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Comment 01 Oct 2015

The solution is to stay in hurry up all  the time, try to run 100+ plays a game and have the QB just get it to the guy that the defense has asked to beat them on a particular play.  Every D alignment has a weak spot that somebody in the formation can expose.  Find it and execute.  

All very easy to say form my armchair!

But all kidding aside it seems like we should necessarily try to get any one the ball per se but by running enough plays and having them on the field everyones opportunity will arise if the QB can distribute it to them and they take advantage.

Comment 29 Sep 2015

Its all about re programming thats all.  Its not that there is any physical magic gained from running a mile its about reworking your routine.  Getting into a new groove. I hate distance running.  It would take me a while to get into the Michigan system just for that reason.  Id be running going "what the fuck does this have to do with anything".  But once I bought in and just accepted it as part of my life Id probably start to see some benefits.

Different coaches build different walls for guys to climb. They are all creating a weeding out system.  Meyer has his own.  His have proven effective, as have Harbaughs  (Ill take Meyers.... for now) but there is no magic formula...... other than finding a way to get everyone on the same page. That is what all these coaches are doing.

If there were a right way to condition players everyone would be doing it.  There are many successful ways.  So much of the success in this (and every) sport is mental. Repetitions. 

Comment 28 Sep 2015

"Nobody knows much about any team right now. The season starts Saturday "

Not true!  We all know that every SEC team is more battle tested, has more team speed across the board and has to tighten their chin strap every week cuz .......... its just different down there!!  They have at least 6 teams that would win every other conference!!     

Comment 28 Sep 2015

""Butt hurts Buck D back-end; leaves OSU behind."

Thats hilarious!

I've got a true story about a newspaper headline here in Athens years ago.  It was before I moved here which was '84  so this had to be late 60s early 70s.  A neurosurgeon here when I started (he is now retired) played D end at UGA and apparently was pretty good.  He started for a while so it was notable when he was injured.  His name was Robert (Happy) Dicks.

A headline on the sports page one Sunday read " With Dicks Out Dawgs Still Win"

Comment 28 Sep 2015

"It's still too early to make any declarations about anyone, including a team that was mediocre last year. It they can prove it against MSU, then they'll have something to hang their hat on."

Thats all Im saying'.........  in a lot more words!

I will not be surprised if they do beat MSU either.   

Comment 28 Sep 2015

""Back" isn't what you think it means. Michigan isn't back as in a bona fide College Football Playoff contender yet. That's the easy knee-jerk reaction after watching the Wolverines throttle No. 22 BYU 31-0 on Saturday."

I wouldn't be so sure.   Last year at this time people were openly laughing at the prospect of OSU being in the final four, or anyone form the B1G for that matter.   TTUM plays Sparty soon.  If they throttle them I wouldn't be so sure they couldn't make a playoff run.

There is no doubt in my mind that TUNs primary problems the last few years was not players but system/mindset.  Im not declaring the transformation under Harbaugh complete but there is no doubt its well underway.  Those guys are playing with a different swagger now, especially on D.  Their backs are running a lot harder too.

Do NOT laugh at a possible TUN playoff spot if they win out

Comment 27 Sep 2015

 Of course these coaches have to take the long view of things.   You never show more than you have to to win.  Northern Illinois got a little scary because we made an inordinate (even for us) number of turnovers.  The plan would have been executed to perfection with one less INT and no fumbles lost. Probably a comfortable looking 30-10 win.

 Meyer and other coaches are now treating their players the way pitchers are treated, with pitch counts and days rest so to speak.  You have to for the short term benefit of your 12 game season and the long term benefit of these kids who are giving 4-5 years of their lives to you to play a GAME.  I would expect nothing less of these guys.   If you cant win and do these other things to protect your players long term interests than you are not a good coach IMO.   Beating UNI or WMU by 50 to impress the CFB watching public is not the most important thing.  

Comment 24 Sep 2015

Seems to me what is happening here to a large degree is simply a team that is taking advantage of the schedule and is working to do some different things.  Some have asked "Well if the counter trey was so effectve against Oregon why haven't they used it against these odd fronts?"

Maybe the answer is that their "answer" to Oregons front is all out there for everyone to see and if you don't think other D Coordinators arent already reacting to that answer form last year you are crazy.  No one is going to let that barrage go unanswered.  There is nothing new under the sun and Urban showed he knows one good way to counter that front.  Maybe this years personnel strengths aren't fully suited for that answer and they are looking at others.  They have the luxury of not having to show/do too much this early.  This going to end up being a 4 game season essentialy,  Minnesota (looks like a good D right now) MSU, Mich and B1G title game.  PSU will require some effort too, I particularly expect their defense to give us some periods of trouble, but those others are the biggies.

