Monday, December 8, 2014

The College Football Playoff


As I just typed that title I realized, that's pretty much 100 percent bullshit.  I mean, let's be honest, is it really a playoff, or is it just an invitation to play an extra game at the end of the season to crown a mythical champion?  For all of the bitching the fans got about the BCS (which wasn't really broken btw) it looks as if this new playoff by committee thing is going to really work out...NOT!  Sunday, TCU and Baylor were basically robbed because the conference they play in is stupid, and Urban Meyer somehow weaseled his way into the top four with a mediocre B1G team.  Wow, now that's America ain't it?!  Don't let the deserving teams in, no way, let's give it to the team with the better fan base!  Good one playoff committee, good one.

TCU, get to the back of the line!

There's never been a bigger argument for a TRUE playoff than now.  The whole bowl thing has been and always will be stupid.  The problem with getting it changed is there's too much money involved.  The fact of the matter is it MUST be changed for the sake of the game.  I mean, what do you do if you're Gary Patterson or Art Briles who just compiled 11 win seasons and are sitting on the outside looking in?  "Well guys, should have gone undefeated".  On the other hand, the Big 12 knew there was going to be a playoff committee, and they also knew they didn't have a championship game, and even crowed "co-champions" after Saturday's games.  I would think, that even in today's imperfect world that the head-to-head win over TCU would have put Baylor over TCU for the championship.  Crowing one champion might have helped the Big 12's case.  As it is, they Big 12 simply have out 2 trophies for 1 championship.  Uh...this isn't Pop Warner, where we all get a trophy for participation.  I mean, while you're at it, let's give Kansas and Iowa State a trophy too, hell they showed up.  For crying out loud, crown one champion, or have a championship game!



The sad part is the that those coaches and players for TCU and Baylor have played their guts out this season, and the bowl game is a lowly consolation game.  I'm sure those players will be totally motivated to play to be the sixth best team in the country.  The NCAA is absolutely destroying the game, by discrediting the works of some of these teams.  I don't want to get into scenarios, but damn, if we can put a man on the friggin' moon, why on Earth can we not come up with a system that marries the bowls into a true playoff pairing conference champions AND some wild-card bids?  I mean, is that too much to ask?

Anyhow, in my opinion, college football is broken, and really is laughable at best to watch for the pure purpose of rooting for teams.  To be honest, I've watched very little live games, as I DVR most to watch for schematic purposes.  There was a time when I watched live games for the matchups and implications they brought about, but with this playoff being presided over by a committee, I've lost touch.  The whole thing seems "rigged", even though I know these folks are trying to be as impartial as they can, it just doesn't sit well with me.  I think the NCAA can and should do better.  However, what will end up happening will be that we will loathe in this 4 team playoff bullshit for another 2 or 3 years, then simply change it to 8 teams.  The fact you won your conference may become irrelevant, and you simply have to pass the "eye test", or do whatever unspeakable act behind closed doors that Urban Meyer did to get into the playoffs.  Quite frankly it sucks.  Especially for those that matter, the players and the fans.

Well, I'm going to pick them anyways, so here goes:

  1. Alabama over Ohio State
  2. FSU over Oregon
  3. Championship game Alabama over FSU
Woo-friggetty-who...

Pretty much how I feel about the College Football Playoff


Duece

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Jeremy Foley...You are an Idiot...



Well, the inevitable has become reality.  Once again, faced with a major coaching decision for the University of Florida's football program, Jeremy Foley rakes the bottom of the mediocrity barrel and scrapes up crud known as Jim McElwain.  Why do you ask?  Because Jeremy Foley has no fucking clue, that's why.  Look at the hires by this man and tell me if he deserves to be the A.D. at the finest institution God's ever put on this Earth:

