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Kudos for noticing this, I hadn't really paid attention until I heard the theory a few times, and then it just made too much sense.
I know our strength and conditioning program has critics, as well as people who say that it's unconventional but effective. I don't know shit about that stuff, so I can't comment.
You also bring up good points about the lingering injuries, the injuries that end up being career ending, etc. The physical therapy methods or rehab methods might also come into question. What are we doing differently, or "unconventionally"? Why are we doing it that way?
I think a full review of the whole system, cradle to grave, is in order.
A real spark plug
Calmer than you are
Nah I don't think we have any spark plugs on our team. A lot of class acts though
correct. MD's comments flat out indicate he wants a bigger, power back and Riley fits that mold for now. We all knew for the last 2 years Hill isn't a Big Ten back....pure depth guy and special teamer. Langford and Tompkins are failing to step up in a big way IMO.....
HOWEVER, if there are no holes: and we strongly suspect there isn't due to all the injuries....AGAIN, then it might be a little early to indict any of the RB's. I was one of a few guys in here last year flat OUT questioning Mannie and his training techniques. Spartan Rocky and others rebuffed me saying that it was just bad luck and we would get healthy this year.....plus, it's always thrown in my face that "IF MANNIE IS SO BAD, WHY ON EARTH DID SABAN TRY TO HIRE HIM AWAY? IF that's true it's a valid point, but like a lot of things around here, it's pure speculation that it ever happened.
MY BEST GUESS? Our defense, and Dline in paricular is whipping their asses and they are getting hurt....year in and year out. This staff is old school, especially Coach D' and Duzzi: they literally figure, what won't kill them will make them stronger because that's the way they were brought up....trouble is that this Oline has been soft for a LONG TIME now....longer than any of us want to admit. And while it might not be killing them, they aren't getting any stronger either: just beat up. There, I said it.
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I heard he has a "nonstop motor"
Really? Do you follow the spring and fall reports of all other division one teams?
I wish someone would injure your caps lock key.
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This. I don't give a rat's ass about speed if all he uses it to do is run up the OL's backsides and fall down.
Thank you, Denicos.
The back that was successful was the back who got half his yards after contact w/ the D. Nick Hill isn't a bruiser who's going to get half his yards after contact. I'd guess Thompkins isn't either. When/if the O coaches figure out the OL is supposed to open holes for the RB, and the OL actually starts doing that, I'm betting the speed backs will look better.
I'm sure this has prob been asked but is Darien Harris still over there as well?
A lot of overreacting going on in this thread though. It's Spring, the time for crazy experimentation. I don't think this really says anything we didn't already know about the other 3 guys either, none of them are or are ever going to be power backs.
As a lot of people said as well, the running game is 65% the OL at least. I really wish we got to see the whole 1st team OL vs the 1st team D in the Spring game.
Why does this happen? Why?
Look at the pain caused by having only one viable QB in Maxwell.
While I recognize 2011 recruiting is water-under-the-bridge. It's just bothersome that these pickles MSU finds themselves in (regarding talent on offense) are often self-inflicted.
Seriously - look at the defense. MSU seems to have depth and talent all over the place. And the coaches prepare/develop these guys. The proverbial well-oiled-machine.
The offense, however, is often defined by stupid-shit recruiting, inexperience, and injuries to players - and then clueless coaches who are in over their head. Roushar, cough-cough...
So I suppose it only makes sense that one of the better defensive recruits needs go over there to shore up that mess.
Well, if there's optimism, it's that next to Cousins, Max Bullough is the best player at MSU in the past 10 years, (just my opinion here). Hope his brother Riley is his protege.
What self inflicted pickle has the offense been in before this? Which isn't really that self inflicted at all. It's self inflicted if you think the coaches made LeVeon too good I suppose.
You are thinking way too rationally.
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I LOVE THIS! Go Riley. This sorta tells me we are moving away from a FB and going single back. With the talent at receiver, and there still is talent, I think we are trading the FB for another WR and need a power back to take care of himself.
I agree, I think we will see much more TE + Slot this year.
Same excuse as last year, but they are practicing against our D and who ran against MSU last year, especially from a pro-set.
Also, hopefully the line is learning some new blocking schemes and sets, that Bollinger is assisting in line development, schemes and sets. That Warner is allowed to implement some cohesive strategies into alignments and play development and alternatives. If this is happening, it might put the O back a little as they understand the changes, while the defense is....come to papa.
I like the R. Bollough look at RB. If he played dual threat QB in high school, he is comfortable with the ball in his hand and running. Yes, RB is a different skill, but if he can block, pick up the blitz and catch the ball out of the back field; I predict he will see the field a lot next year. If, Riley decides he wants this and goes at it with the competitive effort we know the Bullough's possess; this could be good.
OL depth and competition; OL athlete's maturing and experience; improved technique, scheme, and play design; strategic, adaptive and innovative play calling; as well as giving anyone who has potential to carry the rock, block, and catch a ball out of the backfield a chance; is hopefully going to turn into greater success this fall.
Additionally, an improved, consistent passing attack and the threat of a QB willing to run; less ability for the LB's to sell out, would help a great deal as well.
A Bullough on offense bringing some grit....I like it.
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Also, who do we have now to throw the option pass you know Coach D likes to break out....see TCU. Might not be as good of results, but I bet Riley's pass would look better.
Really likes to do all the little things.
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