- Is Derek Anderson the man or will the search continue? Derek's 2002
season was a roller coaster ride, brilliant some games, really bad some games,
and not much in-between, pretty much a normal season for a sophomore quarterback
in the PAC-10. The coaching staff stuck with Derek through thick and thin.
I personally thought that he had turned the corner with his performance in
the Civil War game, but the Insight Bowl proved otherwise. The talent is there
and I think that he can be a great one. However, if he isn't performing,
will the coaches give anybody else a chance to prove they can get the job
done, or will they stick with Derek the same way they did this year?
- How will the defense react to two new starting cornerbacks? Note to coaching
staff: Please make sure the two new corners are bigger than Oregon's
Smurf-sized CB's. That getting toasted every week by bigger receivers/running
backs would get old fast.
- Will I, Big Daddy Orange, get over not seeing Nick Barnett playing linebacker
next year? I remember when Nick started playing at good old OSU. He looked
way too skinny to be playing linebacker, but he turned out to be one of the
best ever, he could brick wall a run one play, cover a receiver like a blanket
the next, and sack the quarterback to top it off. Will I be inconsolable over
the loss of Number 42?
- Speaking of losing defensive players…the defense is losing a lot
of starting players. Will they still be good (count on it)? As good as 2002???
- What is the situation with Steven Jackson and the Heisman trophy? Will
Steven get any Heisman votes in 2003? Will he be around for the vote in 2004?
Will OSU have a marketing campaign for him? Will the marketing campaign have
a 60' picture of Steven on a downtown Portland building wall? Will we
be able to purchase Steven Jackson bobblehead dolls?
- Will Beaver believers see improvement in kick coverage in 2003? Is there
anyone out there who doesn't think the Beavers need improvement in this
- Will the Beavers find a reliable kick returner, you know a north-south
kick-off returner who keeps running north-south and a punt returner who doesn't
catch punts a foot inside the end zone?
- If Kirk Ylinimei sets a NCAA field goal streak record, will his last name
become a household word?
- Will the offensive coaching staff learn how to adjust offensive game plans
to what the defense will give you (see Insight Bowl)? Will they take a pill
that cures home-run-itis?
- How many coaching vacancies will Dennis Erickson be rumored to be filling
at the end of the 2003 season?
- This is a bonus question. How long, oh somebody please
tell me how long, are the Beavers going to be punished because they beat the
crap out of Notre Dame and some bored announcers had to make something up
so they would have something to talk about other than the fact that the Beavers
were beating the crap out of Notre Dame? I would like to watch one game, read
one post-game report, have one week of opponent's posts go by, without
someone bringing up the "thug" "cheater" Beavers.
It was overblown during the Fiesta Bowl, and certainly doesn't apply
now. The "thug football" subject is the vehicle of the unimaginative.
Give it a rest people.
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