You are so right, weagle.
Some of the yahoos on this board never fail to amaze me. My query to those who are questioning whether Mr. Carnell Williams will be successful as a college running back coach is this: what are you smoking?
Let me give a few basic facts:
1. Fact 1-The man played in the NFL for 7 years. Did he learn a few X's and O's about the running back position during his career? Yeah, probably a whole lot more than some coach who may have labored away as an assistant at State U somewhere.
2. Fact 2 - The man has made millions (signed for $31 million with Tampa Bay) yet humbly came back to his alma mater to finish his degree. Why is he even coaching? Probably because he loves the game and wants to help young men who share that passion.
3. Fact 3 - The man has learned to work hard and persevere against extreme difficulties. At Auburn, he broke his collarbone. He came back. The next year, he broke his ankle. Yet he came back and set an Auburn single season record with 17 touchdowns. He could have left for the NFL after his junior season but returned for his senior year and helped lead Auburn to a perfect 13-0 season, setting the Auburn career record for rushing attempts and touchdowns. Later after a sensational rookie year in the NFL, he suffered a injury that nagged him throughout his second year. He worked his way back, but then in his third year he tore the patellar tendon in his right knee. This was a devastating injury that many thought would end his career. But the man went to work. He worked long and hard and went through the arduous rehab and came back the next year. However, he then tore the patellar tendon in his left knee. Again he went through the surgery and all of the the hard and painful work of rehab necessary to get back on the field. He played again in 2009 and was second to Tom Brady for Comeback Player of the Year. He went on to play two more years in the NFL: 1 for the Bucs and 1 for the Rams. Can he recruit? Yeah, I think he can damn recruit. Recruiting is nothing but hard work. And one thing this man, this Auburn man, has shown me is that he knows how to work hard and how to persevere and overcome in even the most difficult of circumstances.
So complain about the "brand new rope" if you want but don't worry about whether Carnell can do the job. You can put your trust in this man, and if you can't do that, you can at least trust the proof of all the hard work he has shown in the past.