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I was thinking about the positions on this team that have disappointed and overachieved to this point in the season. Fair or not, the position coaches get most of the praise or blame.
QB- (This year)Chaney vs. (previous) Hinshaw.....Bray development is still not what it should be mentally. To me, he's not really regressed, but he's not showed a lot of progress either. This position change is a push.
RB-(this year) Graham vs. (previous) Grad asst. No brainer this position has improved night and day with Graham.
WR (this year) Hinshaw vs (previous) Baggett. Hunter has under performed in my eyes to this point, and we are still talking route running for CP this late in the season. ZRogers is the most improved player on the team though. I give the edge to Baggett on this one.
OL (this year) Pittman vs (previous) Heinstand. No brainer, Pittman has really developed this group to another level.
DL (this year) Palermo vs (previous) LThompson/Chuck Smith. Malik was really good last year and McCullers, Sentimore and others have showed glimpses this year. Neither unit has been consistent though. This change is a push IMO
LB (this year) Sunseri vs (previous) Sirmon/LT. This may by default because of the change in defense, but LBs have realllllllly struggled this year. Slight edge to Sirmon.
DBs (this year) Ansley/Conklin vs Joseph..DBs have struggled all 3 years of Dooley's tenure. This is a push IMO
Special teams/TEs (this year) Coiner vs (previous) Russell...TE's under Russell were better and special teams coverages and returns are equal, except for the CP factor. Slight edge to Russell IMO
A lot of us thought this staff would be better. Slightly is is recruiting wise, but performance? Thoughts?
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by wataugavol 18 months ago
I think this staff can still turn this ship around- It all starts with winning big in these final four games- any slip ups and all bets are off.
Desperately need something to build on.
This post was edited by OrangeVol79 18 months ago
I'm not saying they can't. I was just thinking out loud about all the position coach changes.
Interesting point. Just my two cents:
WR: Incomplete. Hunter is coming back from a major injury and I think the expectations may have been too high. The CP critique is fair but I don't know how many coaches can change that over 3 months.
Defense: I have no idea what is going on there so can't confidently comment on that. The unit is so much worse than last year, but is that scheme or poor coaching (just the loss of Wilcox or the new coaches being inferior).
Recruiting is tough to judge as well because the conditions around the program are worst than they have been since CDD arrived.
I know- and Dooley may have to tweek some things in off season with the staff.
The injury to Hunter is a fair thing to point out. But him disappearing and dropping balls is not what a 1st round pick does. That is what concerns me.
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I see what you are saying, I just think the thing to remember about Hunter is this was going to be his first year as 'the guy.' Freshman year he was an awesome deep threat, year 2 he got hurt earlier, so this is really his first year with a target on his back from good teams. I'm just not sure it is fair to blame coaching for that.
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I guess the consistency is what I look at the most. The performance of the OL and RBs have been consistent. Were the expectations for Hunter too high? I can agree with that. But my point is that he's been inconsistent.
My only reply to this would be Hinshaw doesn't have the luxury of Da'Rick. I think if he's still on this team, our receiving corp looks a lot better as whole this year as far as performance and stats. You have to really appreciate what he's been able to do with ZRo though.
We haven't beat any of those teams and we haven't out recruited them, do you hink we are going to out coach them? What makes you think anything is going to change? Just curious.
Good post. Agree with your assesments almost to a T,
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