Typical for ESPN, though. Paying people to display their stupidity publicly is their business model. Desmond fits right in to their mold.
Geeez, I thought I was the only one that has the return of football bring tears to their eyes.
Cut blocking is blocking a lineman below the knees. It's legal in college if it's within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage and inside the tackle box. It's usually a technique uses by smaller, quicker teams like Navy to negate the oppositions size advantage. It's illegal in the NFL if the person being blocked is engaged with another blocker. Knee injuries are a real concern with this type of block.
Cut blocking is a nasty but legal business. I hope we get through the game with no injuries to the d-line.
I too am pumped for Linsley. GO PACKERS!!!!
It's pretty common to hear experts talk about the speed of the game, and how it ratchets up from high school to college and again to the pros. Then it's also not uncommon to hear really good, physically gifted players say that one day, things just start to click, and the game slows down. Maybe that time is here for Curtis Grant. If he plays to his potential and leads this defense to great things this year, all will be forgiven. One championship will make these past three years of disappointment melt away.
Hummm?? A big, smart, mean ex-wrestler???? Sounds like he has the makings of an offensive lineman. I think Urban is looking for guys like this. I wonder how he does in the circle drill???
I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!!!!!! (every time the Bucks step on the field).
I gotta believe opposing teams spent an inordinate amount of time looking at ways to stop Braxton Miller, since he alone accounted for the majority of OSU's offense. Now, if Barrett can distribute as hoped, they will have much more to prepare for. A more diverse offense with multiple options and the speed that this team has at all offensive positions should be a nightmare for defensive coordinators. Of course this assumes the offensive line develops. the offensive line is the key. Without that, even Braxton himself couldn't succeed.
I lived in Wisconsin for 30 years and can attest to the Wisky fans delusions. They actually thought they were really deserving Big 10 champions when they went to the Rose Bowl after finishing 3rd in the division 2 yeas ago.
Imagine how the press would be reacting if JT Barrett was the redshirt freshman taking over the Alabama offense. He'd automatically be labeled as the next RS freshman in line to win the Heisman from the SEC.
The tone of most of the comments here on 11W seem to be a bit more positive than earlier this morning. Once the initial shock of possibly losing Braxton for the season wears off, it seems that some rational thinking has returned to the site. Not that losing him isn't a big deal, but the future still seems bright to me. The success of the Bucks this season with or without Braxton rests on the return of a defense we can depend on, and the development of another dominating offensive line. If these two things happen, there is more than enough talent on offense to cover for the loss of Braxton. If they don't happen, even Braxton couldn't save the season on his own. Braxton was more inexperienced when he took over as a freshman. JT has been in the program for over 1 1/2 years. Playing quarterback effectively at this level is as much mental as physical. If Urban and the rest of the staff have done their jobs, he'll be mentally ready to step in and do a great job. Have some patience. This is still going to be a great year to be a Buckeye fan.
I agree completely. All this smoke and mirrors and the "we hope, should be, we think" qualifiers being used tell me there is something wrong and we're being conditioned for a disappointment. It's a long way from from where Braxton reportedly is now to be to where this team needs him to be in only two weeks. Don't sell Navy short. Those kids can compete.
There are lots of comedians, some are funnier than others, but each generation is lucky if they have one that is pure genius. Robin Williams was one of those. He's up there with Johnathan Winters, George Carlin, Jack Benny, Red Skelton, Groucho Marx, John Belushi. What an amazing improv that must be!!!
I drove by Ackerman on 315 this morning and could see the practice through the trees. What a sight. Heaven couldn't be better for a Bucks fan.
Whether Braxton Miller reaches his goal or not depends almost exclusively on the defensive side's performance. It's unrealistic to think the offense can simply outscore every opponent. Defense wins championships.
You guys ought to put a game at Lambeau on your bucket list. I think your opinion might be a bit different once you experience a pro football game where damn near the whole town can fit in the stadium, or 10,000 people show up to watch training camp. I've never been to a place where one thing means more to a city than Packer football does to Green Bay. Watching a Packer game at Lambeau is every bit as cool as watching the Bucks at the Shoe, even if you're not a "Packer Fan"
It's absolutely amazing to see this. transformation I hope we see evidence soon that they've also worked at least that hard on learning to be better linebackers and football players.
With the apparent talent on this defense, a repeat of last year should result in a wholesale house cleaning. I gotta believe Urban would seriously question his own competence if that happens.
All this stuff is important, but it seems to me like basic football errors were the reasons the Bucks fell short on defense last year. I saw a lot of tackles missed, failure to wrap, people out of position, seeming not to know their area of responsibility, relying too much on speed rather than good football technique, and apparently not knowing what the guys beside them were doing. All these things are remedied by good coaching. I didn't see much of that last year on the defensive side of the ball. Watch good defensive teams (i.e. Seattle Seahawks, MSU, past versions of the Silver Bullets). The overwhelm their opponents, but always seem to be in position. They are fast and athletic, but controlled in their aggression. Big plays by the opposition are few and far between. Slogans and psychology are nice, but I'll trade that for outstanding coaching and fundamentals and 11 guys on the field who refuse to be moved. I hope that's what we see this fall.
Agree, Bucksfan. Seems like there are a whole bunch of people in this world whose sole mission in life is wrapped up in changing stuff that doesn't need to be changed.
One things for sure, Thad's working with at least one hand tied behind his back. Fred Taylor was a great coach, but he didn't have to deal with his best recruits splitting after a year, or two in Sullinger's case. He made it all the way to the finals with a bunch of freshmen. I gotta believe Thad would have at least one trophy if these guys would have stayed for the full four years.
I was there, alive, and I can't imagine Brazil's defeat being any worse. The loss to Florida was terrible, but losing that game to TTUN in the big outhouse seemed more like the end of life as we knew it. 45 years later, yellow and blue still makes me see red.
Agree completely. I didn't see anything all year that told me he was ready for the pros. If you don't show great effort, can't dominate the college game, be the go to guy f and come through for your team in tight situations, I don't understand how anyone could have advised him that he was ready. After three years, maybe he wasn't going to get any better, but If last year was his ceiling, he better learn some German or Italian or Turkish.
I think the most telling thing here is the philosophy "If it's not broken, break it." I saw the same thing in the people that now run the company I used to work for, a very successful 100 year old icon that seems to have lost respect for the institutions history and real customers. It's all about embracing change, rather than identifying the problems that exist in a situation and fixing them, without discarding the good things earned over many years with the bad. As much as I hate Michigan, I feel some sorry for them in that their leadership fails to recognize the difference between wholesale change and reform. I hope our leaders understand what's really important to OSU's success and the same thing it does not happen here.