  1. Ron Zook.  Foley, who asked Spurrier to submit an application and a resume to the fucking program HE built (Florida was for shit before Spurrier got there) before hiring one of the dumbest damn football coaches I've ever seen.  Zook was the poster child for inferiority if I ever saw one.  His teams consistently found ways to lose games and Zook consistently found ways to look stupid in front of a camera.  Why Foley wasn't fired here, I have not the foggiest idea.  When you work for the best in the land, incompetence shouldn't be tolerated.  Foley should have gone down with Zook.
  2. Urban Meyer.  I think I'm the only Florida fan that thinks this was a bad hire.  I love the two championships in three seasons.  The fact that UF won both the BCS national titles, and the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament during that time frame was awesome, but the cost to the football program will resonate in Gainesville for decades.  Meyer, a worthless leader at best, allowed the inmates to run the asylum, and left Jeremy Foley holding the bill on a program he basically torched, all because he was "stressed out" over the pressure to win at UF.  Then the little weasel takes a year off, is miraculously cured when the head job for that school that hates Michigan came open.  What a douchebag, pretty much like the idiot that hired him.  Strike two Foley.
  3. Will Muschamp.  We go from hiring the hot commodity in 05' to the hot coordinator commodity in 2010.  Willie was scheduled to replace Mack Brown at Texas.  Damn I wish Mack would have retired in 2010 so that would have happened.  Probably wouldn't have mattered thought, Foley would have hired any slap dick at that point, as he was flabbergasted that Meyer was leaving.  All has come out about how Muschamp was a good guy, and did things the right way and all.  That's great in Pop Warner or High School football, but when the day draws to a close, you gotta do it the right way and WIN.  Florida has become a double digit win program every year.  If not, you're getting run out of town.  The occasional 7-5 or 8-4 is alright if  you follow it up with 10-2 or 11-1.  Muschamp never produced results, his teams lacked discipline, the players never developed, and he was awful at finding assistant coaches (the whole Charlie Weiss thing screamed ignorance from day one).  This should have been strike three for Foley.  He should be out there looking for a job just like Muschamp, but unfortunately, he's driving the Gator brand further into the ground as we speak.
  4. Jim McElwain.  While McElwain is probably a better hire than Zook or Muschamp, the guy is very unproven.  Anyone can move the ball at Alabama, hell they gave the keys to that offense to Daniel Tosh for crying out loud and here's the kicker, THEY ARE MORE PRODUCTIVE NOW THAN WHEN MCELSTICK WAS THERE!!!!  For crying out loud, Bill Callahan could hang 40 on people with Alabama's talent.  Then there's the "look at what he's done at Colorado State" argument.  Are we really that ignorant people?  It's the Mountain Fucking West Conference...the SEC wipes it's ass with Mountain West toilet paper.  Sure Urban Meyer came from that very same conference, but like I said, he wasn't a good hire either.  McElwain's a miss guys, plain and simple.  Our SEC foe are laughing at us.  Butch Jones would have been a better hire, at least he's got Tennessee headed in the right direction.  I guarantee you, there's not one SEC East coach that is remotely scared by this hire.  Thanks to Foley, we've become our own worst enemy, and we'll be lucky to beat the likes of Tennessee, Kentucky or Vandy in the future.

Nope folks, Foley's got to go.  He pulled the trigger too early on the Zooker, giving the appearance of head hunting A.D., and then turns around and doesn't pull it quick enough after Chump went 4-8 in 2013.  We could have had Charlie Strong or James Franklin, but no folks, we've got McElwain.  Good luck selling that offense and that brand in Florida.  Foley's misses deserve him to be ousted, and I'll likely go to jail if I ever meet him because I'm going to punch him right in the mouth.  UF is better than this, we deserve better, no wait, we DEMAND better.  None of the guys I mentioned in my earlier post have been contacted by UF.  Not one has come forward and publicly said "no, I'm not interested in the Florida job".  Chip Kelly, was asked by a reporter, but I want to see the report that says UF officials flew to Philly.  Where was that one?  Ok, maybe they didn't fly up there, show me the phone records where he told you no.  Nope, once again, Foley has failed Gator Nation.

Foley...U SUCK!!!

