Arizona Wildcats don’t play a lost season despite horrific start


Football is a difficult game to play and, arguably, a difficult sport to train at a high level.

Still, it’s a pretty straightforward game to understand.

If you don’t have the best players and your coaching staff isn’t good enough to make a difference, you’re going to have a hard time.

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2021 Arizona Wildcats 0-3 this season and have the worst 15-game losing streak in the nation.

The idea that the Cats are struggling to win games is really not that surprising. While there was hope that both talent and training had improved enough for the team to compete, it was far from a given.

A competitive Week 1 loss to BYU gave reason to believe, but everything has been downhill since then.

Hopefully the inexcusable defeat at the hands of Northern Arizona University is the lowest, because if not …

Many are not asking when, but if the Wildcats will win a game this season. It’s hard to imagine them without a win in a full season, but frankly, there’s not one game on the calendar anymore that you can be confident about.

This is all the more true as the coaches continue to play quarterback roulette, and even more so as the offensive line shows no ability to do just about anything right. Until these issues are resolved, no matter how much defense and special teams improve, it will be a weekly fight.

Unfortunately for Arizona, the line issues are ongoing and the answer to the question to QB may not currently be on the list. The coaching staff deserve criticism for what has happened so far, but it would also be unfair to blame them for a roster largely not of their making.

Either way, they’re responsible for making the most of whatever they have to work with. If they had done this, the loss to NAU would not have happened.

So what comes next? If you were hoping the school would fire Jedd Fisch, that wouldn’t happen.

Complete stop.

Arizona have nine Pac-12 games to play, and as of now, they should lose every one of them. That doesn’t mean they’re going to do it, of course, and there’s a good chance they’ll have a chance of winning at least two.

Besides that, the real and legitimate goals set for this season are still achievable.

It’s about playing hard every week and progressing as a program. Beating ASU wouldn’t hurt either.

By continuing to play hard, Arizona can show that the culture has improved. It was still the most important thing that could be taken away from this season, an erasure of the past few years creating a clean slate to build on. It was never likely to manifest in a good case, but it will be pretty obvious if the team left new staff at some point.

In the meantime, coaches can continue to implement and adjust their system, learning what works and what doesn’t, while recruiting off the pitch at a fairly high level. All of this sets the stage for improvement, if not this season, then certainly for the next.

Fisch insisted that people have patience, which is the sort of thing you would expect from a coach who is 0-3, but also very fair given the circumstances. The most recent loss officially ended the honeymoon, but the coach and his staff still deserve a grace period to bring more of their players into the program.

There are a myriad of reasons Arizona have lost 15 straight games, a streak that spans three seasons and two coaching teams.

While the losing streak should have ended last week, it should linger for at least a little longer as an under-gifted team finds its marks while being guided by a first-year head coach.

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