Bob Davie should be going into this season feeling better about the New Mexico Lobos than he’s felt since he took the job.
There’s finally some depth, experience, and talent, albeit some unproven, on this roster that could potentially get his team to 6 or 7 wins. However, the defensive minded coach will have to manage to keep a defense from being, without any other way to describe it, absolutely pathetic. Like, beyond pathetic. It’s hard to describe how bad the defense has been Davie’s first two years, and it got worse the second year.
Luckily for the Lobos, there’s plenty of talent on offense as long as everybody stays healthy. Last year’s 3-9 team could have easily been 6-6 if there were any consistency on the team, but this is the year Davie will have to show some improvement.
His 3-9 record was a fall-off from the 4-8 record his inaugural season. If he is going to keep his job, he has to have at least 5 wins, and probably more.
It won’t be easy, but the cupboard appears to be more stocked than it was when he first took over two years ago. However, he’ll have to answer a lot of questions if his team is to go bowling.