Thank you Michael. I agree 100%. The WR issue is one that rarely gets mentioned. The 2014 WR's were a huge improvement. I also think the offense was tweaked ever so slightly following the consecutive losses to MSU and Clemson. Urban was extremely run heavy in the first two years. He made a comment last spring (maybe it was last year's spring game) that they would need to open up more downfield passing. Had Braxton been QB instead of JT (or ultimately Cardale) I'm sure we would've seen the same results. Actually, just without the loss to VT.
I for one do not like the scheduling of VT on Labor Day (a Monday night) and then playing again on Saturday (probably at noon). Even worse the VT game is on the road so you have to factor some travel time in there.
Gladly. College Park is a suburban mess which is clearly evident from a quick glance at Google Maps/Earth:
The campus is isolated from its surroundings - it was a serious hike to get from campus/stadium to anywhere worth being. The downtown we found was very very small, and only really had one bar that we could quickly and easily find. Baltimore Ave (UM's High Street equivalent, I suppose) as a whole is pretty awful and can be pretty fairly summed up with this Streetview image (it took us a good 5+ minutes to wait our turn to cross the street here). Or this one which shows some new development on one side (making an effort), but absolutely nothing good on the other side of the street (long way to go). And that was about it...the redeeming element that College Park has is that the DC Metro is a 10 minute walk (from the town...so a solid 20 minutes from anywhere on campus) from the small downtown and can get you to DC in less than 30 minutes.
I wish I had good things to report, but this is the reality I found. Campus-wise, Maryland is the polar opposite of a Wisconsin-Madison, which is #1 on this for good reason.
I haven't been to all of them (yet). But I can attest that College Park is awful, and I would think deserves to be at the bottom. College Park is the antithesis of Madison.
I look forward to the competition because I think JT is much less accurate than most people think - so we'll see how that holds up. That said I voted for Troy. I think Cardale comes in second.
Right, not many coaches would turn down that talent. The rule simply has to be revised or abolished though.
Without knowing what he really said, I probably agree with him on One-And-Dones.
The officiating however is just a scapegoat for bad coaching down the stretch (and also right before half). He allowed the team to get away from what they were excelling at and it cost them. They squandered too many possessions down the stretch that cost them much more than a couple bad calls.
And I enjoy bad grammar when done intentionally well (I'm a fan of PFT Commenter).
If you have some time I recommend giving the show a listen. It really touches on every point you make here and is very interesting
Oh, DJ, this is, so much deeper, than, commas,,.
DJ, when I listened to this program yesterday I thought of you: The Comma Queen Will See You Now
Keep in mind this is Phil predicting the AP Poll. This is not his ranking, those come in June.
From what I know that probably means a little less marbling in the meat and probably little tougher meat. Unless they give it some grain right at the end.
Fair enough. I think what is between the lines in 'local' is something not from a mass-production farm. Higher quality feed, grazing, etc. That's all more important to the flavor than geographical locality for certain, and that's really what I was intending.
Go to a local butcher and get a locally raised steak. Don't just go to the supermarket and get something there. You pay for what you get right from the start. Look for a cut with good marbling.
Next, I steer clear of sauces and any seasoning beyond canola oil and freshly ground black pepper. Rub oil and pepper onto the steak. Now, if you have a charcoal grill, I like to toss a piece of Hickory onto the coals. The Hickory smoke flavor makes a difference. From here you're good to go, just cook to your preference.
Bama's ridiculous depth of talent doesn't hurt. Would you say the same for Pro-Style Michigan State against Oregon?
In fact, in talent-wise, MSU vs Oregon is probably quite equal. The offensive scheme makes all the difference.
Nice to see an article dedicated to this debate. I've been pondering this issue for years - since 2010 when Tress has Pryor and couldn't get us to the title game at the exact same time that Malzahn had Newton and won it all.
I think when you look to the recent history of the spread-to-run (power spread, zone read) offenses it came down to some coaches deciding that they had nothing to lose but to take a chance by doing something dramatically different to gain some advantage. In the NFL you have a collection of coaches that are extremely risk adverse and would much rather stick to doing what is known than take a chance on the unknown or untested.
Often I think NFL coaches (and some college) claim injuries as a reason to not adopt a power spread attack. But Ross nails it here with the reality that it is much easier to find the skill-set for a power spread qb than a pro-style qb. As OSU demonstrated you can get 3 or more guys with similar talents and not have to change around the offense entirely if one guy goes down. I've been surprised that Kelly at Philadelphia hasn't really gone this direction. I don't know if he truly gets it...
EDIT: This is all without mentioning the quick rebounds many teams have made at the college level from year to year after losing a a multi-year starter. Just to name a few off the top of my head: Oregon, Auburn, Texas A&M.....Ohio State! Have all done very well right away with first-year starting QB's with spread offenses.
1. I bet on Sparty and put them in my FInal Four.
2. So much love for Coach K everywhere, but I feel like Izzo's resume is more impressive in fewer years (20 years at MSU vs 35 years at Duke).
As we know from last year our schedule isn't the only factor in earning a top-4 spot. The schedules of our opponents (or maybe it didn't matter in the end, I get confused) are also relatively important.
So on this front there are a couple key games: 1) Michigan State hosts Oregon and 2) Minnesota hosts TCU. Honestly a lot of the other non-conference schedules leave a bit to be desired, looking at Indiana and Penn State specifically.
Because I'm still bitter about the 2011 loss to Kentucky, and I'm certain OSU was by far the best team in the tournament that year, I was looking at that season's roster. Unless I'm mistaken only 1 guy is in the NBA, Sullinger. If that doesn't point to Matta doing a hell of a job developing and coaching up a team I don't know what would.
Feeling like a ludite here.... how do I add an emoji to my iphone keyboard?
Urban must be your worst nightmare then. I mean, what was your reaction when he took a deep shot on our last possession?!
(I personally loved it, the potential payoff was worth the risk.)
I was at a bar in Brooklyn. Elliot broke free and it was immediately clear it was going to be a touchdown. Next thing I know I'm rolling around on the floor of the bar with my brother and a random friend we made that night.
Andrew Luck is a one in a million QB, almost any coach can be successful with him throwing darts.
Alex Smith on the other hand is actually very interesting. Consider this, Smith has been the starting QB for both Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh. It's not an apples to apples comparison but Urban did go undefeated with him in his offense (also it was Urban that even got Smith NFL-bound).
Yes, we'll see though. I'm just surprised he would go the route of trying to find the pocket passer versus a multi-talented QB.