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Success redefined: Comparing David Shaw to past Stanford football coaches

October 3, 2013

By Matthew E. Milliken
Oct. 3, 2013

Stanford football fans are living in an unprecedented era of success. And as I blogged just the other day, the squad is poised to have yet another outstanding season.

I’ve enjoyed (and endured) a number of Cardinal campaigns, and nothing but nothing compares to the run the team has experienced since the start of the 2010 season. Stanford is 39-5 over that stretch, with a 2-1 record in Bowl Championship Series postseason games.

I’ve become interested lately in the accomplishments of current head coach David Shaw, a 1994 Stanford grad who took the job when Jim Harbaugh left for the San Francisco 49ers after the 2010 season. Yes, Harbaugh obviously laid the foundation for Shaw; without Harbaugh, Shaw would not have enjoyed as much success as he’s had.

But don’t slight Shaw. The first-time head coach has won 27 of his first 31 games, which makes for a winning percentage of .871. That’s a mark only three Stanford coaches have exceeded.

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Shutdown in Seattle: Washington 17, Stanford 13

September 28, 2012

I have a confession.

After the Stanford Cardinal football team beat USC, 21-14, on Sept. 15, I dared to dream. I dreamed about Stanford beating Oregon in Eugene on Nov. 17. I dreamed about running the table. I dreamed about the Cardinal securing a top-five ranking and a place in the national championship conversation. I began looking at my Cardinal Rose Bowl T-shirt from 2000 and imagining another trip to Pasadena.

There’s a chance that many of those dreams still might be realized. But they are much less likely to come about after the Washington Huskies largely shut down the Cardinal offense in a 17-13 victory in Seattle Thursday night.

It was a painful loss, as much for what it showed about the Cardinal football team as for the damage it did to the hopes and dreams of fans such as me. The anemic offense that seemed sure to doom Stanford throughout most of the last two games never transformed itself into the competent attack that generated two second-half touchdowns against the Trojans.

Quarterback Josh Nunes remained mediocre (to put it very, very kindly). Stepfan Taylor, who produced 213 yards of overall offense against USC, was taken down a notch, as the Huskies defense limited him to 75 yards rushing and no net yards on four catches. Zach Ertz caught six balls for 106 yards, but Nunes only completed 12 other throws to four other receivers — that on a night when he made 37 pass attempts. Read the rest of this entry »

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