Week 13 Thoughts, Observations

Posted in 2016 on January 6, 2017 by myfullerlife

Sorry for the long delay but I was pretty darn lazy thru the holidays, and I’m sitting around watching sleet/snow and figure I’m confined for a bit.  We finished with a bowl win, for whatever that is worth.  At least we didn’t finish 5-8!  A 17-16 win over Miami OH, let’s analyze….

Offense

Sputtering was the operative word.  We sort of did just enough to run and throw but we were quite ineffective for a great part of the game.  Fitz ran well once a gain, his throwing was hit or miss to a degree, and we had some bad drops.  Once we gave the ball to 27, everything seemed to click better.  Miami played OK but their defense was not that good, yet we sure made them look good.  We also got pretty cute  (Dan) several times rather than over thinking things.  The good news is that we got the chance to practice some new combos of OL during the practices, hopefully that will pay dividends in 2017.  Grade: C

Defense

Look, if you just watched the game without the score, you would have thought they scored 30+ points.  But they didn’t somehow.  We were not great defensively but made a few good plays when needed.  If you noticed, we signed a ton a JUCO defensive players and there is a reason for that-we need help!  It appears we will keep the staff intact to provide some continuity so we will see, adding more talent will surely help.  Grade: C-

Special Teams

We had a good KO return and made a FG, who hoo!  But the key plays were the blocked PAT and blocked FG.  Finally, our special teams made the difference, go figure.  Grade: A-

Team

Look, this won’t go down in the annals of MSU football as an all-time great win but hey, it wasn’t a loss.  We look forward to 2017.  Grade: B-

Notes

Bowl season was interesting to say the least.  It pretty much played out how it was expected to play out.  The UPig collapse was like, wow, and LSU’s defense was most impressive…..Our JUCO signings are either gonna really work out or really, like, you know.  I believe we hit the motherload at some positions.  Any coincidence that Jiles is looking to move somewhere else?  I don’t think so……On hoops, our youth really shows at times, we can be exciting but then really dumb within a 2 minute span.  Went to the UMKC game, we have talent, we still need to play smarter and gel some more.  The future looks really good, I was just hoping it would this year but it looks like 2018 to peak…..On the women’s side, dang we are freaking good.  Even when we don’t play well, we figure out how to win.  Pretty impressive…..Baseball will be here before you know it.  Big shout out to Drew Windham for making the squad, he’s gonna be lit this season…..Mississippi’s troubles, cry me a river.  The same bunch that hired a PI and planted stuff with the NCAA during Jackie’s tenure, it couldn’t happen to a finer bunch.  I hope it lingers for at least 15-18 more months…..Speaking of bad, our former DB Hankerson, talk about going off the deep end.  Don’t understand kids, but hey, what do I know…..We will circle back after recruiting, things are going pretty good but need to finish strong on some top targets, should be fun and stressful as usual…..Take Care!

Brian

Week 12Thoughts, Observations

Posted in 2016, Uncategorized on November 27, 2016 by myfullerlife

I’m not quite sure where to begin.  After last week’s defensive debacle, there was just not a lot of hope that we could piece together an across the board performance to win on the road against our “rival”.  And what do I know.  In a beat down of epic proportions, this might have been the most satisfying Egg Bowl win since say the first year of campus games in ’91.  For a lot of reasons, some of which are related to the actual field of play.  A 55-20 win over Mississippi, let’s analyze…

Offense

Whoa.  When you run for 450+ yards, it’s usually a good sign.  When 2 players are either over or near the 200 yard mark, it’s usually a good sign.  Our rushing attack was on fire and the opponent couldn’t defend it.  Look, I don’t want to hear about their injuries or lack of LB play, they’ve paid for so many players it’s not our fault they can’t manage their salary “cap” any better.  Our OL dominated them.  Think back to the 2015 game where we gave up like 7 sacks and couldn’t get any rushing attack going.  What a difference a year makes.  I tweeted during the game that I recall being at the game in ’94 in Oxford when they had Joe Lee Dunn as their Interim coach, we literally ran right at them every play with our huge OL and there was nothing they could do about it.  We only gave up 1 sack, of course at some point we didn’t have to exactly sling it around the yard much.  Still, we were getting block at the second level and sealing guys off, it was a thing of beauty.  Fitz was incredible running the ball.  He looks like Forrest Gump when he gets going with those strides and boy can he run.  As for Aires Williams, he is a stud, and he even got the key block on Fred Ross’ TD reception, he can do it all.  He should be the feature back next year no doubt.  As for why he wasn’t sooner, I’ll leave it at that.  Receivers had some plays also on this day.  The only blemish was a fumbled snap, otherwise when you score 7 offense TDs, it’s a great day.  Grade: A