The future is bleak folks, thanks to Chump our recruiting class is full of 1/2 stars and Georgia Tech walk-ons.  This is bad Gator Nation...very bad.  I was thinking that it would take three to four years to recover from Chump, but after this hire, it'll be 10 years before Florida makes any waves on the national stage.  I'd also be willing to bet, after this next blunder bites him in the ass, Foley's packing his bags.  Gator Nation is fed up with you and your stupid decisions.  My call to you is this...let Mr. Foley know...daily, no hourly, your displeasure.  His Twitter account is @JeremyFoleyUF or you can go here to email him.  Do not let this asshole rest, as he's destroyed a once proud football program by allowing the guy that built it (Spurrier) to got to South Carolina, and then hiring four of the biggest dipshits in College Football to date.  Strike while the iron's hot Gator Nation....

UF Football, from dumpster fire to junkyard...thanks Foley.


Duece

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

McElwain...Really?

Not really what I'd like to see as the "face" of UF's football program...


Well, according to the latest reports it looks as though UF is going after Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain.  Once again, Jeremy Foley is making another capital blunder, and I shall share why.


  1. It's the Mountain West.  Jesus Christ, are you telling me we have to go the Pop Warner's of College Football to find our next head coach at UF?  What the hell Foley?  At least give me some reports of "Gary Patterson declined our interview" or "Chip Kelly says he's staying put in Philadelphia".  To just up and report that McElwain is your top target, doesn't sit real well with me, nor does it Gator Nation.  I'm sure you've been on Twitter, and seen the arguments, and what you're job is requiring you to do.  Gator Nation doesn't want Unproven Joe, they want Joe Winner.
  2. "He's a Saban guy".  I heard this one yesterday and liked to have crapped my pants.  Really???  We're gonna go with that argument?  Well, wasn't Mustdump a Saban guy too?  Uhh...yeah, he was.  Looks like you can go flush that logic right down the crapper Foley.
  3. "He's an offensive guy".  This one baffles the ever loving shit out of me.  Why on Earth does this matter?  If he's a good football coach, then he's an offense, defense, special teams, recruiting, fund raising, kissing babies minded guy.  HE'S A FOOTBALL COACH, NOT AN OFFENSIVE COACH, JACKASS!!!  I knew this was going to happen, good coaches such as Doc Holliday (who could recruit a nun to become a prostitute) and Gary Patterson were going to be passed over because they are "defensive guys".  The thing is Foley, they're damn good coaches who have defensive roots, but have shown that as a HEAD COACH, they can be concerned with the other facets of the game.  Gary Patterson has brought in some of the top offensive talent in the state of Texas...did you hear me Foley...TEXAS to little ol' TCU, and is now pissing in the Cheerio bowls of the likes of Texas, and Oklahoma.  Uh, but we need Jim McElwain cause the dude knows how to score.  Bullshit.  We need a guy who can get that die-hard FSU kid to switch before signing day, that can steal that good South Georgia LB away from FSU or Georgia, and a guy who can sway the Liberty City kid away from going to school 5 minutes away to driving 5 hours away.  Yeah, that guy is Doc Holliday, but you already knew that...or at least I hope you did.
  4. Knee jerk reaction.  Again, we see Foley being quick to the guns here with releasing who he's looking at.  Why not wait until after championship weekend to decide who you want.  That way you can talk to more than the dude from Southwest Louisiana State University.  Wanna know why McElwain can talk to you BEFORE championship week?  Uh, because he coaches at CSU?  Damn right.  Gary Patterson's a bit busy right now.  If you lose McElwain to Nebraska or Michigan, so be it, we are UF, let them have the unproven guy.  You need to buy a guy that can rival Nicky Satan.  If you aren't in that mindset, please pack your bags and get your ass out of Gainesville.  Oh, and thanks for Urban Meyer...
  5. He left Alabama and their offense got BETTER...with LANE KIFFIN as their OC.  Did you ever let that sink in?  If you haven't, please do.
  6. Lastly, I plain don't like the way he looks.  I dunno...looks like a jackass to me...doesn't pass the eye test.  Oh well...
Someone text this guy Doc Holliday's phone number!!!


