Even with all the negative press A&M and Johnny have been getting from ESPN, I still watch. It's like a bad habit I can't break. I don't want to watch, but I still do. So this weekend while watching football, I listened to Mark May and various other broadcasters rag on Johnny and the unsportsmanlike penalty. With this, a few said that Sumlin needs to take control of his locker room and that these suspensions were a sign of him not having control. I thought about this for a little while and realized that it's the opposite.
Let's first look at Deshazor and Floyd. Both broke rules and both paid the penalty and should have learned something from this. Four more players got suspended Saturday before the game, once again breaking rules and being punished for that. Kirby Ennis also got suspended over the summer due to a gun charge arrest. All in all we had about 6 starters suspended for at least the first half of the game. Here's why that's a good sign. It's a sign that Sumlin isn't afraid to punish people just because they are starters or a former Heisman winner. It's his second year and he's showing that if you don't follow coach, or if you break rules, you won't play. Look at Johnny at the end of the game. He had a bad attitude with Sumlin and he didn't play another down. I know he didn't get a chance to show that he wouldn't have played Johnny, but I for one don't doubt Sumlin one bit.
With more time in a system of course Sumlin will have more problems. He hasn't really had a chance to show what he would do about those problems. Albeit this wasn't Bama but I still think it's a good sign of how Sumlin will handle future mishaps. So while the media runs around claiming Sumlin is losing control of the team and that Johnny is out of control, I wouldn't worry. Sumlin seems to know pretty well what he wants his team to be and with or without Johnny he's still a damn good coach.