Things have not gone according to plan for the TCU Horned Frogs since joining the Big 12 two years ago. They’ve gone just 11-14 since 2012, including a monumentally disappointing 4-8 season in 2013 that has taken the wind out of the sails of the program since they finished 13-0 with a win in the Rose Bowl Game in 2010. Gary Patterson needs to find some answers this offseason to get the team back on the winning track. Ironically, former quarterback Casey Pachall has pinpointed the problem: TCU has no leadership.
In an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Pachall blasted TCU when asked to comment on the state of the program.
“It’s rough right now. There is zero leadership. Nobody wants to step up and take charge of anything. It’s rough.”
Pachall has a point. TCU has run into all kinds of trouble since joining the Big 12 and much of it has come away from the football field. Months before playing their first Big 12 game in 2012, four players were arrested as part of a drug sting. Just this last season, several key players were suspended for various offenses, including All-American defensive end Devonte Fields. Already this offseason, the team has dismissed one of their leading receivers, LaDarius Brown. There is certainly an issue with the locker room culture in Fort Worth.
But to have Pachall call it out is ironic since he left the team midway through the season in 2012 to seek substance abuse treatment. That really took the legs out from underneath the quarterback, who is supposed to be one of those leaders on a football team that TCU was apparently lacking, to lead by example. When he rejoined the team, the challenge for Pachall was to earn that responsibility back from his teammates, which he obviously did not do.
The question for Pachall is whether or not he even tried to become that leader that he says was so desperately missing for the Horned Frogs. In his comments, he seems to be pointing a lot of fingers at other guys who failed to step up but why shouldn’t the quarterback be the guy to answer the call? As a QB, the burden of leadership falls on you. If Pachall is looking for someone to blame for TCU’s lack of leadership amidst adversity last season, he doesn’t need to look any further than himself.