I don't get it.  Foley's a miss here.  If he makes this hire, I promise you, Gator football goes off the radar.  All of what Steve Spurrier built will become memories, talked about like the Bo Schembechler days at Michigan, or the Tom Osborne days at Nebraska.  Foley, you HAVE to get this right...or else...



Duece

P.S. to voice your displeasure with Mr. Foley please follow him on Twitter @JeremyFoleyUF.  Better yet you can go here and email him!  Let him know what you think Gator Nation!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Triple Option-University of Florida Edition




Well, if you haven't heard by now, get outta that damn cave you're living in and listen up, WILL MUSCHAMP IS OUT AS HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA!!!  A year too late, but nonetheless, gutless A.D. Jeremy Foley finally did what was necessary and axed the miserable UF coach yesterday.  In this edition of the Triple Option, I plan on discussing Foley, his faults, Will Muschamp, his undoings and the possible coaching candidates that Foley needs to get his ass on the phone and start calling.

I have no clue what I'm doing...


The Give
Will Muschamp.  Not much good can be said about the man.  Four years ago when he was hired, I had a bad feeling that turned out to be true.  In his first season, going 7-6, I thought to myself "A drunk can go at least 8-4 with the talent at UF right?".  Proves I was wrong.  Sure, Urban Meyer left what he called a "broken" program to the hands of Muschamp, but still, with talent abounding you should be able to always go 8-4, 8-5 somewhere in that ballpark on a down year at UF.  Spurrier pretty much insured us of that right?!  Well...not so much.  Anyhow, year 2 and UF sits at 11-2 and is in the National Championship conversation.  Not bad, but when you look deeper into Will Muschamp teams, you see their ugly nature.  Being a coach, I see this quite easily.

Will, pack your bags, your headed to Columbia!

There are 2 major flaws in Will Muschamp's theory of how to play the game of football.  In a nutshell Muschamp's philosophy was to run the ball, play great defense and win the kicking game.  The problem is quite simply, mathematics.  See, there are 3 phases of the game, each comprising 33.333% of the game of football.  To fail at any one of these phases yields a result of 66.667%, of which would not be a passing grade in any class I've ever taken.  So, if you look at his offensive philosophy of "run the ball", well that's only half of the 33.333%, which puts you at 16.667%.  So, "if", the other 2 phases are winning, you are only at 83.334% of your capability.  Now, that's a B- any day of the week, but B- doesn't not win in the SEC.  Here's why.  Number one, you are NOT going to be able to consistently run the ball in the SEC, you must put the ball in the air.  Contrary to the Colin Cowturds, and the Gary Danielson's of the world, the SEC is not "just" a "ground and pound" league.  Yes, the QB play in the SEC is a bit behind the rest of the nation, but you still need to be able to throw the football down the field.  Well, under Willie's direction, Florida's offenses have done just the opposite.  In redneck terms they brought a truck puller to a drag race.  His offenses were abysmal to be kind.  I mean, who the hell hires Charlie Weiss?  That guy's got like 3 colleges paying him NOT TO BE THERE?!  Take a hint.  Anyways back to our math lesson, if you lose any one of the phases totally, but are still able to run the football, then you are looking at playing 50% football.  That's an F in any grade book.  Well, in year 2 under Coach Boom, the Gators were able to walk that fine line of 83.335% football.  It was ugly at times, and it also cost them in some key games such as the Georgia game that season.  Luck runs out as it eventually did on Will Muschamp and his style of football.

Looked up jackass in the dictionary and look who I found!

