Well, sure, you don't lose 49-14 and 55-14 because of one guy. And hopefully you don't go from scoring 70, 69 and 70 points in three of the previous six games to scoring three offensive touchdowns in the last two games because of one guy.
But the question was never about coaching to overcome the limitations of Bailey, but how much his return to form might help an offense that had unquestionably and irrefutably dropped off a cliff. You only answer the way Holgorsen did - to both questions - if it's starting to eat at you that people are questioning your ability to coach.
In that sense, maybe Holgorsen should borrow that completely ironic white hat that defensive coordinator Joe DeForest has taken to wearing after games in which his defense has reached lows that few thought possible.
It bears just one word: relax.
Granted, there are fans who question and criticize everything, especially when nothing is going right. Those who yearn for the days of Jeff Casteel's 3-3-5 defense probably include many who spent the past decade deriding it. Others pine for the days when WVU's special teams were not good, as opposed to horrid. And the number of those who are deadly silent when Holgorsen's offense is scoring 10 touchdowns a game come out of the woodwork when it scores just one.
The fat new contract and preponderance of "outsiders'' running the program now certainly play heavily into any criticism, too.
But to become defensive about it? Not a good strategy. When each of your two-week paychecks approaches a gross of $100,000 - in a few years Holgorsen's will be more than $120,000 every two weeks, excluding bonuses - part of the deal is to take the heat. Just shut up and take it. Don't tell us you still know how to coach, just get back to work and prove it.
Coaches are criticized all the time. It comes from the fans and from the media. Sometimes the fans in West Virginia can be brutal. Deal with it. They are no worse - and largely not even close to being as bad - as others around the country.
The media? Here? Please. At any given press conference, if there are 50 media members in attendance as part of the corps covering West Virginia, I can usually count on one hand those who don't fall into at least one (and sometimes most) of the following categories: alums, students, those who work for an entity with a direct or indirect contractual relationship with WVU's athletic department, or those who have a flying WV on their clothes or car and refer to the team as "we.''
In other words, Holgorsen isn't exactly getting raked over the coals like Les Miles when he loses two games in a season, much less two weeks. The only people who think you've forgotten how to coach are the ones who never thought you could in the first place.
So stop being so defensive.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.