Are you Edwards' bandwagon coat riding fan cousin or something?
There is definitely warranted criticism for him.
There is definitely warranted criticism for other players.
There is definitely warranted criticism for coaching.
All can be true. And is.
Which early season losses prior to SMU win are you referring? The SMU win put the team at 5-1 in conference play. As for playing LSU on January 25th, the team was 1-3 from 12/2 to 12/23 (Boise-L, Fordham-L, Miss. State-L, UTA-W). LSU is much better than LSU-Shreveport (12/30).
I don’t think the team has regressed in the last month. I think the team hasn’t improved as the season progressed. The team (100% healthy) we saw struggle with UNI (MVC 6th of 12) at home (UNI missed the game winning shot) struggled (100% healthy) against UTSA but lost this time. Bookend performances.
Sometime during the summer or prior to the start of next season we will admit to ourselves that this team is not very good and/or is not well coached, or something else was amiss. My vote is for the latter. For today we will continue to keep our focus on one player. The Fan Pendulum will move - just not today.
In my humble opinion, man of those early season losses would not have been losses by the time of the SMU win. We seemed like we were really jelling and figuring things out more so than a lot of other teams were. The improvement from LSU to then was profound, and I believe we would have defeated the Tigers if we'd been played January 25th.
That said, we've really regressed the last month. A lot of that is injuries, but not all.