I agree FG..I'm not sure I seen us go into a fetal position all that often. Did we reach a point where maybe Urban just wanted the game to end without any more injuries..mabye. As a previous 11W article mentioned this team was very thin personell wise. And this team set scoring records so offense was never going to be our problem.
Born in 1997! Man I feel old. I know it's an old joke but I probably DO have underwear that old.
Just from watching film..I really like JT. He's much more Troy Smith than TP or Braxton. And really..a good part of Troy's success is due to the receivers he had to work with. I think JT will be in the same boat as the incoming two classes of wideout/h-back will give him the tools to be successful. It's all conjecture at this point but will be fun to watch
They (Florida Georgia Line) are awful. My wife listens to country more than I do..she had some award show on and the two bozo's bounce around..point at the camera and sing (sort of). They don't play any instruments..probably don't write their own stuff. Tom Petty said something about how bad some of the 'new' country bands were and the two idiots said "who cares what he thinks". I guess they must have known who he was talking about. They now have a few songs out and they all sound exactly the same. I normally wouldn't care but when I heard them bragging about sales records and they ran off a list of true American icon's (who they 'beat' out)..it about made me sick. OK..done with my rant. Oh..I expect Bert listens to them.
Warinner is our co-offensive coordintor and I don't think anyone call's this "Warinners offense". Bollman doesnt' call offensive plays..even Boston College would not allow him that responsibility. I'm not tryin to pile on the guy but these posts that's popped up since the MSU game that it was his offense is ridiculous. Word was that he has a role in the running game schemes (which isn't dominating anyone).
Man..watching videos..I'm going to miss that guy. I honestly think we'll have a bit more explosivness out of the backfield in the coming years but it's fun watching a back just run over people. His assets are his strength and balance..he won't go down easy. Those are hard items to quantify in a combine. NFL guys know that however so I'm not sure what effect it will have.
I for one appreciate the info and video's of Thomas. We aren't playing games right now so this is what we have. If it means nothing to you until 'gametime' maybe one should just avoid such sites as this. BTW..is that Green that Thomas is covering? The guy looks big.
Yea..thought that comment was kind of odd. That tells me that other programs are TELLING him this. Frankly he's not going to take the time to look this stuff up and Thad has to set him straight. We've had 4 centers drafted since 2007.
Agree..this has Saban and his pal Emmerets stink all over it. Normally there is talk of such changes for a year or two before there is actual movement on it. This has the feel of some shady back office dealings
LOL..love Miles in this. LSUfreak does some great stuff. The one with TP and the carload of money was classic
Someone on one of the SEC boards said it was Wisky..must have been Lamons. If I didn't know either way I would have assumed Pelini. Incidently Spurrier took quite a beating on that board as well. Even the SEC folks aren't THAT naive..they know the recruiting is cutthroat in that part of the country.
If you get a chance..go watch some of Ash' videos on how he likes his D to operate. They are quite long but informative. The days of 'you cover this guy' are long gone and it can be quite complicated as to what responsibiliites are. But Ash states it's not difficult to grasp..but discipline is needed. He is more of a zone guy but he likes to play the corners up close and route the receivers. I think we all were frustrated with the 10 to 12 yard cushions. It looks like his base is off of the Tampa 2. I remember John Lynch saying that anyone can run the D and it's easy to pick up..but you have to have the athletes to do it. I prefer this type of thought process as we SHOULD have the athletes.
I think the winning streak last year put the staff in a position of avoiding any changes. That is past us now and I imagine they will feel more free to change things up. I think putting Brown in at safety is an example of trying to avoid any letdown by going with experience. It would have been nice to get Bell in and he would have some games under his belt. I hope we go with the youngsters and we should be willing to deal with some growing pains..at least we'll feel there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I"m not sure many of us felt that way last year..with our D anyway
Sorry..after looking it up I think it was Marlon Kerner. I knew it was a Cbus kid
I always love the recruiting stories. I remember hearing Everett Ross (I think it was him) talk about recruiting weekends. Some of the players always hosted the high profie kids but Ross said he wasn't in that group. He got a quite kid out of Fork Union named Eddie. The kid would hardly speak and he had no idea if he liked the place or not. Most of the attention that weekend went to other recruits but the Eddie kid didn't seem to mind. Maybe he knew he would get his attention later
I watched Tommy Brown play in one of the early games..kept an eye on him since we already had the game won. I thought he did quite well. Competition may have been weak but he has the tools imo
I'm not sure the current staff used the Star in the same fashion that our previous staff did. Hines was one our best 'star' players imo. The guy could sniff out screens and pass to the flat better than anyone. We really miss that now. You need someone who is very instinctive. It will be interesting to see how Ash uses he 5th db.
I just read (can't remember where) that Powell is moving to safety..I think someone copied it from his twitter.
I think if you state Ash is NOT the guy then you specify who you believe IS the guy. Someone mentioned Pruitt below and I can understand that. There were some interesting names thrown around but some have never been a DC. That's a bit of a crapshoot imo.
I can understand that..Pruitt did pretty well at FSU. Though they have the athletes to do well regardless of who the DC is. I expect little drop off from FSU. My only guess may be is that Pruitt was a DC for only one year. From listening to Pruitt I'm not sure you would get him out of the south. It wouldn't suprise me if Urban talked to him at some point. Ash has been calling the D for awhile so there is plenty of tape to get a feel for what he likes to do. I think that is important to Urban..some of these talk 'pressure' but when it gets down to it they get conservative and play the bend/no break D.
Out of all the recruits that signed in Feb last year Elliot was the one I was excited about the most..even moreso that Wilson. He's the perfect back for this offense imo. Very quick and fast. He's much bigger than what some think. He's about the same size as Dunn who many think of as the 'power back'. We may not see the 'grinding' drives we had with Hyde but I think we'll see more big plays from the running game. I also think we'll get him the ball to him in the air more than we did with Hyde (which I think we should have done a bit more). Braxton, Eze and Wilson should be fun to watch
Ash has some interesting videos on D play..some are long but worth a look if you have the time. From what I can gather he like cover 2 has his base. But the corners play up and route the receivers..so not as much cushion as we are used to seeing. From what I've read I also think things may be simpler for the DB/LB's. Hopefully this means an easier learning curve for the new guys. Frankly I don't care what scheme we run..just be sound and know assignments. Simply removing blown assignments probably gives us wins the last two games..even as bad as the D played overall.
Not to pile on the coaching staff..but if we see little production out of this incoming group it's time to look at the position coach. We've been bringing in a number of 4 and 5 star guys. A few misses is going to happen..but after awhile it's a pattern.
I didn't know Bogard tore another ACL..that sucks. I really had high hopes for him. Of the group coming in I like Booker the most.
I think the new scheme will help the LB's. Listening to Ash in his videos it appears he likes to keep things simple..but solid.
I know offense is primarily the problem..but it's driving me crazy watching teams drive the lane and get uncontested lay ups. I have no idea what's up with that..it's been happening since the Ohio U game. I bet half their points can in that fashion. At times I've actually seen Williams move out of the guys way!
So much for the 'gentlemens agreement' Dantonio was blabbering about as they have no issues with pulling Slade away from the Huskers. Zook was on the radio recently and he said that was a bunch of horse sh*t anyway..he said MSU pulled more than on commit away from him when he was at Illini.