Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Triple Option-Christmas Eve Edition

Been awhile!  Well, time for the year end triple option edition of the 12th Man.  Been a rough year for blog posts, and been a rough year in general, but I won't let that keep me from splattering the Internet with my lovely opinion.  Shall we dig in?

Mmm...where to begin?

The Give
What a surprising college football season!  I mean holy hell, who would've thought we'd have seen FSU and Auburn in the championship game?  Not me!  I can only hope Auburn wins the final BCS championship game and sets the tone heading into a new era of college football.  That and the fact I can't stand FSU fans.  The only more ignorant fan base is probably Crimson Tide fans, and well, let's face it, they really can't help themselves.

Looking back, just look at the SEC.  SEC East powers Florida and Georgia embarrassed themselves, with Florida completely embarrassing itself AND the conference.  The Head Ball Coach still has his Gamecocks tuned up though, which, and I'll say it again, is why I think he's one of the best head football coaches of all time.  He does it the right way, and he wins ball games.  He may not win many championships but you have to tip your hat to the man.  That and the fact that he's just so damn funny by the way he keeps stirring shit up!  I sure do miss seeing him in orange and blue, but I digress...

College football really gave us something to look forward to on Saturdays as it seems the Big 12, and PAC 12 are moving up in the ranks attempting to contend with the SEC.  The ACC and B1G sure need to step it up (ok shut up FSU fans, don't wanna hear it).

The end of the season has been as wild as the beginning with USC not retaining Coach O' and the fiasco down in Texas could not have been any more mired in controversy.  As we enter the year 2014, who will lead the Longhorns?  Will it be Nick Saban, James Franklin, or Gus Malzahn?  I think you're an absolute idiot if you don't pick Franklin.  If you can win in Nashville, you can win anywhere.

Hmm...I hear there's only steers and queers in Texas...

Speaking of the end of the season, that means bowl season is upon us!!!!  Here are my picks for the bowl games this year:

New Mexico Washington State vs. Colorado State Colorado State
Las Vegas Fresno State vs. So. Cal Fresno State
Idaho Potato Buffalo vs. San Diego State SDSU
New Orleans Tulane vs. Louisiana Lafayette Louisiana Lafayette
Beef O'Brady's E. Carolina vs. Ohio East Carolina
Hawaii Boise State vs. Oregon State Oregon State
Little Cesars Pitt vs. Bowling Green Pitt
Poinsettia Utah State vs. N. Illinois N. Illinois
Military Marshall vs. Maryland Marshall
Texas Syracuse vs. Minnesota Syracuse
Fight Hunger BYU vs. Washington BYU
Pinstripe Rutgers vs. Notre Dame Notre Dame
Belk Cinncinatti vs. N. Carolina N. Carolina
Russell Athletic Miami vs. Louisville Miami
Buffalo Wild Wings Michigan vs. Kansas State Kansas State
Armed Forces Middle Tennessee vs. Navy Navy
Music City Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech Ole Miss
Alamo Oregon vs. Texas Oregon  
Holiday Arizona State vs. Texas Tech Arizona State
Advocare V100 Arizona vs. Boston College Arizona  
Sun Virginia Tech vs. UCLA UCLA
Liberty Rice vs. Mississippi State Mississippi State
Chik-Fil-A Duke vs. Texas A&M Texas A&M
Gator Nebraska vs. Georgia Georgia
Heart of Dallas UNLV vs. N. Texas N. Texas
Capital One Wisconsin vs. S. Carolina S. Carolina
Outback Iowa vs. LSU LSU
Rose Bowl Stanford vs. Michigan State Stanford
Fiesta UCF vs. Baylor Baylor
Sugar Oklahoma vs. Alabama Alabama
Orange Clemson vs. Ohio State Ohio State
Cotton Oklahoma State vs. Missouri Missouri
Compass Vanderbilt vs. Houston Vanderbilt
Go Daddy.com Arkansas State vs. Ball State Ball State
National Championship Florida State vs. Auburn Auburn

Yes, I'm showing my SEC bias, and I'm sure they won't run the table.  The Ole Miss and Georgia Tech contest will probably be our undoing and I have a sneaky suspicion that Alabama may falter.  Anyhow, that's my pics, hopefully I can win some money this year after having a four year drought of losing to my father!

Yep, college football was as promised, on the mark and dramatic which is exactly what we all want.  However, I'm getting concerned when looking at both the collegiate game and the professional game with the amount of points being scored.  Are we at a point where defenses can no longer adapt?  I think Brophy does a good job of pointing out, for now, we might be.  Until the players change, the defensive schemes of the day are just dragging behind when it comes to controlling the newer offenses.  Between packaged play concepts, the no huddle and offenses spreading the field the way they do, the scales of justice are tipped into the offenses favor no doubt.  What I'm afraid of is that any rule changes to level this drastic difference, is a bad business move for both venues, pro and college.  I'm unsure why anyone would want to watch a 52-49 shootout, nor do I side with the folks that like to see 9-7 contests either.  I like a happy medium and a good ol' 28-24 ball game isn't going to THAT bad for business right?  Anyhow we'll see what the future holds.

Holy dog shit Batman, you only scored 31 points!!!!

The Keep
I have to give major props out to Hudl.  I got back into the high school game this year and had the lion's share of our film breakdown to do myself.  I had only been out of the high school game 3 years, but damn what a difference!  What used to take all weekend to do if you had 3 films can now be done in a long day if you really push.  I gotta say I had a lot more free time and a lot more time to tweak game plans.  This led to better preparation, which is all you can really do as a coordinator.