Urban looks like he is wanting to save the QB runs to a degree, which is smart but we will see them in the big games I think.  Its too much of a numbers advantage to not use them, especially when you have an unselfish back like Zeke 

Im much less concerned about the state of our team than many.  The O struggled Sat but I think they were real close to breaking a few.  Bad snaps, fumbles and penalties really killed some momentum.  They are going to be fine.   We will have to live with some TOs though. They did it last year and it seems to be the one weird thing about this and last years team...... they give the opposition a lot of extra chances.  But this years D can probably over come a couple a game.  They are looking downright nasty.

Comment 23 Sep 2015

Does any position on the field have the luxury of not having to look over their shoulder?  You wouldnt say that to a CB or Safety or even OT.

I dont understand why so many people think it is bad for a QB to know that someone almost as good is sitting there waiting for him to mess up. If you go and play in "The league" you wont be guaranteed a  no hook policy.  We have two QBs that have done real good things in their short careers.  This isnt easy to pick one and you would be a fool to let a guy think he couldnt be touched

I have agreed with the switch each time Meyer did it to be honest.  This wasnt a Germaine/Jackson switch or a Tebow/Leak switch, premeditated and designed to throw something different at the defense, this was a switch that was predicated on the idea that the first guy just wasnt making the right reads, wasnt making  plays and frankly just wasnt performing.  It is a playing audition of sorts. They have the week of practice against themselves where they work and learn and then game time is a time to see if they have fully absorbed the lesson of the week.  Cardale wasnt doing what HE was supposed to be doing regardless of whether the O Line was or wasnt.    Barrett hasnt really killed his playing audition either so here we are.

If Cardale doesnt do what he is asked to do in the first 4 or 5 series I fully expect that he will be pulled.   Whether they score or not is irrelevant probably. Im sure the coaches look at all the factors when evaluating,  so if Cardale is doing his job but others failures are leading to loss of scoring opportunities Im sure that will be noted.  Cardale can do his job well and we could still be ineffective offensively if there are breakdowns elsewhere, but if QB is the source of the breakdowns a change will be made.

If you cant go out and do your job when you know someone is watching and scrutinizing closely you probably should be doing something else.  Thats life in the big leagues.

Comment 20 Sep 2015

We looked pretty in synch for most of the Va Tech game.  Certainly had our moments there too but cant complain about how we were against VT.

Sort of looks the last two weeks like they are trying to involve everyone instead of just looking at the defense and figuring out what it is they are giving them.  No D can take away everything so see what is being conceded and take it, regardless of which player that is.  

Comment 19 Sep 2015

We better get a three and out here

Comment 19 Sep 2015

This is just awful

Comment 19 Sep 2015

Need points on this drive or Im really concerned  (actually I'm really concerned either way)

Comment 19 Sep 2015

Please tell me we are not going to lose THIS game!

Comment 19 Sep 2015

The D is going to have to pull this one out for us      Offense is totally offensive right now

Comment 16 Sep 2015

I hope you are right Johnny, I really do, I just dont have a lot of faith in the Ole Miss' of the SEC being able to really change the pecking order there.

With UGA coming to town the  next week though we might see a Bama team that is a little beat up going into a game with a team that has a stud RB.  I think UGA might be able to just line up and run at Alabama, just what Alabama fears.   Of course UGA has their own tussle with South Carolina this week and folks around here have learned to fear the ballcoach. 

Comment 16 Sep 2015

This cartoon made me think of something I saw while at Niagara Falls last weekend.  At a museum where they have all the vessels that people have  successfully taken over the falls there was also a display where they talked about some of the failed attempts.  One guy thought it would be a good idea to have some ballast to keep his barrel upright (not a bad idea) the problem is how he chose to do it. He placed a 100 pound anvil in the barrel with him and went over the falls.  When they found the remnants of his barrel about half mile down the river, they also found his tattooed arm as the only thing left inside the barrel.

Comment 13 Sep 2015

The other SEC coaches that play Arky are going to be pissed because their strength of schedules are going to take a hit now!

Comment 13 Sep 2015

I don't think so.  Ole Miss got em last year.  Its probably been 50 years since they won back to back years against the Tide.

Of course streaks are meant to be broken (and I could be wrong about the last time they had back to back...... I just pulled that out of my bielema) but I still would probably bet on Bama this week.  I think the Miss' will end up being misses by January.