It just feels that long.
Oh, come on. Using political correctness as an analogy is a terrible argument. Black athletes have been gravitating away from baseball for decades for a number of reasons, and MLB is making an attempt to avoid looking like the racist sport.
We have talent at LBers but the coaches prefer experience to talent. That’s why we saw the same guys this year. The improved play this year was mostly due to a different scheme. Next year, there will be no excuse to continue to play cement footed guys like Borland or average players like Werner. Washington and Mattison will have to step up and make hard decisions to play more talented new blood. It may not be popular but it’s the only way to raise the bar for this defense.
The TE is a different type of receiver though. They are especially effective in short yardage and red zone because they’re usually matched up against weaker coverage LBers. Especially an athletic TE like Ruckert. I would’ve loved to have seen him targeted at least once when we got inside the 10 against Clemson. We have great WRs, but we should use all our weapons.
Oregon? You mean 5 years ago? That’s how far you have to go back to find us using the TEs.
I’m sorry, but until we start using the TEs to do anything but block, this position has very little meaning to our offense. I’d love to see Ruckert be targeted at least 5 times a game, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening.
He has to be given the chance, and thus far the coaches have thrown their lot in with Borland. Borland is average against the run and a disaster in coverage. I have no idea what Washington is thinking anymore than what Davis was thinking last year. The LBers were somewhat better this year, but the real improvement in the D was the DL and DBs that was a result of a new system. LBers were a weak link comparatively, and we need an upgrade. The talent is there. It’s time to find out if we have the coaching to develop them.
They downvote because fans who don’t understand the game, childishly hate any criticism of their team. They can’t admit their team ever does anything wrong. They hated it when Barrett was called a poor passer, even though now most fans will admit that’s the case. Even when fans follow the program closely, they rarely understand the game or the team. Look at how many ego driven pissing matches start on this board because no one can stand any criticism.
I love the DL talent we have. I don’t know expect a drop off at all.
The LBers need an upgrade. Harrison had a good year, but Borland is a liability and Werner is adequate at best. Steve Helwagen said it best when he said the LBers were good enough to win the B1G but not the NC. Browning or Mitchell should win the Mike and Pope and Gant should get long looks outside. Browning is a very interesting player. He’s electric as a pass rusher, and is decent in coverage for a Mike, but he doesn’t show the instincts needed against the run. I hope he’s always on the field in pass rush situations, but I question if he’s a full time player. What to do with the LBers is a major test for Day next year IMO. Even though the defensive coaches are making the calls, Day can override them if he feels they aren’t playing the best players. Let’s hope we don’t have another John Kerr situation on our hands again.
The LBers need an upgrade. Harrison had a good year, but Borland is a liability and Werner is adequate at best. Steve Helwagen said it best when he said the LBers were good enough to win the B1G but not the NC. Browning or Mitchell should win the Mike and Pope and Gant should get long looks outside. Browning is a very interesting player. He’s electric as a pass rusher, and is decent in coverage for a Mike, but he doesn’t show the instincts needed against the run. I hope he’s always on the field in pass rush situations, but I question if he’s a full time player.
I wouldn’t rule out Haskell Garrett either. I thought he was impressive in limited spots.
Exactly. They’ll never get over losing that war. They’re always trying to stick it to Yankees. Sherman didn’t burn enough of the South down.
A conspiracy of lies to justify a bad call by replay. I occasionally disagree with the replay official, but have never seen a more egregious blown call. When NFL refs are tweeting it’s a bad call, it’s a bad call. The game’s over now, why not just admit they blew it? And BTW, we should never agree to an SEC crew doing another one of our games. Fuck them.
Based on what we saw in the PSU game, I’m concerned about this very idea. Day isn’t the most creative play caller and he tightened up in that game. I can understand running a vanilla offense when you have superior talent, but this isn’t that kind of opponent. OSU has been allergic to attempting to fool a defense since Tressel. The occasional trick play is fine, but where’s the misdirection? Where’s the pistol or different formations? Why not get the TEs involved? Especially Ruckert. He’s a mismatch for any LB. I hope this is a repeat of the Bama game, but I fear our lack of creativity on offense will hurt us eventually.
Why would they do that? Meyers just had a great year, and is proven as a Center. Let Miller pay his dues for a year as a Guard and then he can take over. I seriously doubt Meyers wants to come back to be switched.
Oregon loses Herbert, as well as a few top receivers and 4 starting OL. Their offense will take a step back next year. Could be good defensively though. Thibodeax is a beast.
Does anyone have any idea why we haven’t offered or started recruiting Isaiah Johnson? 5* CB from WV. Has great size and is a plus athlete. Unless there’s a character issue, seems we should be already in on him.
They take a big hit defensively, which was their strength. All of their top defenders are gone. Add in the loss of Huntley and Moss, and they lose a lot. They aren’t in a position to just rebuild like we can, so I would I expect them to take a big step backwards next year. USC actually returns a lot, and should have no trouble winning the South and likely the conference. Looks like another bad year for the PAC.
Last year’s DB recruiting was a disaster. That’s why those coaches are gone.
I like him, but one might even say his posts have been irresponsible. I didn’t like how he posted last night.
Why not $2M? That’s what other top assistants are making at top programs. Why are we always lagging in paying top assistants? Geno needs to keep up with the Jones’s,
It didn’t matter. I said this when the committee placed us on top to begin with, was the only reason they did it was to give Bama the 4 seed, and then match them up with us in the first round instead of LSU. They didn’t want a rematch of Bama-LSU, so thought that was a better option. The second Bama lost to Auburn, it was obvious that LSU would get the top seed once they beat UGA. They had this all planned out weeks ago
Christman looks huge, like an absolute road grader.
You have responded to several of my posts, so I’m sure you know that I feel strongly about the conference not scheduling big games like this in late November. This is a disservice to us all the way around. This is where our AD needs to stand up for his school. If you’re going to argue against my positions, at least be honest about them. And I have no problem with playing the Rutgers and Maryland’s of the world at noon. But big home games should be played at night for maximum benefit. You also mention wagging the dog, when in fact that’s exactly what happening to us. The BIG should be working with us to promote the biggest brand in the conference, rather than allowing Fox to put us in the worst time slot for a big game.
If you enjoy noon games for whatever reason, that’s fine. But stop lying about recruiting, by claiming we can recruit nationally, even though some recruits won’t be able to make the game. And stop crying about Fox’s best interests. We aren’t beholden to helping them. They need to look out for us.