The following season, things looked bright, but injuries crept in and just decimated the talent he had on both sides of the ball.  The problem is, at Florida, our 3's should be better than your 2's, and perhaps even your 1's.  This is if we are recruiting to our potential and developing our players.   What offensive talent wants to come to a team that's going to "run the football"?!  Hell, even Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech gets wide receivers to come play for him, because they know he's going to throw them the football.  At UF, the rumor was they renamed the wideout position to guardout or wide tackle.  Ok I'm joking of course, but you get my point.  Anyways, Coach Doom goes 4-8, loses to Vandy and Georgia Southern in the same season, and will forever be a black eye on a once proud football program.  Gator fans, that season will haunt us more than you ever know, and I'll tell you why in 1 word...recruiting.  Kids aren't stupid, and who the hell wants to come to this dumpster fire of a football program that just lost to Georgia-friggin'-Southern?  Answer, nobody.  Foley, should have fired Muschamp after that season.  That was mission critical status there, and Foley didn't answer Gator Nation, and quite simply folks, we are going to have to pay the piper, and our outstanding balance is HUGE.



Nope, Foley, or the "gutless one" as I shall call him, held on to his "boy" trying to make himself look good.  He hung on to Muschamp for 1 more year, and allowed the wound in the UF football program to be cut deeper, until this past Saturday, when our Lord and saviour Steve Spurrier delivered that fateful blow.  Thankfully so, because I was afraid that if UF would've finished 7-4 on the regular season, Foley would've let Muschamp stay.  I may be wrong, but again, this is the idiot that hired Ron Zook.

Somebody say Zook?


Listen, Muschamp may be a great guy, his players may love him, the point is he was paid millions of dollars to win, and quite simply he didn't.  Muschamp has too many glaring flaws as a head coach, to coach ANYWHERE, most notably the University of Florida.  They are (in no particular order):

  1. He cannot recruit.  I know, most people will argue this, but let's be honest, Jeff Driskel isn't exactly a first round draft pick.  Most of the OL will be doing good to be picked up in the supplemental draft, much less the "actual" NFL draft.  Our WR's are abysmal, can't separate, oh, and can't catch for shit either.  Now defensively, yes, Muschamp did a pretty good job in that regard.  I have to say there was never a shortage of NFL talent on our defenses under Coach Doom, but again, that's only 33.333% of the game.
  2. He does not develop the talent he has.  This again, is more of an offensive problem, as again we look to Jeff Driskel.  Driskel actually got WORSE the longer he played at UF.  Can somebody tell me how highly touted guys like DeBose and Dunbar, basically disappear during their tenure at UF?  Quite simply it comes down to development and it has never been there under Muschamp's direction.
  3. His teams lack discipline.  End of story.  This lack of team discipline killed the Gators in the Muschamp era (or should I say error).  You cannot beat yourself.  That's not just coach speak either, it's the truth, and the Gators, under Muschamp have found more than a few ways to beat themselves.
  4. Nice guys finish last.  That's the story anyways.  Muschamp has been referred to as "a players coach" or "a really nice guy", and that may do fine if you're looking to be an assistant coach, but the header's got to have an edge about him.  Look at the guys that are successful, there are as many that hate them as love them (maybe more of the former even).  Think about it, how many folks do you know that despise Saban, Stoops, Spurrier?  That list probably far outweighs the one where people like them.  The point is, nice guys finish last because they lack the intestinal fortitude to cut your throat when they have you down.  I'm sure Muschamp will make a good coordinator elsewhere, was probably a tremendous mentor to several of his players, and is a good father.  At the end of the day, however, Donald Trump is a gazillionare for one reason and one reason only...
  5. He cannot hire assistant coaches to save his ass.  When Chris Leak is on your staff, you are in trouble.  The gutless wonder of a QB, who had to have Tim Tebow help him win a National Championship has no clue about the game of football.  He looks just like he did when he played at UF (by the way he was a Ron Zook product, and terrible QB), which is a deer in the headlights.  The guy he replaced isn't any better.  Joker Phillips' name pretty much says it all "Joke".  Anyone who hires Charlie Weis has to be an idiot.  That's it, period point blank.  Like I mentioned earlier, there are several schools paying Charles NOT to coach there.  Sure, he had a good run with Tom Brady, but hell, even a blind squirrel picks up a nut every now and then.  In the end, Muschamp's lack of player development falls directly on his inability to hire coaches that could do just that, develop players.  D.J. Durkin seems like a pretty good coach, as does both Brent Pease and Kurt Roper.  It's hard to size up, when you're looking at the dumpster fire known as the Gator Football Program right now.  The proof was in the pudding though, as year after year under Muschamp, players did not grow and develop to their potential.
Will Muschamp?  Didn't I eat him?!


