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In Topic: post game thoughts

12 September 2019 - 09:40 AM

there's definitely a number of things going on right now that need fixing.  


keep in mind that this is SF and staff first P5 job.  imo he prob got a little cocky/overconfident with being able to do whatever he wanted in the crap conference he was in before.  


thus far this season I think that we're seeing natural struggles with 2 new interior linemen, especially one being a redshirt frosh converted TE starting at OC for the first time in his life... the guy who has to snap the ball and make the line calls.  yeah I'm sure there wont be growing pains there.  


I'm not sure if the WRs are the problem, if it's AM not making the right reads, or if it's subpar playcalling; so I'm going to say it's a combination of all three.  


defensively, I really dont see how we could ask for anything more at this point.  the defense is light years ahead of last season.  yeah they got torched in the 4th quarter but that was after their offense hung them out to dry the entire 3rd quarter.  


anyway, the team and coaches gave this one away.  hopefully they can learn from it and improve.


the outlook for the season doesnt look good right now.  there are a lot of things that need to get corrected, especially on offense.  


when they're good, they're good.  but I think I read somewhere that NU only had 4 drives that didnt have a penalty or a negative play and they scored on all 4 of those.  


anyway, if the team plays the way they did these first 2 weeks it will be an interesting season.  

In Topic: random fall camp musings

23 August 2019 - 01:52 PM

well, SF announced today that Jurgens will be the starting Center.


glad that's settled.  


I like that SF thinks he sees something there and might as well throw the kid into the fire asap and let him learn on the job.  better to make mistakes vs st mary school of the blind than vs OSU

In Topic: random fall camp musings

22 August 2019 - 02:14 PM

so many unknowns heading into this season, it should be exciting.  


how much has AM improved?  remember he was a true frosh last year, got hurt in a dirty play in his first ever game, and he hadnt played a real game of football since his junior year of high school.  


how will the RBs hold up?  looks to be loads of talent, but mostly unproven or inexperienced.  Mills was the starting RB at GTech as a frosh, though, so it's not like he's never seen it.  and how will the Mo legal situation impact them?  


will the OL stay healthy?  will OC be a problem?  



while obviously AM and the offense is going to be exciting to watch, I'm more excited to see the defense, and to see what sort of strides they've made.  


remember that for any of the veterans, this is the first year where they've had back to back schemes being the same.  Chins-Chins-Diaco-Banker, plus they've made the switch from the 4-3 to the 3-4 during that time.  


I'm significantly concerned about depth across all the LB positions, but I think the secondary will be much improved.  


the real jump I think we'll see is in the DL.  remember that last year, Stolt was trying to hold down NT on two bum knees after eating himself into something like a 30 lb weight gain to hold up.  then once he went down we were starting C Davis there at prob 6-2 285.  no wonder they gave up 5 yards per rush.  now C Davis prob wont even start at DE, his brother and Stille will.  also add in grad transfer Daniels at NT and JUCO transfer Green at NT/DE, now all of a sudden there's size and talent but also depth.  players wont be playing out of position.  there wont be a noticeable dropoff with the second team guys, and they'll be able to rotate much more liberally to keep guys fresh.  by the end of the season I think our JUCO transfer Green will be our best DL.  


but hopefully we'll be able to see the kids playing a lot faster now that they know the defense and have played and practiced it for two years now.  that should go a long ways in them being able to make plays.  remember there were a ton, a ton, of drives where NU had the opponent in third and long only to give up a big play.  more experience in the defense will hopefully turn those fuckups into punts.  or turnovers.  

In Topic: 1st Major Injury of Fall Camp

19 August 2019 - 07:49 AM

yeah that sucks, as he's been the #2 LT for the past year, and reports out of spring were that he had turned a corner a bit heading into his final year.  


but, well, yeah.  

In Topic: Myles Farmer and that demon weed

24 July 2019 - 08:50 AM

wonder if vegas will show some action on the over under whether NU wins more games next season than they get weed arrests in the offseason.