BigD03 = Dallas Shipp, Aggie Websider
Cbull = Chris Bullajian, BearsIllustrated.com
BigD03> what is the attitude of the team right
now, Chris? They're going for their first
4-game winning streak since 1991, correct?
cbull> I think the attitude of the team is good.
Their opening day loss to TCU has been put
far behind them, and they have been
successful in these last 3 games, with one
trip up to New York.
BigD03> Has Szymanski made a lot of strides
in those last three games?
cbull> I think the difference is the confidence
in which he is playing with. The light has
seemed to go on in his head, and his reads,
and his check downs have been good these
past three games.
2percent> I've just heard multiple casual
references that Guy is on the hot seat this
year. Is there any substance
cbull> I think in year five of a regime, most
people would have thought that Baylor would
be further along. However, this is the 1st
year Coach Morriss is playing with HIS
recruits, and unfortunately the previous
coach, who shall remain unnamed really left
the cupboard really bare. Coach Morris is
making strides in the right direction, and has
the Bears off t oa good start this year.
AgE2theBONE> Funny how ironic some of
those comments sound. But that's the
nature of the beast.
2percent> I laughed- it must have come from
cbull> where is the irony?
BigD03> I think they're saying it's ironic
because they've heard the same comments
BigD03> year five, his recruits, etc...
2percent> The irony is that we have been
using the cupboard is bare and 5th year
themes alot in the past in referenceing fran.
cbull> I think Fran took over a program in a lot
better shape than the team Guy Morriss
AgE2theBONE> My question is about
Blake (sorry if yall already talked about this)
What happened to him? Last season I saw
him play against A&M and he looked awful. I
saw against TCU and he looked awful. But
since then he's apparently lightin' it up.
What gives? Is he really talented and just
needed some reps and some confidence?
cbull> Blake got virtually no reps last year with
the first year of the offense. Shawn Bell
needed to get as many reps as he could, and
he did...until he got injured in the BU-A&M
game. Blake as a redshirt freshman didn't
have what it took, in my opinion, to come in
and lead the team. This year, he actually
played a decent game against TCU, but the
whole team was out of synch it seemed. He
gained a lot of confidence in the Rice game, and hasn't looked back. Granted,
the three games Baylor won were against
teams they were expected to beat, but he
still played very well. I think it will be a true
test of his ability.
AgE2theBONE> Last year's game against
Baylor had one of the weirdest endings I've
ever seen. I'll explain..........
AgE2theBONE> When had 3rd and 4 late
in the game, we just needed a first down,
and we could run out the clock.......
AgE2theBONE> However, Goodson
scored a TD, which gave Baylor the ball back,
thereby giving them a chance to score,
recover an onside kick and score again to tie
AgE2theBONE> First time I've ever seen
a game in which the riskiest play was to
AgE2theBONE> And in fact, Blake missed
a WIDE OPEN receiver for a TD. If Baylor had
scored then, I'd probably have had a heart
attack if they recovered the onside kick.
AgE2theBONE> Fran's team was better
than Baylor's, but light years behind Texas
cbull> Actually, it was a double pass. WR
Dominique Zeigler had a streaking Trent Shelton and it went off of his finger tips
AgE2theBONE> Ah yes, thanks.
AgE2theBONE> I was so ANGRY at
Goodson for not just falling down so we could
run out the clock and go home
BigD03> Chris - who is stepping up for the
BigD03> He was a big piece of your offense
AgE2theBONE> Somebody's gotta be
getting some yards for Baylor, as well as
Szymanski's throwing the ball
cbull> i think Ernest Smith has pretty much
taken on that role. It is hard to replace a guy
like Zeigler physically, but Ernest is faster,
and has better body control. His team first
mentality is also a positive.
BigD03> Zeigler sure liked to talk a lot
AgE2theBONE> Are you saying Smith is
playing as well as, or better, than Ziegler?
AgE2theBONE> Or just that he's faster
and has a better attitude?
cbull> No. Smith is not close, as a sophomore,
to where Zeigler was a senior. What I am
saying is that Smith has taken over that
position on the field. Has better speed, and
brings a good attitude to the field an to
2percent> Does Baylor have the speed on
defence to get around a&m's line. I think
Miama showed that as a major weakness for
AgE2theBONE> Remind us, if you would,
who Baylor played in Games 2, 3, and 4.
cbull> BU has the speed, but they will have to
do it with more than just BU's defensive line.