Defense

We only gave up 2 TDs?  Seriously?  On this day, I feared a lot of broken plays with their new QB and he did have a few but we contained them for the most part.  I thought the DL played pretty well and we contained their “normal” running game to a large degree.  The 4th and 1 stop was  a thing of beauty.  This was the best LB play we’ve had all year and Leo Lewis was in beast mode, as was JT Gray.  As for the secondary, we had a few busts but we also made some big plays for a change.  Peters had a couple of huge plays.  I still don’t think he is a natural corner but he can make some plays, he has that knack.  Bryant got hurt and he actually had a few plays before he left and the replacements did well.  They have some dangerous weapons outside and they are big, so for us to hold them to 2 TDs was remarkable.  The pick six  near the end was a proverbial salt to the wound and was awesome.  Coach has to decide whether to continue with these defensive coach guys and I think we may have gotten our answer after Saturday.  Tip of the hat on this day.  Grade: B+

Special Teams

We miss the first PAT, are you kidding me?  Sigh.  But we hit the other 7!  We punted OK but it wasn’t very necessary.  Return game wasn’t much of a factor but Keith Mixon is the best KR we have by far.  Again, not much here to discuss.  Grade: B

Team

You beat your rival on the road by 35, there’s no debate.  This was important for Dan to get some swag back.  See him in the post-game press conference?  And I don’t think our friends up north are gonna like it.  Look, it was bleak heading up there but I give the staff and players a ton of credit, they believed they could get it done and did it.  And, are you kidding me, we might sneak a bowl game out of the deal for good measure?  Do we deserve one, of course not.  But that’s the rules and we will take advantage of them to get those extra practices, lord knows we need them for our defense.  Recruiting is picking up and I’m hopeful we will shore up our CB spots.  It was a good day.  Grade: A+++++

Notes

As we review the SEC this year, it was so anti-climatic with Alabama and the 13 dwarfs.  I guess we will see in bowl season whether we are that bad or is UAT that good.  Probably some of both.  QB play was erratic and inexperienced but it will be better next year……LSU, the Yaw Yaw era begins.  Grab the popcorn is all I can say…….Geaux Saints…….What a week for Life University, I mean UT, and their egg they laid in Nashville.  I’m happy for Vandy, they absolutely earned their bowl game this year, good for them…..I don’t even think I’m going to watch the SECCG, especially once UAT gets to the 10 point mark….How the heck did UPig get beat by Mizzou?  Unreal……The other head-scratcher is Texas A&M.  Lose their QB, lose their top 2 DEs, their DC is a fraud, I’m not sure where they go next year…..It will be interesting to see what happens at TSUN.  New DC at a minimum, NCAA stuff that ain’t going away and is killing their recruiting, and a bunch of holes.  And then they stir the pot this week with this Leo Lewis junk, serves them right.  Karma……My son went to Oxford for the game, and I was a little  lukewarm on him going but I figured he had to learn on his own.  He sat in their student section and all was well and had a good time out and about.  With the horrendous experiences I’ve had their with some of their pathetic, obnoxious, pretentious fans, I doubt I will ever go back.  But I’m glad he is 1-0…..Now, onto hoops.  Losing Q Witherspoon is devastating.  You can lose a player or two in football and recover.  But not so much in hoops, especially us.  I watched our game Friday night and it was ugly.  Some young guys are going to have to grow up, like quick.  At least our women’s team is awesome….For those in the northern part of Mississipi, please go vote for John Brady for Supreme Court Justice, we need a great turnout to get John elected!…….I guess we will hear by Sunday on a bowl, so I guess we will have a bowl edition to report on.  Have a great week, and remember, 55-20 is not just the stack intersection in Jackson anymore…..

