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|5 hours 42 min ago||You need a competent QB to||
You need a competent QB to run a 2-minute or even hurry-up.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Camp <> checking down and/or||
Camp <> checking down and/or pressure during a game
|2 days 3 hours ago||Was at least happy to see||
Was at least happy to see Shane put in the game - that was the right move, and surprised they made it. Not happy with the adrenaline-overthrow pick.
|4 days 4 min ago||I don't think the 5th-year-QB||
I don't think the 5th-year-QB loss will be as big an issue as you make it out to be. I think that by this time next year, Shane will have been at least as effective in this system as Devin has shown to be so far this year.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Yes, the OL appears to be||
Yes, the OL appears to be turning the corner this year, but I disagree with why. Yes, experience has been A factor in the prior years' sucktitude - but hard to reconcile that with the many examples noted on this blog, of other teams' young OLs performing pretty well. Depth? Wouldn't that be more of a - talented starters lost to injury, with no talent backing them up - issue?
I think the bigger issue was scheme, and possibly coaching/development. I'd like to think it was primarily scheme.
|1 week 2 days ago||Lot of folks saying this, but||
Lot of folks saying this, but the throw to Chesson was a little behind - he had to slow down for it, and let the defender get an arm in. Still a catchable ball though.
|1 week 2 days ago||Smith looks pissed to be in||
Smith looks pissed to be in for garbage time.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||38-17 Michigan||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Does anybody know how the OL||
Does anybody know how the OL performance is monitored during a game? Do GA(s) sit up in the box and analyze slo-mo of each previous play? Just curious what kind of feedback Nuss gets regarding who's performing/not.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||No mention of Chesson? I||
No mention of Chesson? I wouldn't want to see any less of him - very capable receiver and the best blocker of the lot.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||He's not really going out on||
He's not really going out on a limb - they will be better.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||My thought as well.||
My thought as well.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Go big (as you can) or go||
Go big (as you can) or go home. The early-season buzz is fantastic. Make it a home-and-home with one of the better schools on that list that wouldn't (understandably) consider a one-off. The second (away) game of that may be delayed a little due to existing schedules, but that is what we need - as a team, with the playoff in place, and as fans - you want to watch a MAC opponent, or a marquee matchup?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Not choosing sides here, but||
Not choosing sides here, but an eventually great lineman who was good enough to start as a true freshman would not seem a good example in support of a staff's ability to develop linemen. Now if, say, LTT were to become a great lineman...
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I'm cool with simple||
I'm cool with simple variations like all-whites for the occasional big away game. If Bo dressed his team like that, then what's the issue? I would love to hear Bo's opinion on all of these uniformz if he were around today. I think he'd have a little mentoring moment with DB behind the woodshed, and we wouldn't have to endure this BS.
The away jerseys should be the same style as the home. Solid white (including the collar), and lose the maize trim around the numbers/lettering. Keep it simple and clean. It's sharp and classic - striking. I'd be very happy with a return to this (below), but I'd even lose the sleeve stripes. Also, visible Under Armor type sleeves should be solid white (or blue for home). The sleaves with logos/stripes/whatever just look inconsistent, busy, and sloppy. Keep it all clean and let the helmet stand out.
Back to reality, and these all-blue uniformz... I'm in the home-unis-off-limits camp, but these are at least not embarrassing, EXCEPT for the WTF cheesy number striping that looks 100% the differentiating-alteration-for-jersey-sales sellout that it is.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Yesterday I would have agreed||
Yesterday I would have agreed with you, but having read this post, I'm sure that after this game we will win every recruiting battle with them from now on - win or lose!!
|7 weeks 2 days ago||That's possible, but can you||
That's possible, but can you imagine the what the outlook would have been for this season with Borges returning? I think the consensus would have been...not too optimistic.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I think Watson is going to be||
I think Watson is going to be very good. The pictures above reinforce his HS coach's claim of exceptional work ethic and character. Physical cover specialist! Untested recruit, but folks that have seen him play are quite impressed. My gut says he's legit. I think he plays sooner than many thinik.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||The firing of AB provided||
The firing of AB provided Harris a classic, common, convenient reason to decommit that wouldn't be questioned. It could easily have been for other reasons, which is what I believe.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||That may very well be the||
That may very well be the case, but I would think they'd be encouraged with the Nuss acquisition. I don't think RB recruits in recent years have questioned the Nuss coordinated Bama running game. We are a couple years away from Bama's talent/depth level, and it will be a newly implemented system, but we should see dramatic improvement over last year (low bar, I know).