That obviously creates vulnerable spots in
cbull> Baylor played and defeated Rice, Texas
State, and Buffalo (at Buffalo)
AgE2theBONE> All i saw was the TCU
game, and I don't remember who you played
AgE2theBONE> Where do Baylor's
offense and defense rank nationally in the
cbull> looking up exact figures to be accurate.
cbull> baylor is 17th nationally in passing
AgE2theBONE> That's amazing, despite
cbull> Baylor is 101st in rushing offense
cbull> Baylor is 93rd in pass defense
AgE2theBONE> Well, if I was gonna
gameplan against A&M, I"d rather be able to
throw it than run it.
cbull> Baylor is 39th in rush defense
cbull> I think it will be a key matchup, BU
passing vs. Aggies pass defense
AgE2theBONE> I'd say that's a safe bet
BigD03> any team who can throw the ball will
give A&M problems unless they figure it out
AgE2theBONE> Is Baylor running a similar
spread offense to Tech's?
BigD03> it's also why IF i were a betting man,
Baylor +17 would look a lot better than A&M
AgE2theBONE> Or just throwing out of
more conventional sets?
cbull> It is almost identical. Lee Hays coached
at West Texas A&M in canyon Texas, and
learned directly from the TExas Tech coaching
AgE2theBONE> Ah well. Maybe we'll
stumble across some heretofore un-thought
of defensive tactic that unlocks the secret to
stopping that offense......
cbull> You won't find me giving out any secrets
AgE2theBONE> Maybe my dog will sing
BigD03> who are the key playmakers on
offense for you guys other than Szymanski
BigD03> welcome jgh... feel free to join in with
questions for Chris (cbull)
cbull> RB Jay Finley, a redshirt freshman, got
his first start, uprooting senior Brandon Whitaker. Both played significant minutes,
but Finley really gave the team a bosst. He
runs north and south, and does not dance in
cbull> Brad Taylor and Justin Akers, inside
receivers, also are the guys that seem to be
getting the most looks from Szymanski
BigD03> are most of Blake's passes
jgh1204> Lane usually has a big game after
getting shut out. Can the BU DL stop him.
cbull> I would say most are short to
intermediate. His long is 44 yards. The
offense is definitely designed to take what
the defense gives you.
cbull> I don't know if the BU line can stop
Lane. It is a good question. I think once he
starts rolling, it will be hard to stop him. I
always thought a back like Lane would be
the perfect guy to bring in late in the game
when the defense is worn out.
AgE2theBONE> I'm sure the inside guys
are getting the most looks because NOBODY
seems to want to play inside the slot guys to
stop quick slants/look-ins. Baffles me
cbull> I am surprised he didn't carry the ball in
the 1st half against Miami
2percent> We were too
AgE2theBONE> You're surpised? Hmm.
We didn't really notice.
cbull> So, I guess the correct answer should
be BU can stop him, unless the Aggies
coaches don't do it first?
AgE2theBONE> Which A&M games have
you seen this fall?
cbull> I have seen th eMiami game, and I have
watched that game multiple times. I have
only seen portions of other games
2percent> The thing with lane is he never has
as much early success but seems to maintain
his strength while the DL starts to weaken.
AgE2theBONE> Lane is definitely hard on
a tired defense
cbull> That's exactly the way I would utilize
Lane. He is a load, and after being beat up
all day, any team will find a guy like that hard
to bring down.
jgh1204> He catches the ball fairly well, at
least he did the 2 times we have thrown him
2percent> How deep is your d line and does
guy rotate out alot?
AgE2theBONE> Last year's Mizzou game
was probably the "clinic" for best use of our
RB's. Lane just killed 'em in the 2nd half.
cbull> Rotation in the d-line is done early and
often. The depth is always an issue, but this
may be the most talented that Baylor has
had in the past few years.
BigD03> How is the Baylor secondary?
