Interested to see how/if ESPN reports on this and if they give enough credence to all of the conflicting reports or resort to the bullshit tabloid “journalism” standards of McMurphy himself.
Right, and I’m not talking about a complete revamping of the playbook. But to your point (and many others’), moving LBs off the line should be a game time adjustment at least. When I say fundamentals I’m referring to tackling (mind boggling how we even need help there), mental mistakes that cost us penalties, you name it. With the resources in this football program, the collective experience and expertise of coaches, and the talent of the players on the field, they have apparently sat on some fixable issues that were not discussed until “yesterday.”
The problem is all this talk about evaluating and fixing things “yesterday” instead of before the game when it was glaringly obvious. These weren’t new problems that arose against Purdue. Wondering why it is we have to lose a game before exploring solutions to the problems seen week after week. I would be much less frustrated if we lost, yet actually made adjustments in some fundamental areas (giving up in the fourth quarter didn’t help either though).
Surely beating a dead horse here, but we’ll stop when it’s actually dead.
I hope so too and I almost expect it since we’re lately wondering what could have been with recent seasons. Beat TTUN and I’m happy.
Totally agree. We can talk linebackers, safeties, and o-line each week (and all are valid criticisms), but the overall physicality of this team is much worse than we’ve seen in a long time (can’t remember when). There’s no fight and it was glaringly obvious in the fourth quarter tonight when we let them put up TWENTY EIGHT POINTS. We’ve gone soft and I’d love to hear a reason why we haven’t.
These LBs are gonna have to start paying a fare for these rides Minnesota is taking them on.
That stupid hand warmer was a central focus for McSorley in the first half. What a fashion statement mishap. Reminded me of Janet Jackson and J.T.
Watching him step up in the pocket like that, I just knew something was coming. It’s almost like he said “I’m a fucking NFL QB” and Victor took it from there.
I think Urban said it was his foot and he should be fine to go for next week thankfully.
Couldn’t agree more. And yes, the pursuit angles can’t be stressed enough. If the runner gets passed the LBs, the safety can’t take a bad angle and give him the sideline like that. If the runner cuts back in, you at least give the corners and the other safety an opportunity to make the tackle. Pretty basic stuff really.
It was definitely hard to see Mack struggle like that. I thought it was going to be a big game for him after that great deep ball catch he had. After four drops and the holding call I was surprised to see him stay in it, but I think it showed a lot about the character of the team and Mack, himself, to keep at it and get some completions going. It’s easy to stay positive when everything is going your way, but man was that impressive.
Took a terrible angle. Arguably no angle at all.
Might have a few sacks. Wouldn’t be surprised. As long as he makes good decisions in those moments and does what he does when he gets his chance, I like his odds back there.
Can’t argue with that. And we do seem to replace them. I’d still love be to see a secondary consisting of Hooker, Lattimore, and Ward (haven’t crunched the eligibility scenario so forgive me if not possible). Something along those lines. Haskins -the way he’s playing now- is a once in a generation QB and it stings even more.
Always want to see these kids succeed, but I feel ya. Especially with the DBs we’ve put in the league over the past few years.
Haskins is as calm and poised surrounded by the media as he is in the pocket.
Oh!! Oh my... Today I learned that I could play center at MSU. I wouldn’t be any better, but I could certainly do that.
Should also be noted that 3 of those 4 losses came in 2011, which was for obvious reasons an “off” year for us. Holy cow.
Agreed. On that note, wouldn’t it be nice if the Big Ten rallied around Ohio State the same way the SEC does with Alabama in the spirit of conference solidarity? (Side note, I honestly don’t give a crap).
Missing Fuller. Hoping for a quick recovery. Thankfully Bosa scored a TD for him.
I’d imagine Braxton could be a pretty electric punt/kick returner. Not sure if he was ever given the chance in Houston. I’m sure he’d rather be a WR, but I’d be surprised if he can’t find success on special teams. Next Josh Cribbs?