The Keep
So what's next for Florida?  Who should they go after?  Here's the skinny.  I'm going to list the candidates and at the end, I'll rate the hire, and then also rate the reality of the hire as well.  Let's be honest, Nick Saban ain't comin' to Gainesville folks.  My honest opinion is this, due to what Urban Liar and Will Muschump have done to UF, the next coach, won't be winning any championships either.  I do think they need to bring a guy in that needs to be the best recruiter (much like Zook, Jesus did I just say that) to get the talent to Gainesville.  However, the mountain the next coach has to climb with perennial doormats like Tennessee, South Carolina and Kentucky rising to the top of the SEC East in recent years is really going to be too much for one man to overcome I'm afraid.  I could be wrong, but you'll see my reasoning when this is all said and done.

  1. Bob Stoops.  So many folks think this would be a great hire.  While no doubt "Bobbie" has had a great run at Oklahoma, I'd have to say he's been quite mediocre to say the least.  However, I think you put Bobbie in Florida, and get him some better quality talent, he might be able to do something.  Again, there's just something about him that lends itself to be mediocre.  I don't know, but I wouldn't really care for this hire, and quite honestly don't think it would happen.  Hire Grade: C  Reality: Unlikely
  2. Rich Rodriguez.  Dear God in Heaven I hope not.  If they hire Rich Rod, I'm done with UF, end of story.  Love the guy to death, he can't coach big boy ball.  DO NOT tell me Arizona is big boy ball either, because they aren't much better than Tennessee is right now, and would get their asses handed to them weekly if they were in the SEC.  Rich Rod is a good fit, for the Arizona's, Marshall's, East Carolina's, and West Virginia's of the world, NOT UF.  From day one, he would have the boosters pissed, and his track record at a big school speaks for itself.  He IS basically the Will Muschamp of Michigan football.  Please Foley, don't make that mistake twice.  He's a second tier coach at best, not worthy of SEC football.  Hire Grade: F Reality: Unfortunately more likely than I'd like...
  3. Charlie Strong.  Charlie would be a GREAT hire at UF.  He's proven he can win at Louisville and has things headed in the right direction at Texas.  Charlie has Muschamp's off the field discipline and is into developing character players (although he did coach with Urban Liar, so I'd be a bit uneasy about what "character" means to him).  One thing, and you cannot deny this, is the fact that he can recruit.  If he were to come on board, I guarantee we'd sign half the stud players to come out of Liberty City during his tenure, very likely wiping the relevance of the University of Miami off the face of the planet.  On the other hand, this hire is so unlikely, I'm not even sure why I wrote about it.  Fact is, he's just getting started at Texas, to leave now, would put a black mark on him forever.  I don't think he'll do it, it would be a bad P.R. move for sure.  Hire Grade: A Reality: HIGHLY unlikely
  4. Dan Mullen.  Mullen, like Strong, would be homerun for many Gator fans.  Mullen, a former Gator assistant under Coach Coward, er Meyer has built a very good football team at Mississippi State.  However, Mullen isn't stupid, he knows the in's and out's of coaching at a place like UF, and quite frankly, I don't think he could hold up under the pressure.  The pressure to win at Mississippi State is still low.  I mean, let's be honest, in terms of the SEC, that place is a shithole.  Mullen knows this, knows he can go 8-4 next year and blame it on youth, lack of experience etc.  Can't do that at UF, 8-4 warms the seat.  The other thing I don't like about Mullen, and didn't like about Meyer either is that despite being loaded with athletes their teams lack physicality.  The 06' Gator team didn't , but that was because most of those guys were Zook's anyways, but the 08' team was just more athletic than other teams in the country.  Where this has been exposed is against the top team in the SEC, the Alabama Crimson Tide.  