Brian (follow me on Twitter @blfdawg)

Week 11 Thoughts, Observations

Posted in 2016 on November 20, 2016 by myfullerlife

I’ve been watching this product for a long time and I would have a hard time recalling a more awful,defensive performance than what we witnessed Sat night.  And hey, this team huddles up after each play, can you imagine if they had 4-5 more possessions?  They would have hung 80 on us.  It was pretty telling when we had 250 yds of offense at half, and we were out gained by 200 yards!  Sigh….A 42-58 loss to UPig, let’s analyze…..

Offense

Look, if you tell me that we score 6  TDs, I would have said we either win or we would be right there.  And yet we were swimming upstream all night.  Fitzgerald once again played pretty well, he obviously ran well and had some nice throws as well.  When you are forced to literally have to score every possession, you have no margin for error.  Williams ran well,once again, I wish for 20 carries a game for him every time out.  Receivers made some nice plays also.  Look, offense was not our issue.  Grade:  A

Defense

What can you say, I’m speechless.  We were better in the Bill Clay era than this.  One time they attempted a FG, then they didn’t score as they ran out the clock, otherwise TD fest.  We simply can’t run this 3-4 scheme, our LBs have been reduced to guys in bad positions and can’t make plays, then you add some DBs who can’t tackle, and that recipe is a crappy defense.  How in the world did we somewhat stop Texas A&M, I’ll never know.  Ideally, we don’t change DC yet again due to continuity  but bad continuity would be much worse.  Something has to give.  I’m sure Patterson will be Manziel-like Sat and drill us.  Grade: F-, someone needs to invent a grade lower than this.

Special Teams

Look, we missed another FG but that was the least of our worries.  We sort of held our own, of course we never got to see if we could return a punt😀.  Also, nice try on the onsides kick, almost.  Grade: B-

Team

It was a bad SEC home loss.  It was a team that we could have beaten with any semblance of defense but we didn’t have a lick of it.  With that, we are not bowl eligible and that stings.  Nobody to blame but us. Wow….Grade: F

Notes

So much for sweating at a game, dang that was quite the change…..Mississippi looked as out of sync on offense as we did on defense what little I saw.  What a terrible Egg Bowl this will be…..Yes, I left early.  When they reached the 50 pt plateau, I’d had enough😀…..Not a big fan of them going for 2 that late in the game but whatever…..Coach O, you were so close to your dream job but it ain’t meant to be……Guessing the T Sips didn’t take too kindly to losing to the Jayhawks, and we are not talking hoops…..And to add salt to the wound, both UK and the Cocks got bowl eligible this weekend, sigh….Terrible game vs UCF by the hoop team Thursday but good rebound efforts Friday and then Sunday vs UTEP.  We will look to improve and get our rotation settled over the next few weeks.  Speaking of hoop, watched the Women vs Texas, dang we have a good team.  Can’t wait to see how we play this season out…..Rayne Dakota was splendid once again, the storybook continues.  TG day vs Redskins could be exciting……Last Sunday, I saw my neighbor from 3 doors down and spoke to him before church.  Tuesday evening, we get word that he is no longer with us.  Leaves behind a wife and 2 daughters.  You just never know…….My daughter plays high school hoop, we’ve had a good start to the season, and man it’s fun to watch.  Especially because she is better than I ever thought about being 😀……Glad to have some time off this week, I hope you do as well.  Have a great Thanksgiving!

Brian (follow me on Twitter @blfdawg)

Week 10 Thoughts, Observations

Posted in 2016, Uncategorized on November 13, 2016 by myfullerlife

Are we sure that only counts as one loss?  It sure felt like 3 or 4.  On a day where we didn’t do much right and got dominated, the only glimmer of hope appeared to be that I don’t think we got anyone a major injury, how about that for an optimistic slant?  An embarrassing 3-51 loss to Alabama, let’s analyze…

Offense

Look, I didn’t think we would set the world on fire but I thought we would move the ball more consistently.  Of course, we actually drove the ball into their territory only to stall between the 30-40 yard line on several occasions.  I thought Fitzgerald was a little gun-shy and I don’t blame him.  He actually threw some nice deeper balls but our receivers just did not make some plays.  Alabama was determined to not let him beat them on the zone read, we actually had some success with Williams going right at them, we just did not control the ball enough to run it more.  I was scared to death for our OL but I actually thought they played OK, all things considered.  Look we only scored 3 points and left some open shots out there but it was going to be a tall task to win this game.  Not the end of the world.  Grade: D-

