I don't think this has to do with just Thad. I'm more referring to the fact that at all positions are guys look like twigs, and in games they are noticeably out muscled. Guys should be putting on weight, bulking up, and getting stronger season to season and I have not noticed that happen.
We played man for about three minutes against Louisville and fouled like mad. Playing man exclusively and half our lineup would foul out by the half. I think Scott has improved and while Trey isn't great he has improved from essentially being unplayable his early years. Amir is so frustrating because when he tries he is great. He has some great blocks, athletic rebounds and strong finishes, then he goes back into is Amir gonna Amir. Our defense and offense got better through the course of the game against the good teams we played. I'm hoping this is a learning experience and come B1G play they will grow and develop into a better and more consistent basketball team.
I get you. Though I don't take any basketball rankings outside the top 5 seriously and at times not even then. The College hoops and the NBA have showed that BB has a lot more uncertainty than football.
I don't think our loss was embarrassing. We played sloppy for a half to come up short with a late surge against a ranked team that has potential. Nothing like MSU and UM's losses.
Disagree. I think MSU had the best O-line we faced. Bama's has been suspect this and last season. That said MSU's O-line still largely won the trench battle that game so it will take a better effort than that to stop Bama.
Man to Man is always better when you can execute it. The problem was we played a little bit of man to man against louisville and fouled like crazy. If we played man to man the whole game like that half of our starters would be out of the game by the first half. I think we have young guys who are not good defenders. Issues would come up in man to man or zone. As long as Thad keeps working them and they continue to improve the zone should be more effective than it has been. I would like to see Thad switch it up by implementing some different zones or an occasional man to man though to keep teams guessing.
We came out slow but we still made Louisville and UNC a game down the stretch. That shows a team with talent and potential albeit raw. They need to continue working and progressing. I think the effort could use a bit of a boost too. That said I think they can still make a good run in the B1G and the tourney.
I think he still does questionable things. Part of it is his reputation and track record as a coach sure. But I haven't forgotten what happened at Memphis and would not be surprised if there is a 30 for 30 on Kentucky years down the road.
I noticed that during game/post game threads a lot of people who never say a word about basketball come out and bad mouth our team. This team has talent and they are young. They are frustrating to watch but I think they will improve and could still be dangerous come tournament time. A lot of the issues we have are issues we knew about coming into the season. They aren't going to disappear barely into the schedule they need to be worked on throughout the season.
Wouldn't go that far. We can score and play competitive. We just need to shore up the defense and keep the ball moving, don't settle for bad shots.
The problem is while man-to-man would be better, half of our starting lineup would foul out before halftime.
You're gonna get DV'd but I agree with you in that it's something that gets tossed around a little too much in the forums along with Meyer's Psych degree.
Gee learned that the hard way.
Safe to say TA&M was Mike Evans's Team? I feel he was the reason for their success more than Johnny Football.
It's hard to change. A lot of the students love it but I do think it is crass.
Definitely. I could see us using 2 TEs for running. Then if we go hurry up one of them slides out to to catch. I have a feeling we are going to throw everything at them. I expect the playbook to be fully opened as long as Cardale looks confident.
The second one was on the money. The first one Devin was about middle of the end zone, CJ didn't have much room to work with though credit Smith for turning to make a catch. The third one wasn't so much under throne as throne a little too close to the side line, Smith had to turn around and go up for it otherwise he would have been out of bounds.
I both teams bring their best I think our guys win. I still have reservations because of Indiana, MSU, and TTUN. Indiana effectively shut down our offense w turnovers and some iffy play by J.T. for half the game. Our defense played outstanding against Wisky, but against balanced attacks has struggled, and seems to get caught on their heels after turnovers. It is all about coming out prepared and focused. If we do that we have the game. Realistically I think we make it close but come up just short. CJ plays well but a few mistakes from inexperience cost him. Our D makes a good effort but we give up a big play or two to Cooper and Yeldon/Henry.
Good point. Fixed it.
I was too. I think with are strength there are two advantages that guys with weaker arms don't have. One is the ability to fast ball it on midrange throws where other guys have to air it out a bit, shortens the window defenders have to make a play when a guy is open. Another is the ability to throw deep balls earlier with extra arc to the receiver has more time to get in position, the QB doesn't have to wait as long for a long pass play to develop.
I do think Saban and Meyer are the best at prepping. However Meyers power spread offense beats the hell out of any Lane Kiffin offense. I think we know what has to be done on defense vs their offense. The prep battle will be Saban's defense vs Meyer's offense.