Just this past Saturday, Mullen's team looked like little boys getting slapped around by men, no different than the Gators did in the 2009 SEC Championship game.  You can't be finesse in the SEC anymore, like you could when Spurrier took over.  Hell, Spurrier even found out the hard way in the 95' championship game vs. Nebraska, sometimes you gotta buckle that damn chin strap and bloody your gums.  You better be ready to do that weekly here in the SEC now.  Mullen is too soft for the SEC, and quite honestly, he won't last.  He'll get Mississippi State close, but he won't be able to seal the deal.  He won't get canned for this, because let's be honest, it's Mississippi State, most of those folks don't even know how to read this blog, much less understand it.  Their happy with 8-4, so let's give them their due and leave their header alone.  Hire Grade: B Reality: Unlikely
  5. Hugh Freeze.  Freeze would be a great hire.  He has shown the ability to recruit, and has also shown the ability to win big games with a shitty QB.  I like the defense he's assembled there too.  His ability to recruit would be the number one reason I think Florida should go after him.  However, there's no way he leaves Ole' Miss now.  He's too close to upending Alabama and LSU as the top programs in the SEC West.  Hire Grade: A Reality: Highly Unlikely
  6. Doc Holliday.  Shit, I'd hire him on his name alone!!!  This is the fit right here.  Holliday could sell a ketchup Popsicle to a woman in white gloves in 100 degree heat.  In other words, the dude can recruit.  He's been a top recruiter everywhere he's been.  He also has ties to Florida as he was on Urban Crier's staff.  He knows the inner workings of recruiting in Florida, particularly South Florida, and the Miami-Dade County area to do what it takes to sign some of the state's top talent.  He would be a shoe-in for the job.  He's at Marshall, which is a good gig in and of itself, but let's be honest, Florida would be the mountain top.  Holliday is the one candidate that I think could survive the first few seasons he's here because of all the talent he can bring in, and bring in immediately.  He's also a high character guy.  I know this first hand because he recruited a player of mine, and he's up front, honest and direct.  These are qualities that the boosters at UF need.  They don't need to be coddled, they need to be told to shut the hell up and let me coach.  They won't like it, and if he doesn't win, they'll ship his ass outta here, but while he's here, he will load the coffers with talent for the next guy.  That factor alone makes Holliday my top pick for the UF job.  Hire Grade: A Reality: Likely
  7. Gary Patterson.  We all know I'm a huge Patterson fan, and while I think this may be unlikely due to the fact that he's still building TCU, and adapting to the challenges of being in the Big 12, it may be more likely than we think.  Patterson, on one hand has developed TCU into a national power house, in just a few short years.  Now, he's done this over a span of 13 years, a time frame he will not have the luxury of having at UF.  That would worry me if he got the job.  He's used to patience, dealing with a bottom feeder program, and there has been twice in his tenure his teams have failed to make it to a bowl game.  That won't work at UF.  The other thing that makes this unrealistic, unfortunately for Gator fans, is he's a defensive coach.  Foley is just dumb enough to believe ESPN when they say the problem with Florida was that Will Muschamp was a defensive minded coach.  That shit doesn't matter, Will Muschamp was an idiot when it came to running a major college football program BECAUSE HE'D NEVER DONE IT!  Patterson is running a major college football program, and does know a bit about expectations.  I think he's an excellent recruiter but better yet, he and his staff are good at player development.  These guys don't get the top caliber recruits because they have to fend off the likes of Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.  What he does do, is the get the guys that fall through the cracks and then develops the hell out of them turning them into some damn good football players.  He has also proven he can defend today's offenses.  Although Baylor folks would disagree, he's made a living shutting down some of the best teams in the country with his patented 4-2-5 defense, so I think he could easily come into the SEC and defend all that we have to offer.  I don't think Patterson is right, NOW, for UF, but in four years once they fire Doc Holliday, he will be the guy we need to seek out.  Hire Grade: A Reality: Unlikely
