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I think Dave Hart prolly knew this too...., as well as CDD when they developed the plan. I think we need a little more depth and experience on defense to pull it off, if given the opportunity.
This is a good thread guys. I believe that next year could be a lot better for these reasons bray hunter cp are more than likely gone. Before u blast me hear me out. I think the coaching staff went into the season with the mindset that maybe our defense is gonna be lacking to some degree but hey we got the best passing attack in college football. Let's do what we can and score a lot of points. Whereas next year we would have to commit to strong d and really push the running game. I think this could really change things next year if dooley is still here. Jmo
Is that really you hack? Seriously, great post! +1. You have made an interesting and excellent point. Now that you have pointed it out, Coach Dooley, justifiably so, probably thought he could outscore some of the big fish with Bray/Rogers/CP/Hunter and a more experienced and improved OLine. That goes a long way in explaining the gamble on switching to the 3-4 and the lack of personnel and growing pains that come with the change. VERY INTERESTING! Wish I could give you a +100!
"Old School"! A strong defense wins championships!
Maybe the best discussion so far this week, awesome OP and thread +1.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
Yea man its all me. I have thought about this several times this year. Kinda like 98 manning gone sky falling and we win a nat chmp cause we stressed fundametal football because we had to and the coaches knew it going into the season. Tee was serviceable ya know kinda like worley or peterman. Anyway thanks for the plus 1
Can't blast that post, hack. + 1 The defenses of the top SEC programs have proven the theory wrong though, if that was infact the theory going into this season. We had to improve the line of scrimmage to compete, which we've done and continue to do. Next step is to improve the defense, which we obviously have not done.
I think it will get better though, with experience, depth, and talent (Randolph, Miles, Harris, Bynum, Lewis, and some fast young corners that grow-up).
I apologize for actin like a 13 year old in reaction to any of your posts the other night.
"Count it down with me. Five, four, three, two, one.
The national champion is clad in Big Orange!"
No big deal. We all just venting its been a tough year. Things have got to get better. We both acting pretty stupid. Its forgotten. Let's talk football
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Agreed. although i think the OP could have done without calling people "nuts" and "I could care less what people with your reasoning abilities think about me" comment. I wonder if a poster who thinks we need a coaching change called the pro-Dooley group "nuts" and that they have "no reasoning abilities" would be greeted with such a civilized conversation. I would hope so. but i'm not sure.
I think most were saying 7-8 wins on the regular season. But deep down, I confess that I was secretly lusting for 14-0 national championship Pastor!
This post was edited by bloodrunorange 18 months ago
Just because we except 7-5 this year does NOT mean we accept it forever. But you have to crawl before you walk.
We are re-building...that means we aren't magically going from 5-7 to 9-3 (or 10-2)! Especially in the SEC.
I was hopeful yet guarded before this season (been burned too many times), so I didn't even try and project our win total. At the beginning of the season, I was in favor of Dooley getting 2 more years, due to the massive dumpster fire that he took over.
However, I've changed camps. I think he is our Mike Shula. I think he did a great job stabilizing the program, helping us get back onto our feet, but I feel like we've maxed out what we can achieve (Hello Peter Principle!).
Are we a better team than we were last year, yes. Are we playing better, yes. Are we a well coached team, absolutely not!!! Well coached teams learn from their mistakes, they do the little things right, they play all 4 quarters. We do none of those things. Teams can be flat coming into a game or out after half time, but the fact that we are consistently at a lower energy level than our opponents is on the coaching staff.
I wish Dooley the best, thank him for what he's done, but this season has moved me to the position that he has reached his ceiling at Tennessee.
5. Ball, oskie, cover, block, cut and slice, pursue and gang tackle... for this is the WINNING EDGE.
I call them the way I see it. Feel free to call me a nut when you fell you need to. I do things five or six times a day that would earn being called a nut.
I may have been a little strong on the I could care less......stuff. I got a little fired up, my bad.
regardless of my preseason expectations I am disappointed with our team's performance when it counts. UF fourth Q, GA 4th Q, the defensive woes @ Miss St. We could easily be a one loss team right now. A well-coached staff and disciplined players would definitely have this team in prime position to win the SEC East right now.
Preseason, yes i probably would have been all right with the position to be 7-5, but after seeing our potential I can't help but think this season could have been so much more.
This post was edited by Ericbengt 18 months ago
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