And appreciate that we have Nuss. I can't imagine how depressing it would be having to face another season with Borges. If Nuss just has DG throw a quick pass to a cushioned receiver at the line for a free 5 yards it will be an improvement. Take the freebies.
DG: "Before Nuss, I never had to identify a MIKE."
That's what I am more hopeful about. Borges seemed too stubborn and tied to his preset game plan. An OC needs to take what is given sometimes.
Yeah, but I'm sure some player at Alabama is probably saying "We never did XYZ under Nuss".
You can always make any coach look bad with selective player quotes after that coach leaves.
Alabama did not put up negative rushing yards against one of the worst run defenses in the country.
Borges did more to make himself look bad than any fans ever did, he was a good coordinator a decade ago, he hasn't been for years.
No bubble screens allowed. Borges said so.
Borges had to go, not necessarily sure Funk wasn't more the issue. All that being said there is so much, " In Nuss we trust" before we've seen the product. The simple fact is the Defense didn't carry it's weight last year in the slightest.
I'm confident this year is going to be a success. I believe a shitstorm of factors came together last year that can't possibly align again, but let's stop anointing people as the second coming when we haven't seen a thing yet...let's leave that stuff for ND.
I think the expectations for Nuss are out of control. I certainly think he will be an upgrade over Borgess, but Nuss is not miracle worker.
If true how in the hell does Hoke not step in at some point and address that? That's what I don't understand.
Hoke is untouchable for some reason. Plus, I'm not sure if he could identify the Mike either, so I doubt he would be much help. Plus, he just claps his hands and watches the offense without knowing the play calls anyway.
Hoke was a linebacker.
In Hokes post scrimmage interview he was asked what he thought about some
Of the receivers performances. His response was that he didn't know, he was busy watching the middle of the OL to see how the DL was doing. I thought that was a terrible response . It's becoming obvious he can't handle the whole team as head coach and maybe he should focus on DL and recruiting .
The only thing made obvious from that quote is that one's eyes aren't capable of seeing every position on the field. And perhaps that one's brain is incapable of processing all of that even if the eyes could.
He is going to watch film.
If the receivers were the worst part of our team, his eyes would probably go there. But, perhaps coincidentally, the interior of the line is where our biggest weakness was last season. And it also allows him to watch the two youngest players in the defensive front.
Keep trying. You'll come up with something to support your belief eventually.
He only has two eyes, and unless he's really drunk they both point in the same direction. In addition to head coach, he's also a position coach for... drum roll ..... the DL. It's his job during practices and scrimmages to work with the DL and give them feedback after every rep, the same as it is for every position coach, the same as it is for every head coach in the country that also has a position coach responsibility (most of them).
That's what film is for, that's what his assistants and WR coach is for. To be able to see what all 22 guys are doing simultaneously from field level is just impossible, and to make judgements on his coaching chops based on it is assinine.
Its very difficult to watch an interaction between two-four players and also watch the ball. That's why I like the spring/fall scrimmages, I don't feel guilty of cheating myself out of the action watching something that may have zero to do with the end result of a play. I zoned in on Peppers, Ryan to name a couple, to see what they do start to finish on several plays, ignoring the ball.
During the season I do this a lot less because where the ball is going seems to be higher priority. DVR would be a supreme modern tool for being able to do both, alas its not in my toolbox at present.
the Hoke haters are gonna hate. He obviously can't do anything right!
part of the team, exactly where would you want him looking?
shuuut uuuupppp! root for another team then!
he fired him
trampling all over themselves to get to Borges from my house in Florida. Suddenly a couple of sane people posted stern qualifiers and I heard them all licking themselves like cats do when they're caught being stupid.
I seem to remember reading somewhere Young's senior year he had to look to the sidelines for a signal to tell him if the defense was in man or zone
Probably true, but that's how it is for many teams. The issue is that the team needs to get to the line in time to then look at the coaches and make an adjustment
Calling out the MIKE is not a big deal as long as somebody (RB,C,QB) does it. The real problem was our dinosaur pace that got us lined up so late DG could only read/react to the defense post-snap. Having time pre-snap to figure things out will help immensely.
I prefer my QB's to identify the hot routes, mismatches, & ways that the defense is at a disadvantage. Identify the MIKE is a bit overrated
Good luck throwing hot when you don't know which defender to throw hot off of.
jesus hockey sticks
The problem with the Borges offense was the fact that we were one of the slowest teams in the country. Even if the QBs knew what every single player on the defense was doing, it wouldnt have mattered. When you line up with 5 seconds left there isnt a whole lot of time to do anything.
I read this quote the other day and thought of Nuss vs Borges coaching styles.
"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times" -Bruce Lee-
Nuss will not over complicate this young line and make sure they are good at a few things unlike Borges who had many over complicated plays/ blocking schemes.
I was a Borges supporter.
If this is true, though, mea culpa. I can't even imagine what the QB meetings would be like. There might be a reason for the lack of calls, but I just can't imagine what that reason would be.
and there are still guys supporting Borges here and calling people out for disliking him.
As opposed to the people who can't stop beating the dead horse even after he's gone? I didn't post the thread, I'd be very happy never talking about the dude ever again, but when people take things so completely out of context and intepret it completely wrong, I guess I feel compelled to give my two cents to try and set the record straight.
- Why does he care who the MIKE is?
- And isn't the MIKE just the middle linebacker? Seems not so hard to figure out....
Feel free to answer People Who Know More Football Than Me
There's some good discussion among the coaching types here.
Basically, when the offense ID's the "MIKE" it isn't necessarily the same position for the defense (i.e. Jake Ryan). The offense is trying to determine the alignment of the defense and determine it's blocking assignments off of it, the "MIKE" is a common reference point in the center of the formation.
When you spend an entire year as a backup qb watching film and taking snaps in practice instead of being the teams 3rd or 4th best wide receiver. You might also have some value when the first string qb gets hurt in Nebraska.
One bit. Of course he knew the Mike...he was the guy offering him a hand up after just crushing him -10 yards for a sack. Now, after those beat downs could he REMEMBER the Mike's name???? Heck, no.
turn into a meme thread.
There's some debate back and forth on these comments about who is supposed to identify the Mike, and what DG's comment means. But regardless of the specifics, I think this is emblematic of one of Borges' biggest failures, which we can probably agree on: he didn't give his offenses a chance to react pre-snap to the defense's alignment. The offense almost never got to the line with more than 10 seconds left on the play clock, and our formation would often give away what we were trying to do (Ace slot formation? Tunnel screen to the outside guy. Tackle over? Power run to strong side. Ace pistol? Speed option. Etc. etc.). I virtually never saw Devin audible at the line, with the exception of that speed option TD versus ND.
This is how we end up running into stacked boxes all day against PSU, or how we end up taking 7-step drops facing blitz looks vs. MSU. It's also probably why we had such success versus Ohio: they amost always used vanilla looks, so there wasn't much that we needed to react to.