They kept bringing the house on every play, so we had to adjust with passes over the middle. When (Michael) Thomas took the quick slant to the house we realized that's what we needed to do to win the game, instead of deep throws down the sidelines. So we switched it up and we went out and executed.
I'm looking at this like I looked at the Cavs. In such a miserable example of running a team, drafting Anthony Bennett might have actually led them to winning a championship. IF instead of drafting Stay Puft they draft a capable human being, they might contribute enough for the Cavs to make the playoffs. IF they make the playoffs, they don't get the first pick. IF they don't get the first pick, they can't draft Wiggins and have the trade bait for Love. IF we know we can't give Love, Lebron might not come back.
We are going to be a much better team at every position next year compared to this year, except for Braxton leaving. That was before the injury. Now we either have XBrax360 or an experienced Barrett leading a stacked team. Instead of having back to back years of falling short, we can have a very good fun season this year and a truly dominant year next year.
I gotta be optimistic or I might cry… But this does change my mentality for the season, it will be fun to win instead of a relief to not lose if that makes sense. But more importantly...
This could set up for a killer next year. Going into this year, I thought we were still a year away from truly having a great team across the board. We had too much that we lost with the O-Line, Hyde, and others to replace quickly. Couple that with a young defense and a new scheme and you have to have a lot fall into place to win it all. Even with Braxton we might have swept the Big Ten (still might), but IMO we weren’t going to be able to take it to the next level to compete with the elites like FSU, Alabama, etc.
Now looking to 2015… We will be better at every position going into the season compared to this year (except maybe D-Line if Spence leaves, but with Bosa will there ever truly be a dropoff?). The secondary will have a season to develop and learn the new schemes brought in by Ash while only losing Grant but we have the talent to replace him. The Linebackers will be solid as Raekwon goes HAM with Perry and Lee. The young Wide Receivers (Wilson, Dixon, Thomas, Marshall) will be much better off after another year of experience. Ezekiel will be running wild, and I think that he is capable of having a near Hyde-like season in production. And now to top it off, we have either XBrax or an experienced, instead of unproven JT Barrett.
Next year could be the year, boys, but that's still a year away and I'll still be watching every second of every game I can until thn.
A lot of gamblers are really upset/ecstatic about that last play and the 6 point spread...
Thank god for Hyde.
Not to get all preachy, but keep in mind that a lot these 18 year old kids didn't have the same upbringing as (presumably) you and I. In their situations, there may have never been anyone to teach them the difference between a credit card and a debit card. It's no reason to mock someone over it. /butthurt
That is the Big Ten Coach of the Year not being able to adjust to Matta's own in-game adjustment of the small lineup. But who cares about the accolades when you get the big W!
I agree with everyone else, should have pushed his punk ass back. There's 30,000 right behind you who have your back.
Of course I say this comfortably behind my computer screen..
Always an awesome image to see, the field covered in red!
Also, Hoke not shaking hands? I can taste the delicious, delicious tears.