Pls don’t assume you know what I am writing and fire off a quick post so we can avoid the “did you read my post” replies. Thanks. Heads up, this is a longer post.
By the time your recruiting class gets into the mid-teens, it starts to shape up into a mini-version of your team just due to the numbers. I understand we are looking for “system guys”, but it you lined them all up I would really wonder what I am looking at. The answer is “dude, it’s the system, back off the coaches, they know what they are doing” and I do love the deathbacker (more for the name), but consider this:
1) The quick and spinner were originally rolled out to make best use of the “current talent”. It now seems to be a scheme to recruit for (2 already, 1 turned away, but we will really take one more ??).
2) GERG spent only 1 year at Texas.
3) GERG’s salary is very low in comparison other recent OC/DC hires (think Tennessee/Washington/USC).
4) We have seen the 3-4 under Herrmann and it obviously did not stick. It could have been the DC running it.
5) GERG could get 3 star talent (maybe not more) at SU to implement these concepts, I only have their 2007 Total Defense which was 111th.
6) If this is Deathbacker U, wouldn’t the great deathbackers flock here (maybe that is Wilkins, remains to be seen).
7) Big Ten tackles are fairly large and you can’t always run around them (case in point Woodley and Graham being able to stop the point of attack and are pretty damn good).
8) The better defenses in the Big Ten (I would consider OSU, PSU and Iowa) don’t use these variations. USC does which is a plus, but they are in a different conference.
I am not saying GERG cannot be successful, I would jump out of my skin at us having a dominant defense. It just raises somequestions when you look at the offer cannon’s targeting. Seriously, raise your hands if you saw the Holmes commit coming. I had never heard of the guy and yes he looks great on film. However, I lived in Dallas for 12 years, know of his high school, know the full court press the Big 12 does on that city and wonder why nobody else “found” this guy besides SMU/Harvard. This is now the “system” recruit which assumes the system works and the architect of the system is still around running it in a few years.
I am not on a ledge, just thinking this through.