Defense

I know we have had issues but we looked like were in slow motion compared to them.  I actually thought we played their interior runs fairly well but our perimeter defense was atrocious, both moving to the ball and tackling.  We did not get much pressure for a pass rush and they picked us apart.  Our safety play was once again pretty bad, we went back to zone for most of the day and we are a team that needs to play more press coverage and make the QB beat us, because we can’t cover in zone so it’s a moot point.  I could go on and on but I think you get the point.  Grade: F

Special Teams

We missed another FG but I’ve got to peg that on the new holder, spinning the laces towards the kicker is terrible.  I give Graves credit, he nailed the other 47 yarder perfectly.  Our replacement punter is in over his head but we don’t have much choice with Cooke out.  We had a nice KO return from Holloway but couldn’t do much with it.  Overall, we held our own in this area for a change.  Grade: C

Team

I don’t care what kind of transition we are in, you can’t lose a conference game by 48 points.  But that’s where we are.  At 4-6, we have a slim chance of getting bowl eligible but I don’t see it happening, our defense is just too porous.  We’ve got to figure out who can play in the secondary for next year, we need to play some guys these last 2 games and find out.  For these last 2 games, I don’t have high hopes so I’m hoping I can be stress-free but who am I kidding.  Grade: F

Notes

At least we had some first downs, that would have tough to swallow as an AU fan not gaining a first down in the second half, ouch……The new Mississippi QB has some moxie after he got settled in, to me he’s more Flutie than Manziel but both comparisons are valid.  We will see how it goes for the last 2 games……LSU has been lights out when playing anyone not in a crimson jersey, they will win out……So, #2,3,4,8 and 9 all go down, just another week at the office, that was a wild ride Saturday…..Watched the opening hoop game Friday.  At times, we looked like a bunch of freshmens playing like freshmens.  And at one time, we had 5 true freshmens on the floor at one time (NOTE: the word “freshmens” is a carryover from the Stans days, I can’t help myself:)).  But they are talented, it will be both fun and painful to watch this season…..On the day they had the billboard for Preston Smith, he had an incredible day, 2 sacks and a great INT, good for him…..This Dakota guy, he seems to be doing pretty good also, what a ride that has been…..As for my Saints, I’ve been watching for a long time and they seem to invent ways to lose.  I think the guy stepped out but I know the DL held the center down to not allow him to come up, but alas it’s over…….Looking forward to our final game at home this weekend, maybe we will get some rain around that time, if it does during the game, I can’t complain!  Have a great week!

Brian (follow me on Twitter @blfdawg)

Week 9 Thoughts, Observations

Posted in Uncategorized on November 6, 2016 by myfullerlife

I know the time changed this weekend but did we turn the clock back to 2014 also?  In a game that was similar to 2014, a long 2 years ago, what a freakin game.  As always, it had a little bit of everything and of course we couldn’t do it the easy way but then again that wouldn’t be any fun, would it?  A 35-28 win over #4 (?) Texas A&M, let’s analyze….

Offense

Let’s see, your first play of the game is a simple zone read and it goes for 74 yards, that’s a pretty good start.  That was a sign of things to come as we ran like crazy and our line really played well on this day, count me as shocked.  Obviously, Fitzgerald and Ross were the stars of the game but for me, it was #27.  Williams had 24 carries for 140 yards, many of which were earned after contact.  I love having a feature back, it just helps with the rhythm of the offense.  Fitzgerald played really well on this day and yet made a few really bad throws.  He made some really nice throws and hit his guys in stride to make plays.  The two red zone interceptions were really poor decisions, and he had at least one more that probably should have been picked.  Overall, he obviously played very well and he is one tough runner.  Heck, he is 5th in the SEC in rushing, go figure!  Our receivers played very well and made some very good plays and runs after the catch.  Donald Gray is such a playmaker and so is Keith Mixon.  We know what a special talent that Fred Ross is, he can just get open.  We had almost 600 yards versus a pretty decent SEC defense and really could have put the game away much sooner without the turnovers.  Pretty good day at the office.  I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention where they tried to screw us out of a down on that one series.  Totally embarrassing, I bet they were glad their boss Sankey was there to watch! Grade: B

