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TOPIC: Another upgrade

Another upgrade 2 years 1 month ago #1

wlayton wrote:
Hmmmmm..........I find it interesting that COACH Bobo (not Bozo) kinda carried us tonight.

While I agree with that statement, and I am prepared to upgrade bobo to Bobo (notice the capitalization), I'm not quite ready to bestow Coach onto him yet. I'll reserve that until after the next 3 games.
I was impressed with his play calling again tonight. Using the run to set up the pass, TE use, FB use, misdirections, intermediate passes, even a swing pass (although Murray owes Gurley a meal for almost getting him killed). All these things that have been absent for years are actually working (go figure).
Nice to see a deviation from the screen, bomb, draw, punt. B)
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Re: Another upgrade 2 years 1 month ago #2

Appears that we have many folks on the offensive side that are very talented. Some of the younger folks can only get better and that could be scary for our enemies. :)

My real concern now after watching several other teams in the SEC East play is our offensive line. This has been discussed at length for some time and rightfully so. We are entering a stretch now that we are going to face some serious front sevens.

If Mike Bobo continues to mix his play calling up, should help our offensive line in what could be some difficult situations ahead. Pleases me that more of our offensive talent is being utilized, not playing to a certain group as the recent past has shown.

Been on AM a bit recently, have to say this . . . . AM threw some beautiful passes last night, appears the time with the Manning Group might have paid off. AM is stepping up in the pocket more so than before. Of course that comes with having trust for your offensive line. Bennett, you da man . . . :)
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Re: Another upgrade 2 years 1 month ago #3

Things are looking up. We must get over these slow starts especially on the D side of the ball. O played well and game was nicely called.

One game at a time. Now time to whoop Vandy.
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Re: Another upgrade 2 years 1 month ago #4

ogredawg, with all of the hoop-la after last seasons contest, this truly will be Vandy's Super Bowl.

Dawgs have come quite a distance in the recent past. Being able to sit Jarvis was huge. Without the depth we have and the competition we played against, Jarvis would have played.

Like what I am seeing with this young group of freshmen, both sides of the ball. Great group of young athletes to continue building on, makes our future brighter. Grantham definitely preparing for Jarvis' departure to the NFL. Jordan Jenkins is going to be all that, Grantham is making sure. Also like seeing our players going strong in the fourth quarter. S&C is beginning to prove that we were on the wrong track a while back.
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Re: Another upgrade 2 years 1 month ago #5

Hah, at one point in the first half I actually said the following:

"Is Willie Martinez running the defense?" The way the owls were carving up the secondary, I was concerned we had returned to the bend don't break methodology. Sorry, CTG...sorry.

Of course, that was just the fan in me spewing nothings. I do wish we'd put these slow starts to bed and come out firing. The second half dawgs are a completely different animal. First half: ratty little chihuahua--noisy, but good for little except it's nuisance value. Second half: gnarly junkyard pitbull ready to tear the heads off anyone who climbs the fence. Sure would be nice to have that pitbull all game long.

Saw a lot of young pups get reps, which was good. Gurley and Marshall were on it, but it was also nice to see Bennett and Lynch getting in on the action. It also didn't escape me that AM is nasty when the O line gives him time to throw.

Looking forward to the game against the 'Dores. Wonder if CTG has to be muzzled for this one :blink:
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Re: Another upgrade 2 years 1 month ago #6

I think the good news is that the O line at least has its moments, even when the blocking schemes are complicated. I saw that several times against Missouri - especially on that long run from our own end zone by Gurley. They had some crossing assignments that were pulled off to perfection on that one, and again on the Malcome run to polish off the game - perfect blocking.

That is encouraging. I think they'll only get better.

As for the "D" - I have to believe that once we put all 11 starters on the field at the same time, they won't be as prone to the big play.
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Re: Another upgrade 2 years 1 month ago #7

Agree about the D, thriller...and i do still think CTG is using these non-con games to try out stuff on defense that we'll need for the meat of our schedule...i.e., less concerned about stats as he is building depth/developing schemes. As for the O, the thing I like the best is seeing aspects of no less than three different offensive styles being ran successfully...bread n butter I formation, shotgun pro-style/pistol formation, and 4 receiver spread. Should cause difficulty in game-planning for opposing D's, and should help our o-line by keeping defenses from stacking the box on us or getting too sophisticated with blitz packages. On the subject of our o-line, we definitely need to clean some things up, but I'm proud of our guys, especially the young pups for learning the assignments necessary to run the different formations.

Overall, glad to see an all around "team" that can bail either side out when necessary and not be a liability to the other. Defense has had some hiccups, but we did play the game yesterday without three of our best defenders.
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Re: Another upgrade 2 years 1 month ago #8

Agree with you sadlerdawg.....maybe a little premature but really like the play calling and Bobo utilizing ALL the talent for a change.


I was VERY concerned that in the 1st half, we put ZERO pressure on their QB without Jarvis in the game......against FAU !!! Anybody can move the ball down the field when the QB can stand back there and pick a target.....DB's can't cover all day on a play. We did get pressure in the 2nd half but imo that was due to our depth and wearing them down.

We need others to step up with pressure other than Jarvis. Other sacks in the first 2 games was attributable to Jarvis being in the game and double teamed. Jarvis would appreciate some help.
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