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|6 hours 33 min ago||Yeah - thanks to the BTN||
I didn't have to unsee that game too - just the blcoked field goal, over and over and over again.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Well this could be interesting||
Next man up I guess.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Yeah - if it is Akron/UConn 2.0||
oh man, rig for high winds and heavy seas.
But if it is 2014 App State - well we still don't know a damned thing.
|3 days 2 hours ago||I believe his W/L record||
is a major reason people like me, and Brian, and others were underwhelmed when Hoke was hired.
So I disagree - I think it is relevant.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Does the pep band still go around||
and play bullwinkle? (I don't remember them doing this during the Nebraska game last year, but I might have blocked it out.)
No TP, marshmallows and thermoses of hot chocolate and pepermint schnapps (or kegs before us) ... what do you guys do for fun these days? A least beach balls are still smuggled in ...
Have you taught the freshmen how to do the wave yet?
|4 days 3 hours ago||Gardner has to learn||
that everytime his adrenaline gets up because of PTSD from last year, he has to keep his head and not go all Superman. Forcing it creates extra risk.
Hopefully the next few homes games gives him enough time in system, with Nuss on the sideline to grow.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Keep in mind the Center calls||
the assignments for the line. Sometimes the strongest man isn't the best man for the performance of the entire unit.
If the coaches think Miller gives them the quick thinking they need for the line to function best as a team and as a bonus the quick feet for zone run blocking - then maybe we need to wait and see how they develop.
|5 days 16 hours ago||I wish just one reporter had asked||
what the hell was that? Wha happened? No angling for a QB controversy, or a center controversy, or how did Jake Butt feel. Just: please explain how you guys managed to lay such a big goose egg?
No one has asked, and the coaches have been very circumspect.
|5 days 16 hours ago||I used to listen to Carr's||
press conferences. He said absolutely nothing as well, except calling out the effort of some unsing player in prior games. After a while I decided it was a waste of time, but then I figured the entertainment value of listening for Carr to make some poor reporter look really dumb.
There is not real entertainment value in Hoke's conferences - the bullets are all you really need.
FWIW - Miller is staying in. Glasgow is practicing at Center as a backup.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Don't feel singled out||
Brian left out my Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty "There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today" Jutland reference to how Delany must've felt Saturday night too.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Sorry - I have to laugh||
we are like a dog that chews on a bone, and then moves on to the next unchewed one over and over again and get the same result.
The system recruits talent still, but for some reason the system inhibits the talent from being fully recognized.
|6 days 1 hour ago||I thought about it||
but even though it is OTC now, there is not enough Nexium in the world to allow me to go through that again. Especially the 2nd half.
I do remember in the game thinking, hey - the line is holding up OK-ish. Hey, our runners are getting some yards - Smith more than Green. Devin looked good for the first third before PTSD set in. We were stuffing ND at the line, and Frank was oh so close several times, but Gohlson was a slippery bugger with a quick release (fortunately not Denard slippery). The line backer less Morgan even seem to have improved from App State.
I am going to assume with a new long snapper, holder and newish kicker it takes a while (and patience) to settle in.
For some reason this feels like year one of real quarterback coaching since Rod Smith was let go - and even then Rodriguez was calling in the adjustments from the sidelines - so I'll assume Devin settles his nerves and improves the post snap progressions part of his job.
Yeah - the egg laying of the vaunted deep seasoned aggressive secondary was the root of the Nexium popping for me ... that and having to listen to the Irish announcers and their fans - ugh. (I wonder if they have done a Benny Hill video montage yet.)
Anyway, I have recovered from the emo weekend, and now am in a place where I am hoping for pleasant surprises moving forward.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Aw man, there is not much that||
waters my eyes more than someone in the military coming home safe from a long deployment because I know exactly what that emotion feels like.
Congratulations on your safe return. Thank you for your service and perspective. We are honored to have helped support you.
Go Blue and Welcome Home!
|6 days 21 hours ago||Fuck Wow||
I am sick of Brandon's wow.
I don't need wow. I just need good, competitive, watchable college football.
Texas home and home in college stadiums work for me.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Who are those fans||
because I sure didn't come across any on the way out to the car after the Nebraska game last year.
|6 days 23 hours ago||These seem like softball questions too.||
What, was there a sign on the door: ask a biting question, and get moved to the Freep and John U Bacon equipment closet section of the press box?