I have to get better at getting film to my athletes though.  I think this was something I missed and therefor must get better at.  Kids are way more visual today than they were just 10  years ago.  I took my DB's out for pizza one day in the pre-season and we spent much of the time watching film on our phones.  Just 3 years ago we'd have had a whiteboard out diagramming plays.  Those days might be over, or at the very least numbered.  My plan in the off-season is to research the usage of technology in today's game and with today's athlete.  We'll see what I find out, keep your eye out over at Football Is Life.

The Pitch
My future in the game is still unknown.  Had a very weird year.  I won't elaborate but I had to sit down and really do some thinking.  I'm not super happy where I'm at, but because it is my Alma-mater and these are people's kids who I grew up with coaching in a VERY tight-knit community it makes it tough to leave.  I've got a very nice job offer on the table, and am highly considering it, but my loyalist bones won't just let me jump ship.  I have some serious thinking to do over the next few months as I'd like to have made my decision by clinic time.  I'd like a bit more stability than I've seen here in the past few years, but with the inability to change locations due to my living conditions, I'm kinda stuck with what I have.  I would love to see the housing market return to a somewhat profitable level so that I could move to a different location.

Enough griping, as usual it was the players that made everything worthwhile this season.  I helped a group of young men return to the playoffs for the first time in 7 years.  I'm working for someone I absolutely did not know prior to taking the job, which may be part of my apprehensiveness on staying.  I've always worked for somebody who coached me, or that I knew from coaching circles.  This was a bit of a leap for me, so that was tough.  It's also tough when you know more about the game than your boss.  That may come off a bit sharp, but it's true.  I'm really shocked, and yet flattered as the guy was honest about his knowledge, and leaned on me quite a bit.  We are building a relationship and working on some trust issues, which is also why I'm afraid to leave as well.  He a good guy, great with the kids and does know the game, just not as much as I would expect from a head coach.  He's also younger than I am.  I've never worked for anybody younger than me either.  So it's been a year of firsts for me, and to say things have gone without a hitch would be an understatement.  I probably had one of the worst defenses I've ever coached, but I honestly do not know what we could've done any different to change that.  I strayed at times to the whore known as scheme, when I should've shacked up with what should all be our football wife, and that is fundamentals.  Once I revamped in the middle of the season, trimmed the playbook and went back to the basics we got somewhat better, but not much.

Anyhow, I'm rambling on know and probably boring the reader, but I wanted to get 1 more Triple Option post in before 2013 rides off into the sunset.  I have to say it's been a tough year, and the only way to go is up.  So I can say I at least know where I'm headed in 2014.  Happy Holidays to all and here's to a better year in 2014.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dear Media...Shut the Hell Up!

Yeah, you heard me!  Holy cow, what a whirlwind of absolute bullshit the past two weeks have been.  From the firing/resigning of Mack Brown at Texas to the rumors of Nick Saban to Texas (which in turn had Jimbo Fischer to Alabama and James Franklin to that girls college in Tallahassee) to the RGIII benching, it has been a fiasco...and rightfully so.  The media in this country has gone, shall I say, bat shit crazy.  I used to think it was just the political media, but nowadays, sports media has gone bonkers.

Alabama is that way!

The funny thing is, it comes down to folks trying to justify their jobs.  It's no different than a government agency regulating itself into existence.  I mean, if the sports media loses something to talk about, then why then do we need them?  Let me say this.  In my recent travels (of which you can read about here), I listened to a large amount of sports talk radio.  What's funny is, they were all talking about basically the three things I mentioned above.  If you weren't paying attention they were:

  1. Mack Brown and his status at Texas.
  2. Nick Saban being the successor to Mack Brown.
  3. RGII's benching.
Now that I have your attention, I can move on.  Anyhow, sports media, so hell bent on finding any sort of story to report is like a buzzard flying over a wounded animal, just waiting for it to die.  Chip Brown, the douche bag who reported fraudulent information at Orangebloods.com is just such a buzzard.  This jackass couldn't keep his mouth shut long enough to allow the University of Texas and Mack Brown to hash their differences, and I honestly believe it had an effect on the overall outcome of this story.  I think Mack felt pressured (I mean who wouldn't being the HC at Texas) to "do the right thing", and the university is simply wanting to do whatever it takes to get the football program back on track.  All the while, both sides, Mack and Texas, wanted Mack to out with class and dignity.  I don't blame them, however the media, who in my opinion had it out for Mack Brown, wouldn't let things go.  For some reason, I can see Sargent Joe Friday saying "Just the facts ma'am".  I mean, what has happened in this country to let us report, shall I say it, bullshit.  I mean, Chip Brown, goes and reports something, that yes did come true, but may not have had he kept his cake hole shut.  

A lot of this goes back to the "look at me" society we've become.  Oh, don't publicize the school shooting because it makes it look glamorous...what the hell????  Yep, that's us, welcome to Amerika.  The root of it all is fame and money, you know the stuff found in rap songs.  Everybody wants a piece of the pie.  Just look at the clowns that came out of the woodwork once Johnny Manziel won the Heisman (Winston better watch his back, he's even more of clown than Johnathan Pigskin ever thought of being).  Somewhere, somehow, there has got to be a line drawn in the sand.  That line is known as dignity.  That line is known as respect.  These two qualities have been long forgotten in journalism, and in fact, may never come back.

