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IWannaGoBack


Iowa City, Iowa (via Waynesville, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   April 12, 2018

Graduate of the College of Education and Human Ecology
Fan of Math and Facts

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Comment 21 Mar 2020
I coach Defensive Line at a large high school in Iowa. I've coached a few D1 kids. Here are my thoughts after watching his film: He's got size and strength to spare. He's quick and has a nose for the ball. His pad level isn't great, he tends to play upright unless he's bullrushing. His technique is about average for a high schooler; on more than a few plays, he aligned his hands and feet wrong, leading him to play the block wrong. He seems like he usually focuses on using his strength to get by the blocker, then run down the ball. He doesn't seem to play rules well (block down, step down, etc). But he has the physical tools to be very good. That being said, every thing I criticized above are skills that can be taught. Many elite HS DL struggle with these because they often don't have to become good at them at the HS level. They're just physically more dominant. And, on the plus side, LJ is exactly the right guy to teach economy of motion, technique, and the "Kung Fu" of DL so to speak.
Comment 21 Jan 2020

I like it, but I'm also in favor of throwing out the kicking game completely. Full disclosure, I coach and I hate having to spend practice time on special teams.

Comment 14 Jan 2020

FPI weights the entire season's results, not a single game. Clemson played literally nobody in the top 30 during the regular season. Ohio State played multiple top ten teams. Not hard to figure out why the rankings look like this. Still means nothing, congrats to LSU on a great year.

Comment 14 Jan 2020
I dunno if he starts or not. If he does, of laugh solely because that means he's real good and his "bus that hates pedestrians" style would be entertaining.
Comment 13 Jan 2020

Thankfully, with all those productivity gains by the average worker, salaries have been skyrocketing to keep pace!

(don't ask for whom)

Comment 13 Jan 2020

Oh, it will be a goddamn circus, but not because it will be competitive.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/01/13/hotline-newsletter-pac-12-crew-officiating-the-championship-game-what-could-possibly-go-wrong/

Comment 13 Jan 2020
I would enjoy watching them get their doors blown off for a half, then have the second half be nothing but horrible bullshit calls that make the blowout even worse.
Comment 13 Jan 2020

Bad officiating and pure dumb luck made a 22 point swing: we dropped 2 touchdown passes and got 6 instead (-8 for us) and got boned on the fumble TD, leading to a Clemson touchdown (-14 for us).

But sure, go ahead and tell me that Clemson deserves to be in this game. I'll read to my kids instead of watch this farce.

Comment 11 Jan 2020
Nope. I was a "get back" guy on that varsity squad. That was my second yeah coaching, and I was a JV guy.
Comment 10 Jan 2020

analysts saying Ohio St needed to overcome the officiating mistakes

This kind of comment always drives me nuts. No, nobody should have to just overcome bad officiating. Just say "yep, the officials got it wrong, but that sucks and there's nothing you can do about it." Don't put it on the team to have to overcome shitty officiating, just acknowledge it for what it is and move on.

Imagine if somebody said "if you were so unhealthy that cancer kills you, you didn't deserve to live." Yet the same bullshit flies about officiating? Fuck right off with that crap. Shit happens, people get unlucky, don't put the onus on the victim to "overcome their circumstances."

Comment 10 Jan 2020

Yeah we once faced a team in the state semis that was a 353 stack team (a little different from the 335, obv) that had some monsters up front. They two-gapped every DL 4-0-4. We were a straightforward, physical gap scheme team. Not only did we have shitty angles to their stacked LBs when comboing uncovered lineman back to the DL, we could move the dang DL at all. So we had unblocked LBs scraping and DL who went nowhere. It was a long night.

Spoiler alert: we won that game and went on to win the state title, breaking the record we set the previous year for MOV in a state title game. Helps to have great players.

Comment 10 Jan 2020

Yep. We went to a 335 tite front because we simply didn't have 4 quality DL we could play all game (actually, we do, but I wanted to limit their snap counts so I don't have guys playing 110 snaps both ways all game). We like to walk our "beast" defender down to make a 4 man front and play some games with him, but at the end of the day our 6 man box is there to make the dang ball bounce to our safeties. As you said, it's just math and numbers. If the offense unbalances, we have to match numbers. If they have 8 or 9 in the box, we have to have 8 or 9 in the box (even if that means the safety arrives late, but he can because we spill everything).

It's about technique and having a plan, not the front itself.

Comment 10 Jan 2020

But that's sort of the point, isn't it? To say "the 335 is not a quality defense" is to make assumptions that really don't hold. Nobody sits in that base front against a tight end and motioning back.

Comment 10 Jan 2020

Nah, they'll just claim that everybody at OSU takes online classes while whistling past the 9 gorillion ads I see daily for "university of michigan distance master's programs" in Business, Machine Learning, Dentristry, blah blah blah.

It's just deflection, and it's simultaneously sad and funny. They really don't understand why they aren't able to compete with elite teams.

Comment 10 Jan 2020
Hot Take: you have no idea what you're talking about. I'm an HS DC and OL coach. Yes, there are bad 335 defenses. There are also good 335 defenses. Saying "the 335 is bad" is the same as the idiots on TV who say "they run the spread". I've got news for you: there's no such thing as "the" spread. But I'll grant you this: if the defense sits there in a base look while the offense motions into an unbalanced set, then that is a bad defense (no matter their personnel). Please take the time to learn at least something about what you're posting in the future.
Comment 09 Jan 2020

So 1 in the past 10 years for Texas, 5 for Ohio State (not counting Dobbins this year).

Well, good luck to the kid. If nothing else, Austin is a fun town with great food and music (and bad traffic, but that's probably not super relevant).

Comment 09 Jan 2020

Stick with Texas, never win the conference, never make the playoff, then go undrafted. Oh well, you want these kids to make decisions that benefit themselves, but obviously they are their own people and who am I to tell them what is and isn't good for them.

Comment 06 Jan 2020

Dude needs to work on snapping his hips instead of just rotating his shoulders. Classic "Physically Dominant High Schooler With Bad Technique" Syndrome.