I'd love to know what Urban was *really* thinking during that interview with May...
Or when Urban retires and Ed takes the reins as Head Coach... Providing he hasn't left by then for another head coaching job elsewhere.
Having attended a coaching clinic where Bentley spoke, and having used a ton of his videos as resources for my own O-line drills, I can fully get behind the idea of him coming on staff. His philosophy on O-line play seems to me to be a great fit for how Ed runs the unit and the offensive philosophy as a whole.
Certainly either of them are light-years ahead of the Walrus...
I personally don't want to hear anything from Oregon about not being as effective because they lost a few people. Boo hoo. Everyone knows what we lost with regard to QBs... but we also had Spense suspended, Rod Smith got the boot halfway through the season, Dontre Wilson got hurt, Heuermann was playing hurt... and as you said, FOUR turnovers from us in that game. Oregon should just count themselves lucky that we turned it over at all. Three of those lost balls were on the plus side of the field and at the very least, we would of <likely> scored on the next play if Thomas hadn't fumbled the ball inside the 10. The scoreboard could have been a lot more lopsided for them.
Now, they need to spend some time visiting the Midwest and South, and learn how *real* defense it played...
I agree -- Lee stepped it up huge in the NCG, on par with how he played down the stretch of the last 3 or 4 games -- I fully expected him to be the Defensive MVP again. Pretty impressive for a guy that was a safety and QB in high school... not that linebacker is a huge stretch, moving from safety, but he's adjusted pretty well!
These offensive coordinators -- sometimes, they get too enthralled with their sexy spread offensive schemes and forget that, sometimes, football is just blood and guts and line up under center and destroy the guys in front of you, man-to-man. So many of them get stars in their eyes thinking about the motion and the matchups, and leverage on the edge/over the top/to the outside, and forget that you can just ask your big guys to move their big guys and drive the ball.
It makes me crazy.
A-MEN. Coach Warinner needs to get PAID. Fantastic work this season and last with the o-line!
They were definitely allowing a lot of holding, but at least they were being (relatively) even-handed about it. There were a number of plays where they could have flagged our O-line for holding, too...
Still, on the whole, not great officiating. I hope that the crew we get for the championship is a good one...
^ + 1,000,000
I don't see how anyone can NOT like Aaron Craft, and I agree -- I see him stretching his game and becoming a solid (probably not spectacular, but solid) scoring threat. We had so many scoring weapons last year, I'm confident it was a conscious decision for him to focus on defense and moving the ball to his teammates -- but this year, he has been far more willing to drive the lane or take an outside shot when it's been needed, or when someone has peeled off to help-D someone else instread of keeping him honest.
Between that and the way he is running this team on the court, I don't know if the BBall team does the whole "captain" thing, but if they do, you're looking at him -- that kid is the real deal.
I had heard hiim speak previously to some local (Columbus) sportsradio guys about dealing with the back injury and hoping for the nerves to regenerate in his leg -- but no, I don't think there was ever any indication that his problem with THIS significant.
My kid LOVES football. The day after his basketball team lost in the sectionals, he told me "football season started today, Pops". He's been lifting and conditioning like mad since, and while the coaches can do that -- they can't do *football* drills. Only conditioning. 10 days in the Spring -- right now -- would be enough for them to do some basic work with the guys and talk to them about where they might fit come August, and what they need to focus on, AND show them some basic drills to work on their football skills. Even at a small school like ours, we've got a lot of boys that are not running track or playing baseball -- just working out and waiting for July.
Spring football would be AWESOME.
I'LL DO IT! Let ME have them -- D-Lines across the B1G will be wetting themselves by game 3...
The first game wasn't all that good, in any regard. There were a few individual players going balls-to-the-wall that were doing work, but the defenses didn't impress me in that game any more than the QBs or the special teams -- and I'm a defensive guy. Hell, I coach defense and I didn't like the first meeting. There is nothing about a rematch that appeals to me, at all--and these are the only two SEC teams I really care for!
I'm not sure about Martinez, but I know Birkhead will be back at Nebraska -- he's only a freshman, if I'm not mistaken. I think Wisky will have problems replacing Wilson; I don't think either Penn St. quarterback can beat us again; unless Michigan steps it up on Defense, we could easily see a repeat of Saturday's game, and it could easily go either way.
It's going to be a lot of fun to see how things develop :)
Out of curiosity, why? I'm not disagreeing, however -- this was Klein's first shot at making an impact, and it's possible he just didn't handle it too well. Sabino was HIGHLY touted when he came in, and went so far as to take a redshirt in order to stay and make a name for himself (without, I might add, having to compete directly against Homan and Rolle, who were either one MILES ahead of him ability-wise). For that reason alone (taking the redshirt), I'd have to agree with you -- he's had an extra year to learn and grow, and we got very little to show for it.
We HAVE to mix it up in the Linebacker corps. Sabino and Klein both underperformed horribly this season, for no good reason that I can see. They were practically invisible, and you can't put in on Vrabel -- they were bad in space, they were bad at tackling, they were bad stepping downhill and filling holes. Bad. Either they step it up, or the coaches need to find someone who will do the job with the kind of ferocity and speed that Shazier brings to the game. There is no excuse for weak linebackers at OSU -- this is the REAL Linebacker U, dammit!
I see where you're coming from -- but I have the advantage (maybe?) of having seen him play a few times (granted, there is a huge difference between HS and Div 1 college football, no matter how big the division you play in) -- I thought he was plenty fast enough -- so much so that he doesn't *usually* have to be able to move laterally. He just goes downhill to the ball, and BOOM. It will depend heavily on where they are thinking of playing him in the LB scheme...
They went to Sunday School together. Jesus taught the class ;)