As for us pee-on's, we'll have to simply wait for that one person to dazzle us with their brilliance, while all others simply try to baffle us with bullshit.  Look at what's happening in our nation's capital with a former Heisman trophy winning QB in RGIII.  I mean the stories have run rampant about why RGIII is getting benched.  From Shanahan wanting to get fired, to wanting to protect the future of the franchise.  If reporters are reporting facts, how in the hell are two stories so completely on opposite ends of the spectrum?  The reason is simple, talk is money in that business, and if somebody ain't a talkin' they ain't makin' money.  So it leads us to the system we have now, where you really cannot believe a damn thing you read or listen to unless it is, in fact, coming out of the horse's mouth.  What a shame, and here I thought only the 6 o'clock news was hard to watch, now SportsCenter and the rest of the lot is a joke as well.  

I know it has no bearing, no effect, no ramifications on what we are dealing with in this "information at your fingertips age", but the media really needs to back up, and realize what absolute dip shits they've made themselves out to be.  It's like ten thousand crack heads fighting over the last vile of crack on the planet.  They are so maddened by trying to find a story, they lack the true focus and patience to wait for the ACTUAL story to break.  It's also like watching a drag race being run, that nobody but the media themselves are watching.  Everybody's wanting to be the "first" one to report a story.  Do they give prizes for being first in that business.  I've watched the news for much of my adult life and I don't think I've ever seen anyone awarded a trophy for being first in that business.  Now, I've seen people given awards for their reporting ability, or the content of their work, but not for being first.  I really don't get it, which is why I'm writing this.  I wonder if the media actually knows just how stupid they look to the rest of us, or if they are simply like the political media and "think" they operate in a vacuum?  Now I know why so many jocks take journalism in college, any dick wad can do it, and it doesn't even have to be good to be considered journalism.  Who knew?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hell Yeah!!! Born in the SEC!!!!

I don't care if Neuheisel is a PAC 12 wimp, he can sure put together a great tune!!!


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The SEC and Why Some Folks Just Don't Get "It"...

Ok, Sport's Illustrated's piece on how Oregon is coming for the SEC has me chuckling this morning.  I decided I'd write a quick piece on the why the rest of America cannot catch the SEC and why they hate them so.  Here goes:

  1. The AAC- Really?  Do I even need to write about this conference?  I used to joke and call the Big East, the Big Least, EVEN when Miami was playing there.  Louisville is your highest ranked team, and let's be honest, almost any of the top four teams in the SEC East or West would steamroll these guys.  Florida's loss to these hacks in last year's bowl game, was a complete anomoly.  This is isn't even a real conference and I'm 100 words over what really needs to be said about them...NEXT!
  2. The ACC- Ok, there's some merit here, but not much.  Miami, FSU, and Clemson all have the speed to compete in the SEC, but not the depth nor the physicality it takes to match up with the elite of the SEC.  FSU is on a collision course to face possibly two SEC teams at the end of it's schedule, with one being Florida and the other possibly Alabama or LSU.  Florida is down this year, but don't look at records when it comes to rivalry games.  I saw an awful, Ron Zook led team beat a Noles team that should have mopped the floor with Florida, but didn't only a few years ago.  Alabama and LSU would have some problems with FSU, but in the end would wear them down due to the lack of physical play.  Without a doubt, FSU, in my opinion is the ONLY team in the country with a legitimate shot at stopping the SEC's BCS National Championship run.  That's also assuming they beat Miami this weekend, which they should.  
  3. The Big Ten- Do they still play football there?  Lol, well, Ohio State is the only team here that could match up with any SEC team, maybe Michigan State, but let's be honest.  North of the Mason-Dixon things slow down, waaaaaayyyy down.  The Big Ten teams do a pretty good job of matching the physical play of SEC teams, but have nowhere, and I mean NOWHERE near the team speed of an elite SEC team.  This has been shown time and time again on the big national stage, do we really want to see Nicky Satan spank Urban Meyer's ass again?  I would!  But let's be honest, we all know how that horror movie ends...
  4. The Big 12- This conference as a whole, over the past few years has shown it can hang with the SEC.  However, in all, the Big 12 falls short.  In reality, all the Big 12 is, is a faster version of the Big Ten, but still not fast enough to hang with it's SEC counterparts.  Now Oklahoma this season, could deal the SEC a crushing blow, but it's Bob Stoops for crying out loud, he always seems to choke on the big stage.  Baylor would be interesting to see, but all they are is the second coming of Texas A&M and once the "real SEC" teams got through Kevin Sumlin's smoke and mirrors bullshit no-huddle up tempo, let my little 5'9" QB run around and make shit happen offense, they've been rather pedestrian to say the least.  I think Baylor has some skill guys that would make life miserable for the upper teams in the SEC, but I don't think they could stand the pounding they would take from an elite SEC team.  Nice try though.
  5. Conference USA- Eh...WTF are they doing here???  Go to the back of the line and get your participation trophies...
  6. MAC- Eh...See number five above.  Yes even you Northern Illinois...even you.
  7. Mountain West- Fresno State, is probably the only team...ah, who am I kidding, back of the line boys!
  8. PAC 12- Ok, here's one worth talking about.  The SI article claims Oregon is coming for the SEC...really?  I mean, they are nowhere near physical enough to stand toe-to-toe with an SEC foe.  What's really neat is, if you combined Stanford with Oregon, you'd have Alabama (only smarter).  Oregon has the speed needed to compete in the SEC, however they are not on the level with the physical matchups needed to dominate an SEC team.  This was even shown in last year's Stanford game.  Oregon is soft...fast, yet soft.  You take a healthy Georgia team or LSU, or Alabama, punch them in the mouth and it's over.  I mean hell, when they lost to Auburn a few years back, Auburn was nowhere near one of the most physical teams in the SEC at that time, and they beat the tar out of the Ducks.  Stanford has the physicality to hang with any SEC team, but it's the speed that gets them left behind, especially the speed in the trenches.  USC, is not your granddaddy's USC anymore, but there was a time when they were as good as any SEC team. Nowadays, not so much.  The rest of the gang "out West" is simply too soft.  That laid back lifestyle kills your teams, too many mommas boys to hang with the elite in the SEC.  Stick to building microchips and sipping lattes...it's what you're good at.
  9. The Sun Belt- See number five above...
The reality is this, and even I will admit it, folks are catching the SEC, but they are not there yet.  Until a team can match the speed, and I mean TEAM SPEED of the SEC as well as the physical play, they simply will fall short.  I think the two teams, not in the SEC right now that can compete are FSU and Oklahoma.  Other than that, everybody else is on the bottom looking up.