Defense

I noticed some subtle lineup changes and also we really played with much better effort and enthusiasm, its hard to believe this is the same group that got torched by Samford the week before.  We got some decent pressure up front and having Jefferson back was a big help.  and having Simmons is always a good thing.  I thought our LB play was the best of the season, we held their rushing attack pretty much in check and they tackled very well in space.  As for secondary, we were better but not great.  I’m not sure what we do at corner, just rotate and hope for the best.  The best 2 safeties are McLaurin and Coman, who was back this week.  I give this group and the coaches credit, they got them ready to play and put forth the effort.  I realize their QB got hurt but they weren’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard before he got hurt anyway.  We also made a lot of 3rd down stops, that was huge.  Grade: B

Special Teams

We begin with the obligatory missed short FG of the week.  I don’t know what else to say.  At least they missed a short one also.  Our punting game was an adventure also.  On the punt return, we punted that thing a mile and our coverage on the left side was terrible.  However, for that crew to miss that obvious of a penalty was really inexcusable.  The only thing I can figure is the kick was so deep, they got out of position to see it but wow.  Dan got a penalty and I think he should have, that was crazy.  Of course, we could have also punted it out of bounds that late in the half.  Our kick return game was not really noteworthy and I did like the dual punt return thing.  Our kickoff game was awkward, they could not handle the low kicks at first and then we kick one out of bounds, go figure.  Overall, another pretty dismal performance.  When you give up a kick return for TD, you usually lose. Grade: D

Team

When you win an SEC game over the #4 team, albeit overvalued obviously, that’s a good day at the office.  We were prepared and I credit our coaches and leaders for helping us to stay the course.  This year really reminds me of 2013 when we were very erratic but finished pretty well, perhaps we can do the same but it will be a grind.  The team we play this week, they appear to be a pretty good little team.  Grade: A

Notes

What a great day on campus for a game, great weather and great atmosphere believe it or not.  After the game, our tailgate spot is located on the walkway from the locker room to the football complex, so we get to see most of the players.  What a great change to see them and us so happy, our kids are great kids and so are their families. It was great to meet Donald Gray, Jonathan Calvin, Richie Brown and Mark McLaurin, lot of fun….After watching the UAT/LSU game, I felt like I was hurting after watching that slobberknocker, dang it was physical……I’m really surprised about how bad Florida’s offense is, that was terrible…..Kentucky gonna Kentucky, ’nuff said……Looks like Mississippi had some trouble with the triple option, heck a lot of teams do.  I really feel bad for Kelly getting injured and ending his season, that’s not the way to go….Does anyone want to win the SEC East?  What a joke the SECCG will be…….Had brunch the last 2 weekend at Central Station Grill and Veranda, I highly recommend both! Friday night we hit Moe’s BBQ, it’s really good and we know it from living in Birmingham.  And hit Lost Pizza Saturday night, it’s always good.  Starkville has some really great eating spots…..I got to go see the hoops exhibition Friday night versus the Fighting Okra.  We have some talent, we just have to blend it.  We are long and athletic, and we can shoot the rock from deep.  Remember the name, Mario Kegler, #4. It’s going to be a fun team to watch…..Saints are coming on, it sure helps playing the worst defense in the league like the 49ers but it counts as a win.  Oh yeah, we got a new AD and a new Baseball coach, all in about a 24 hour period, talk about crazy times.  I think both area really good fits, should be a fun ride.  and hey, Cohen is 1-0 in football as an AD, nothing to this thing, right?…..On a somber note, the robbery and murder early Sunday morning in the District was horrific.  It is good they have 4 suspects in custody but what a terrible tragedy that will effect so many folks and families.  Just senseless…….And just remember on Wednesday morning, the sun shall rise again that morning also, just sayin’………Have a great week, I’m not sure if I’m going to T-Town or not but good luck to those who do!

Brian (follow me on Twitter @blfdawg)

Week 8 Thoughts, Observations

Posted in Uncategorized on October 30, 2016 by myfullerlife

At some point it’s not any fun and almost a grind to watch.  Yea, we put up 56 on the board but when you give up over 600 yards and 41 points against an FBS team, it sort of rings hollow.  A couple of statements:  Samford’s offense is good, they have playmakers and tip your hat to them.  Our defense is very bad, and unfortunately it’s across the board.  Our overall team is bad.  A 56-41 victory over Samford, let’s analyze….

