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mb5599


Fayetteville, North Carolina (via Utica, Ohio)

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Comment 12 Apr 2017

you are not the only one with doubts.  just have to look at that offensive shit show against Clemson and scum.  defense got them to the playoffs, but eventually you have to score.  too many question marks right now.  doesn't mean they cant take that next step, but its too early to start talking about 50-60 points a game.  the wr's and o line were dreadful last year. 

Comment 12 Apr 2017

who cares if they average 50 points per game against Rutgers, Indiana, Maryland, etc..  when you put up a goose egg against Clemson in the playoffs and barely squeak by scum, you are not exactly an offensive juggernaut.  we hear this every preseason and when they don't look good against inferior talent, its because they are bored or are not taking the other team seriously.  then they get donkey punched by a good team.  they need to prove it against a good defense. 

Comment 18 Mar 2017

what did you expect his former teammates to say?  "That JT sucks balls man.  He can't throw it more than 15 yards and could'nt hit the broad side of a barn." ?  His former teammates are not going to say anything bad about him.  Like I said, I like JT and believe he is a very good QB (game manager), but he does not strike fear into the heart of any elite defense with his ability to stretch the field.  When Cardale was going into the BIG championship, nobody thought he could do what he did, but almost everyone was talking about his cannon of an arm and his ability to throw it deep down the field even if his decision making was suspect.  Once he hit a couple of deep shots, that opened everything else up.  Zeke did not explode until the last 3 games (Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon) when he got 220, 230, and 246 rushing yards.  The previous 12 games he did not even average 100 yards rushing per game (98.5).  When Cardale came in the game it made the defense take the downfield passing game seriously which allowed Zeke to get more yards once he got to the second level.  Look at JTs stats last year.  He only threw for 2 or more TDs against Bowling Green, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Nebraska, and Maryland (not exactly murderers row when it comes to defense).  The year before that he only threw for 2 or more TDs against Penn State and Rutgers.  However, his first year he threw for 2 or more TDs against Kent State, Navy, Cinncinnati, Maryland, Rutgers, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Indiana.  It seems he has regressed from his first year as he became more of a running QB over the past 2 seasons.  Last year he rushed the ball 205 times compared to 115 times in 2015 (split time with Cardale) and 171 in 2014.  If you are not a threat to throw it over the top of a defense, you are going to have a hard time running the football.  Like I said, I like JT he is an excellent game manager and a steady QB, but more often than not he is not going to be able to beat the "elite" defenses that he will have to face in the CFP.  

Comment 18 Mar 2017

I'm #TeamBarrett, because he's right—if somebody were better than him, he'd be playing.

Not so sure about that.  Just my opinion but, I don't think that they win the championship in 2014 with JT at QB.  JT is a great decision maker who takes care of the ball, but does he not have the skills (arm strength, accuracy, anticipation, etc.) that you need to play at an elite level.   He is a great game manager, and while sometimes that is enough, when you go up against elite defenses more often than not you get shut down.  Dual threat QBs are a must have, but they must also be able to stretch the field against elite defenses.  Otherwise, the defense loads the box and plays man to man which shuts down the run game.  JT should get the first shot at starter, but if the offense struggles, I hope Urban tries something (someone) else.  Nobody thought Cardale was going to go off in those 3 games like he did, so sometimes there are better players sitting on the bench who just need a chance.  That being said, JT is undefeated against Scum and that is all I care about.  

Comment 27 Jan 2017
“I would have a consistent running game to up the passing game,” he said

sounds good as long as the defense has no fear of a pass and can stack the box with 8-9 guys.  that was the issue last year.  no fear, by any decent team, of a pass going down field.  until they can at least have defenses respect the threat of a pass, the run game will suffer as well.   

Comment 17 Jan 2017

agree, but even with a better scheme, I have serious reservations on whether or not JT can stretch the field.  his wind up is "tebowesque" and his accuracy/touch is questionable.  a senior qb should be able to throw the receiver open at this stage of his career.  granted, his wr corps leaves a lot to be desired, but his experience should allow him to compensate for that to an extent.  on the replays that show the play from behind the offense, you can see wr/te/hb getting open, but he hesitates instead of throwing the ball which allows the defenders to close.  the o-line was suspect as well, but when the defense does not respect your ability to stretch the field, that allows them to stack the box and blitz from everywhere.  also, I'm not sure his mechanics can be corrected in one off season to allow him to take a big step forward. 

Comment 17 Jan 2017

no one is saying toss JT to the side, but you have to open up the qb competition to ensure that the best player plays.  should be that way across the board every single year.  keep hearing about how competition breeds excellence, lets see it put into practice.  if JT can turn things around with proper scheme and coaching great, but if not, don't keep him in their because he's a senior.  tressell did that and it impacted the team. 

Comment 17 Jan 2017

agree 100%. I don't think we win the CFP in 2014 with JT at the helm.  Cardale stretched the field which opened up the lanes for Zeke to run through.  the dink and  dunk passing game can get you through most of the BIG schedule as long as you have a solid defense.  When you play against elite defenses, you get exposed like this year.  the qb has to be able to stretch the field in order to have success.

Comment 16 Jan 2017

if JT played, there would have been no 2014 NC.  can't be one dimensional against good defenses.  Cardale stretched the field which opened it up for Zeke.

Comment 03 Jan 2017

this offense with jt at the helm, does not strike fear in the heart of any of the elite defenses.  he cannot stretch the field.  that is why cardale was so effective.  defenses could not cheat up and sit in the box.  everyone jokes about the "weenie arm" comment, but I think it is actually true.  watching the Clemson game, I was struck by how fluid and easy Watson made the same passes look compared to jt.  the flare routes to weber or Samuel looked so slow compared to Watson.  it was almost like he was exaggerating the throwing motion and by the time the ball got there (if it was on target) the defense was already on top of the receiver.  if the defense has 10 defenders within 10-15 yards of the line of scrimmage, those short throws are not going to work.  the couple of times we tried going deep in the second half were underthrown.  need a qb that can stretch the field which will open up the underneath routes.  saban was probably praying for a matchup with us in the final.  can you imagine what that defense would have done??  negative yards for the game anyone??

Comment 03 Jan 2017

you bench any player if it is in the best interest of the team.  nothing wrong with competition.  open it up and let the best qb win.  jt would have a leg up due to his past experience, but there should be no "locked in" positions.  Pete Carroll used to do this every year.  if you want to start/play, compete and earn it.  jt may be better off competing for the job anyway.  he will be looking over his shoulder all year if the job is his without question.  we all know how that works out.  if he wins the completion in camp, he is the man. if not, he should be a big enough leader to accept it and do whatever is necessary to help the team.