This is what the SEC says to everyone else "Bow down!"

Hey I found another one these crystal football thingys...


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Future of The 12th Man Blog

It's up over at Football is Life, you can check it out by going here.  Just wanted to drop a blurb on what's been going on and why I've not been posting as much.  I hope to get that changed here soon.  Take care all!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013


I haven't been a head coach for a while now, but back then, getting your guys recruited was just becoming a "buzz word".  Sure, if you had a guy that you legitimately thought was a prospect, you put his name out there.  I get it, no big deal.  As I rejoin the ranks of high school football, all I can say is "What the hell?!"  Now it seems as though everybody's trying to get recruited.  Reminds me of the part in the movie Pineapple Express where our boy Danny McBride is in his house "Up in here tryin' to get a muthafuckin' skollaship!!!!".  Too funny, but too true.  We have really warped the images of players now and are all trying to get our guys noticed, when in reality, what most are doing, is trying to get THEMSELVES noticed.  Believe me, I can see through the bullshit.

First, let's be honest here.  What is the percentage of high school football players that go on to play at the next level, NOT just FBS, but all college football?  It's about 5% is all.  Yet there are coaches out there who put their ENTIRE roster on MaxPreps!!!  I just saw one out there for a 5'9" 177 pound linebacker.  Sure, he may be great, and he MAY go on to play at the next level.  Issue is, this guy's a SENIOR!!!!  Look, I'm all for helping kids, but to the point of making me look like an idiot, I don't think so.  That is EXACTLY what you look like when you are signing up "Billy Neckroll" who's all of 5'9" tall and 177 pounds to a recruiting service. Here's the deal, if he's got good grades and really wants to play college football, he can play.  It's no secret there are several Division III schools or NAIA schools out there that the only reason they have football is because they need to boost male enrollment.  This is a good thing, no doubt, and it means many young men can continue playing football for at least another four years (hell I WAS one of those guys).

I also think coaches do it to keep their kids happy too.  With kids jumping ship and places that do "school of choice" bullshit, I guess you got to pay the piper, but dammit man.  It makes us look like complete idiots when we are trying to get a 5'10" 265 pound tackle recruited on a major recruiting service.  You and I both know that kid will NEVER play FBS ball.  What ideas and messages are we sending this young man when we put him out there and NOBODY calls?  I think it's a bastard system, and somehow us as football coaches are caught in the middle.  Don't get me wrong, I know it's our job to get our guys noticed, but it's also OUR GUYS job to get THEMSELVES noticed...right????

Anyhow, no blog post rant is going to change the way the game is going or headed, but I still call bullshit (as usual, what's new?) on the whole system.  All this way of doing things does, is inflate little Timmy's dad's ego, who thinks he's a FBS linebacker that should be playing for Penn State, and gives him justification for pulling his son if you don't recruit him.  It also sends the wrong message to those kids that might be good high school talent and just not have the speed or body style to play at the next level.  These kids may not come out, because what is their reward for all the hard work?  Some wins, getting beat on in the hot sun, MAYBE some sort of championship?  Nowadays, most average kids would shun that idea and go to a singular sport like cross country, wrestling, or weight lifting instead.  I'm not sure how all this plays out to our benefit as high school coaches.  The underlying reasons it has exploded are:

  1. Social Media- A blessing and a curse all rolled in one.
  2. Coaches trying to make a name for themselves.
  3. Coaches trying to keep parents/players happy.
The second one is a huge reason why.  Coaches all want gratification for what we do and we all like getting noticed.  Some of us too much so, that we pimp out "Billy Neckroll" so "hopefully" somebody picks him up and we look like we are this awesome developer of talent.  This fulfills our dreams of coaching at the next level and rubbing shoulders with Bob Stoops, Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban.  Wake up dude!  The Gus Malzahn's of the world don't grow on trees.  College coaching is hard to get into and very few high school coaches make that rank advancement without doing something quite spectacular.  I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but it is rare.  The third reason, simply turns my stomach.  Don't sell yourself down the river for a few asshole kids and parents.  What you are going to feel like is you just whored yourself out for a couple of kids that may or may not be difference makers.  That's not doing you or the players any good in the long run.

KEEP CALM...I'm a rarity...

In the end, I just think the business of getting kids recruited has gone a bit ballistic, or should I say unrealistic.  That number of 5% has been unchanged since the dawn of time, how is it now we are going to get MORE kids than that 5% by what we are doing?  I say don't waste your time, get the guys noticed that deserve it, but hey, what the hell do I know right???


