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  1. This is the end all solution to conference realignment for the SEC: The roommate switch Bedrock rivalry games are played ANNUALLY. Rotate through the entire conference every TWO YEARS. Round-robin DIVISIONS are maintained each year (per NCAA rules for the SEC championship game). Each student/athlete gets to both HOST AND VISIT every other school in a four-year SEC career. All done in an 8-GAME schedule (or 9 if/when desired).
  2. So if the idea is they made a terrible offer they expected him not to take but he took it anyway, why wouldn't they just fix it now and allow him to hire whomever? He called their bluff; it would be silly to just go along with an agreement that harms both parties.
  3. How sure are we about the reported hamstrings on hiring assistants? I can't fathom why anyone involved (Leath, Harbert, or Greene) would intentionally sabotage Gus's chances at success next year. I feel like if Gus wants Freeze we'll pay for it
  4. "We're not here to SIMPLY assign blame." We have to assign blame to find a solution. I'm trying to actually understand the causes of our problems and the potential solutions instead of the easy way of looking at the end record and saying it's not good enough. I very clearly said all of the problems I mentioned were his fault, such as depth and development. Your response comes across as either disingenuous or as not having read my whole point. If you'd like to respond to any of the actual points I made or point out something I missed I'd be happy to discuss
  5. I'm not saying gus doesn't have problems. But we need to start being correct on what they actually are. Remember we beat a top 15 team for the season opener- this shows he has gotten better at preparing his team before the season rather than in October. Not perfect yet, but a clear improvement in this facet. LSU was a stolen fluke. We all know that without literally a single one of those phantom PI calls (or Jarrett's pick) we win the game and go into MSST undefeated and probably #5 or 6 in the country. MSST was a poor showing, but while a lot of things could be improved, the absolute biggest was this: 3 WIDE open deep receivers (sounds like good play calling and design to me) that our QB missed. A fumbled punt return. A fumbled touchdown by boobie. That on top of nick tearing through our defense. And had we beaten LSU, I bet our execution/fire would have been higher, but that's besides the point. Absolutely not on playcalling. Tennessee: Jarrett stidham throws 2 completely ridiculous interceptions that are on no one but him (yes the OL hurt him, but he had time to throw away and tried to force throws instead). Then he fumbles for a scoop and score- that fumble was understandable, but the picks were not. Our game plan that game was great and we had consistent throws downfield and utilization of our freshman talent. Our OL and QB lost us this game. So far, I challenge an intellectual argument for why any of these losses are on play calling, "meddling with chip", or any of the other recycled arguments we use against gus after every loss. No doubt he is at fault for the overall performance of the team as HC. But we are not here simply to assign blame, we're here to decide whether he is the man to fix it. Throughout gus's tenure he's had a lot of different mistakes. 2014 his defense collapsed so he hired the best DC in the game. Good on him. 2015 his star QB was a bust, he put in the freshman backup, and we actually improved significantly throughout the season before Sean got injured before UGA and it all went to crap again. 2016 same story. Started rolling and looked nearly elite before Sean, pettway, and Chandler all got injured before UGA and we had to play guess who, JJ andJF3 again. Without the injuries these two years we bead uga both times for sure and have a shot to beat Bama in 2016. This year's problems have a very clear underlying trend : Inexperienced OL play and underwhelming QB play. I get this sounds like constant excuses for gus. But these are legitimate reasons mostly outside his control that screwed us. His depth at certain offensive positions has been his most consistent problem, and that really seems like something that's fixable for a young coach.
  6. it all comes down to Jarrett performing IMO. Against uga we gave him a ton of chances to do what we thought he did best with 5 wide, short crossing patterns, easy screens, etc and he just didn't come through. If he can play with the fire and poise as he did at the end of the TAMU game we have a real shot
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. 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?