If we do not exceed mediocrity in a couple years, it would be a very strong case against Funk's player development ability.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||You summarize well the source||
You summarize well the source of the prevailing pessimism on this board going into 2014: Anchored by NFL tackles, the expectation was that the young interior would improve as the season progressed. The OL defied logic last year - total befuddlement.
So what happened there? After AB was fired, it ws reported here (accurately, I'm assuming) that his approach to fixing the problems on offense (remember the "they know every play that's called" frustration?) was a "more is more" approach with regard to scheme. With all that inconsistency, the OL never did establish itself. For me, that makes sense of what we all witnessed last season.
Enter Nuss with a simpler blocking scheme to grasp, a proven competency as an OC, and a stated priority of fixing the run-game. I think this year-older/stronger, still young (but talented) OL really embraces this scheme, and owns it. Also, we'll have better playcalling (no 27/27), and an actual QB coach.
Think about the huge chip the OL has on their collective shoulder. They know that they're widely pegged as the culprit for last year's letdown. I see a tight, focused group, hungry to prove themselves.
It seems that the majority of this board seriously doubts their ability and potential. If you believe as I do, that the real culprit was the previous OC (scheme, playcalling, coaching), and we've replaced that weak link with a very strong one, then you've got to find this pessimism to be shallow, and unfounded.
The offense will surprise this year. If we can win on the road at ND (get the road-win monkey off the back), and continue to improve, it could be a great year.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||OK, Mr. Thought Police. I||
OK, Mr. Thought Police. I get the impression that if DB were black, you'd have called me a racist. You seem a bit narrow in the mind.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Doesn't the buck stop with DB||
Doesn't the buck stop with DB on this? Did he give Addidas carte blanche for whatever they want to design? Apparel is a significant component of the brand. The AD should have veto power over shit like this (I would hope he didn't have input, although in general, he shoud).
What's worse - that DB allows Addidas to produce this shit unchecked, or that he approves it?
I am not anti-DB by default, but is he not ultimately responsible for the apparel line?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Great post - at least he's||
Great post - at least he's got the hat right.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I share this optimism. Sick||
I share this optimism. Sick of the pessimism that '14 can't improve much, if at all. Two NFL tackles gone, blah blah. I think Nuss' offense in first year trumps last year's "offense" in spades (low bar, I know), and it'll be coaching/scheme that makes the difference. Can't wait!
The staff needs to get these kids pumped up to play on the road, and thrive off a hostile environment.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I'm glad you brioched that||
I'm glad you brioched that subject. Makes me Wonder what leaven warriors might say about that.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||What you're saying makes||
What you're saying makes sense if you believe the o-line problems last year were due primarily to youth/underdevelopment. I wouldn't say that didn't play any role, but comparing the ND, CMU, and OSU games to the middle of the season had me scratching my head a bit. Looking back after learning of AB's over-scheming, combined with frequent, questionable play-calling, I saw an o-line (entire offense even) that struggled with that, started to lose confidence, and that vicious cycle just snowballed. Speculation aside as to what transpired to produce the offensive performance in The Game, that did have us all shaking our heads as to what the season could have been.
I don't think we have to write-off the first half of the 2014 season as some necessary development process for the o-line, because I don't think that is the problem. I am a big fan of the Nuss hire, and I think, among other things, that the relative simplicity of his offense is a big difference maker. There's talent on this team. It's a new system, so I'm not expecting them to hit the ground in full stride, but I think they may be able to keep it to a slight stumble, with no fall, and they could even pull it together by the ND game. Regardless of the start, we should see steady improvement through the season - you know, what you would normally expect.
On another note, I think Peppers will have a (potentially huge) positive effect on this team - beyond the anticipated impact of his play. He seems a natural, charismatic leader. He brings a serious work ethic (contagious), and reputedly will call out those who don't. He backs it up on the field. Hoke talks alot about accountability, and here's a kid who embodies it. A guy like that can raise everybody's level of play. It's as much a mental game as physical.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||That would be OK because||
That would be OK because other schools are starting to do it.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Saban may or may not think||
Saban may or may not think Nuss is a lesser offensive mind. There's speculation, but I have not seen any details attributable to Saban or Nuss as to what went down. That's a pretty shallow conclusion you've drawn. There are other possible, plausible reasons as to why Kiffin is in, and Nuss is out at Bama.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, cuz I really meant it||
Yeah, cuz I really meant it in the literal sense.