Why should OSU be ashamed of the schedule? Elite teams are not lining up to play OSU the 1st 4 games and we are not looking for 4 straight tough games to begin the season either. At best you get 1 solid team and your tune up games. Have it your way and last year doesn't happen because this team actually needed the cupcakes to gell to steamroll their way into the finish.
I actually thought outside of the manziel pick up their draft was solid. Gilbert has all the tools to be good with time. Just about every one from Rd 2 on has contributed in a positive way. It's another deep WR class that they could get OL and DL help and get a very good WR in the 2nd round. I've seen Devin Smith mocked to them and there is your home run threat
Basketball, more games are being played and the gap between mid majors and power 5 teams is not that big. Top teams get great players that leave after 1 season usually, the consistent tourney mid majors get good talent that hang around longer and develop chemistry. In my opinion the field is even from seeds 5-12 where most upsets happen. Also usually 5-12 is pretty removed from their region that most fans usually root for the underdog so no real advantage seems to be had for being the higher seed.
I like Hoyer, but in the end he's not the answer long term, they need to find a starter not a backup QB. Cameron was hurt too much last season to say it's a big loss. Hawk is a MLB and they need OLBs, Ginn is a great return man, but has underperformed as a WR since being drafted. You named a lot of guys that I believe are great people off the field and decent on it. But none of them are really what the Browns need to actually make the next step. When healthy the OL was good and the run game solid. In the draft I'd like to see OL, WR, DL not necessarily in that order. But they hit that and right it's much better than paying a guy who may never put up the numbers that you signed him for.
I would like to see more action. However, if the goal is to win the Super Bowl, over paying a player that is not going to get you there is not really worth it either. This team needs to be built rather than renting 2 or 3 players that may give you 2 good seasons stat wise but you are no better off because your lines suck.
I hope you are not trying to say Buster Skrine is a quality player he is one of the most penalized CBs in the NFL who benefited from Haden covering the other teams' best WR. Cameron lost some value due to his injuries so it's a toss up if he'll be the same player after having 3 concussions in 2 seasons.
Who is developing QBs anymore? The last developed QB that I can think of was Rodgers who sat behind Farve. Every other QB since has been thrown out there and about 20+ Teams are still looking for a better QB. I think luck in finding the right QB is what it's all about now since now you have college QBs putting up impressive #'s all the time.
This might be the worst analogy I have read. If anything, MLB is the institution that was allowing players to cheat and gave them multiple chances to repeat a cheaters until they actually get banned. You fail to realize how their cheating has impacted the game on how its played or what they have done to the record books. A player may get suspended for x amount of games, but as stated before if a player carries a team and was solely responsible for wins that if they had not happened might have kept them or other teams from the playoffs. Just because more people take PEDs and MLB chooses to ignore it does not mean it has less of an impact on the game.
So how exactly is the integrity of the game being maintained by allowing players who have taken PEDs to be allowed on the ballot? You can talk about it all day how manipulating the roster does this or that, but in the end the players still have to perform and execute for that to even work in the betors advantage. A players who takes PEDs has more of an impact on the game since you are talking about a billion dollar industry. Case in point Melky Cabrera carried the Giants in 2012 before he was suspended for cheating. Take away all of his production and the Giants do not make the post season and win the World Series. There are many instances where playoff teams greatly benefitted and won because players were cheating. But lets continue on how Rose ruined the integrity of the game since his betting led to all of those WS titles he won as a manager. I really don't care if you don't think he should be in or not, but hitters on PEDs have had a bigger effect on the game and changed the outcome of seasons than Rose did betting on teams.
