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We do not have an offensive identity and Jeff Grimes is going to be our running game co-offensive coordinator. Didn't we make this mistake already with Nall-Emsinger ball? I hope we haven't set ourselves to repeat history. Personally I would feel more comfortable about our offense this year if we had one guy developing an offensive system.
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Dude, chill. I highly doubt this is going to be Nallsminger again. Remember Chizik was around for that too and knows it didn't work. What made Nallsminger not work was Hugh Nall became the OC with Emsinger calling plays and they were using Bobby Petrino's playbook. This is going to be completely different. Grimes has experience being the running game coordinator when he was at Colorado. Nallsminger offense was a bandaid after Bobby Petrino left after 02. Chiz is way to smart to do something like that.
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I think Chizik and Loeffler know exactly what "system" they want to run. This is more "coachspeak". Chizik doesn't want to tip his hand. The first part of our schedule is killer. Opposing teams not knowing what our offense is going to look like is an advantage that Chizik isn't going to just give up because the fans and media want him to. Can you imagine being Clemon's coaches in the weeks leading up to that game? What the hell would you prepare for? Why give them any help? I don't believe for one second that Loeffler doesn't already have a very good idea of what our offense is going to look like next year, he just isn't going to say it publicly.
Phillip, sometimes you have to spoon feed people. You can't have a decent conversation/discussion on here because of the people that pick apart every single word trying to uncover some underlying connotation. I really don't understand how you and Bryan keep your sanity at times.
I'll be quite honest with you, i'm worried about our offense not having an identity because our personel at the WR, QB, and RB is kind of scattered around a little bit. We have size issues at RB in our two deep rotation to be a 3 yards and cloud of dust team and our WR's are lacking in overall playmaking ability to get vertical and go up for the ball. Blake is a good WR but over the years how many times has that kid caught a pass with no one around him within 10-15 yards. Its very easy to make those catches when a coverage is busted. He has reaped the benefits of Malzahn's system and great QB in Newton requiring so much attention. This past year he was injured for most of the year but does anyone have his production in the SEC before he was hurt? I dont know them off the top of my head but I would say they were way below the previous year. Basically, some WR need to step up and be gamechangers and until we find a QB that consistently gets the job done our offense will be stagnant again and even more predictable even if there isnt a defined system in place. There are 2 teams in the SEC that can stop the run with no more than 7 in the box and they do it day in/out. Every college team can be burnt by the pass but you have to be consistent in your effort and quite frankly I dont think we will have seen that much improvment this upcoming season. Last year we avg. 24.25 pts/game on offense and gave up 29.33 pts/game on defense. We will see improvement but how much is the key? Realistically it will be very difficult to boost 5 pts/game offensively and reduce pts allowed by about 10. I'm going to say production will be about even on both sides 28/25 offensive/defensive respectively. Most teams in the SEC that have won 10+ games in recent history have an offensive/defensive ratio of nearly 2.5:1.....Me just being honest here, I dont think we sniff that ratio this season and heading down an 8-4 road. I'm not mentioning the teams here but you know who I'm talking about. Team A had 4.07/1 ratio and Team B had a 3.57:1 ratio. Can we get there...sure but this year probably not.
Not to be rude but this is a pretty ignorant post all the way around.
First, Blake caught A LOT of balls in traffic. What game was it that he got LIT UP on the sideline (and I think the defender that nailed him actually got hurt, or maybe it was a coach can't remember) and held on to the ball? I can think of a couple other instances like that where he caught the ball in tight windows. The long ball in the bowl game was a great catch. He is better than Darvin was and has demonstrated time and time again an ability to make the difficult catch. I actually thought he improved termendously in that area, where he had some drops in 2010. And he may not be the fastest or the biggest, but when he has the ball in his hands he just has a knack for making plays. Maybe its his vision I don't know, but he just seems to have this innate ability to find lanes and get more yardage than it really looks like he should and he seems to have good balance and doesn't go down easily. And as for his numbers before he got hurt, a simple search on ESPN could tell you that. In the 5 games before he got hurt he had 19 catches for around 330 yards or so and 4 TDs. That includes the SC game that he got hurt in the first half I believe it was, and didn't finish. Those numbers are significantly higher than the previous year actually. Your post really could not have been much more innaccurate in regards to Blake.
As for the rest of your post I think you are getting a little too tied up into statistics, and ratios. We will improve tremendously on defense. When a team returns as much as we do, regardless of how we performed last year, its just an inevitability that you will improve. Freshmen and sophomores play better as juniors and seniors. Just the way it goes, and even with Roof and Lolley as our coaches we would've improved greatly. Especially on the DL where we were SO young last year starting a couple of 19 year olds and backing them up with 18 year olds at DT. But throw in that we made some major upgrades on the staff with BVG and Martinez and its a slam dunk that there will be dramatic improvement. We lost ONE guy in Eltoro Freeman that we are going to miss. Other than that everyone that matters is back. BVG has improved the defenses everywhere he's been. We will be a top 50 defense. That's pretty much a given. Question is can we improve to a top 25 defense or better. I don't know about that but its possible.
On offense the picture is a little less clear. We lost some OL and will be young and inexperienced there.... again. We lost Dyer and Trotter. We are going to be running a vastly different system. I have no idea what kind of progress or lack thereof to expect on offense. I THINK we will have a solid, top 4 in the SEC type run game. I think we will utilize our TEs and new FB in Jay Prosch to establish some physicality and help protect the QB not only in protection, but with some simpler dump routes and things of that nature. We'll be conservative for the most part I think and probably throw the ball 20 times or less per game, but we will be among the best in regards to passer efficiency rating and we will occasionally take shots deep and will be succesful when we do it because we will run the ball so much. We may not improve much in terms of yards or points, but we will also be shortening the game and helping out our defense. So its possible that we may be better, but the numbers don't show it. The new offense will DEFINITELY be a better fit for our team overall and what Chizik has in mind, that is one thing we know for sure.
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