong during a 1-9 season that ended with a winless Pacific League campaign last year.
He doesn't believe many of his seniors bought into the coaching staff's approach.
He doesn't believe the fundamentals were there, much as an aggressive approach was absent.
But as much as anything else, Eberhart puts blame on himself. He blames himself for assuming he was inheriting a team that was brimming with fundamentally-ready players and he blames himself for incorporating a spread offense that was likely too confusing for many of them. And as much as anything else, he blames himself for making allowances, for allowing some players to get away with a bit too much.
"Last year, if you missed a practice, you got suspended. This year, we've taken the approach of if you're not here, you're not here," Eberhart states. "We haven't compromised a lot.