Good QBs are not considered seviceable. That's what you call mediocre QBs in which we had in Hoyer. People that can move the ball. Manziel has a long way to go just to get to mediocre. And the fact that we don't run the spread is another reason he should not have been drafted. And his great stats are also based of a system he ran. But because he ran it in the sec it means more than the QBs that ran it at Boise, Baylor and Texas tech? I just rattled off three programs that produce QBs with amazings stats based on the system A&M is no different
What is your proof that Bridgewater wouldn't do better? It's not as if Minnesota is a great team loaded with talent. The only person delusional is you trying to make excuses for a QB that spent the preseason being a jackass
The problem with your comment was you said he's either bust or boom and then followed up with he could be serviceable. The BS is drafting a QB with huge character flaws to begin with and surprise in less than a year with the team he has done nothing but reinforce those flaws and now has entered rehab. Apparently you didn't understand my comment when I said that the Browns would be in a much better situation had they had gone after Carr, Bridgewater or any WR at 22. Both of those QBs at least showed that were effective and improved with crappy teams. I never wanted manziel because like most people, we knew his bs running around was not going to work in the NFL and his maturity is in question. For the most part you never know what you get, but everyone knew he was a head case coming in. I also didn't say get rid of him, but you sure as shit need a legit QB to challenge not this McCown or Hoyer bs.
If there's no middle ground then you can't say he could be serviceable. Hoyer was serviceable, people hate manziel because before he was drafted he lacked the maturity to be an NFL QB and knew the odds were greater that he would fail. By all accounts manziel had the golden opportunity to erase doubts by being prepared and mature. He failed miserably. The owner drafted a QB whose game was running around and throwing it up to Mike Evans. We could have had Bridgewater or Carr or any WR and kept Hoyer and worked the draft this year to move up. All infinitely better options than waiting on an undersized qb to get out of rehab.
Manziel is pretty awful and that's going off of the way he played and looked against Cincinnati and Carolina. I expect mistakes from rookie QBs, but the fact that he looked so unprepared is unacceptable. Case in point Shaw at least looked as if he was capable of moving the ball and running the plays called.
I'd take Hartline to replace Austin and pick up Parker to replace Gordon's dumbass
They don't play QB, so they'll be fine. Case in point Whitner just had a pro bowl season.
They were, but my comment was in regards to the era they played in. HS players with NBA talent do not sit for a year and you're lucky to get them to stay more than one season now days. Keep in mind that Taylor's road to the title is significantly easier with 25 teams rather than the 65 tournament teams invited now. Based on that you can't really say that Taylor would achieve the same success today or that Matta couldn't do what Taylor did in the 60s if he could have the talent stay longer than 1-2 years.
OSU wore their normal uniforms against MSU.
The real question is could Taylor coach in today's NCAAB? Simply saying that Taylor has a NC and Matta does not is not a good measuring stick. Top players don't stick around now like Havlicek did for 4 years, you're lucky to get 2 in most cases. If Conley and Co had stayed along with Sullinger for 4 years it would be hard to believe that Matta would not have a title by now.
Actually Miss St has been mid 20s the last few seasons and ole miss had a top 5 class in 2013 and as well as being in the top 15 a few times. They haven't been developing diamonds in the rough as you are suggesting. Talent can win you games, but the bowl season has clearly shown that better coaching trumps said talent.
I guess we could say that player development is not strong based those class rankings. Unless you believe 4+ losses is acceptable for teams with that much supposed talent?
Seems like you want to pick and choose the records to suit your argument. having a month to prepare for 1 team and losing and in some cases losing really bad defeats your whole 12/13ths of the season argument. An easier answer is that all those teams were really overrated all season and whereas some teams got better they didn't. You're only as good as your last game and it's tough to sell their greatness with a 2-5 record to end it all
I am also pretty sure that we lost some players his first season due to off field incidents along with players who left on their own because they didn't fit the system. That happens everywhere. If we are able to offer walk-ons who don't play a scholarship then I would assume we did a terrible job of oversigning. Attrition is always going to happen and with an "only the best" will play attitude regardless of age. You're going to see a lot more attrition when players realize that their best chance to start/play is to go elsewhere.
Besides Drayton leaving what exactly changed for Weber? He still has a scholarship and will have to compete like everyone else for playing time. I get that a HS student would be upset initially, but if a HS coach is playing that game, thats a joke. Wilcher is not sticking around when a percieved better oportunity arises for him, so he shouldn't acted outraged when another coach takes a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Not sure if it makes a difference once a player goes through the college system. 5 stars are 5 stars amongst other HS recruits. The developement after that is on them. I think a better indicator is how do the 5 stars pan out in the NFL, SEA and NE didn't have first pick so if the 5 stars lived up to the hype all through college, they would be snatched up by the crappy teams first.