Dare I say that there's your next left tackle after Munford leaves?
Bro, what? What game were you watching? You're talking about the second team D with a few starters sprinkled in here and there. Plus it was garbage time. There is always fans that want to find doom and gloom out of great performances.
I agree 100%. i think some of that can be explained by going up 28-0 and then allowing human nature to make our guys not play so hard or be locked in.
Don't forget about the glaring holes we saw last year playing our cupcakes. We gave up 31 points to oregon state and way too many big plays. That ended up being a precursor for the rest of the season. We didn't see any of that yesterday. I think the slow down after the initial burst was due to lack of effort (human nature). Not that its okay or anything I'm sure Day will fix that. The line showed spurts of great blocking (run and pass pro) but then that slowed down. The only explanation for me is effort. There's a few little things that can be cleaned up like Fields making better reads but I'm impressed with the way he stayed in the pocket and scanned the field and used his legs only when he needed to. I think we also saw very vanilla play calling offensively and defensively. Overall a pretty good showing with no glaring holes.
I agree. i think their head coach makes things a little interesting too but I'm not concerned at all. People are worried about Fields being ready for this game but I think this game will feature a heavy dose of Dobbins considering they have new starters on the D line.
Paper, If you were paying attention you would have noticed that the debate is related to the linebacker situation. It's about leadership vs. talent. Kind of the same situation as JT vs. Haskins.
I'm well aware. I've read his book. I think leadership is important don't get me wrong but it's not the end all be all.
JT's game was more fitting for that type of weather because the coaches knew he couldn't throw anyways and that hes a runner. You don't call the same plays for JT that you call for Haskins. The Illinois game is irrelevant. JT was injured yes but nothing changed about his throwing ability. It was always bad. Based on your logic about Haskins comment, do you also believe that every single player is always telling the truth while speaking to the media?
Yeah that illinois game was in the middle of a monsoon. That hardly counts. Anyone would struggle throwing the ball in those conditions. Ryan Day and Meyer can throw out whatever kind of coach speak they want to but JT was never better than Haskins. TTUN game proved that. We were down with Barrett and then Haskins came in and lead us to the win with his passing ability. In fact there wasn't a possession that we didn't score on when Haskins came in (aside from the missed field goal). The offense was stagnant with JT. Let's not use the lazy logic saying "the coaches know whats best". If that's the case then not a single coach ever in the history of the game should have been fired because they know whats best right? The fact is Urban did not have the balls to do what Saban and Dabo did and bench the veteran for the better younger guy. He loved JT, that was evident. That's the reason JT played over Haskins.
Your response is pure gold. I will never understand why coaches prefer leaders over guys that are just flat out better. When a coach talks about how good of a leader a player is it's kind of like saying a girl has a really good personality. At the end of the day, it just means she's ugly.
Werner is the one that I see being able to dramatically improve his game. He took poor angles, had trouble finishing tackles, and had trouble disengaging blockers. These are all things that can be coached up and Mattison supposedly excels at teaching fundamentals. Your'e right about Borland though. If it was his achilies then he should have sat longer to let it heal but if his athleticism wasn't affected by the injury then he just simply isn't a Big Ten linebacker and should probably transfer to a MAC school. I'm tired of the whole "LeAdErShIp" excuse. I don't care how good you are at speaking in the locker room. That doesn't stop opposing teams from scoring.
Dobbins definitely deserves some of the responsibility. The good thing is he seems to have taken all of the responsibility from what were seeing in interviews so we should see improvement from him. It's just that the running game is so dependent on Oline play and the fact that the weaknesses on the Oline were so well documented when it comes to Studs lack of ability and the fact that we were playing 5 tackles. I think it's important to remember that Weber didn't have the greatest year either and both were getting hit in the backfield on a regular basis.
This was my thought. We have heard Day in the past talk about expectations for Fields. To me it makes sense that he is just trying to keep those expectations down. I think Day waits until the end of next week to name a starter and then it's game week.
Don't forget about Tate too. That's two quarterbacks in the same year. I think it's safe to say that's a position of need. Ryan Day and Jimmy are two totally different coaches.