Someone should have asked: "two weeks ago you said your were very excited because this defense is going to be special. What happened?"
|6 days 23 hours ago||Had a dripping with heavy sarcasm tone||
|1 week 2 hours ago||I am somehow more calm about the offense||
than the defense, and this presser adds to that.
All those people asking why he didn't throw it deep: at least in the second half he didn't have time - the pressure didn't allow him to wait - or at least it appeared that way to me.
Yeah there were some egregious plays (like the pull down fumble), but it appeared the line was more cohesively functional than last year. So hopefully that will grow and improve.
There were a few long yardage plays where I was asking why call a run on that play, but in general we put yards on the ground, but then we got bogged down as we approached the red zone. Time will tell.
The defense is what concerns me. Hopefully Mattison got more than softballs - specifically about the disconnect from his unbridled optimism about how great this defense would be, versus the reality of the result on the field Saturday.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Yes - I was thinking on this point||
yesterday, and thanks for the learned addition to the line of thought.
Bo got more from his players because they knew in no uncertain terms when they weren't doing it right. My son is not the best at the nuances of specific form. He got a dose of Coach Hanlon at youth football camp a few years back. It was interesting to see his back straighten, his head come up (the specific coaching point) and the added effort on the next snap. (JV football drives me nuts because the coaches pay all their attention to varsity, thus lazy habits in form are allowed to develop.)
Anyway, outwardly it appears there is something to this discussion. However, for all we know they do go hard on the players when stressing them. And I agree with the first poster that it needs to be nuanced.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Hoke should have said it differently||
it was too easy for the press to blow out what he said as a broader headline to fan the flames. Instead of attacking "True Fans", he should have said anyone (not fans) directly harassing our players over social media, or otherwise need to think about how wrong that is, and behave themselves.
It probably would change much of the behavior, but the headlines would read differently.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Get in your grill||
and remind you of your job or you'll be benched.
Do you think Bo would have been clapping and cheerleading on the sidelines? He may not have had a headset on because it was a pile of twisted broken pieces ...
Players (and coaching staff) reaction to Brady: oh, it's OK. I just need to try a little harder.
Players (and coaching staff) reaction to Bo: Shit, I need to do this right and as hard as I can or coach will be in my ear and on my ass if I am lucky enough not to be benched or thrown off the team.
Go back and watch the CTK videos of Brady Hoke coaching. If we had JV or Freshman football - Brady would make a great coach in the transition to big boy ball. He'd make a great Jon Falk replacement too.
We have a soft team because we have a soft head coach.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Why those nice ND fans||
were just politely pointing the truth out to you ...
|1 week 1 day ago||I would like to know why||
you and Bronxblue think it is any easier to deal with the expectations of fan base, big donors, and former players, ect. at any of the schools that are "destinations" these days?
ND went through how many coaches until they got their current fire breather? How many changes did Bama go through? Florida? Do we think Auburn is, or isn't a desitnation after the last coaching change. How many will USC go through?
Destinations probably all have this in common - perform or be gone. The truth is most of these schools found the guy after several tries. The eyeball test tells me the current one isn't the one.
|1 week 1 day ago||Since we're talking about Bo||
who would you rather face after that loss? Bo or Brady?
Who do you think would be more capable of getting you to focus on the details like a well oiled machine?
The defense totally didn't show up to play. The side of the ball Hoke and Mattison coach. The side of the ball that all the pieces and depth are supposedly in place to be really special.
The Gardner-trying-to-force-things-to-happen-mistake-machine didn't get rolling until after the defense already lost the game.
|1 week 2 days ago||This is the question that should be asked by||
every reporter at every press conference this week. Perhaps leaving out the explicative.
|1 week 2 days ago||I think we fell already||
or is this ineptitude and mediocrity is actually something better?
|1 week 2 days ago||It is not too soon||
we picked up where we left off last year. For all of Mattison's bluster about the defense being really special this year - they sucked - maybe worse than last year.
I actually think the O line looked OK, until ND found out about our tackles on the outside. Now everyone in the B1G knows.
Do we really want to suffer through year 5 to figure out if this is going to be anything other than mediocre to awful?
|1 week 2 days ago||Exactly||
"we are Notre Dame" -- the pre-Kelly one anyway.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yeah, I'm thinking Maryland at home||
and Rutgers away look like toss ups or worse at this point.
|1 week 2 days ago||Fuck, shit, damn||
and Fire Hoke - this staff sucks