The defense played much better the second week of the season. The running game and blocking was strong in both games. I would feel better about both of those developments heading into week three.
He's a special talent. If he stays healthy he could be one of the greats to come out of this program.
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It all depends on what the AD decides is a suitable body of work to make that decision. Is it 14 games? Clearly not. Will it be 24? Possibly.
He'd look a lot better with dynamic edge rushers and and an NFL linebacker. He doesn't have either right now.
Mizzou has two seniors on the current team (Barnett, Robertson) and Porter Jr.'s spot will come open when he enters the draft. If there's no other other turnover, then they'll have three openings.
Scroll down. I mentioned that earlier.
You can define just about anything as a coach's philosophy. Sample: Two coaches might have different philosophies on how you interact with your players and how you work with your colleagues.
I know they really like what Puryear brings to this team and they're very pleased with Geist. That's not to say they don't like the other returning players, but those are the names I hear mentioned most.
The Kul-Odom tension was built over a long time. People forget, Odom was on the bottom of the food chain when he first joined Pinkel's staff in 2003. Flash forward 12 years and Kul had already been passed over for the coordinator job twice already. When Steckel left the staff for Memphis, Pinkel chooses Odom as his coordinator instead of the guy he had decided twice before not to promote. You think that sat well with the D-line coach? Odom was essentially an intern when Kul was already established as a longtime D-line coach. Then Odom climbed the ranks over a decade-plus and got the promotion over Kul. That relationship was doomed from the start - and from everything I've gathered at the time and since, Odom tried to make it work.
The offense looked well prepared in week one. The defense looked well prepared in week two. Rarely can you ever point to a football team and just blame one factor. When you have so many moving parts and so many people involved, it's just too simplistic to cast blame in one area. It's like when you go see a movie that's really disappointing. Who do you blame? Just the director? Just the producer who paid for it to be made? Just the actors - or the casting agent who hired the actors? The players are getting a free pass if you just blame Odom and his coaches. The coaches are getting a free pass if you just blame the players. Everyone's invested.
If he can't win at a high level with all the resources that he has at Texas A&M, why would anyone think he can with here with a smaller budget, smaller, less passionate fan base and a much less plentiful recruiting territory?
Technically, Odom never said anything about Xs and Os. I quoted a source connected to the situation whom I trust. You bring up an interesting point. For years, for more than a decade, I heard fans complain all season long that Pinkel was too stoic and unemotional on the sideline. Now I'm hearing the exact opposite about Odom. Here's the truth. Fans don't care if the head coach stands silently, flaps his arms like a madman or watches the game while juggling bowling balls and riding a unicycle - as long as his team scores more points than the other team.
The leash must be short. Must be.
Well, I think DeMontie Cross would argue nobody's being penalized.
Blanton didn't practice in the spring, so not sure how he was putting it all together. He's played as much if not more than the other tight ends. He just hasn't had the big catches that Reese has had.
He wasn't great Saturday. He wasn't bad enough to bench.
South Carolina took away the deep ball with their coverages. That was the biggest factor in the lack of downfield passing.
Too early to speculate. Like always, context is important. If they finish 3-9 with a bunch of blowout losses, then maybe there's a decision to make.
Joe Tiller hasn't coached at Purdue in nine years.
For cause is essentially anything that violates the terms of the contract, not related to just not having good results on the field. The players on last year's never went out of their way to praise Cross, like they do most coaches. It didn't seem like a great fit. I wouldn't feel too bad for him. He's making a nice amount of money and will continue to get paid for not coaching.
Official release day is Friday. Shelves should be stocked with "Gary Pinkel: The 100-Yard Journey"
Good question. I'll go with Waltz.
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