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  1. Squidward2016

    Ryan Davis: "We Know What We Have to Fix"

    I agree we generally run pretty similar plays regardless of the opponent. But I also see that A) at least against MSST, the plays we called were timed well and put the players in situations to succeed, and they didn't execute. (There are definitely games where it is entirely on play calling, ie lsu last year, both Clemson games, etc) B- Gus's philosophy has always been to focus on running a few plays at an elite level, as opposed to having a huge playbook. Believe me, as a huge nfl fan, of course I think it'd be cool to watch a team w an offensive playbook as diverse as Bruce Arians or Andy Reid. But I also know that Gus, when he DOES get his offense running how he wants it, can make a team perform at an elite level even without having those massive playbooks. In my opinion, the jury is still out on what works better long term- practicing the same plays until you're so good no one can stop you, or implementing a huge playbook and have the advantage of being able to adapt on the fly Gus has already defied traditional logic by showing you can beat elite defenses with a small playbook. He obviously does not know how to run practice to make the team ready week in and week out. But I don't know if I fault him for not completely changing the offensive strategy each week based on opponent: him adopting the same philosophy as Bruce Lee is not that ludicrous.
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    Ryan Davis: "We Know What We Have to Fix"

    This is just not true during the Mississippi State game. We had at least 2 perfect play designs/calls that would have been touchdowns if Jarrett could have executed. We had a touchdown on the ground that a player fumbled. We had a muffled punt return that gave state the only TD of the game aside from the last one. We had an extremely questionable call giving state a TD. I agree gus's play calling is often terrible, predictable, and loses games, but this week was not on the play calling. We actually gained a lot of yards in the second half, and we only had 21 rush attempts all game- that's the fewest ever by Gus, and it shows that they're adapting their philosophy to better fit the talent. I will say I think they should be throwing way more slants and easy routes to get Jarrett's confidence up, but other than that it is completely irrational to blame the state game on play calling. Note this is not taking the blame away from gus as a coach, as he should have better prepared the players to execute, but it is taking the blame away from his and Chips play calling.
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    Circling the Wagons

    Your assessment is reasonable, but I think you're underestimating our chances next year. We will have an entire OL unit returning, all our RBs, and almost all of our receivers, including a loaded freshman class with Schwartz and Williams. Our DB group has the potential to be elite and our DL is pretty dependable to always reload. That leaves linebackers and QB as question marks- I trust Steele and Co. can develop our young talent there to be at least serviceable and keep our D top 20. We have a plethora of options at QB, and we just need one to step up and be the man. The schedule is hard early, but I would be very disappointed if we're not in the SECCG race for the iron bowl, because the talent is all there.
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    No, I'm discussing whether play calling is the issue. Where did I say I don't blame gus for his ultimate responsibility for the OL being terrible? I am simply asking, is Gus reverting to his old prior tendencies in his play calling? If so, then that's a huge negative in my mind because it means he didn't learn from our mistakes last year, and imo he can never excel as a coach if this is the case. If not, then we can isolate the problem and say it's OL development that did us in this year. How big of an indictment that is on gus is a separate issue, but I just wish we could have a discussion on here about specific aspects of the offense without always resorting to "gus is trash who cares about discussing the specifics of why". For some reason the narrative is that the offense has seen no development and has been terrible this year, but it seems that is simply not true- our Offense did not look bad against Washington and LSU, and I for one want to figure out why it has dropped off against lesser opponents.
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    Call me a sunshine pumper, but is the play calling really a big problem right now? Against LSU and Washington, we had plenty of back shoulder throws, intermediate routes, slants, etc. It seems to me the OL has just been terrible the last few games and the play calls have been more run based to try to establish the run against teams we'd beat regardless of the play calls. If we don't get all those PIs against LSU we'd be a top 5 team right now that underperfomed against bad teams. Don't think we should be panicking about old gus tendencies unless we see us call bad plays against real competition, ie this weekend
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    Where is the problem

    Can anyone explain why the OL looks so much better vs LSU than vs Southern Miss? Optimistically I’m thinking it’s because they weren’t motivated to play (both because of the opponent and the rain delay) but it just doesn’t make sense
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    Praise for Coach Malzahn

    The second block wasn’t from a guy jumping high up on the line, in which case what you’re saying would stand. The block was a guy coming from the side who got past our line. That’s just bad blocking by our ST
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    Chip admits to calling all plays

    There are plenty of things gus has clearly done wrong as a coach and deserves criticism for. The Clemson game plan last year for one. The poor evaluation of JJ is another. The poor in game adjustments (this years Clemson game). The lack of QB depth the last two years. But I don't understand why we even look at the games last year when Sean and pettway (and many more starters, including cox and KJ during UGA) were injured and pretend that's an indictment on Gus's offense. When the majority of your starting lineup, including your only competent QB, is injured, the game is null. The only truly valid criticism then is of his QB recruiting. The vast majority of the frustration fans feel is not based on logic, it's based on frustration from the unfortunate injuries we had 2 years in a row. Blame gus for his faults, not for our bad luck. The only truly negative trend I've seen with him is his bad in game adjustments. His QB recruiting has improved. His ability to delegate has improved (there's no way gus called a game where he passed it 2x as much as ran it, plus the obvious defensive improvement). Last year, he delegated his offense to Rhett when he saw it wasn't working, and it turned out beautifully. That's a willingness and ability to change your ways. If Sean and pettway didn't get injured we would certainly have beaten UGA and could have beaten bama and gone to the SECCG. Even against OU we looked great until Sean broke his arm. Why do we judge the coaches so harshly for offensive "trends" that are obviously caused by injuries, not coaching?
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    Can the offense turn it around?

    During the 6 game stretch last year, were there any specific statistical weaknesses of Sean White that we can look for Jarrett to improve on? At what point this season will we be able to fairly compare the two?
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    Scrimmage 03/25/2017

    Don't know how much faith to put into this, but I'm a student, and from the ~10 freshman/sophomore players I've talked to(post scrimmage), they seem adamant that Sean is better than stidham. If nothing else, this means there's definitely still loyalty/chemistry to white
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    Moving Forward

    Just how ridiculous was the QB rotation at Auburn this weekend? Every play charted: it's worse than you think great analysis from redditCFB. Someone needs to send this to Gus in case he doesn't see it himself when he watches the film
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    2015 Forward: Big 5 opponent - New rival?

    Am I the only one who would kill for a series with Oregon? The whole nation would want to watch that offensive explosion