Well said! But not just risk of injury but as the King on Campus, i don't need to tell you how many things could go wrong (groupies, domestic abuse accusations (Zeke), rape accusations (Wisky WR), assault accusations (UF Wrs), theft accusations (Newton), DUIs (JT), DWIs (Roby), drugs (Tunsil), PE drugs (Grier), academic ineligibility, poor choices, the Torrance Gibson thing, the Brian Snead thing, STDs (Peppers, TSUN lol), etc, etc, etc...Haskins seems like his head is screwed on straight but the temptations are real...
+1. Same happened to Barkley (USC),who when projected a 1st rounder in 2012 returned only to expose his flaws and go in the 4th rd in 2013. I bet Trubisky (#2), Darnold (#3), Rosen (#10), etc would probably not have been drafted as high as they did with an extra year playing.
People keep forgetting the CBA expires prior to the 2020 season so there could be a lockout as players try to strip Goodell of his omnipotence and argue for more guaranteed contracts. There could also be pressure from players who did not prepare for such an eventuality like last time when they forced the NFLPA to accept the owners' amendment (No.1 pick contract went from approx $80m in 2010 to $22m in 2011, etc). A lost year (2020) without income would suck if he could have got 'even' $8m in guaranteed bonuses (2019). Just saying...
This! Its also entirely possible White never showed a glimpse of this in practice so is it fair to expect it of him in a live game?
Belichick will tell you coaching isn't just about playing the most talented kids but also rewarding productivity in practice, etc, with live game reps. This is especially true when you have to establish a culture of 'teamwork' and competitive practices. Playing the most talented regardless of their effort in the classroom, practice, etc might get you a few wins but leads to the decay of the team as a whole in the long run. This might not be applicable to White in this case but my point still stands that coaches (whose job is not only to win games but turn young men into productive and responsible citizens) can't just make decisions without considering the repercussions.
This! Jimmy Garoppolo was always so-so in practice but money on game-day in New England. So much so that he was joking called 'Gameday Garoppolo' by the beat writers and team radio staff (PFW in Progress). Point is, some people only show up to play actual games and that doesn't help a coach when depth charts are constructed prior to game-day. We just might have a 'game-day White' on our hands!
I agree with the pre-draft whispers being smokescreens so teams that traditionally would never get the chance to draft such elite talent could hope to grab him (NE Patriots). However, i can assure you the NFL doesn't care about 'injury prone-ness' as evidenced by past actions. Even with what seemed a career ending injury, Dallas took Jaylon Smith in the 2nd. Ras-I Dowling, a CB made of glass from VA went with the 1st pick of the 2nd. Even Josh Gordon, with his situation has had how many chances? In a league where GMs and coaches would sell their souls for a W, all this is just that, sentiment and i think Nick has been made aware of this. Come draft time, Nick will still go top 5, just like Joey and when Joey's contract expires, he'll make boatloads in free-agency. All these 'injury concerns' will seemingly dissipate overnight.
Injury or not, being the #1 overall pick isn't something any player can control. It can't cost you money if you never had it guaranteed. Like it or not, most players don't care about being the #1 overall pick. They just want an opportunity to make more money than they ever thought possible and do so for as long as they can.
Thanks D56. I owe you one!
Does this have anyone concerned?
Did you catch that little snippet from the post-practice interview video (Monday or Tuesday) with Haskins, where he mentioned that on the play to Bin Victor, he was told to run a play, but it would be changed if Penn State showed a specific defensive front but when they did and he asked "what next?", they said 'Run the play' "so i didn't know what to do" (paraphrasing).
If correct, this would mean on top of a 5th start in a hostile environment, our rookie QB was put into situations that were not ideal to execute the offense. If someone could find that snippet of video, i'd be real grateful.
You are right. It affects a QB's morale. It affects confidence as consecutive completions give a QB an aura of invincibility whilst interceptions and incompletions serve as a wet blanket. Even the greats (Brady-body language, Manning-lol, Rodgers-whining, etc.) show their frustration when their WRs drop the ball, much less a college QB with less than 10 starts and the burden of sky-high expectations.
You can sense Wade's excitement in his voice even. He is so excited to be on the field and its great to see. Keep learning those lessons (don't back up lol) and be the best you come playoff time. Go Bucks!