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tim Tebow and Why the NFL and its Media are Complete Idiots

Funny how the media works these days.  To the stupid, ignorant and uninformed (which means you probably voted for Obama), the media works their little word games and mind tricks much like a Sith Lord trying to woo an opposing Jedi over to the dark side of the Force.  For those of us who can clearly see through the media bullshit, I say shame on you, you egotistical, mind controlling pricks!  The idea that Tim Tebow is a bad quarterback is preposterous!  Sure, he doesn't fit the 'mold', the status quo, or what have you.  However, he does the number one thing that coaches from Pop Warner to the NFL ask their QB's to do...WIN THE DAMN GAME!  The guy has unprecedented record as a starter, dating back to his time at Ponte Vedra Beach High School where he won himself a state championship.  Two BCS National Championships and one Heisman Trophy winning season later, he wins a playoff game in Denver, where some folks had forgotten the NFL season COULD extend into January!  Yet, Elway, in all his wisdom, dumps Tebow and takes off on the Manning experiment.  This is fine, but the debacle that has ensued has been a tumultuous one for our Timmy T.  So what is Tebow to do now?

Offers have come rolling in from the CFL and from the arena league.  Tebow...please don't.  You are better than that, you CAN be an NFL QB, as long as you don't end up playing for a dickhead like Rex Ryan.  I mean, let's just admit the facts here.  Mark Sanchez is absolutely terrible, that's all there is to it.  Mark Sanchez is Ryan Leaf without a temper.  Yet, Foot Ryan still decides to keep him in there.  Look, I know, Tebow can look God-awful at times, but why does "winning" have to have a "look" associated with it?  I mean, who gives a shit if you win all 16 games by an average point margin of 7 points and only average scoring 21 a game?  Did you win?  Yes!  Good, plug and repeat the next season.  The reason for this tragedy is us as humans like stuff to fit in neat little boxes.  We like our teams to score 40, hold opponents under 20 and have a QB on the front cover of GQ magazine with his arms wrapped around some airhead bimbo supermodel.  What the hell does that have to do with winning????  I watched Tebow's former team the Florida Gators win as ugly as anyone could possibly do so this year and the media minds kept wanting to beat them down for it.  You win 11 games, I don't care how you did it, you won 11 games.  I've seen, coached and been around teams that scored 40, held opponents to 38 and won 11 games, and been around teams that scored 14, held opponents to 12, and went 4-6.  Whoever said numbers don't lie, was an idiot.  Sure there are several statistics that do correlate to winning, but not all of them.  You can score 40 points a game, but if you defense gives up 50 and you have a huge turnover margin, you are probably oh-fer!  Anyways, what does this have to do with Tebow?  It has EVERYTHING to do with Tebow.  Scouts, coaches and owners have listened to the media bullshit about how Tebow can't do this, can't do that etc.  What they are NOT listening to is what he CAN do.  As a coach, I always get an ill-temperament when one of my assistants starts telling me what a player can't do.  Well, let's find out what he can do and do it!  Tebow needs that guy.  Sure, it's a big risk, but the body of work from two years ago serves as a reminder of what happens when you give this guy a chance.

I honestly think, Tebow's fanatical religious beliefs are what has gotten him under such media scrutiny.  Look, I'm not saying he should change, and I'm the LEAST religious person in the world (personally I think it's bullshit), but hey, if that's what you believe, then DO IT!  The media has eaten Tebow up on this, but they can't figure out why the fan base keeps growing and growing for this young man.  Wanna know why ESPN? People want somebody they can believe in.  They want somebody that will make them better, and we all gravitate toward good leaders and people of high moral standings.  Tebow is all of the above!  The guy has had zero run-ins with the law and lives his life just like he preaches.  The media cannot stand this, because then there is no story to present and no work for them to do.  That is why the media breeds uncontrollably in this country, it's not journalism anymore.  It has become "feeding the fat kid" and he can never get enough anymore.  If bad shit didn't happen, nobody would watch the news.  I relate this to those that watch NASCAR for the crashes.  Hell, I'm one of them.  Same thing with hockey, I couldn't tell you jack shit about the game of hockey other than it has some bad-ass hits!  The problem is, when the media conjures up stories to give themselves work.  The whole Tebow bashing has been easy for them to spin negative light on a star they want to see fall.  A large portion of our sports media are like hungry wolves in a pit, waiting for that single piece of meat to fall in so they can pounce on it.  When Tebow was released, the wolves got to eat...

So to the coaches out there looking for a winner, you need to sign this young man, and don't make him your personal protector on the punt team, let him compete at QB and give him a shot.  He's not made a fool of anyone who's ever given him a chance.  Just ask Urban Meyer...


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Triple Option Volume 10

Been awhile...

I know, I know, too damn long!  Anyhow, back by popular demand (actually because I felt like it) is the good ol' Triple Option!!!!

The Give
The bombings in Boston are absolutely horrific.  I cannot believe the cowardice of some individuals in this world today.  They are so many more ways to get your point across than to blow shit up.  I feel for those folks involved in this tragedy.  What makes you sick is our lawmakers pandering their pathetic faces on camera and using this tragedy as a political statement.  I've already heard the comments "Right-wing extremists" and so forth.  Really?  Without having the facts in front of them, some of these dirt bags, both Republican and Democrat are puffing their chest out like a spring gobbler looking for a mate.  Now is not the time for politics, now is the time for ACTION!  Anyhow, like I said, my heart goes out to all those who lost their lives, are fighting for their lives, and are involved in this tragedy.  Let's hope our authorities can get to the bottom of this, and swift justice can be served!

