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And not really relevant, but:
Dane Brugler @dpbrugler
#MichiganState RB Le'Veon Bell: “My goal is to try to run a 4.4 in the 40, somewhere around there. But at the worst, 4.5.” #NFLCombine
Because when we let the players pick the coach they do a great job, see Bobby Williiams.
If I can actually do that, damn.
And with the (blank) pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the New Orleans Saints select Le'Veon Bell. Dohhhhhh!
They're trying to get us fans to come around to the idea of dinking around with more cheap hires. I hate it. Spend money and get us a guy.
Nice that Bell endorses either as OC but in reality it's the ONLY thing he could say.
The moment is eternal
He should tape a cheetah to his back.
Seems like you have thought about this before?
yeah, stuck with DR again....that would suck, but in all seriousness it won't happen IMO because he doesn't fit that offense at all.
He SURE would be a solid, physical compliment to some faster, quicker RB's in the league like Johnson of Tennessee or Murray in Dallas....those fast and talented guys are the home run hitters but you need 3rd down backs that can move the pile AND catch the ball and he does both VERY well. Late 3rd round or early 4th for LB I think.
ATL just cut Turner. They're going to be looking for a power back to pair with Jacquizz Rodgers
great point: he would fit their offense and what they do VERY well. Same with the Steelers: Mendenhall is a head case and LB is a prototypical Steeler RB: big, phsysical, good mudder on that crappy field in poor weather...yeah, I could see him there too
Yes. Of course it's the only thing he could say, first of all for "PR" reasons since he just kinda stiffed the coaches by leaving early. Remember Dantonio's ringing endorsement of Le'Veon's decision? Oh, you mean he never endorsed it? You mean he said there here "Program reasons and personal reasons" for Le'Veon to stay? But, also, secondly, how would he know and who would he know to be able to mention otherwise? His high school coach?
Also, isn't everyone ignoring the concern about Bell that he doesn't get up to speed quickly enough to get early draft interest? That's why he lost the weight. He's looking to mask his weekness, being lack of explosiveness acceleration. See below.
Now that he's made his decision, I hope it works out famously for him. But this is a concern, isn't it?
Le'Veon Bell led the Big Ten in rushing as a junior last season, racking up 1,973 yards, and decided to fulfill his dream of entering the NFL. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio tried to get him to stay, but the tailback couldn't pass up an opportunity to help address his family's economic plight.
What do you have against him? I agree with his decision. I wouldn't come back.
Isn't this the dude that thinks players should put themselves and the future aside so that he might be able to watch a good season of football? Pay him no mind.
"As far as the downvotes. It's a gnat biting an lion"
-- A member of tRCMB Justice League, taking the internet WAY WAY too seriously.
Mendenhall is an unrestricted free agent and most signs indicate that he will not be back with the Steelers next season. The Steelers are not happy with any of their running backs.
“The season Rashard had was not what we would have hoped for,” Rooney said. “Obviously, we knew he was coming back from an injury so there were some unknowns there. So, without getting into the real specifics with Rashard, it’s fair to say that we are going to need a better performance out of the running back position if we’re going to be successful, Whether it’s Rashard or Jonathan or Isaac or somebody else, we have to be better at that position, as well as others, but certainly at that position. In this offseason that’s something we’ve got to look at and decide how we get better and who we get better with.”
When Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert promised changes to the team in his season-ending press conference, many people pointed to the running back spot as an area likely to look different next season.
If Leveon runs under 4.5 he's going no later than the. 2nd.
I have nothing against him. Nothing at all.
But, as set forth in detail in a prior thread, I think he made the wrong decision and should have stayed for his final year. So did Dantonio. The coaches aren't in a position to endorse early departure unless it's truly in the interest of the player. How are you going to build a national program, win Rose Bowls, be ranked nationally in the top five, and avoid getting run over by Alabama, if, at the very first opportunity presenting itslef, you regularly have two or three or more players leaving your program early? It's never gonna happen, my frind ErnieMac.
So, then, you have to ask yourself, if you are constantly endorsing these early departures and actually thinking---and this really escapes all logic and good sense---that it "helps" your program: What is the purpose of your football program at Michigan State University?
Is the purpose to win? That's what we hear all the time. But, maybe we are being sold, pardon the expression, a veritable "bill of goods."
If the purpose is to be a farm team or feeder system to the NFL, then our expectations are very different, aren't they? For if this is the purpose, don't be heard to be all down and disappointed when the "Program" is winning four, five, and, maybe, six games a year and that's it. But, there's more to it. If your aim really isn't to win, then, eventually, you won't be winning so much. At best you will be mediocre. When you are mediocre, you won't have interest in your "program" from fans. You won't attrack the recruits that will ever be drafted to the NFL. You will become irrelevant. Your once good coaches will have long ago left to jobs at universities which understand that the purpose of the football program is to win. Winning consistently so you are a perennial power in college football is hard enough, but at least one major aspect of it is keeping your best players all four years over long periods of time.
Otherwise, if your players (and coaches) are using your Program as a stepping stone so, at the first chance, they are headed for the first train out of, in this case, East Lansing, don't people then wonder why these players don't stay for their last year of eligibility? What's wrong there?
So, I think this is a sign your Program has not arrived to a level it should be. There are also lack of individual loyality issues I don't like to see. Where is the much vaunted notion of "returning a favor" and "giving back" that are so often bandied about as attitudes to be admired and encouraged? This is a one way street. Why shouldn't all of these men, or at least two of the three, feel the need to "give back" or "return a favor," which should be something drilled into to them as elite athletes, right?
So, that's my concern. It has nothing to do with these players personally. I don't know any of them. It's just that, all of a sudden these concepts revolving around loyalty and giving back and so on take a back seat so we can rationalize somebody bolting to the door to turn professional just at the time when we could have a Heisman Trophy candidate, or have all the pieces of a puzzle to a National Championship, or other great things besides the Outback Bowl---not that there is a thing wrong with that, but I'd like to see the Program get back to winning over a long period of time like two other schools in this conference have done.
Well, not quite. Not quite at all. But, I'll put you down Mr. Rocket as among those that will not complain about wins and losses in our Program because for you the purpose of the program isn't to win. You are satisfied with a steady march of players departing on an early basis to the NFL. Okay, I've got you down for that.
Dude say something stupid and get banned so you can take a break. You need it.
our top 2014 DE targets like us because Gholston left early to the NFL, but don't let that get in the way of your old man rant.
Your expectations of the program are clearly different than mine. When the program goes against the best interests of the player/person then a top 5 program will never happen. Recruits will see through that.
Rocket_Play. Okay, I said something stupid. Now go tattle to a Mod to get me banned. See how far you get with that.
It's a pretty good point, but I don't think it translates into reality. Lookit. I understand you get that odd player every four years or so who is so good, as Red Berenson would say, the coach will drive him to the airport because he's ready to leave early and play professionally. But by and large that is very, very few players. What recruits will see is that you are winning, your Program does things the right way, and by their final season, players are ready to do well in the professional ranks. That's what the recruit sees. If you don't win, it's a much, much harder sell and you won't get those recruits, anyway.
This post was edited by BillOGoods 14 months ago
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