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Valley of the Sun (via C-bus)

Member since 20 March 2012 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: All the wins, some of the losses.
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Comment 3 hours ago

The thing is you can actually blame anyone on the loss.

The reality of the matter is that it's a lot easier to make Special Teams consistent and solid than offense. Offenses have progression and regression and that is very difficult to gauge, predict, and adjust too.

It's during those times of the regression that your Special Teams need to be solid to keep you in the game or even keep you from a loss.

This is why I can't be too hard on a defense who is on the field more than 50% of the time because the offense cannot produce. I can't expect the D to keep points off the board the entire game or to shut teams out if they're not getting a breather or the offense can't, at least, match output.

Comment 4 hours ago

If the special teams had not collapsed against PSU we would have won the game. 

I think this is just as important, if not more, than our offensive woes. I do not believe we've ever been on the level on Special Teams that we need to be since Meyer has been here. Bits and pieces, yes. But as a whole, no.

I as great of the coach he is, one of the best, if not THE best. His inability to put together proper special teams baffles me. I think it's high time they let Coombs just focus on Cornerbacks and get a young innovative, coach just itching to start his career and put him in the position of leading our Special Teams. No offense to Coach Coombs, but I'm not a big fan of the 'rah rah' stuff we get on tape if he can't even keep the Special Teams fall apart like they have consistently over the Meyer tenure. 

Coach Studrawa. I had my doubts as well. I don't need to see him all spit fire on the sidelines if he can't get his young bookends to bend their knees. He gets a bit of a pass since he's new and since Oline is actually pretty difficult to develop.

Just my two cents. I could be wrong.

Comment 23 Oct 2016

At this point it's really difficult to gauge how good or bad PSU is. All I know is that I watch the game and they were zipping around on defense like I've never seen before. Their ends are tremendous.

It doesn't take much to win in the BIG any longer. We're a good league and not only did PSU have every right to win, they did and they punched us in the mouth.

I have to say that I've learn some stuff about Coach Meyer. The narrative is that he's heavy on the importance on the special teams. However, I don't think he knows how to make special teams a strength. JT had this over him.

Also, his system needs an OC from the ranks of Tom Herman, otherwise there are kinks in the armor.

Comment 23 Oct 2016

And uhm, Pitt has a better coach than PSU. Pitt is not that bad of team. It has no bearing on the fact that PSU has improved from their first game. This game is dynamic things change ...

Comment 23 Oct 2016

I played O Line. And every time I got beat like the way these boys did tonight, and didn't protect my QB, I felt like I could have dug myself with my bare hands ten feet into the soil out of embarrassment. I felt that embarrassed for a couple linemen this evening. It's almost as if they had bones in their bellies and could get low. I put the loss on them, as I would have on me. You win the game in the trenches. As a matter of fact, we win everything from here on out in the trenches.

Don't take this win away from Penn State, it's theirs. They took it from us.

The good news is, we still control our destiny. We better be ready to punch someone in the mouth, or WE WILL get punch again.

Then we'll be waiting until next year.

Comment 28 Sep 2016

I'm a Darrell Hazell fan, but I think if the Boilers don't show sign of life this year his days may be numbered.

I always thought Hazell would a team but I also always thought his move up was way too soon. At least at the level he moved too.

Miles would be a GREAT get for Purdue and would only make the BIG more competitive. I'm all for it.

Comment 22 Sep 2016

Not to get off track here but just imagine what his average would've been had John Cooper not been too afraid to bench Stanley Jackson in favor of the better quarterback. 

Not sure of the validity of the reason provided here for Coop platooning QBs. Jackson added an element to the position we hadn't had in a while. Jackson's QB style would have fit nicely in Meyer's system. More so than Germaine. And that's not to take anything away from Joe. He was indeed great.

PS. JT is my favorite QB since I've been watching. He is the most balanced QB we've had in a long while. His vision, ability to stay in the pocket, and the touch on the ball is top in the nation. I hope and pray he stays healthy. I'd like to see him with Zeke in Dallas next year.