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Comment 14 Aug 2019

Thanks for posting that Whitesnake. Certainly one of the greatest single defensive plays I’ve ever seen. The fact that that call was not overturned was criminal. 

Comment 14 Aug 2019

Bowen is no slouch; don’t forget that he started two years ago before his injury. No matter who starts, OSU wins. If Bowen starts, then he has beaten out an outstanding talent, though he is still a little green, and, if P-F wins, then he has beaten out a senior who has started and has ample game experience. 

Comment 14 Aug 2019

Great point. 

Last week Day said that he needed McCall to “become the second-string back.”  We’ll, how is that going to happen unless he is singularly focused on playing running back during practice. I can’t help but think that McCall is not quite a running back and not quite a receiver, which, as a result, means that there’s still no place for him despite his many talents. 

Any insider knowledge as to whether he was responsible for putting the ball on the ground during Saturday’s scrimmage?

Comment 14 Aug 2019

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. 

Comment 18 Jul 2019

Karan Higdon makes me giggle. 

Comment 24 Jun 2019

The following statement is not fair to TT given the small sample size that we have to go on, but I think he could have a tree in the grove and leave here with the reputation of being one of our best 1-techniques of all time. 

His strength and leg drive at the point of contact are elite. One fundamental of defensive linemen is to pursue along the line of scrimmage. A number of times last year I noticed him in on tackles on the sideline at the line of scrimmage. This speaks to his motor and speed, along with his elite strength.

As the year evolves, I think it will be increasingly harder to keep him on the sideline.  Elite 1-techniques are a nightmare to an offense and we finally have that SEC- caliber 1-technique that we have been clamoring for for years.

Comment 04 Jun 2019

Defensive ends are made of first-step quickness, leverage and strength.  Few I've ever seen can match the Bosa's in that regard.  I'm excited about Zach's potential, but having a fast 100 meter time on you resume translates better to receiver than DE.

The Bosa's were/are physical freaks - just ask the O-linemen that had to play against them.

Comment 12 Jan 2019

Here I am enjoying the fact that I get to sleep in on a day off and you got my blood pressure up so much that I was going to respond to your brilliant post.  Thankfully I have come to my senses with the realization that any retort would only embolden more insanity. Have a nice day. 

Comment 02 Dec 2018

Many valid points all around. I don’t think we’ll get in, but in the last two weeks we proved that we belong in the conversation. And, two weeks ago, the most common refrain on these forums was “fire Schiano” and now it’s “we belong in the play-offs.”  That’s not a bad two weeks.

Comment 01 Dec 2018

Here’s a reason to hate them. When my wife went to school there the cheer of the student body was, “that’s alright, that’s ok, you’re going to work for us one day.”  Only a loser school is proud of a cheer that only works when you’re losing. 

She also only went to one game when she was there. Usually she and her friends would go to tailgates and then head straight to the library. Of course this week she’s “all in” with the grapes and she just received a Northwest sweatshirt in the mail because she had no swag on hand. 

So there you have it: No. 11.... my wife.

Comment 29 Nov 2018

I'm really looking forward to watching Davis this week.  He had the best high school film of anyone I've seen in a long time.  

Comment 25 Nov 2018

I’m not sure how that question is disrespectful given how the team we saw yesterday looked markedly different than the team of the last 2 months. 

Comment 18 Nov 2018

Not exactly, but you’re right in that we weren’t on the same page as to how to defend it.

Maryland had 3 receivers to the right who were covered man-to-man by Werner, Fuller and Sheffield. The middle receiver, who was covered by Fuller and the inside guy who was covered by Werner crossed. Werner stayed with his guy but Fuller left his guy and also covered Werner’s guy leaving the middle receiver wide open. What we don’t know is whether our guys are taught to fight through screens, which would put the blame on Fuller, or switch ala defending a pick in basketball, which would put the blame on Werner.

IOW, we lined up right, but didn’t execute the coverage right.