Offense

If you like big plays, this was a game to see them in.  Fitzgerald threw the deep ball well on this day, much better than we have seen.  Two of his throws to Gray were absolutely perfect.  The third TD was about 10 yards underthrown but Gray made a great adjustment.  He also missed the TE a couple of times but overall threw well. It probably helped that we protected fairly well during the game.  Fitzgerald ran well once again but dang I wish we could establish a real RB threat, I guess wait til next year.  The OL played OK but heck they should have.  We did have some really bad blown assignments up front as usual, its tough to watch at times.  Look, we scored plenty of points and we should have.  You think Myles Garrett is going to be kept out of our backfield?  I seriously doubt it.  On the offensive pass interference, that was a terrible call in my judgment, and then the next play we plop one right into the fat man’s belly just like Juker Jordan to the NE LA guy circa 1993 (yes, I’m going old school).  Then, on the overturned QB run at the goal line, the spirit of the rule was severely violated.  It is absolutely ridiculous to yank a helmet off and that blows the play dead, yet no deference to how it happened.  Yet more pathetic officiating from the SEC.  Here’s the deal, when you are 2-5, you get 2-5 type game officials.  One other thing I must point out.  Late in the game, we are driving to put the game away and we have 3rd and like a foot.  What kind of call was an end around/reverse/fake reverse or whatever that was?  Stupid call, I’m just glad it didn’t cost us the game but wow.  Grade: B+

Defense

Oh boy, where do we start.  Look, they were going to get some yards, that type of offense will dink and dunk for some yards, I totally get that.  The part that was amazing were the yards after the catch, it must have been like 300 of their 600+ yards.  Our tackling was beyond pitiful, no effort, no desire, no nothing.  Our scheme seems like we are afraid to play football, this was Bill Clay read and react from back in the day.  And I can assure you, the results were not much different back then either.  First of all, we got very little pressure on the passer on most down except for late in the game when they were so tired of RUNNING UP AND DOWN THE FIELD ON US ALL NIGHT.  Our LBs were not real good in space on this night.  As for secondary, we’ve got to pull Bryant, he has not confidence and his tackling is awful.  Our CBs, heck I’ve come full circle and now feel like Graham at least gives the most effort and has the speed to make up for a bad play.  Jiles just doesn’t have it.  I really like Smitherman and of course he gets hurt on the pick, although I did see him back on special teams, I hope he’s ok. In other words, we are struggling in the back-end big-time.  We are getting ready to play 4 good offenses in the next 4 weeks.  We better hope for either bad weather, crazy turnovers, or half their teams to be sick.  Grade: F

Special Teams

Let’s see, where to begin.  Oh, another missed FG from chip-shot range, how about there.  Man, this is bad.  I feel for him but wow.  Our punter had a fair game at best but the 22 yarder was terrible.  We didn’t get much from kickoff returns, we need Mixon to catch the kicks rather than Dear.  At least we didn’t fumble a punt:).  Look, when you are a bad team, you mis short FGs and have 22 yard punts, this just adds to the misery.  Grade: D

Team

At least we won.  I really never thought we would lose during the game but I admit the thought did cross my mind about midway thru the longest freakin game ever.  It would have been poetic justice I guess, when it goes bad it goes really bad.  We are 3-5.  Technically, we could have been 6-2, we did lose 3 games on the final play, and another by 3 points.  In reality, we should be 5-3, probably should have won both USA and BYU, just freak plays near the end.  We did not deserve to beat UK, so I don’t count that.  How are we going to finish, we’ve got to pull out something to just not get embarrassed but we have enough players to be able to put together  1 or 2 decent games in this stretch.  Grade: C+

Notes

I would say we are the best 3-5 team in the country but Mississippi obviously has that title…..AU, they have really come on, I give them credit, I wrote them off…..Clemson somehow keeps on winning, you don’t take pictures on the scoreboard like they say in golf…..Moderately big game in Redstick this weekend, it all of a sudden looks competitive.  But then again……Cubs gonna Cubs I guess, but the Indians are good.  Rob and I went to 2 games in Cleveland in 2014, those fans deserve it if it happens……Hoop begins practice and it will be really fun this season, both men’s and women’s, we have some talent on this campus……Enjoyed the baseball scrimmage on Sunday.  Yea, we lost some players but I somehow think we can cobble together a decent team this year based on what I saw, just a hunch.  Shout out to our buddy Drew Windham, throws a scoreless inning and has had a great fall….It was a great homecoming weekend from Thursday-Sunday.  Good food, good golf tourney with the Sigma Chi’s Friday, got to see lots of family and friends, pretty good weather but a little warm, and good times, I look forward to this week’s game but I wish it were not at 11:00 but at least it’s not 8:00 p.m.!…..Have a great week and see you Saturday!

