He got carted off the field late in the fourth, the knee was wrapped from what I saw.
He got carted off the field late in the fourth, the knee was wrapped from what I saw.
Pass blocking was improved, run blocking seemed to be better as well at times. Gardner had a nice game, he always seemed under control and obviously Funchess only catching instead of blocking is an absolute plus.
Jake Butt on the other hand looks the part as a blocker and although he didn't have any catches today you can see a bright future for him. All in all an improvement, but they need to keep building towards more consistency.
No turnovers and only 2 penalties for 10 yards. Makes it a lot easier to win games.
Chris Bryant and Glasgow at Center made a huge difference. We didn't have DTs in the backfield as soon as the ball was snapped. Gardner had good protection. We've found our group of linemen and they will get better through the season for sure. Encouraged!
I agree we were improved. But we've been so absolutely unbelievably bad this year that it's hard to realize that we still performed well below average today on the OL.
Not to be a downer...but that wasn't the most impressive 35 points.
S except for pretty much doing what they wanted and committing zero TOs, it sucked?
It was basically 5 TDs in what, 8 possessions? One of the three stops was a blatant uncalled pass interference, too.
Would love to hear the explanation of that non-call. Did they rule it uncatchable? Right after that play Hoke had a chat with the backjudge.
"Watch the damn play." It was just a totally blown call from a ref who was probably not looking.
The ball was totally catchable; had Funch not been grabbed, he would have caught it in stride and probably gone for a TD.
When you're reduced to "WIN PRETTIER," then you should probably drink and be merry rather than whatever it is you're doing. I mean, I understand what you're saying, but now is not the time for sadness.
Five of them ended in touchdowns
How many points would you like them to generate in 8 possessions.
Green looked good early, but later on the holes dried up. Still a lot of errors from the OL, but I think things were better this week and there were a lot of positive plays.
I like how they're moving Lewan around. I also, of course, like Funchess out wide--as a second receiver he is a key player. It would be nice if he could block, but it's wise of the coaches to move him to where the need is.
Funchess at WR worked out just great today. And if you think about it, he should be a killer blocker vs corners and safeties in the open field, as opposed to LB and DL in the trenches.
BTW, does anyone know how fast Funchess is? Not questioning what his best position is, I'm just curious...
the best part of this gameplan was that DG98 wasn't 99% of the focus of it.
Great place to start, now need to get better for next weeks road game at PSU! Certainly feeling better today than after Akron or UConn. Forward ho!
for the most part, at least in terms of showing improvement in areas that were bad/horrible the last two weeks. O-line change looks like it was probally the right move. Bryant looked solid, with the exception of one passing play that resulted in a sack.
I wasn't thrilled with Al's playcalling though, thought it was too predictable. I understand trying to establish the run with the new line, but ideally playcalling should be balanced. Minny was selling out on the run on first and second down, and while it worked at times due to the talent difference, there were also times where runs didn't go anywhere because there were simply too many defenders to account for. There were also a couple possessions where they seemingly went to all passes as well.
In order to beat the better teams on the schedule the playcalling will need to strike a better balance moving forward. Too many possessions in this game where it was skewed towards the run or pass.
5 TDs out of 8 total drives. 5 for 5 in the red zone. One non-TD drive started from our own 1 and led to great field position. I'll give Borges credit for calling a good game instead of nitpicking run-pass balance on each drive (a peculiar criticism) and expecting every play to be successful.
Ideally you would like to have a good run-pass balance. They got by with it today against inferior talent, but that doesn't mean they don't need better balance and more unpredictability moving forward into the difficult part of the schedule. Not like Al's being somewhat predictable,at times, hasn't been discussed before.
I've never heard of that being a goal of any team, ever. Perhaps you're grasping at straws looking for something to criticize. On the first drive we ran every play and moved the chains and scored a TD. Late in the game we mostly ran to milk the clock with a big lead. He did throw in a few passes even then. A 2 to 1 run pass ratio considering Gardner's struggles the last two games and the score is a good overall balance. At least it is to me.
That's fine with me. If every play is the same but we still move the ball that's great, in fact.
The one strength of Minnesota's D is at the DTs. That matched up with M's interior line TFL-giveaway which we just shuffled in a new guy for his first action. The result of that was an offense that mostly marched down the field, gave up one sack, and allowed us to run virtually at will. That seems pretty good to me.
That may not work against MSU, but that was always going to be a stiff test for our line. For now, I'm not sure what else I could have asked.
than I was today. The most biased bastards in the history of college football. I would welcome Pam Ward back with a big kiss!
Every single thing DG did good or bad, they criticized. I was about a minute from turning the freaking volume off and calling it myself.
There were some angry moments in the first half, but I was encouraged by the OL. Worst part of the game was the announcing.
My best to Jerry Kill and his family.
< insert announcer inaccurate joke here >
But seriously, he was MUCH improved. He was setting his feet, actually stepped up in the pocket a couple times, took a sack instead o throwing it up. And all those "inaccurate" throws were completed, because they were put in paces the WRs could get to. It's good to know that every slightly off throw won't become DOOM. That will help his confidence. Take the small victories.
And oh, by the way, ZERO interceptions. That's a large victory.
The throw to Funchess at the goal line wasn't even inaccurate. That's exactly where you're supposed to put that ball, low and outside so that only your guy has a chance for it.
I don't think you know what outside means.
Funchess slipped because the ball was inside and he had to slow down his route and actually stop to get the ball.
An accurate ball would have been to his outside, where he could have caught it in stride and probably scored.
Akron and UConn? That's not much to gloat about. And no turnovers is not that big a deal, either. When did the standards for this team get so low?
to point out that Deveon Smith had no play, yet Justice Hayes got in once or twice.
Green played well, so there isn't much need to rotate more. And there just weren't that many plays to get other guys work.
What is your point? Hayes came in for 3rd downs on obvious passing plays.
I take two things from this game on offense. First, the OL is definitely improved with the changes and hopefully will continue to get better as they gel in game situations. Second, I think Gardner may get back to baseline in terms of confidence based on no turnovers and some long completions, namely the last one to Funchess.
Wondering about the play calls on our 2nd and 3rd possesions IIRC. Seemed to totally leave the running game. Why?
Al's playcalling was strange today. Didn't really have much of a balance, seemed heavily skewed towards pass or run on any given possession for some reason.
Today was not perfect by any means, but it was a good step in the right direction. Devin played turnover-free football and looked MUCH better today. The line looked like it was starting to get some push, and Funchess....wow, what can I say? He's a huge mismatch and a nightmare to try and cover. He looked damn good today.
Did I mention Devin had no turnovers today?
An encouraging move in the right direction ... if they continue to build on the improvements game over game. Any regression will become very problematic against better teams.
Green seems to have no YAC ability at all. unfortunate, but so far he looks like Kevin Grady 2.0. I hope I'm wrong
He had 5 carries for 20 yards at halftime I think. His YPC got skewed a bit on his goal line attempts, especially on our last TD drive.
Earl Campbell himself is not going to run over two DL.You need to chilax.
He's a true freshman playing behind a less than stellar line. Cut him some slack.
For such a big and powerful guy, Green goes down as easily as Carlos Brown.
His TD run today was basically him vs 3 guys at the 2 yard line and he plunged in easily. He's a true freshmen lets not compare him to Carlos Brown just yet.
He was basically untouched before he hit the goal line if I recall correctly.