2percent> How often do you utilize the blitz
and is is from safties, LB, or CB.
cbull> Bu secondary:
Brinkrock> can Baylor man up and sell out
against run? Do they have the front 7 to get
it done ? and how have they been against
the run so far?
cbull> two seniors start at CB, in this 4-25
defense. Josh Bell and Alton Widemon. They
are 1st year starters, and have held their
own so far this year. Safety is Jordan Lake,
and has been playing lights out. He was the
Big 12 player of the week last week.
cbull> Baylor does utilize the blitz, but with
this defense, if you blitz too much you
definitely leave your CB's on an island
frequently. Most of the success and sacks
come from the outside safety and rover
positions on blitzes
cbull> Baylor HAS to stop the run. If they
don't then the game might get away from
them early. I think that they have the ability
to get it done, the issue is HOW. At some
point, you have to bring extra guys in the
box, and i don't know if BU can afford to send
8 too many times without getting burned.
AgE2theBONE> I didn't know Baylor ran
a 4-2-5, as well
2percent> Guy seems to be focused on "3
more wins" Where does everyone expect to
AgE2theBONE> I take it he's thinking 6-6
will mean a bowl game?
cbull> The question definitely calls for
speculation, I can't speak for "everyone", but
I will say that the goal is to reach a bowl
game, and the players and coaches are
determined to get AT LEAST 6 wins, and not
cbull> Expectations, from what I know, are
cbull> From the fans
AgE2theBONE> I don't blame him for
that. Bowl game is reasonable first goal
when you're trying to build a program
AgE2theBONE> It's something tangible to
set your sights on
cbull> He is re-building the program.
2percent> Where are the 3 most likely to
cbull> That is a loaded question, but I think
things will be a lot more clear after this
upcoming game against the Aggies.
AgE2theBONE> I support your effort to
make one of those wins against Tech.
AgE2theBONE> Which B12 North teams
does Baylor play this season?
cbull> Kansas, K-State, and Colorado...the
only home game is at Colorado. We swept
the North teams last year.
AgE2theBONE> Given how close our
games have been the last three seasons,
and after watching us get hammered by
Miami, do you get the feeling from Baylor fans
that they believe they'll win this one?
AgE2theBONE> Excuse me, the only
HOME game is AT COLORADO. Did you mean
cbull> I always think the players go in with
that attitude. You have to, or you will beat
beat before you play. I think a lot of fans, on
both sides of the sidelines, really don't know
what to expect. It is such a hard game to do
any sort of prediction for because both teams
have kind of been Jekyl and Hyde
jgh1204> Does Morris have to reach a bowl to
keep his job? Is his house really on the
AgE2theBONE> I'm sure the players feel
that way. They have to. I was just
wondered if you had a feeling for what the
fan perspective was. I know BU fans felt
strongly about winning last fall.
cbull> The first question calls for speculation,
and I am not going to get into the personal
lives of other people.
AgE2theBONE> What's your prediction,
cbull> for what?
BigD03> FYI fellas... Baylor hasn't lost a game
in which they've scored more than 34 points
since 1991 or something
AgE2theBONE> The Presidential Election
AgE2theBONE> Do you think Baylor's
gonna pull this off?
cbull> I hate sounding like I am avoiding the
question. Do i think they can win?
absolutely. Do i think they WILL win? I don't
know. This game is such an important game
for each team, I just don't know how each
team will react come opening kickoff.
AgE2theBONE> Nothing wrong with "I
don't know." Especially when it's the truth. I
don't know either.
AgE2theBONE> My hunch is that A&M will
blow it open, but that's based on some
emotional thing that comes from I don't know
BigD03> this is going to be my toughest
prediction so far I think
AgE2theBONE> It'll probably end up in
cbull> Sorry, to lay an egg on that answer
BigD03> A&M could win by 30+, Baylor could
win by 10-14, Could be an OT game, etc
AgE2theBONE> You're right Dallas.
AgE2theBONE> No prob cbull. You called
like you saw it.
BigD03> anything else for Chris, fellas?
AgE2theBONE> Thanks a bunch for your
AgE2theBONE> Coming to Kyle Field?
cbull> I am not coming, unfortunately, just got
back from a vacation.
BigD03> okay, I think that's it, man. Thanks so much for coming over
cbull> Anytime, thanks for having me. I look
forward to working with you guys in the
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