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  1. Bathel

    Malzahn Ole Miss Presser (Video Added)

    My guess... his "tweak" will be that he'll find the lightest RB we have on the team and run them between the tackles 40 times.... /Sarcasm The good thing is Ole Miss Defense has looked pitiful for the most part, so maybe we'll have a chance to execute the plays.
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    Fire Gus (merged threads)

    If you go back in and look at the history books, you'll see 10 win seasons a bit more rare than you think... especially prior to the 12 game schedule. Saying AU has only done it once back to back isn't saying much of anything... that is the misleading part... Hell, go back far enough and you'll see they didn't even play 10 games a year. 3 teams in the SEC have never done it... Ole Miss hasn't since 1959/60... aTm not since 1993/1994... UT 2003/2004... Heck, Vandy hasn't ever had a 10 win year... In total 10 win season (not necessarily consecutive) AU is tied for 4th in the SEC with UF (14 total) and behind UT (20), UGA (21), UA (35) I don't think AU even started playing 10 game seasons until 1930, and that included the bowl game. It was 1937 before we played our first 10 game regular season. 1957 was our first 10 win year, 10-0... followed the next year with a 9-0-1 record (no bowl games those years due to probation). The misleading part your your statement is bringing ALL OF AU history into it. When you should know full well that a 10 win season in 1957 is completely different than a 10 win season in 2017.
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    Fire Gus (merged threads)

    That’s a bit misleading. The 12 game schedule didn’t start until 2006... since that time we are a 10 win team 4 times, or 33% of the time. To me, it’s not the 10 win game mark that bothers me... it’s the 5,6,7 win years I find unacceptable. We shouldn’t go from a 10 win year... to a 5 or 6 win team the next year. That’s the consistency I don’t see. For it this year, I could of easily seen 8 wins as understandable with the knowledge of 4 new starting olineman and a lack of running talent... but that should have been the bottom. Which doesn’t seem to be the bottom this year.
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    Gus Just Doesn't Hate to Lose

    Maybe I'm not reading your statement correctly, but literally we won 10 regular season games just last year in 2017, not to mention in 2013 and 2010 also.. So I'm not sure where you are pulling your data from. Let's also remember the 12th regular season game wasn't added until 2006, by the way we won 10 games that year too
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    What would you do to fix the O?

    Well, the first thing I would do is stop handing off and running straight up the middle of the line every time we get a big 1st down. We rush to the line and hurry up to hand off and run right up the gut... Every Single Time... Does any team NOT know where this play is going to go? Can we come up with some variations? Maybe I've just missed the plays where we actually do call something different in that situation, but it seems like we never do. I'm surely not qualified to be an an OC in any sense, but my "feeling" is that we don't seem to have a lot of plays to call from. It feel predictable in the games where we look so bad. So much so that I am a pretty high percentage correct in calling the next play. In the games where we seem to play well, I'm always seem to be saying to my wife... "they're mixing up the play calling well today." What drives that difference? Is it the play calling? The execution? The other team's defensive scheme? Not being a coach, I really don't know why this happens this way, but it seems pretty consistent from my view.
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    Article on Gus’ buyout

    I'd sign up to get run out of town if they pay me 32.1 million....
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    Gus Just Doesn't Hate to Lose

    Listening to his post game presser, he just sounds defeated too. Or maybe clueless on how to fix things... What I hate most is the feeling I get that he's just in over his head... It's like the team is running itself or something. We play to the level of the competition... if we play a good team we look good. If we play a bad team, we "most of the time" look bad. There seems to be no accountability to the performance they put on the field from the coaching staff.
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    Article on Gus’ buyout

    We seem to play to the level of the talent of the team we are going up against. I blame that squarely on the coaches for doing their job. This seems to have been ongoing for about as long as I can remember...
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    Player Departures 2018-19

    If Stidham is leaving most likely, what about Slayton and/or Myers? I could easily see Slayton giving it a go...
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    Stidham not allowed to audible

    From what I can tell... other teams have figured out that there is no flexibility allowed and do a better job of not "showing" the coverage or defensive package until late in the snap count and not allowing the sideline to "adjust: the play.... not that I think GM has any clue as to what to really adjust to... Actually, if was to be honest with myself, the play calling the 1st have was great. It had a good mix and seemed to be taking what the defense was giving them... I even said so to my wife after the 1st quarter. What baffles me is when CGM gets conservative and decides to "Hang on to win" and not "Play to win". It's like he's scared to make a mistake and give the game way... the play calling becomes predictable and overly safe... You'd think he'd eventually learn... but I digress off the topic...
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    Stidham not allowed to audible

    That was my point.. that there is no flexibility in the play designs to have anything to "audible" to. I think it goes much further than just being able to change from pass to run or vice versa... More and more college players may not be making line of scrimmage play calls... but they are reading the defense and expecting the WR to be reading the same thing and run routes accordingly. I don't see anything of the sort going on at AU. Not in the running game, not in the blocking schemes, not in the WR route running...
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    Stidham not allowed to audible

    I disagree... I think from watching our routes we have very few options in the routes. This is the simplicity I think people are talking about.. What appears to be happening is we run a single route regardless of the cover type or where the safety lines up. I think other teams have more "options" on the routes that allow of the receiver to run several different routes depending on what the defense is doing. If they see zone they may run one route, if they see a safety high they run different route. Safety in the box and man might be a 3rd route. The QB reads the defense as much as the WR does... I don't think we do that at all. Maybe my opinion on it is wrong as someone with more knowledge can either correct or refine what I am trying to say... but I don't think our offense has much, if any, flexibility in it once the play is called from the sideline... for the better or worse...
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    Scholarship Numbers (Updated 8/18/17)

    A medical redshirt is when a player has played less than 30% of the season and the injury has to happened before the midway point of the season. They can apply a redshirt year to that year even though they have games played. You still only have 5 yeas to play 4, so if you've already taken a redshirt year you'd need to apply for a 6th year extension/waiver. The hardest thing to over come is if that one of the redshirt years was non-injury based, ie your FR year and you were just not good enough to make playing time. It's rare to get it granted in that case. If you have two injuries leading to Medical Redshirts (actually its called a medical hardship waiver), they you have better odds. I think in resent years the NCAA has been a little more lenient on granting 6th years, but I don't have stats to show that to be true or not... so take it with grain of salt.
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    CGM Offense

    Last night was an embarrassment... 117 yards of total offense. Kent state had 120 total yards of offense vs Clemson... It's a shame that our Defense played to a level that we could have and should have won... The lack of imagination in play calling is pathetic. It's to a point where a 3 year old could predict with a High degree of accuracy what the next play will be. It's just silly and stupid the state of the offense. I have never called for CGM to be fired, but I just don't see a future with him in charge. I'm just frustrated and lost....
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    Opining all things Gus (Merged)

    I would argue that anytime you have an NFL caliber RB with as much heart and effort as Tre had, they are a game changer. He willed his way to a many 1st downs in the crunch that helped save that season. Granted he wasn't a solo act like Cam was... but I don't think we come near the NC game without him in the lineup that year. Honestly... I'm even more impressed going back and re-watching Tre his college games. He had the perfect attitude and gave more than his all. I think he enjoyed plowing over people like a bulldozer (not that it served him well if is recent issues are brain damage issues caused from all the head blows).