Posted February 25, 2014

Former TCU quarterback Casey Pachall: “There is zero leadership”

Offseason, TCU Horned Frogs
Casey Pachall and TCU suffered through a tough 2013 season with four losses by a field goal or less.

Casey Pachall and TCU suffered a frustrating 2013 season with four losses by a field goal or less. (LM Otero/AP)

The 2013 TCU season didn’t go as well as planned. The Horned Frogs regressed from a 7-6 2012 campaign to finish 4-8 with just two Big 12 win and six total losses by 10 points or fewer. Offense was at a premium (TCU ranked 93rd in offensive S&P+ according to Football Outsiders), and injuries were prevalent.

Quarterback Casey Pachall, who recently graduated, was interviewed by Mac Engel of the Star-Telegram and had some choice words about how the year played out.

From Engel’s blog on the Star-Telegram site:

“It’s rough right now. There is zero leadership. Nobody wants to step up and take charge of anything. It’s rough. That is why they have the stuff they did. I still love those guys. Maybe they made mistakes, everybody does. I’m not putting those people down at all. They are still my good friends. Things are going to happen and as a team they need somebody to step up.”

Pachall also added, “It’s one of those things where every now and then you may say something to a teammate, and it may make them mad, but when they sit down and think about it they know it was sincere,” when asked about how a team that is lacking leadership finds it.

It’s always a bit easier to take the longview once you’re out of the program, but these are still pretty strong words from the former Horned Frogs quarterback. TCU has plenty to address in the offseason, but the 4-8 record is a bit misleading. The defense was still very good in advanced statistical categories, and there was probably a bit of bad luck involved. If the Frogs can clean some things up leading into next year, they could be a surprise bounceback team in the Big 12.

19 comments
Chessmaster
Chessmaster

A lot of Debbie Downers here (some childish and even cruel), which is expected with Casey's history of problems, so not worthy of discussion. Never mind that what he was saying is correct, and SI writer Rickman does his usual "make something out of nothing" hack job to mislead. CP's full statement (which was an honest answer to a direct question) was positive, not negative as implied out of context. And it was about the players, not the coaches. That's not a slam on the school, team, or players; not everyone has leadership abilities, and sometimes team chemistry just doesn't work out. TCU had a bad year, with bad breaks... it happens... to everyone. They're fundamentally sound/committed, and will bounce back.

purpleandwhite05
purpleandwhite05

Leadership talk from the guy who was given the keys to the program as a sophomore and self destructed. Spare me.

Joel1
Joel1

4 - 7?


I think D1 teams play 12 regular season games a year.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

Pachall needs to look in the mirror before he runs his mouth about leadership. And I'm not talking about looking at his cratered, dog'sass, face. The program's QB gets busted for drunk driving and then misses most of the 2012 football season in a rehab facility. And admits to ESPN that he smokes marijuana and has used cocaine and ecstasy. 

Lead by example or at least wash his face once a month.

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

@badboykilla4rilla Asinine statement... TCU is a quality university, with quality sports programs who had an off year after 15 years of success/hi-rankings. TCU is not the reason BYU isn't in the B12... there was/is room for them too (still only a 10-team league), and I would love to see BYU join. Blame UT greed instead, plus BYU hurt themselves by refusing to budge off certain unpopular issues (TV, scheduling, policies).

ArnoldNewman
ArnoldNewman

@Chessmaster

TCU had 15 years of success in a 3rd tier conference.  It's not surprising that they are struggling after moving up to a FBS conference, even one as pathetic as the Big XII.

lexybcruz
lexybcruz

@ItsJakeYoung @SInow I think now that Boykin has breathing room he can grow into a leader. He couldn't b4 w/ all the focus on the other QB.