Both Schiano and Mattison have forgotten more football than any of us will ever know. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Urban, Schiano and the entire defensive staff completely screwed the pooch in terms of the linebackers who started last year. What are the odds that a new head coach, who whole-scale changed the defensive staff, Mattison, Washington and the rest of the defensive staff would be making the exact same “mistake?” If that mistake was obvious, don’t you think Hafley might say, “listen guys, I know I’m not the LB coach, but doesn’t it seem like Browning/Mitchell are decidedly better than Borland? I just don’t think that two different regimes, particularly with the pressure that the current regime has to “fix” the problems from last year, would put players out there unless they truly believed that those players gave them the best chance to win.
Now for a little nitpicking. There’s a clip of Wilson catching a deep ball. The ball is slightly under thrown, which necessitates Wilson to slow down. He makes the catch, but he allows the ball to fall into his arms over his shoulder. Short balls allow any space between the receiver and defender to be eaten up, which, more often than not, creates a jump ball situation. In a game the receiver would have to high point the ball to have any chance at catching it. If the receivers aren’t repping proper technique in the drills, then what are the drills for? I’m not blaming Wilson but hopefully the coaches will use this as a teaching moment during film. I know I’m reaching with this, but at least we get to talk about actual football again.