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Everything posted by J-MAGIC

  1. I'm always excited for Husker football but I have no idea what to expect and am some mix of terrified, mildly optimistic, and completely numb to whatever happens
  2. LSU's defense that year was like not even top 70 nationally. I think you can make the case that '19 LSU offense is the best ever, but that should not even be sniffing best team ever.
  3. The last time we saw Chubba Purdy play significant snaps he was completing 50 percent of his passes for 4.13 yards per attempt against ACC competition. I have no idea if/how much he's improved or how camp will go but Thompson (and Smothers) have been significantly better than him when asked to play actual football on a field instead of combine numbers or 7 on 7.
  4. FWIW modern football positional value is pretty universally regarded as: QB (big gap) --> WR, cornerback, pass rushers, offensive tackles (small gap) --> interior defensive line, safeties/nickels, tight ends (big gap) --> interior o-line, off-ball linebackers, running backs. The Bengals just had one of the worst offensive lines in recent NFL history but made it to the Super Bowl because they have three freak receivers who get immediate separation. So personally I think it's great we just signed a super good and well-regarded player at one of the sport's most important positions, but I guess if some of you would like to be mad about that and use it as a way to harp on the same three things you complain about, you do you.
  5. I had to be away from the internet for a few days and got one here expecting everyone to be stoked we signed one of the highest-rated receivers in our history and instead found the cranks complaining about the offensive line. This place really can be a parody of itself sometimes lol
  6. Probably because they think he's good and will help the team.
  7. Players who demonstrate in fall camp that they can help the team don't redshirt. Players generally know who can and can't contribute through practice. If somebody's redshirting it's because other players were demonstrably better than them. It doesn't matter if someone "thinks they can help" -- if they don't show coaches evidence of it, tough luck.
  8. After fall camp ends and before prep begins for the first game week the head coach typically sits down with every player on the roster and discusses their role for the season. The redshirt guys get the "Hey, you competed hard during camp but there are a lot of talented and experienced guys ahead of you and it's in your best interest to develop for a year and you'll be more impactful to the team as a redshirt senior than a true freshman. Prioritize work outs and the scout team and we'll notice, etc. etc." speech. Nobody obviously likes being told they aren't good enough but some internalize it and use the year to get better and some have a bad attitude and don't.
  9. Also, NU has finished ahead of K-State in the advanced rankings every year since Frost has been here. The only reason K-State has won more than us is because they play a patsy-a$$ noncon every year and then play in what is usually the worst or second-worst P5 conference. If they played in the Big Ten they'd get creamed. If going to a worse team that gets to play other worse teams is "wanting to win" then I don't really understand it and it seems pretty lame to me!
  10. Listen I defend Adrian against a lot of the nonsense and doofus stuff on here but he pretty much singlehandedly cost us the Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota games by not being able to hit open receivers or turning the ball over. If he wanted to win more he should have played better.
  11. IDK the "Rattler sucks" stuff is pretty wildly out of proportion. He was one of the best QBs in the country as a freshman and was a more efficient passer than Williams last year and has a tremendous ability to create out of structure, which would have been great for us considering our O-line. I know that won't be popular because of his personality but I would have loved to have brought him from a pure on-field standpoint.
  12. I think we would all be better off if we acknowledged that outside from a few serious/good/insightful writers, ESPN at this point is mostly a Disney-backed click and engagement farm and that they say and write outlandish things to get video and page views. Casey Thompson is obviously not as bad as his ranking but getting in a froth about this stuff is silly and is giving them exactly what they want.
  13. It looks like us not being in the OU, MSU, Michigan or OSU games where he kept our offense afloat because our tackles couldn't block a third grader. Sound like a lot worse season to me but don't let me stop you from getting in some smarmy whining.
  14. He'll fit in with the "Klieman Offense" (really just the Snyder offense because Klieman is completely coasting off his coattails in every sense) very well because it plays to AM's strengths (option run game, play action shots) and doesn't ask him to do the things he struggles with (quick game and 3-step passing concepts) very much.
  15. Adrian played his a$$ off for us through injury and I think a lot of our fans are about to realize he was covering up a lot of deficiencies and was not really part of the problem. Wish him nothing but success personally, even if I want to see K-State lose every game as a KU alum. Getting upset about some player speak on his new team is very silly.
  16. Why watch the games when you can just get on the internet and write slightly different variations of the same whiny post and not understand math?
  17. He needs to make a bowl at the bare min to get another year for me. The team has outplayed its record and there have been reasonable excuses each year for his lack of success, but after Year Five those are done now. This is all about results.
  18. So does this mean Betts is officially gonzo? (Not that I expected him back)
  19. I was one of those people who was like "healthy programs build through high school recruiting/development" and then I watched Michigan State pull a top-10 team out of its a$$ last year by hitting on a few transfers at key spots. This is absolutely the way to go as long as they are going to allow it and plenty of great programs like Alabama and Georgia are making full use of it. I'm all the way onboard.
  20. But wait ... I thought our defensive line and season were hopelessly screwed after we lost two depth defensive line pieces to the portal???? You're telling me that the transfer portal has changed how we should think about player acquisitions and departures and we don't need to wildly overreact to marginal players leaving??? No way.
  21. To be honest I don't have a ton of sympathy for any P5 team complaining about NIL; obviously some are going to have more money than others but they all have boosters with big money they could be using to put out competitive deals to retain or attract players. I feel badly for like MAC or Sun Belt teams with this but like Iowa State fans complaining about Hunter in basketball and Pitt fans complaining about Addison is ridiculous. This is the game now; get your boosters to stop being cheap if you want to not get left behind.
  22. This is spot on. I think a big part of why our "4-2-5" D worked last year was because team's couldn't punish the light box because our "nickelback" could also moonlight as an outside linebacker if people went heavy personnel against us. I think that's potentially a big issue but it also might not matter much because basically everyone lives in 11 personnel now. Gifford seems like he's a good coverage player, too, so I don't know how I feel.
  23. JoJo was also one of the most heady college slot zone defenders I've ever seen and Kolaravic routinely got abused last year while covering running backs and tight ends over the middle of the field. Without him having some massive improvement this offseason I think him playing nickel would be a big liability.
  24. I find it weird people are acting like WanDale was our main running back during his time here and we were pummeling him into the ground or something? We used him at RB like 5-10 snaps per game to get him the ball more, and a decent percentage of those were passing plays and screens. The rest of the time he was at wide receiver. He was more successful at UK because they had the offensive line protection and quarterback play to be able to throw him the ball down the field instead of underneath constantly like we were forced to do. While I'm sure it played some role it didn't seem like there was some seismic shift in his usage when he moved to UK; they were just a better football team than NU. If he didn't want to play any running back then that's totally his choice and I'm glad things worked out for him. But I am having a hard time pummelling our staff for trying to get our best skill player the ball as much as possible, especially if he wasn't voicing to them that he didn't want to be a ball carrier.
  25. And you guys are acting like no one will improve and everybody's just going to play exactly like they did last year, when we've seen defensive lineman consistently get better every offseason. Robinson is already starter level. Rogers wouldn't have transferred had he been a starter, which would tell me coaches view either Hutmacher or Fiest as a starter. So then we need to find two depth pieces either through the portal or through younger guys improving. It would have been nice to keep Riley and Rogers but I'm confident guys of their caliber can be found in the portal. Chill out.
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