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Comment 21 Aug 2014

The best comparison to make for an Urban Meyer offense is actually when he had Chris Leak at UF.  I know I know, bad memories (I was there), but Chris Leak was the epitome of an incredible distributor and that team had incredible weapons surrounding him to distribute to.  Percy Harvin, Andre Caldwell and Cornelius Ingram etc... Barrett seems to be a better runner, and has the bulkier frame to do it, but he has a similar cast of weapons in Dontre Wilson Evan Spencer, Devin Smith, Jeff Heuerman etc.  Now I'm not saying that Barrett can spin the 'skin like Leak, 'cause that is a talent rarely seen, but he does not have to. All he has to do is distribute.

Comment 22 Jul 2014

I didn't read the whole thread so I'm sorry if someone already said this but Winston's case was very unique because of the culture surrounding football in Tallahassee (and the south in general).  Ever since Bowden brought success to the FSU football program the players have become nearly untouchable. They've been given meals 'on the house', they never pay for drinks at the bar (and it doesn't matter if you are underage) etc. This all comes from first hand experience visiting FSU and more accounts from friends that attended the University. Their understanding of the situation is that Jameis had been walking out of Publix without paying for the entirety of his college career, yet this time they decided to do something about it. This is a theme that is starting to become more common in Tallahassee and other places as local business owners, who are also fans, don't want to be the reason the school gets massive NCAA sanctions. Does this absolve Jameis from punishment? Absolutely not, he still made a poor decision, even if he had done it many times in the past without repercussions. Yet as was mentioned in the article a couple game suspension would be useless (except for those of us hoping for an extra spot in the Playoff). The justice that needs to be doled out is actually on the part of the culture that supported Winston's behavior in the first place. If you offer 18 year olds special treatment they will, more likely than not, accept it. Winston made this mistake and now he can learn from it. It's not fair to lump his two incidents in the same pile as they are so vastly different. And it would take another excessively long post to discuss the justice of the sexual assault case. 

Comment 23 May 2013

Any opinion from the 11W staff on how this affects McMillan's decision? They aren't projected to play the same position right?

Comment 18 Oct 2012

Another great analysis. I understand Urban's want to implement his defensive scheme but I am baffled as to why they haven't tried to use the strengths of the D to their advantage?  The two corners are good in man coverage and the D-line is stout against the run.  Shazier is greatly sideline to sideline and athletic enough to cover TEs in man coverage.  So my main question is why isn't this a press coverage man team? Especially now with Boren at the Mike the team appears to be built to stop the run with out a lot of additional support from the secondary.  The safeties could play a 'robber' type scheme with the short zone safety adding run support.  Is this not an implementable scheme?  Or is that it does not fit the cover 4 model?

Additionally I would really like to see more blitzes LBs.  Shazier is a great athelete and has shown he can get to the QB effectively.  There is also the much discussed move of pushing Nate Williams to LB and putting Spence in his place.  I think this would be a great idea for passing downs as it would create a serious pass rush, while allowing Shazier to cover the TE.  My question here is why they wouldn't move the smaller Spence to LB and leave Williams on the line? 

Comment 18 Oct 2012

The reason Nick Saban is a good college football coach is because he is such a good recruiter.  This does not translate to the NFL.  It is also unlikely that the Browns would give him personnel authority so his talent evaluation skills would not be as valuable.  It's also worth noting that Saban would want a more sure thing at QB.  If sancitons were coming I'm sure Saban would jump ship but it would more likely be for a team that could draft a QB, preferably in the south where he is revered.