"clipboard guy", but more importantly there would be learning.
This would be structured in such a way that he would be thinking about the play, seeing the defense and then stating where he would go with the ball. I would have him working directly with someone upstairs and learning all the time.
is a chance, albeit a minor one, that Beck can come in and make an argument through his play to
be the man this year. He has come up through this system, he is a
crafty QB, great arm and a leader.
What you would like to have happen this year
is see improvement in the QB position from last year with either
Steve: First, you have to look at a
situation where you have six scholarship quarterbacks when
Give Beck all the credit in the world, but the best scenario here is that either Zac or Joe is the man this year, giving Beck the time to learn everything he needs to know, participate in practices and be there at home and on the road at games as the number three guy.
To me, there is simply no downside to that. Think of all that potential Beck has. Think of all those possibilities that he could have under center. There is such a thing as a baptism by fire, but for Beck's sake and the sake of the team down the road, I would prefer to have his segue into this team be a little more gradual.
2. Do you think more zone coverage this year is the fix the secondary
problem was the inability to get up and physical with the receivers last year and that was
mostly because of their size (
I don't think that zone coverage is the fix all when it comes to improving our defense against the pass. I think that we have to be physical against the receiver, play the proper distance off the ball and what was most needed was a change in personnel. With DeFrand out now, I sure hope that Bowman is the real deal.
Steve: The instantaneous answer for most, especially looking at what happened two years ago is yes, it would be that fix. I don't agree in that, the zone worked, because there was someone called Demorrio Williams literally changing the way offenses played the pass rush of the Huskers.
Double-digit sacks from any one player is going to make quarterbacks get rid of the ball quicker, thereby shortening the field the secondary has to cover, thus eliminating a lot of the over the top passing plays.
On the surface, the zone looked
like the perfect mix, but it started with the line and it starts there this year
If there isn't any pressure, they will have the same problems as they did last year. It starts with the line, not with the coverages in the secondary.
3. 2. Do you believe that, to some degree, there was a sacrifice of the
season last year to boost recruiting and to implement as much of a system as
possible for this year?
If I were the coach last year and
it was my philosophy to change
It's an easy
sales pitch, "Come in and get a chance to play early at
It was a
square peg in a round hole and it was pretty much a given that last year was going to be a painful
year. Heck, it was a painful season the year before under Solich despite still
winning 9 games. It wasn't how we won games under Solich that will be
remembered, it was how badly
Steve: In a word, yes. Coaches are
going to try and win games, but you had only to listen to head coach Bill Callahan's comments after the
No coach and I mean NO coach literally throws a season down the drain out of reasoning that they can't win with such and such players, but when it came down to forming every single player into what they wanted, I think the staff realized that they just didn't have the time.
You can remember, that was a theme of sorts, Callahan coming from the world of the NFL, where time seemed to be limitless in what you could do to acclimate players to your style of defense or offense.
In college, it's 15 practices in the spring, about the same in the fall and there you go, season is starting.
With those circumstances, you simply do what you can do, but I don't think that anyone realistically thought that this team could be magically turned into what they wanted. So, they did what they could with the time they had, but with that said, I don't think the actual results bothered anyone all that much.
Instead, I think it was how
4. Can the same front four that proved almost totally ineffective last year
actually provide pressure on the QB this year?
amount of injuries that took away from last year.
The biggest had to be Carriker against Southern Miss. The thought about the cheap cut-back still fires me up. He had been coming into his own that spring and summer and was a force to be reckoned with. After that play though, he wasn't the same for the rest of the season.
I don't believe that Thomas was ever a great option at DE. Wali Muhammed will need to keep his head up rushing the QB at this level. There were too many times where he would lower his head and leave his feet to try and sack the QB.
I would look for Dagundero and Cryer to get PT early and often this season. I hope that the pair of Moore and Carriker can stay healthy all season this year and that Muhammed can get back on the field soon. I don't know if Potter or Turner should be counted on this fall to provide instant depth, but that shouldn't make or break this DL. Like I said the other day when I saw a picture of Steinkuhler, I have him pegged as a guy that looks like he is ready to make a move this year.
Steve: That's the 64,000 dollar
Well, you have to look at why they didn't get that much pressure last year or at least, what teams were doing to them that seemed to slow them down.
The biggie is depth and the fact
Benard Thomas had probably his
best year last year, but it was still a far cry from anything expected of him
since he arrived at
If Cryer and Dagundoro are good
to go, that helps immeasurably. It would seem that regardless of the last few
coordinators on defense,
Don't expect that to change and of course, it will help, plus everyone has a year in this system now, which is always going to help.
If this were the exact same defensive front from last season, I would say that there would be no significant change in their success. The fact that there is depth, at least on the interior right now, with at least the potential of some more depth coming in, that should help considerably. There has to be a push up the middle, though. There simply has to be.
If they can get that, everything else should fall into place.
having a tough or almost impossible, in some cases, of qualifying?
The only one that can really be called a tough or almost impossible road of qualifying this fall would have been Leon Jackson. The reason I say this is he didn't receive his academic waiver from the NCAA until December or even January. How you don't diagnose or suspect a learning disability up to a senior year is a little beyond me, but that is another story.
The bottom-line here is,
I also don't think that
Steve: It's mostly unrealistic to make assumptions as to one's grades at the end of their senior year when you are recruiting them while they are still a junior.
Sure, some may show signs of academic struggles, but during the process of recruiting, one of the messages you continually send is how important grades are and that they are necessary to participate at the next level.
Of course not. You go after them, but obviously, you emphasize during that process that grades are the only way they are going to make it, no matter where they attend school.
I don't think that you can avoid kids that are close or even marginally close, if you truly feel they are the playmaker you want or need. I think you limit yourself and the opportunities you have.
Recruiting is a gamble, no matter how you look at it. All the film study, all the conversations, letters and visits, they guarantee nothing in the end. You might end up with a 4.0 student that never sees the field or you could get a kid out of junior college that wins a Heisman.
That's the way it goes, but I don't think that you can totally eliminate what might be considered risks, especially if they can help you in the end.
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