I know it isn't exactly Matta's style, but I think the last minute showed how formidable we could be with more pressure. Our bench is deeper and I feel like a small lineup with Craft, Scott, Smith, Thompson and Ross could be extremely effect in stretches pressuring full court. This is especially true if teams are going to play zone and pack the paint against us. Let's turn up the pressure and try to get more points in transition.
I'd honestly have answered someone else if it was an option. Not because I discount these three guys' talents, but that just always seems to be the way it works out.
Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?
This is an interesting subject and there are more than a few sides to it.
First, I feel like the thing we need to remember the most is the primary goal of these pundits. They want more viewers/readers period. They are in the business of ratings and I think that, as a group, they have learned that the thing they can do to us as a fanbase to get "us" to view their product is to degrade us.
Second, we are an obnoxious group of fans. Not everyone by any means, but there seems to be a large section that is just obnoxious. With many of them, it is impossible to have a rational discussion on the subject of how good the Bucks are, even for the rest of us fans. They are just so blinded by their passion that they come across as raving lunatics. I'm sure that there are other fan bases that have the same issue, but we seem to take it a step further.
Third and related to the last one is that many of us don't want to even have a rational debate. I feel like it is logical to say that FSU and Alabama should be ranked ahead of us. I also feel it is logical to at least have a discussion about the comparative ranks of OSU and Baylor. I'm not saying that we couldn't compete on the field, but we just have not looked as impressive as FSU or Alabama.
We just need to relax and let the cards fall where they may.
I thought the Iowa coaching staff had a great game plan today. It wasn't our DBs that got abused today, it was our LBs trying to cover their TEs. I don't remember a single significant reception by one of their wideouts. Even on that long touchdown where Reeves looks really bad, I don't think that was his coverage. We got caught in a zone blitz where they had asked Spence to drop into coverage, the TE ran a wheel and Spence tried to run with him as he should and just couldn't do it. Reeves took a bad angle and that was all she wrote. Their TEs were so wide open that a decent HS QB could've made those throws. Bill O'Brien and Christian Hackenburg have to be licking their chops.
The other thing that really bothered me was how easily Iowa got the edge on the run plays. Perry and Spence got abused on the edge against the run. I know Spence is fast and is good rushing the passer, but if he doesn't figure out how to stop the run, he's going to get abused like he did vs. Iowa regularly.
Isn't this about the time of the year last year where Meyer got sick of all the defensive troubles and kind of took over the defense from a planning and practice perspective? From that point on last year, there was a drastic turnaround in our defensive performance. I expect Meyer to make that kind of move soon. It is obvious that our overall defensive performance is not up to par and is going to be the thing that costs us dearly if not fixed.
I think defensive end is getting really undervalued. With all of the increased emphasis on passing offenses, we really need a Mike Vrabel or Will Smith coming off the edge to take some pressure off Spence.
Hard to argue with Spielman. We had other LBs that were good, but none that combined the production and leadership like him.
I really like the Korey Stringer vote. I think he gets overlooked and underrated so much because of how good Pace was. You couldn't go wrong with either of them.
I also liked the Damon Moore suggestion. It always seemed like that defense was in the right position to make a play and from all accounts he was the guy making that happen.
I really like our offensive skill position players this year, but anyone with some moxie, experience and leadership would really help that group gel. How about Dane Sanzenbacher.
I hope everyone isn't disappointed with Miller's performance this year. I feel there's a good chance that he isn't nearly as dynamic running the ball, but makes a modest step in the passing game and performs better as a QB who is an athlete rather than a great athlete playing QB like he was last year.
Herb Williams is incredibly underrated.
Carlos Hyde should use this as motivation. I think he's the best back in the B1G.
Let me say that Winfield is one of my personal all-time favorite buckeyes, but for on field COLLEGIATE performance, Springs was a better corner.
I also second the Art Schlichter mention.
Good point! I should have specificied a "top" SEC defense.
I hate to be the voice of reason, but we are not an SEC caliber defense and will not be this year. We're definitely headed in the right direction, but we aren't comparable at this point. Maybe next year, but I'm thinking more like 2015 before we get to that level.
As far as the offense goes, we should be comparable to any unit in the country this year. The only area of concern for me is the lack of depth in the O-line. We were fortunate not to have much in the way of injuries on that unit last year. If we have a couple injuries, it might slow the O down significantly.
I really think that Philly Brown is the only one that is a lock to start. I loved D. Smith's flashes of brilliance last year, but also was dismayed at his lack of consistency. It seemed like many of his drops came in critical situations. I don't think that will be tolerated this year, regardless of his upside.
The big positive to me with our receiving corps is the competition that there's going to be in camp. These guys aren't going to be able to relax one minute with the depth of riches we have and that will bring out the best in all of them.
This kid looks like the perfect fit for the Meyer/Herman offense!
I thought the same thing watching the spring game. Dunn has a better burst, Byars had better feet.
I like this article. It just solidifies the good feeling that I've had all year about this team. It seems as if this team might not be the equal from a talent standpoint of the last few years, but they're very "likable" from a fan standpoint because of the effort they show. Eventhough Thomas will probably leave, this bodes good things for the next couple of years.
I just can't see a player of that caliber choosing Tennessee when they're in an obvious rebuilding situation following the Kiffin/Dooley debacles. They're a minimum of two years from even being competitive in the SEC.
I hear what you're saying, but up to the point of him leaving Cleveland, he had done an awful lot of things the right way and was a pretty good citizen. Granted, the way he left was a BIG mistake, but I feel like he's been vilified way more than deserved.
Doesn't matter to me where he goes. I'm not a big NBA fan. However, regardless of where he ends up, I'll be rooting for him.
I remember going to BW3 at Woodruff and High back in the 80's for 10 cent wings and 1$ pitchers of draft on Monday nights for Monday night football.
I also used to walk uphill in the snow both ways across the oval to class. Man I sound like and old geezer!
I just don't buy it. From all accounts, Te'o is a quality person and has been for a long period of time. I just don't buy that you can fake that for that long a period and then do something like this. I'm willing to buy that he found out about it was distraught enough and worried enough about it affecting the team for the game vs. Alabama that he perpetuated it after the fact, but not that this was part of a calculated scheme from the beginning.
Not everone is full of doubt and skepticism about everything that happens. Some people are just naturally trusting. I know I am and could see a situation where this kind of thing could happen to me.
I'm not saying that there aren't some things in the story that raise some flags, but I'm still willing to give the guy some benefit of the doubt.
I'm with you. How the hell is this sports news. It sounds like something that belongs in the National Enquirer.
We are definitely not gonna have enough PT for all of these athletes. I really see a couple of RBs sliding more into slot duty.
Between Hyde, Smith, Ball and Dunn returning, Hall getting a redshirt along with Marshall and Elliott coming in, the carries/catches are gonna be tough to come by.
On the downside, it will be tough to keep all of these guys happy, on the other, hopefully we can lessen some of Braxton's load.
I could see a situation where the guys who are impacted the most may be the WRs, especially Smith if he can't become more consistent.
I think the key is what a coach considers to be your VERY BEST. I always told my sons that when you think you're giving your maximum effort, step back and think about it and reach for the level of effort beyond that. For most kids, there are several levels beyond what they think is their very best.
The key to reaching those levels is to be balanced in your motivational approach. Criticize AND Celebrate with the same level of enthusiasm. I love the way Coombs celebrates with his players, but I guarantee you that with his intensity and passion, he wouldn't hesitate to get right in one of the players' faces when they screw up.