I like curling
Borges the women's curling coach hates the free guard zone rule, thinks tap-backs and freezes are "basketball on ice", and usually calls for at least 3 peels every end. He occasionally gets 4 points dropped on him when repeatedly asking his takeout specialist to throw open draws. MANCURLING.
Coaching: do some
should hire you!
We are fine!!!
WERST DEFENSE EVAR!
I just hope, for one thing, we don't completely ignore what the offense did today. Yeah, I know, IU's D is terrible...but come on. 63 points in regulation. Borges deserves some real props today.
And as for Mattison...he'll whip the D in shape to get ready for MSU. He had his players in positions to succeed today. Too many missed tackles...and missed opportunites to get interceptions (though the two they got late were definitely clutch). IU also flat out executed perfectly at times too...sometimes you just get beat. It all added up.
But glad to see them get the win, regardless of how ugly it was.
were nigh-well miraculous. Remove them from the final score and it's probably what we expected. Also, Stribling will be good.
Lots of potential in Stribling. His youth/inexperience was exposed today though.
I agree that playmaking was more of an issue than playcalling. Stribling in particular let up a few big plays.
Give Indiana credit, they played virtually mistake free for long stretches and fit some balls in some really small windows. Also give Mattison credit for several 3 and outs at the beginning to let the offense open a bit of a lead. I think the tempo started wearing our guys down, mentally and physically towards the end, and they had some really lucky plays. There was probably a 21 point swing just on the two picks we almost had. We had two bad busts and then poor tackling a few other times. We need to clean some things up, but I'm fairly confident in the defense still.
but I had the impression a couple of the guys were enjoying it, taking it as a challenge. Once when IU was standing at the line, waiting for the playcall from the sideline, they cut to a closeup of Black (I think) and it looked like he was saying something like "c'mon, snap the ball. let's go."
The turning point seemed to be when they changed QBs in the 2nd quarter. The pocket passer, we had reasonably under control, but Roberson was a nightmare.
Yep, the guy had himself a game. If he didn't whack his thumb, the game could've turned out very differently.
Still not sure about the decision to not onside kick after the flag on the touchdown.
I'm more troubled by the squib kicks. I would love to see a mathlete piece on this, because squibbing seems completely counterproductive to me.
Little chance he will break it for a TD. Give up a little field position vs. the TD from the deep guy.
Was stupid as hell. Gifted hem a old ol, especially when they put in three defenders in the end zone with eight seconds left and two timeouts.
I did a diary on that once before, can't remember when it was. Sugar bowl, maybe?
The conclusion was that you kick onside unless they onside-protect, in which case you squib/pooch over the protection. It was already probably the right play before they started bringing touchbacks out to the 25; I'm almost certain it is now. The only caveat is that we don't have good statistics yet on onside-kick success with the new kick-formation rules.
makes last week's outpouring against Borges look very, very stupid.
Um, why? Because we put up a lot of points against Indiana? What does that have to do with last week?
Because we scored 40!!! last week. And all of the former players and coaches were bitching about the offense on 4 or 5 plays.
Now we have scored 103 in the last 2 weeks. not to mention 41 vs ND. Probably not a coaching problem
the outpouring of vitriol was unjustified by almost any measure.
The case that the coaching is suspect was made quite nicely and logically by Brian and a few others. Then it seemed to become a contest of who could agree most LOUDLY and with the most venom. MGoblog is my favorite hobby, but last week was no fun.
I'm not going to rehash last week. If you can't understand some of the key faults of the playcalling last week, there isn't a whole lot I can do to help you.
as any sane person can recognize. It's whether going insane over it was the right response.
Not just the points, it's how we scored the points. Borges pretty much addressed every concern people had. Too conservative, too many runs, too predictable on first down, too stubborn to adapt to to defenses, etc, etc, etc. I know, I know, "it makes it worse that he didn't do it last game," but the success downfield did have a lot to do with the run plays we did call today. It's just that the run plays worked out better for a variety of reasons.
Also, we broke school records all over the place. We've had some pretty good offenses through the years who played some pretty awful teams, so even with the Indiana caveat, it's still a noteable success.
Then again, those teams of which you speak usually had good defenses which helped create blowouts in those games. That allowed backups to play and precluded major records being broken.
Seriously? Borges called a terrible game last week. Those 40 points came on 19 posessions, which isn't a good ratio at all. This week, he did exactly what we've all been screaming for, and sure enough, it is extremely effective. Your conclusion is what seems "very, very stupid".
that was very, VERY stupid--nay, hysterical, in a way that only men can be and women never come close to. Not criticism. Darwin, a very measured man, who spent years withoholding his case utnil it was perfected--at the risk of going unrecognized at all--would have recognized this instantly. But you sir are no Darwin.
What the fuck? The sexism, the non sequiturs, the misattribution -- it's all too much to know where to begin.
WOW Auburn WINS!
Their blog has tons of former coaches who until this week thought their coaching staff was terrible.
Typical smartass response. There is no way you aren't a college student.
Coaching was solid. I will not fauult Mattison for the D. He is working with what he has, and the Dl just isn't that good.
Will you fault him for not even having the defense lined up on 5-7 plays? If giving up almost 600 yards doesn't deserve fault, what does?
telling them where to go. I am sure he would if he could. MrCarson, what are you qualifications for rating coaching performance? (I know, you could lie because no one knows who you are)
Your reasoning is that he is not out on the field? No shit. He is never on the field. You've just excused every defensive coordinator in the country from criticism.
And you didn't answer my question. If giving up almost 600 yards of offense does not deserve questioning, what does?
Troll hard. What account that was yours got banned? Fess up.
Please explain how I am trolling. 572 yards of offense, and I can't criticize the defensive game plan? So when can I?
Brand new account that is only posting negative thoughts about even the offense when they just rolled up 750+yds of offense. Nope, you seem legit and not just trying to rile up shit.
When IU runs no huddle/hurry up, it isn't up to Mattison. It's up to the leaders on the field. And Jake Ryan wasn't out there much.
Didnt see anyone complaining about I formation on the Fitz TD at the end of the game.
All these coaches on here complain when stuff doesn't work. But when it does work, no one says...ummm sorry, I guess you do spend your WHOLE LIFE working at this while I spend 3 hours on a Saturday complaining about it.
Because they were worn down. The run was more effective out of the spread today. Plain and simple. STFU
I gotta say borges called a good game. I know IU has crap defense but even if UM scored 30 total points he called a very good game.
I'm sure for OSU he will go back to "up the gut" for 1st and 2nd down no matter what manball do or die