The Keep
Dude, what is up with this Auburn report?  What a funny little game of finger pointing that began after the story broke.  So who's legit?  Seems to me like a bunch of Auburn players rolled on their teammates, but then again, did they?  This kind of stuff is sad really, if the media is really that hard up to report on something bad, look for something good to report on.  I have a hard time believing that players, who are supposed to belong to a "brotherhood" would roll on each other, but you never know a person's motives.  Anyhow, this kind of crap is what clouds the game, and really makes you wonder if it would end if we really did just pay the players.  Now, grade tampering could still happen, but in that event, I do think the NCAA should come down hard, but the money thing is usually more prevalent than grades...or at least that's what we hear.  This kind of crap is bad for football, in general.  I mean, it paints all football players in a negative light.  Greed is a major root of a lot of it, but so is entitlement, which is becoming so prevalent among college athletes nowadays.  Many of the blue-chip starts feel entitled for their services or don't feel the need to work for or earn that C- in Underwater Fire Prevention 101.  The problem is, none of this is good for college football.  Another major item is the way the NCAA handles such violations.  I once saw, on The Herd I believe, a wheel, similar to the Wheel of Fortune, with all the NCAA penalties listed on it.  Herd simply spun the wheel and where it landed was how the punishment was doled out.  Which really seems to be the way the NCAA is handling things.  I wouldn't be surprised if that group of folks wasn't just as corrupt, or more so, than the ones they are governing...food for thought?

The Pitch
I have recently been on a supplement that I HAVE to share with you.  It comes from the Morenga tree, which is a tree that many call the Miracle Tree.  I'd have to agree.  What sold me, is a good friend of mine began taking it, and within weeks was completely off of his allergy medicines.  His son, who as suffered with asthma and allergies all his life, is now off his allergy medication, and is one doctor visit away from being off his asthma medicine.  The young man went through an entire basketball season being able to play full games without the use of his inhaler.  Some information on Moringa can be found in the video below.  If you want more information on the supplement, then email me at theduece02@yahoo.com and I will send you what I have.  I have been on it for a week now and lost seven pounds.  There are options for weight loss, performance and even a line of skin care products.  I wouldn't share this on here if it weren't for the fact that I've seen the testimonials AND I've tried the product, AWESOME stuff to say the least.  Hit me up if you are interested.


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Football is Life Blog

When I started blogging over two years ago, I had no clue what I would be in for as far as popularity, would people read my stuff, or whatever folks get out of a blog, I had no clue?  I started doing it because I enjoy teaching, and having recently been fired, I wanted to still somewhat coach and teach.  At the time I started FILB I did not have a coaching job, nor did I think I'd ever coach again.  So it was a way to also help deal with that frustration.  As I kept writing, many folks emailed me and told me how they enjoyed my stuff, so I kept up with it and really enjoyed it.  In all, I guess I have really enjoyed the blog, but lately some things have come up, that, well...frankly, have pissed me off to the point of wondering why in the hell I do it.  To be frank, the 8-2-1 kickoff articles and the Two Gap/One Gap (TGOG) stuff have brought me much grief.  I will digress a bit and look back at FILB mission statement and go from there to help you understand where I'm coming from.

Like every good company, a blog should have a mission statement.  The mission of this blog is to discuss the various aspects of the game of football.  This could be anything from how TCU executes their Dog Blitz scheme to how a player or coach has had a profound impact on one another's lives.  This blog is truly dedicated to the best sport in the world...football.  I hope you'll enjoy, and by all means, please offer suggestions! 

That was the mission of FILB.  My direction I took with my posts was this, I wasn't going to post something I'd never run myself, or tried myself, or didn't have a first hand account of.  Brophy, Chris and Hoover, who are some of the BEST bloggers I know, have a format to their blog that offers up a lot of videos from clinic sources and cut ups from various games etc.  I didn't want to follow in their footsteps as I've never been a guy that's been afraid to be "different" (remember, I run the unbalanced single wing on offense!).  Anyhow, I wanted my format to be things I'd been close too.  Sure, I know all about the West Coast Offense and could write about it for days, but that's been done before.  I took it upon myself to share and explain schemes I'd been a part of, or around as either a player or a coach.  

That's different!

In doing so, I'm writing about a career that spans back to the early 90's, so I don't always have film, or playbooks or diagrams, and most of the time I'm writing from memory (which btw IS photographic if you haven't already picked up on that yet).  So, unlike some of the other sites where they have clinic film, or Patriot's cutups, I unfortunately do not.  Somehow, some of you have taken this to mean, that what I write is not valid, which has led to me shutting down FILB.  I'm not going to be accused of being a liar in my home, my work and on the Internet. There's nothing more than I despise than being a liar, and I will not be referred to one.  Some coaches have even gone so far as calling my schemes "Kool-Aid", which quite frankly is bullshit, but then again, I must remember we are afraid of the unknown.  I guess I should expect it, but some of these coaches are the very coaches who have suggested I write a book, or continue my work on the blog, or have even ASKED me to write about certain things on my blog.  Doesn't make sense to me does it to you?  So, I'm officially shutting down FILB, as I'm tired of having to put my resume online everyday on the Huey board or in emails about topics I've written.  I know the site says by invite only, but I'm not giving any out, at least not for right now.

Shut it down...

As for TGOG, since I'm not qualified to discuss this topic, in certain folks eyes, then I will not.  That includes on the Huey board. Sorry folks, but I'm tired of the bullshit, and quite frankly with me coaching now, I don't really need it.  Sorry for you die-hard fans, ya'll have been awesome, but frankly I'm a bit fed up right now.  I'm going to simmer a bit and think about it, but for now FILB is dead.  


