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  1. I have no doubt our D will play lights out, the same as with LSU and every other game this year. I simply just do not have a clue where we will be Offensively. It is possible that our O will operate as a well oiled machine, but based on what we are conditioned to seeing, that is not probable. I am just so tired of getting to this point in our season only to see us settle for an 8-4 season (win the non conference games and split the conference games,) and be content with having a good season. Here as we get ready for the UGA game, is anybody else sharing these feelings?
  2. Just hard to figure out how we have inexperience at QB, no depth at OL and a converted QB as our RB after 6 years. Key offensive staff that in some areas are still really young and inexperienced. Where are the O position coaches that have been there and done that?
  3. We are where we have been at this time of year on average since TT was forced out. Our Defense smothers the mediocrity on our schedule and the Offense struggles against descent defenses. Defense gave us hope time and again tonight. How long do we continue to go 8-4 before making a change. I don't agree with dictating staff for the HC. I do think for the money we pay coaches now a days that they should be in total charge of the staff and accountable for the outcome. If nothing else, hire that UAB coach and get out of his way. Pay him in accordance with the teams performance and not some moon shot to keep him from going to who knows where. I have tremendous respect for CGM as a person and someone learning how to manage a power 5 program. But after 6.6 years, I kinda think we know who we got. 8-4 on average with the occasional 10 or 11 win year.
  4. I have sorta got used to going 8-5 (winning our non conference games and half of our conference games). I think we are right on pace to achieve that goal. Whether we have the ingredients to put together an upper tier program is up to the HC. I think CGM is in his 7th year? As usual I am cautiously optimistic, largely ignoring the first half of the season and awaiting the second half for the implosion or surprise. Bo and other players are just a part of our program doing all they can.
  5. Gus's response was okay. What really matters is how our FB team has performed. Last year's offense was dismal and Gus's history as our HC, is what it is. His historical consistency is his inconsistency. This tells me that another 5 lose season is probable while a conference championship is possible.
  6. I don't watch many BB games but I made sure to watch this one. Very surprised the way NMS pressure got to us the last 5 minutes. As if the BB gods were with them. Just hoping we get to Kansas with our tenacious defense and hot shooters. My unseasoned observations: even with our size advantage we are not an inside game team. This could have been a 20 point blowout. NMS got the most out of their team. WDE.
  7. Don't count on Ashley until it happens, such a long shot anyway and he has an awful long way to go to just get any playing time.
  8. auskull


    What good news to start the new year.
  9. Agree 100%, however when you see the center being propelled backwards toward you it does take a set to step up into an imaginary pocket.
  10. Can't argue with that. I suspect Gus just needs a seasoned QB next yr and we don't really have one. With JG and BN it will probably take a few years to hit their stride.
  11. Unlike many on here, this was my first time seeing JG. I was impressed with his poise and ability. Must improve as a passer but certainly has loads of ability. I just have never seen MW as our starting QB. I can see JG being our starter next year and Nix red shirting. If Nix becomes first string, then he certainly would be special for a true freshman with two already in the system. I just don't think CGM can afford to take a year to develop Nix in the system and SEC. CGM needs to immediately come out of the gate with this team humming.
  12. I do think the OL will improve. A vital part of the improvement is the QB interaction and the OL knowing where the QB is. In the Bowl game I saw the QB often step up into the pocket and let the OL take the DL around him. Did not see much of that during the year. The QB's first impulse was to back pedal and then run to the right, right into the on rushing DL. Now given that the competition for the Bowl game looked pathetic at best, this was an improvement in mechanics that benefited the OL. I fully agree with the lack of depth at OL. We will need to have an injury free season which is unlikely. Also, having the Center position established is critical. Kim needs to keep improving and stay healthy. Next year OL play should be better, couldn't be worse I hope. To be successful however, we do need to be solid and deep in the trenches, like our DL. Something we have failed to accomplish in 6 years.
  13. No truer words have been spoken. Unfortunately its all the other things associated with a head coach that need attention also.
  14. Yes I am excited about our freshmen class. To compete in this league we need this every year, and, at least three deep in the OL (30+ SEC caliber players) and similar for the DL (12+). We need significant improvement in player development, strength and conditioning. Our guys in the trenches need to punish the opponent such that they leave the game beat up. We are nowhere close to having this reputation. Under the present staff, I cannot see a path to achieving year to year consistency. One stellar freshmen class without the numbers in the trenches and improved player development gets us to where we are now.
  15. Soooo... what does this mean for our Bowl game in a few weeks? Changing OC's is a big deal with such a short time to prepare. Is Gus the interim OC in this game?