From 1997-2006, Franklin never had a losing season. Their worst record was 5-5 in Tony Grijalva's last season.
After Walker took over in 2007, it's been a roller coaster, including some DCs (or one..I forget) in the early 2010s. I've been pretty supportive of Walker, but since 2015, Franklin has not been the same. Something is alarming when the Freshman and JV teams are amazing, but when they get to Varsity, it's a totally different story. You have Lincoln, Brown and Hornedo feeding into Franklin...what else is missing? I understand some schools go through 'rebuilding' years, but this is more than one year of 'rebuilding.'
I've been posting on here since 2004 and never did I think I would be starting a thread named 'So how does Franklin get back to its old days?'
I love Franklin, but it feels weird when the norm is to have a mediocre/losing season. Back then, Franklin losing one game to El Paso schools was very rare.
Brother I've been mulling this over in my head pretty heavily as of late as well. It's a tough one, especially since the Glory days were like night and day. Shut out wins were the norm, all of the Franklin paraphernalia had that classic Black Swarm embossed proudly. Hell even the training regimen was different, the weight room and rotation were proven. Then again those teams also had pro-style offenses and a 4-3 defense....with today's spread offenses...is it even worth going back to those systems?
Never will Franklin get back to its old days for why would they want to get back to its old days?
It's not like Franklin was getting past the second and third rounds of the playoffs on a consistent basis. In fact Franklin in all their years of its school's existence has only got past the second round of the playoffs only ONCE.
You heard that right only ONCE. So it's not like Franklin was some State powerhouse in its past.
There are some of you Franklin people from way back then that for some reason you believe Franklin was indeed a State powerhouse. Get over it and wake the hell up. Franklin was El Paso good and that was all.
But one thing Franklin does have to do is get rid of the head coach and his assistants. Clean house.
You're correct, the game today is about speed and spreading it out, even run schemes are more zone based. However, I don't mean to bash on the spread, or the defenses aimed at defending it altogether. What I mean to say is maybe a bit more aimed at people who saw the culture at Franklin pre-Walker, it was a different feel altogether. Now Franklin and Coronado have always had to compete against East side schools. Now don't go bashing on the other east side schools. The Big Red, Hanks, and Eastwood, fielded solid teams back when they were all 5A. Yeah population growth in different areas can change things some, but it hasn't always been the Franklin and SISD show. And yes, they were good for El Paso teams. However, what do you propose that Franklin might do, to turn things around from its current woes? Apart from a coaching overhaul?
Subvarsity records don't mean anything.
How did I know this was going to turn into replace walker thread. U oh guys are too much maybe the kids just aren't that good.
Lot of players living in Santa Teresa and Sunland Park that were attending Franklin are going back to Santa Teresa. That's how bad its at Franklin.
The only players from franklin that went to Santa Teresa were bench warmers and couldent get playing time. One was like 500lbs.
I disagree that the game has changed so much that you can't win with defense. Sure, 7-0 or 10-7 scores are rare. Look at D1 college football. The best teams still play defense. Oklahoma is probably the weakest defense in the top 10 this year. Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, etc all play good defense. The spread offense was designed to be an equalizer when your talent doesn't match their talent. Now everyone has figured it out and the teams with the best talent usually win. Until the next fad is introduced. I still believe you can and should emphasize defense.
I coached at the HS and college level for years. Football is still football. I will never understand high school teams that are pure two platoon systems where kids only learn one side of the ball. I attended a big school and coached at big high schools. Every kid had a def/off position. It makes your team better in my opinion. Even if that kid only starts in one position. With all the off-season, spring ball, summer 7 on 7, etc. you will never convince me that your kids learn your system better by only practicing one side.
Off my soapbox, lol. I really thought after the first game this year that defense would be better than it was. I don't know if it is wrong kids, wrong positions, attitude, confidence or what, but the talent is there, it just didn't show up on Friday nights when it counted. I hope the program can get it figured out. That stadium should rock for home games with Ws every week.
I am not crying a river anywhere. Just stating my opinion related to the topic. You don't have to agree. It's ok, most in here are adults and disagreement is healthy.