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01/17/2019 - 5:48pm Really enjoyed that podcast…

Really enjoyed that podcast and believe the OP actually undersold what Gattis said a bit.

He talked about transforming the offense like they did at Alabama and said they would only be keeping common terminology and certain elements of the existing offense.

Also said it was going to be "personnel driven" (said that several times) with a focus on getting the ball in playmakers' hands.

The quote about balance was more about the ability to use multiple playmakers when situation dictates, from my read of it.  It was not about run/pass ratio.

From my perspective, this interview was much more informative than the "Attack Each Day" version.  This interview makes it crystal clear that Gattis is going to radically change the offense (not tweak) and that it will be match-up driven going forward.  It's worth a listen and the quotes don't do it justice.

01/16/2019 - 5:01pm I don't pretend to know more…

I don't pretend to know more than our staff and certainly have no idea how he is on recruiting, but here are ASU's DL stats:
Line yards - 83rd; Std. Down Line Yards - 75th; Pass. Down LY - 87th; Opp. Rate - 123rd(!); Power Success Rate - 104th; Stuff Rate - 68th; Sack Rate 90th; Std. Downs Sack Rate - 79th; Pass. Downs Sack Rate 90th.

Before you ask, no, it's not an improvement over 2017, in fact it's quite a regression in sack rate and does not compare favorably.

Don't like fancystats?  How about this: only 29 sacks for the defense and only 13.5 for all combined DL.  I'm not sure what his other history demonstrates, but this is not great.

01/14/2019 - 5:14pm ASU's defensive line was not…

ASU's defensive line was not very good by any statistic--traditional or fancystat--that I can find.  In fact, it was mostly below average.  Not impressed.  Feels like this would be a strange hire.

01/11/2019 - 3:15pm Way too early to worry about…

Way too early to worry about this.  And guys like JD Johnson will be raising that composite next season. 

With the two hires we just announced, I'd expect 2020 recruiting to at least keep pace with 2019.

01/11/2019 - 3:05pm Someday, when I can upvote,…

Someday, when I can upvote, I will remember this.  Well done.

01/11/2019 - 12:23pm How did we get hosed with…

How did we get hosed with Wisconsin and Nebraska on the road in the same year?  Who is in charge of scheduling?  

Frost will have Nebraska full operational by then and Wisconsin will continue its run as along as Alvarez is around.  Ugh.

01/09/2019 - 5:50pm I like this better than the…

I like this better than the current rule, but agree with those championing a yellow/red card system.

Any targeting--intentional or not--should carry the 15-yard penalty.  Persistent offenses--intentional or not--should warrant ejection, though the "crown" of the helmet should go back to being the actual top and not the sides, as the current definition actually discourages good, "heads-up" tackling.  If you're hitting with your head up and an opponent drops their head or moves their target area, that is not cause for an ejection.

Any intentional targeting should carry the 15-yard penalty plus an ejection.  Repeated offenses should carry even stiffer suspensions.

01/09/2019 - 3:25pm S&P+ improved from 85th to…
  • S&P+ improved from 85th to 24th
  • FEI improve from 88th to 20th
  • Scoring improved 10 points per game
  • YPC up almost a half yard
  • Passer rating up nearly 40 points to the #20 rating in the country
  • INT/TD ratio 24/9 up from 9/10
  • Yards per play up by .91

The offense took a leap forward in 2018.  This is an objective fact.  Don't get me wrong--it's still not good enough or even that close to where we'd like it to be.  But damn, it sure as hell "made strides" in 2018 as JH wrote.  Arguing otherwise is not just a bad take, it's objectively false.

01/09/2019 - 3:18pm Now that's funny.  Wish I…

Now that's funny.  Wish I could upvote.

FWIW, the offense changed a lot this year, and I hope this email is genuine.  I choose to believe that it is.

01/09/2019 - 3:13pm Wow.  I guess you weren't…

Wow.  I guess you weren't watching.  The run game was drastically overhauled and the use of a QB as a threat was expanded.  We saw much more spread than we saw in 2017 as well.

It wasn't perfect, but there's a reason we moved into the top quartile of college offenses after being closer to the bottom.

01/09/2019 - 1:11pm Shortening this excellent…

Shortening this excellent post for you a bit: We have the best coaching staff in basketball.  QED.

01/09/2019 - 1:10pm Tacko Fall should start…

Tacko Fall should start shooting FTs using the granny style.  I'm not kidding.

Why players won't use a superior technique just because it looks silly is beyond me.

01/07/2019 - 2:10pm Once you get past the jilted…

Once you get past the jilted lover betrayal feeling, this is...not bad?  I loved Coach Mattison and wish him personal success (though I can no longer wish him professional success), but, pending other staff changes this off-season, this is not a big deal.  He was expected to retire soon (I'm sure he still is) and is not an elite DC.

It's a gut punch, but once you get over that pissed off feeling that someone just suckered you, you realize that, in this case, they can't hit very hard.

01/07/2019 - 12:59pm Agreed.  The current system…

Agreed.  The current system is clearly rigged in favor of the SEC.  That said, I do believe the best two teams are playing for the MNC, but I won't watch or support.  

Those who say this repeated match-up is good for college football (ESPN) have lost their minds.  College football was fun when there were superpowers but the outcomes were unpredictable.  This is just silly.

01/07/2019 - 12:57pm This may very well be…

This may very well be Harbaugh's best class yet.  Looking forward to seeing the results on the field.