"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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|4 years 26 weeks ago||Connections...||
IU, Kevin Wilson -- Wilson has known Rodriguez for over a decade. When Wilson was the offensive coordinator at Northwestern, he and Randy Walker went down to Clemson to learn the spread from Rodriguez (see: Northwestern 54, Michigan 51). Since then, Rodriguez has been close with Bob Stoops and his staff. So it's no surprise that Wilson, in his first HC job, hired two available Rodriguez assistants with Big Ten experience. Smith and Frey are, IMO, the two Rodriguez assistants most deserving of AQ-conference jobs. Both the QBs and OL made noticeable progress during their tenure.
Pitt, Todd Graham -- Graham was an assistant of Rodriguez for three years at West Virginia. He has already worked on the same staff as Magee and Gibson. Graham and Dews never worked together, but it is pretty obvious that Dews would come with high recommendations from people that Graham trusts (Rodriguez, Magee, Gibson, etc.).
|4 years 28 weeks ago||Moeller...||
had both a dominant rushing attack and an offense that produced two NFL QBs. But that offense didn't really fit with Chait's thesis, so it was conveniently left out.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Northwestern...||
should not be ranked. they barely escaped a very bad Vanderbilt team.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||2006 recruiting class||
should be graduating.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||my only concern regarding Snyder is recruiting||
we're not hiring him as DC or HC, so I'm not concerned about his failures there. this guy coached up a couple All-American LBs at Ohio State and a couple all-Big Ten DEs at Minnesota. however, we need more than one recruiter (Gibson) on the defensive side of the ball. Robinson and Tall are not good recruiters.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||why is Oklahoma ahead of Nebraska?||
Nebraska (10-4) 10, Oklahoma (8-5) 3
|5 years 39 weeks ago||explain Georgia...||
#10 Georgia (8-5)
#15 Virginia Tech (10-3)
|5 years 43 weeks ago||like you said...||
there is no "one way" to compare conferences. winning % is good, but overall quality of opponents and meaningful wins are also very important metrics. the Big East has a vastly superior bowl winning % to the Big Ten over the past 4 years, but that's not because the top of the Big East is vastly superior to the top of the Big Ten.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||not just the top few teams...||
5-7 NC State -- beat #17 Pitt
|5 years 43 weeks ago||no, but it puts the winning %s into context||
the Big 12 has beaten no one. the ACC, while erratic, is a dangerous conference capable of picking off high-quality opponents.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Personally I prefer to compare the..||
errr... "scalps" (no PC) each conference collects.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||You can lead an MSU football player to a ski mask...||
but you cannot make him put it on. Dantonio is not responsible for his players getting caught.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Henne is a nerd||
Henne is a nerd
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Coach Tall (and Barwis)...||
is where I see player development on defense.
Graham is playing like an All-American. Martin and Van Bergen are on track to being great by the time they leave. Banks and Sagesse are mid-level talents who have developed into competent back-ups. Campbell is still extremely raw but has shown improvement throughout the year.
Patterson is a bust, but a 100% success rate is unrealistic.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||"In Rod We Trust"...||
can't be a big money maker these days.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Why 6-4 Texas Tech and not 7-3 Clemson?||
Clemson is more deserving. 2 of their 3 losses were by a combined 7 points to top 10 teams (GT, TCU). They also have wins over Miami (7-3) and BC (7-3).
|5 years 46 weeks ago||yup||
Iowa has beaten 3 top 25 teams.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Sumlin = no defense||
Houston is 11th in C-USA and 116th in 1-A in total defense. Not the change we need.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||my answers||
|5 years 47 weeks ago||updated the diary...||
to address this question. seems that we've been on the low side of normal for the past several years.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||yes he did.||
my new "if I controlled the universe" coaching changes...
Rodriguez - HC/OC/QB (same)
Robinson -- DC/hybrids (same)
New hire -- recruiting coordinator
|5 years 47 weeks ago||RVB||
glad to have him around two more years.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||that would take a lot of work...||
but I did go in and look at the numbers of upperclassmen for a few teams that are in the top 10 in both scoring and total defenses...
Florida - 22 (#1 scoring, #2 total)
Florida... has arguably the best defense in the country, which should not be a surprise given their high levels of both talent and experience.
Alabama and Texas... have a little less experience, but compensate with elite talent and elite defensive coaches.
TCU... lacks top end recruiting (though probably under-appreciated), but compensates with experience and top-notch coaching.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||no...||
my handle is a play on another Oakwood (not in Michigan). but i have heard Oakwood Hospital referred to as such by UM med students and residents.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||agree||
I have higher expectations for Ezeh and Mouton than I do for Williams, which makes their play even more disappointing (and makes me angry at Jay Hopson). However, I do have an expectation of baseline competence for RS-Sophs and older. They do not have to be game-changing playmakers, but they should be able to diagnose simple plays (cover the RB on the wheel route!) and tackle ball-carries in front of them.
Banks, Sagesse, and Woolfolk are examples of players who meet my minimum expectations of 3rd-5th year players without greatly exceeding them. None of them are or will likely be stars, but all bring a baseline level of competence.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||I appreciate the honesty||
It tells me this coach's comments are less fake than others'. He's not blowing sunshine up my ass trying to convince me Johnson is better than a former Louisiana defensive POY, college All-American, and current NFL player.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Nick Saban runs a notorious complex defense.||
You wouldn't want him.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Stability and patience||
Iowa did not reach its steady-state of defensive excellence until year 4 of Ferentz's tenure. While Ferentz inherited players as unheralded as the ones he recruited, it took time for Iowa's defense to gel. He needed the right kind of defensive players for his system and everyone to have experience in that system. It was not an instant success.
'97 - 13.3 ppg
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Red Zone Offense||
I prefer "points per appearance" over the NCAA's ranking by scoring percentage, which equates field goals and TDs. Here are a few notable teams with their current ranking and points per red zone appearance.
3. Wisconsin - 5.83
I'm not sure what these numbers tell us regarding offensive style and red zone efficiency. I wish our numbers were better, but we seem to be doing better than Ohio State, Alabama, and Florida. Of course, I also wish we had their defense.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||hmmm...||