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|23 weeks 4 days ago||Dominate?||
No! Be respectable speed bumps? Uh, Yeah! Fall camp and 8 games later and we cant consistently slow down equivalently rated players with a year or two worth of experience and be serviceable.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Other than playing scared||
I dont think you can blame the play calling on DG. I dont even really blame the fact that he is so afraid of both getting drilled and throwing an interception that he reads the play after the snap so slow he is missing windows and can't seem to hit a receiver unless he is standing alone with a 5 yard radius around him. The OC could put him in better situations, call better plays or appeal to whatever fighting spirit DG has left by sitting him for a series or a qtr by putting Morris in the game. Something has to get DGs fight back. Its the OCs job is to make his players look good. Malzahn did it at Arkansas and Auburn during both tenures.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Not just the offensive coaches||
The D line, coached by Hoke and Mattison, cant get pressure. The linebackers tackle inconsistently and dont drop well into pass routes. The DBs cant anticipate and leave receivers open by 5 - 10 yards on 3rd down consistently. Either the talent isnt there (I personally believe it is) or the coaches on both sides of the ball need a gut check or get the hell out.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||uhhh||
No! Unless we are preparing them to lose.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||He should be saying I and me||
The skill players have shown at times that they can be good. The issue is after fall camp and 8 games, why isnt the play more consistent. That is due to the coaches. I'm not sure if we should be getting rid of all 3 (Hoke, Borges & Mattison) or some combination of Borges, Funk and Mallory etc. I do give Mattison some blame when its 4th and 2 and our DBs are 6 - 8 off the ball. I also give Hoke and Mattison some blame for having a D line that cant get any penetration with 4. By now, you should be able to have coached a skilled but raw athlete how to get some pressure on a consistent basis.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||"Bosch looked fat"||
Have you ever seen Chance Warmack, DJ Fluker, etc?
|24 weeks 2 days ago||You're making an assumption...||
What you see of Nick Saban is not what happens when the cameras are off. I live in Tuscaloosa and I am friends with quite a few of the players over the last 7 - 8 years. You see calm, cool and collected. I can tell you only what I have heard but not only does Coach Saban kick butt, he takes names and so does his staff.
Especially in the first few years, he gave his players very little rope to hang themselves and after the mass house cleaning he did in his 1st 2 years, if you're lazy or sloppy or anything other than perfect, you pay for it. Did he use the medical hardship to set an example? That is speculation but it is assumed that was one of the ways he sent the message. The other methods he used involved the S&C coach and early morning sweat sessions. From what I've been told, he's not Bobby Knight but he's is not bashful about getting in your face either.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Good?||
ND's defense allowed 360+ vs Temple, 460 vs UM, ~ 300 vs Purdue and were out gained by Little Brother's offense. That's considered good in your book? Well that's just your opinion, man!
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Your eyes saw one thing...||
...and your brain interpreted another. If you've played the game beyond middle school you'd know your interpretation of what I wrote was off.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||The expectation||
is for the position. It doesn't matter what age they are. If they can't do it in a game then someone else deserves a chance.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Young team||
And to your point of this being a young team, I believe the coaches themselves have said numerous times that the expectation is for the position. If one player isn't getting it done then the next guy needs to step up but I'm not seeing them give anyone else a chance except on the D Line and DBs. The D line is being swapped too much in game. They have to be given a chance to get in rhythm. The opposing teams O Line doesn't swap out, so our guys need to suck it up and increase their cardio. I haven't seen anyone in the country swap out their front 7 as much as we do. Not to say it doesn't happen but I haven't seen it. What you don't see is our O line swapping and it needs to. You haven't seen our running backs swap out. I understand they need to practice well to play but you have to take a chance on some guys in the game and we've blown our chances at handling cupcakes so we can see if some guys actually play better than they practice. And yes, there are guys that don't practice well but play much better.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Good Notre Dame defense?||
I think at best that is a questionable assessment of their defense. Yesterday they quoted Nix and he even said this defense isn't close to the one last year.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||There is a difference...||
...between getting pissed off and showing your ass vs benching a player. I don't think anyone wants a coach that loses his cool and looks like a fool on the sideline but you have to ask yourself, what is it going to take to push Hoke or Borges to the point that they make a change before we have another situation like Nebraska last year with an untested back up?