Brian (follow me on Twitter @blfdawg)

Week 7 Thoughts, Observations

Posted in Uncategorized on October 25, 2016 by myfullerlife

OK, so I’ve been delaying the inevitable.  We are 2-5 and really stink/suck/are terrible/horrible, you choose the adjective or phrase.  Due to a family wedding, I only watched the second half and did not feel like going back and watching the first half, hey would you have wasted that time with this bunch?  I thought so.  A 38-40 loss to Kentucky, let’s analyze….

Offense

Normally, when you score 31 points (I’m not counting the scoop and score obviously) that is a pretty good outing.  But we all know we left some points on the field.  Our first possessions were a disaster and we did absolutely nothing.  Our QB played pretty good overall and he even led a go-ahead drive with a minute let, that showed me something.  It’s still pretty bad when he leads us in rushing but we are what we are.  Our OL play is still erratic but UK actually has a decent front and they held their own.  I was please to see that Williams got some good carries and we finally got to see Nick Gibson.  The backs ran hard, just not enough chances with space going downhill.  On receivers, we made some plays but then we dropped some balls also.  Our blocking outside was pretty poor I thought.  Overall, this was not a bad effort and should have been enough to win.  Grade: C+

Defense

I am trying to be patient with our new DC.  But wow, he just doesn’t seem to have a good feel for the game and situations and that is disturbing.  For them to gash us up the gut like Auburn did was really disheartening, and we did not appear to have an answer.  Our LB play has been and continues to be erratic, we seem so tentative.  Our CBs are a big hot mess right now, I don’t know what the answer is.  The safety play was OK but that flea-flicker was terrible.  On the last drive, I said don’t just rush 3, that should pick us apart.  Sure enough, they did despite UK trying to botch the clock management (was Jackie running their clock management or something?)  No excuse giving that many points to this team.  The lone bright spot was the forced fumble by Simmons and scoop and score by McLaurin.  Grade: F

Special Teams

How do we keep missing makeable FGs?  Unreal.  Our punter had a better night at least.  We got a couple of nice returns and that helped the cause.  Overall, this was an OK area, but when the other teams knocks one thru from 51 yards to win the game, its hard to say they were even with the other side.  Grade: C-

Team

So, you lose 3 games on the final play of the game.  You’re 2-5.  And you have some brutal games left.  What do you do?  You try to regroup and end up beating somebody that you are not supposed to, that’s about it.  Where we stand right now, the A&M and Bama games are non-starters. We should beat Samford, although they are pretty good.  The UPig and even Mississippi game, we may actually have a chance based on what I’ve seen.  I would not have said that about UM 3 weeks ago.  So, we are looking at 4-5 wins max, what a bummer.  That being said, I’m not in the camp clamoring for a new coach.  Am I disappointed?  You bet.  Does the defense annoy me?  Yep, but I also realize that some stability would be welcome, the coach just has to decide if this guy can get it done.  It’s going to take a lot more than a bad season to run me off.  Heck, I’ve lived thru Tech and 10, we’re competitive compared to those days.  There are some who want a change, I say be careful what you ask for.  We’ve got a good recruiting class coming in and hopefully some stability.  But hey, I’m just a fan…..Grade: D

Notes

Hate I missed the early/evening games but nothing really surprising happened.  MTSU was a little bit of a surprise but they are better than Mizzou…..LSU, the giant has been awoken.  Can’t wait til Nov 5……..Ohio State, their annual egg laying, dang……This weekend has some good contests with a bunch of undefeated teams on the road.  I say 2, maybe 3, go down……Maybe I don’t feel quite as bad about the loss to Auburn, but how did they beat UPig that bad?  Wow……I went 0-3 this weekend, my high school and college team got beat by last-second FGs and the poor Saints are just the poor Saints…..Look forward to seeing you this weekend for Homecoming!

Brian (follow me on Twitter @blfdawg)