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The post makes me sad because it is so true. I think we would be better off just playing high school defense. No stunts and no running ourselves out of plays.
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The offense also could not get a first down and the defense was on the field the whole game. The defense was on the field the whole season for that matter
No disagreement from me that it all falls back to the HC.
Outside of money, which it seems Florida could come close to matching, what makes you or anyone else think that Muschamp will leave an equivalent program in the SEC, which is his home, to come back here?
i think a HUGE part of the problem is the players have not "bought into the plan". They know it won't work, so they don't give it that effort and commitment that is required. I hate that Mack is just hands off in the defense. He needs to be a head damn football coach RIGHT NOW, not the CEO of the UT football program
Great discussion by former UT players. Really appreciate this type of discussion guys, thanks!
Mr. A_texasmancan, can you please post more often?
Great post and informative.
Speaking of the stunts, when I see our D play today it reminds me of that crap that Wash. St ran when they upset us in the '04 Holiday Bowl. That D was crazy at the time; they constantly stunted and did things where they would have only 2 down lineman and 3 backers all on one side of the line to confuse and unbalance the offense. They beat us that night only because VY was still young and somewhat inexperienced. But any experienced QB at the time would of just taken advantage of the weakness of that D at the time. Seems like an exact situation as our D right now.
I would suggest forwarded it to http://www.terryfoundation.org/about_foundation/directorsandstaff/directorsnstaff.php
275-0 scoring margin
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This is just my two cents. I played linebacker until I hurt my ankle of all things and was given a choice to continue playing or wind up on crutches. This was high school. I am kin however through extended family to a fairly well known coach who adopted after a fashion a cousin. Bum Phillips I believe knew a bit about defense as well as offense. The cousin put some pretty good defenses on the field for UT- Leon Fuller.
They both preached the defeat your man football. In their eyes you need to have aggressive men who know what their basic assignment is and how to do it. This is the tricky part. Football has changes when teams play the spread. Defenses need to adapt to this. How? That is what we are discussing. Manny has a concept that may work with very experienced players who are not confused by 27 different alignments and schemes. It simply fails with younger players who are so afraid of being in the wrong place that they lose the basic concept- hit the other guy harder than he hits you and if you let a man run free after you made contact you became a guard the water bucket player.
I saw an amazing young man just tear Montgomery up- Malcom. He knew his job- destroy the qb or the ball carrier. He appears to be gaining confidence and playing time. Ut is 6-2 to some (0-1 to me). If our defense begins playing with pride and starts defeating the other man, our season will turn out pretty good. If we play with fear and confusion, it won't. Me I would have the video of Bobbie Stoops laughing at us looping on every TV in the complex and even the Godzelotrone.
'Helmet across the bow', what Coach Bull Reese used to preach.
"Don't know. Never had one"
-- D. Royal-Mack Brown how to coach a team after a losing season
I feel this Jets-"46" Defense, does not have the level of sophistication and maturity required by the players on this team, at least as of yet. Some players can't grasp it. It is designed to get after the QB.
Your just asking for it by only having to two defensive lineman with frequency. Inviting the opposing team'sOC to exploit that.
just completely moved personnel away from the RB. Wow.
Coach Bill's defenses had his own down times
I agree about the Stoops piece. Something needs to light a fire.
I appreciate the kind words, but honestly, it greatly disappointed me that I had to be so candid. While I am definitely proud of what we accomplished on the field so many years ago, my love & passion for this University over the years has always prevented me from being too vocal when things weren't good. Because we are part of this legacy which is Longhorn football, to join the many "negative nellies" which will always be a part of any major college program, was something I felt shouldn't be done. We should rise above the trash talk and remain loyal to our program. Anyone that has known me for the past 40 years knows I will take the high road and support the current regime. Does that mean I wouldn't ever get frustrated? Of course not, don't be silly. Does that mean I never voiced my opinions to my fellow teammates? Again, don't be naive...of course we talk. However, to say something in a public forum somehow makes me feel I have stooped to the level of many who seem never satisfied.
Having said all that, I feel remaining silent feels equally insubordinate. Please know that my opinion stated in that post was not & is not just my opinion. This is an opinion shared by EVERYONE of my former teammates that I have had conversations with. Notice I said "that I have spoken with", which is probably only about 25 or so. I had over 200 teammates, so you can see it's a very small sampling. What I can tell you is that we are all greatly disappointed with not only the effort the players have given this year, but the scheme that is being taught. I'd like to think with the athletes we have recruited that we could line up in a base defense and win the battles most of the time. Of course you need to vary what you do. Duh. But when you look at the statistic for the opposing team going for it on 4th down and you see a whopping 85% success rate, it would seem it's time to reevaluate what you're doing. Here is a suggestion...on short yardage of 2 yds needed or less, let's put more than 2 people in a down position on the line...let's get ready for a quarterback sneak by having enough bodies around the center/guards...let's have players 100% focused on stopping the run rather than looking to the sideline to see if they are properly lined up when the damn ball is being snapped...crap...when the opposing team is on your one yard line how about placing the linebackers a bit closer to the line of scrimmage than the 5 yards deep they are now...I mean come on, a quarterback sneak results in a damn 12 yard run on a 4th down?? Really???
I want to know what is causing the Univ of Texas to lose 42% of it's '09 & '10 recruiting classes where 35 of the 45 signed in those two classes were either a 4* or 5* player, when at the same time Kansas State loses 19%, Alabama loses 25%, USC loses 24%, and Oklahoma loses 29% of it's '09 & '10 classes. SOMETHING is not right in Austin when you look at those figures. Why are we losing that many? Those aren't someone's opinions, those are the cold, hard facts folks.
We are now reading about possible dissention amongst coaches. Harsin is frustrated at being told what to run or not to run. Dodds had a "strong talk" with Mack after the Kansas game outside the locker room. Diaz has more than his fair share of critics. Let's get this mess straightened out. Let's stop our team from being so dang soft on both sides of the ball. How do we do that? Unfortunately, it's rarely accomplished in the middle of the season. It's usually done with a change in leadership & developed in the off-season program, then spring training. We need to get away from this sense of entitlement, and start playing hard nosed football.
If you ran for president next Tuesday, you'd have my vote!
The 2 down lineman just kills me every time I see it. I vomit a little every time.
Ye of little faith. We'll get to an MTSU level. Just give it a year or two.
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