Shaun Wade looked great tonight...but he did give up that backbreaker to Haimler (sp?) on that crosser that went for a TD. He is in the rotation at DB and is playing, thats good enough for me. Besides, who would you replace him with, Sheffield or Okudah, based on their performances tonight?
A win is a win is a win. The good news is that the season finale against TTUN is not next week. I am seeing gradual improvements (especially on D) and like Belichick says, you want to be playing your best football in December and January. Better peak then through development and growth than peak now and be in decline the rest of the way #SeptemberHeisman
Without the white-out, they'd probably be closer to 1-10 or 2-9. Thats gotta be worth something, right?
I hate to break this to you but the NFL doesn't give a damn whether Dwayne 'can beat a few more top teams'. Name the top teams Mitch Trubisky, Pat Mahommes, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch (all first rounders) etc beat.? NFL drafts are potential based. It only takes a GM/HC/OC to feel like you have the tools to succeed in their system to go in the 1st round else Bama QBs would always be drafted #1. You can recommend staying a year for seasoning but that doesn't necessarily make it the right move for Haskins. My prediction; he's one-and-done.
I agree with almost everything else though.
Dude...I love you so much for this and you don't even know it!!!...Just waiting for that Trench release...oh and Beat Penn State!
Realizing people will always read too much into any and everything one does and thus 'silence'-ing the noise is exactly what they should do. Doesn't make the media dept. 'tone deaf'. Something else will offend someone else. The only alternative is doing nothing...and that is no way to live. Take it from a New England Patriots fan who lived through the Tuck-rule, Spy-gate, Deflate-gate, Bench-gate, Power-struggle-gate and currently, both Divorce-gate (Brady and Bill) and Sad-Gronk-gate.
So i see y'all Patriots 'non-fans' conflicted on how to feel about his destination...Don't be. As a NE Patriots fan, let me assure you that OSU and NEP are a match made in 7th Heaven! BB loves hard workers and with John Simon's reputation as a hard worker, he'll feel right at home. I can't wait till we get Isaiah Prince, Jordan Fuller and Dwayne Haskins in the draft next year!
And what guarantee can you provide that Tressel can serve The Ohio State University (outside of TOSU football) better? I love the Vest but im unfamiliar with how Youngstown State (the University, not just the football program) is doing under his leadership. Didn't downvote you though i disagree with your conclusions.
Someone get this man a drink. And none of that 'autumnal mead' nonsense either! Its sad when fans of a sport or athletic dept look to oust a President without considering his impact on academics, student life, the organization and administration of the university and board of trustees, etc etc. I love coach Urbz and agree he was done dirty but this is the definition of 'tunnel vision'.
If true, i suspect this would just be a fancy and acceptable way of retaining him at a salary higher-than-every-other offensive coordinator in college football. If so, there would be outs but only for P5 jobs at football powerhouses paying >$4m annually. Thats what i'd do if i were Gene and Coach Meyer. That way, i compensate him as the highest paid coordinator in the land and dont risk losing him to Rutgers or Vanderbilt or teams of that ilk (of which there are many every year) like we lost Fickell (to Cincy). The USCs and LSUs come around rarely enough that i'd feel secure in retaining him for several more years.
Never falling out of the 1st round for this. NFL coaches draft injured and injury plagues players all the time. Jadeveon Clowney played through a sports hernia his final season in SC and still went #1. Check the history of the NFL Draft. NFL coaches would rather draft and stash him on IR knowing they could cash in on 4 more years on a rookie contract even if he missed the entire rookie year. I can guarantee you right now that even if Nick doesn't play one down of football and misses the combine, he'll still be a top 15 pick due to his potential and comparisons to Joey Bosa. Would never fall out of the 1st round even as a worst case scenario.
Saban? Sure. Harbaugh though...my convictions don't run deep enough for anything TTUN related.
I agree he can't avoid the media but Bill Belichick benched a starter in the SB (Malcolm Butler) and gave Jimmy G away for 'only' a 2nd rd pick and despite the offseason consensus that he sabotaged his team to show Brady and Kraft who's boss, he has not said a peep (on to Jacksonville) and the media already moved on. Sometimes burying your head in the sand is ok when sticking to the script is not your forte.