Monday, January 28, 2013

The Pussification of America...Directly From the White House...

Well whoop-dee-friggin'-doo!!!  I wish he'd get off his ass and go to work on the economy, rather than boo-hooing about the dangers of football.  Hey, just think, he's trying to keep more people out of his socialized health care, we know the lines are already going to be long enough, no need to have a bunch of damn football players hogging up the space in line with head injuries.  As you can tell, I think our socialist dictator of a President is absolutely terrible, and what on Earth does the man have anything to do with the game, need to comment on it?

He's not the only one though, and many folks, including players themselves are coming out about the dangers of the game of football.  First, think back to the time of gladiators if one of them would have come forward about the dangers of those games...uh, YOU FRIGGIN' DIED IF YOU LOST!!!  Now we are concerned about some grown men making millions (the gladiator got to eat for another night, and sleep in a nice dungeon) of dollars, living in extensive mansions having head injuries.  BULLSHIT!  These guys knew what they were getting into when they signed up for the NFL.  It's not different than the parent that says they don't know the dangers when they sign little Johnny up for T-ball.  One good shot off the tee into the temple and you've got a dead six year old on your hands.  Should we outlaw T-ball?  No, of course not, you are talking about the rarest of incidences.  Football is a violent game, and everything they are doing to take that violence away should be fought by those that embrace the game for what it is.  The reality of all of this, is NOBODY IS FORCING THESE GUYS TO PLAY.  Nobody.  When you're a young lad and want to play football, your parents have the right to say "no".  What's wrong with that?  Same thing, if you are an adult and choose to sign a collegiate letter of intent to play football at the University of Georgia, you have that right.  You also have the right to sign a contract with a professional football team of your choice as well, if you are so lucky.  However, you, as an adult,and a human being, have always got the right to say "no".  You don't have to be the quarterback of the Alabama Crimson Tide, or the Baltimore Ravens.  Nobody held a gun to Johnny Manziel's head when he signed with Texas A&M.  These players made CHOICE, and a conscientious one at that.

No doubt the game is dangerous, but I don't want to hear some millionaire ex-QB, analyst Terry Bradshaw bitch about the dangers of the game.  If you are to stupid to realize running head long into another human being for 60 repetitions a game is detrimental to the body over a 15 year career, then you deserve to have brain trauma.  The world is full of stupid people, and Bradshaw should simply thank the Lord that he wasn't a ditch digger.  The guy has made a killing of this violent game, yet balks at the rules committees for not thinking of the safety of the players.  If you want them to play flag football then create a flag football league Terry...sheesh.

Bye bye football!!!

As for the Messiah...er...Obama (that's my inner Rush Limbaugh coming out), who gives two shits about this guy's opinion on the game.  ESPN should be removed from every body's bookmark folder for even posting such a ridiculous story.  As coaches and fans, you should DEMAND no changes to the rules of the game, nobodies making these guys play.  Obama, as naive as he is, even stated that collegiate and younger players aren't smart enough to make their own decisions on the matter.  Just have a look-see:

Obama says he worries more about college players than those in the NFL because the pros have a union, are well-paid and are grown men.
"They can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies," Obama said of NFL players. "You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That's something that I'd like to see the NCAA think about."

If I was a collegiate recruit, I'd be pissed, that this man thinks I'm too stupid to make my own decisions.  That may be reading a bit between the lines, but given the track record of what our President thinks of the average American, I'd say it's right in line.  What the hell is the NCAA going to do about it that they haven't already done?  Hell, let's look at basketball, these guys get concussions from hitting the floor, should they play on foam?  How would that impact the game if they were to play on foam?  WAKE UP FOLKS!  The "pussification" of America comes from the top, and like they say "shit rolls downhill".  I think it's high time we as coaches and fans of this wonderful game stand up and so not no, but HELL NO to any rules changes in the game that advocate lessening of the violence.  Think about it...


The article sighted for this work can be found here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The BCS...Bullshit Championship Series

Ahh, the look of domination
 Yep, that pretty much explains it.  After watching last night's 42-14 route of Notre Dame by Alabama, it was proven that the BCS does NOT work.  Yep, like a welfare recipient in New York City, it simply does not and will not work.  Notre Dame had garnered enough points to get into the title game, yes, however they did not deserve to be there.  Neither did Kansas State or Oregon in my opinion, although I do think those two teams would have fared a bit better than the Irish.  No, you got to witness two versions of the national championship game, when Alabama played LSU and when Alabama faced Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.  The evidence was completely clear, and it showed 100% last night why football needs to get rid of the bowls and go to a pure playoff system.

The announcers were what cracked me up the most, when trying to diagnose what was wrong, I kept hearing "Notre Dame has not done this all season".  Well, no shit Sherlock, they haven't played anybody!!!  Notre Dame is at BEST a Big 10 team, which has shown all of college football that it's a dormant league still stuck in the mid 90's.  Let's look at the Irish schedule and see just how "awesome" they were and why they didn't deserve to be there.