|30 weeks 4 days ago||That goes double for||
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Gardner||
Should be benched. Failure to do so now means they are content to lose this game.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Lewan should have left after last year||
I don't see any improvement from last week. In fact, they look worse. Toussaint dances too much. All 5 O linemen look uncoached. D Line swaps too much. Linebackers don't hit receivers when they cross their face and just in general look lost most of the time. CBs either are taught to or can't play bump and run. Either way it's just bad. Safeties don't anticipate run or pass. It's just bad all around.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Respectfully disagree||
I live Tuscaloosa, AL and in 2011, I took my son to the Nov. 19th night game against Georgia Southern. It was a particularly cold night for this fan base and it was a cupcake game. The stands were nearly full, even the upper deck, for kick off. It was until the 3rd qtr and a significant Alabama lead when the student section started showing signs of emptying. So I have to disagree with trusting you regarding student sections looking depressing. I also attended a number of games last year with my wife, an Auburn fan, where when the game started, the stands were nearly full. Even towards the end of a very depressing season for that teams fan base.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||40 commits?||
How is that even possible? Didn't the SEC update their recruiting rules a few years ago? I thought 85 schollies was max, 25-28 max in any given year without back dating. Did they repeal that idea in the SEC?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Seen a lot of this sort of thing lately||
I'm sure someone either is now or will soon look at how the tape job plays a part in these injuries. Looks like the break occurred directly above where the tape would normally end. Too much compression on the distal tib/fib and the perfect storm of Fitz's weight an the tacklers weight snapped it like a breadstick. Should be able to come back from that one. Godspeed Fitz!
|1 year 25 weeks ago||OLine didn't look bad?||
Wtf were you watching. OLine couldn't pick up a blitz package to save their lives. Can't open a hole. At some point, it has to become a pride thing. Doesn't help that every running play is a race to the short side of the field. Really piss poor play calling and no push on the OLine. Base package pass pro is the only thing our OLine can do competently. Throw in a blitzing linebacker or I don't know, anyone other than the front 3 - 4 DLine and we leak like a submarine with a screen door.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Lloyd Brady||
I saw him in Dallas at the stockyards and today on TV.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||I'm with BILG on this one||
No, this isnt about coaches using NFL potential as a basis for who starts but it is about parents of current and future recruits thinking these coaches are making decisions that is in their children's best interests.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||I'd have to check my timeline but||
all of the clips from that video came in the second half after I'm sure Dantonio told him, "look, I know I told you to take some shots at Denard but you gotta be smarter than that. You cant get caught on TV doing what I told you to do. If I'm going to defend you to the B1G conference now, you better act like a saint in the second half and let the camera see you picking up Denard a few times."
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Been there done that||
3 points here:
1) I DO NOT agree with the act and think it should be punished appropriately.
2) I have had that happen to me
3) If that were enough to break someone's neck, we would have already seen on multiple occasions at almost every level from high school ball on up where athlete's neck's were broken from truly inadvertent facemasks.
Is it possible that some tearing occurred to the tissue? You bet and had he torqued it any further there could have been serious soft tissue damage. As it was it would be at most a grade I/II sprain/strain. However, there is a better chance with Denard's muscle guarding, his head would have only gone so far and then the helmet would have turned on his head and potentially bloodied his nose with some soft tissue tearing.
Again, if I were his teammate and had I seen it happen on the field, I would have responded as I have in the past, when one of my teammates is being abused and likely gotten myself thrown out of the game retaliating. I just think we need to stop with the broken neck meme.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Proper response||
I'm glad he responded the way he did. To call him a zombie is out of line. If he thinks there were dirty calls, I'd rather him handle it with the conference than to sit up there like a whiny bitch and say wwwaaa! They played dirty. They hurt my QB.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Over-protective much?||
You sound like one of those over-protective soccer moms that are afraid their babies are gonna get hurt. Do you have any idea how much it really takes to paralyze someone like that? Stop watching action movies. If every single punch could result in a crushed trachea, hell we'd all be in trouble unless you wrapped us in bubble wrap. The plays were dirty and revenge, I'm sure, will come but ease up on the worst case scenario stuff, ok?
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Did you actually see the play?||
Lewan didn't grab the guys facemask. Gholston had fallen or was donkey driven to the ground and Lewan was first keeping him on the ground by pushing down on his shoulder pads and then moved to his head. He had his hands on the back of his helmet controlling the head. Not illegal in any sense.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Denard's learning curve||
I hope what I've seen out of Denard so far this year rings true vs State. In games where Denard has struggled, he comes back the next week having fixed the exposed problem. For that matter, this has happened with the entire offense. If the pattern remains, I predict we see our first complete game similar to our production against the Gophers only with a heavier lean to the passing game.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Brian?||
I know the intent is to get outside and seal, but in reference to your last point, if (insert pulling guard here)'s job is to seal the outside man but said man is screaming up field, wouldnt it be just as easy to kick him out and Denard has two options: 1) make the throw with his feet set hopefully 2) choose to tuck it and run? That seems like the obvious progression/solution to an outside backer flying up field to eliminate getting sealed. If they send 2 like Minny did, then there should be a "hot" route open and the inside receiver has to see this and break off the route for a short gain, maybe more.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Statues||
Howard was a phenomenal player but if we're gonna start honoring people with statues or retired #'s, I gotta believe that there are a number of coaches (Yost, Bo & Carr) that deserve statues before former players should have their number retired.