That guy...was confused

First the Irish trounced Navy, and all of you know I'm a Navy fan, but let's be honest, we all know this is a tune-up game, and wasn't even close.  They followed by barely beating an awful Purdue team.  Hell, I didn't even realize they still played football at Purdue until I saw them get trounced by Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.  Michigan State was a viable opponent, but how relevant were the Spartans this season?  Not really, and again, it's a Big 10 team, so that doesn't really count as a "solid" opponent.  The Irish then turned around after their bye week and dominated a horrible Miami team.  Miami is so far gone from being relevant that you could consider this a Big 10 opponent, but when it comes to awful, are the ACC and the Big 10 really that far apart?  Apparently not.  The 20-13 win over Stanford, does stand out, however it's Pac 12 football, which is really only a cut above Big 10 and ACC football.  It took the Irish having to go to overtime against the Fighting Trees, but this was a good quality win.  Then, they go in against BYU, and barely beat the Cougars.  Now, BYU is usually scrappy, but c'mon, are you kidding me?  The win at Oklahoma may seem significant, but it's not.  Yes, it's Big 12 football, however OU is so overrated due to history they are almost like the Notre Dame of the south.  I don't think this is as big a win as the one was over Stanford, as most of the top tier teams in the SEC would have owned OU.  Then comes the Pitt game.  Pitt couldn't even beat lowly ol' Ole Sis...er Miss.  It takes 3 overtime sessions to wear down the mighty Panthers...hmm...writing on the wall should've been right here.  Then to only beat Boston College by 15, should've sent a red flag up.  Has BC ever been relevant?  Oh, yeah, back when Flutie Flakes was there I guess they were decent, but anyhow.  The next week, they blow out Wake Forest...woop-tee-doo!  Then they beat the USC Trojans, which, let's face it, were probably 10 times as overrated as the Irish were last night.  Ok, so now let's look at Alabama's schedule and compare.

This guy's draft stock just went down...way down...

Alabama started off with a bang by destroying one of the Big 12's better teams in the Michigan Wolverines to start the season.  This game was awful, and it was dominated by the Crimson Tide.  Ok, so the next week they wreck WKU in a tune-up game, hey, they can't all be winners right?  Arkansas wasn't as quality of a win as it should've been, but only Petrino left, the players he recruited were still there, so they weren't just playing the Little Sisters of the Poor here.  Got to admit FAU was a pretty weak choice too on the schedule, but a smart move by Bama because it was a long road to Miami this season.  I think the win over Ole Miss was bigger than people think.  I mean, the Rebels were 7-6 and looked very good in their bowl game in Coach Freeze's first season at the helm there.  They did do some things to the Tide that had them reeling at one point, but Alabama's talent and coaching prevailed.  Missouri was introduced, roughly to the SEC, and though they are a conference opponent, Mizzou is only an average Big 12 team, so this isn't much better than beating say Purdue or Michigan State, or Northwestern.  Tennessee was as awful as I've ever seen them, but it's still SEC caliber athletes out there competing, so I would rank this higher than say Notre Dame's win over Wake Forest.  The domination of Mississippi State really surprised me.  I mean, the Bulldogs may have been a bit overrated, but you've got to admit, Dan Mullen's got some players down there, and this game should've been closer, but it's a good quality win for the Tide in my opinion.  The dogfight that broke out on the bayou was as good a game as I've seen all season, and it really took a toll on the Tide as they lost the next week to Texas A&M.  I think Bama beats the Aggies, if there was a bye week or a patsy in there, but hey, this is the SEC, you've got to win, week in and week out.  Yes, LSU laid an egg in their bowl game, but you can't deny the Tigers were a damn talented football team this year.  I know the results of last nights game wouldn't be all that much different if it were LSU in Alabama's spot.  Do we even need to count Western Carolina or Auburn.  Auburn was so bad, I'm not sure they'd have competed in the ACC this season!  The win over Georgia though, in the SEC Championship Game was an extremely good win for Bama.  They dominated the Bulldogs up front, and Georgia showed exactly why they deserved to be there.  That was one damn fine football game. 

So let's look even deeper here and compare the good games that I think all the analysts say defined each team.  Stanford, USC, and Oklahoma were all people like that moron Colin Cowherd could talk about and how much of a quality win it was for the Irish.  Really?  USC got beat by a non bowl eligible Georgia Tech (remember they had to petition to be there), and OU was owned by Texas A&M.  Yes, Stanford won the Rose Bowl and beat Oregon this year, so that is by far Notre Dame's best win of the season.  Alabama's top wins are LSU, Georgia and Michigan.  LSU fell to Clemson in their bowl game, but a good 90% of the country knows Clemson wanted to be there and LSU didn't.  You play that game during the regular season and Clemson forfeits the rest of the year due to lack of participation.  Georgia was a super solid win in that they came out and beat Nebraska in their bowl game and did it by two scores nonetheless.  The Michigan game is of major consequence too, as they the Wolverines almost upset South Carolina in that bowl game, which by the way, the Gamecocks beat those ol' Georgia Bulldogs earlier in the season. 

My point is this, Notre Dame didn't play anybody.  Hell, if you don't play in the SEC you don't really play that tough of a schedule.  The SEC is a week to week grind, that not just any average team can do.  To be quite honest we have Nick Saban to thank for that.  When he was at LSU he set the bar high, and now look what he's done in Alabama.  The other little secret the rest of the country hasn't figured out is that it's the speed in the south that makes us so dangerous.  I don't mean speed at DB and WR, or RB, I'm talking the speed of the big boys.  The OL, DL and LB's in the SEC can run with most leagues WR's and RB's.  Look at Everett Goldson last night, known as an elite runner/scrambler.  By the time he decided to pull the ball down, it was too late.  This game looked all too familiar (Florida-Ohio State or LSU-Ohio State) in the SEC BCS beat down.  This is why there must be a playoff system.  How do you let a Notre Dame team in this game without them even playing for a conference championship?  We don't do it in high school football, so why major college football?  It is amazing how stupid people get over money. 

Anyhow, I know this will piss most folks off north of the Mason-Dixon, but then again, if I gave two shits I wouldn't have written it...