  8.   Mike Gundy.  I don't think Gundy would leave his Alma mater to coach at a place like Florida.  I may be wrong, we all know money talks and bullshit walks.  Gundy has done some good things at OSU, but one thing his teams DO NOT do, is play defense.  This concerns the shit out of me.  There is one sure-fire way to get your ass run out of the SEC and that's play shitty defense.  Just look at Spurrier's crew this year.  A ninth place preseason ranking, and a plethora of talent on the offensive side of the football.  The Head Ball Coach (HBC) has lost games 42-35, 45-42, and 45-38.  You can't JUST score points in the SEC, you gotta be able to play defense.  OSU has also been abysmal this season, dropping their last four consecutive games.  Do you really want something like that at UF?  I don't think so.  Hire Grade: D  Reality: Likely (shit!)
  9. Jim Harbaugh.  If you don't mind an asshole as your head coach, Jim Harbaugh's your guy!  I think Harbaugh would do fine, because much like Doc Holliday, Harbaugh would tell the boosters to shut the hell up.  Believe me, there are noisy boosters everywhere, NONE louder than the ones at Florida.  I just don't think Harbaugh will leave the pro game.  I also have doubts to him being good at Florida because what are his ties?  He doesn't know how to go into Liberty City or Belle Glade and steal those kids away from Miami.  He's got some appeal on the outside because you can say "He coached in the pro's".  Oh yeah how did that work out for Saban, or Spurrier.  I find the transition, very unappealing, and almost meaningless when it comes to looking for candidates.  Leave this one alone Foley, he's not worth the effort, you are going to end up paying him not to be here, because quite frankly, he'll ruffle too many feathers and not produce results.  Hire Grade: C Reality: Unlikely
  10. David Cutcliffe.  I like this one.  Only for superstitious reasons though.  Florida's last savior came from Duke in the form of Steve Spurrier, could it be fate that leads Cutcliffe to Gainesville and resurrects the football program?  I'd like to think so, but not sure Cut's the guy to do it.  He's up there in his years already, and nowhere near as young as Spurrier was when he got the job at Florida in 1990.  The similarities are there though, as Cut's been able to win at Duke...yeah, you heard me, he's winning at Duke.  At his age though, I would think this is a highly unlikely hire.  I don't think you go up in age with head coach here, especially to one in his 60's.  I'm not knocking the guy, I just think we need a fresh young face (ala Hugh Freeze) to rejuvenate the program here.  If hired though, I think Cut could have some success here, and I think he could bring in some good talent.  I just doubt how long he'd last at such a stressful place as UF.  Hire Grade: B  Reality: Unlikely


Some others on the radar:
  1. Jim McElwain.  Doubt he'd do it, no ties to Florida either.  Grade: B/Unlikely
  2. Mike Shannahan.  I think he'd take it, but he's too old, and I never really thought he was that good of a coach.  I mean, shit, I could win the Super Bowl with John Elway for Christ's sake.  Grade: D/Likely
  3. Todd Graham.  This one could happen, but I doubt it.  PAC 12 football is easy and cushy, and nowhere near as stressful as the SEC.  Grade: C/Unlikely
  4. Chip Kelly.  This is so far out of the reaches, I don't know why I'm writing it.  Great coach, not gonna happen.  Grade: A/HIGHLY unlikely
  5. Gus Malzahn. Kinda like Chip Kelly.  Grade: A/Unlikely
  6. Greg Schiano. I think Schiano got a bad rap at Tampa Bay.  It isn't like Lovie Smith is doing any better.  Schiano also has character, I like that.  Grade: B/Likely
  7. Mark Stoops.  I sure hope not.  He's been a train wreck everywhere he's been.  Give him long enough in Kentucky and he'll screw that up too.  Grade: C/Likely
  8. Ruffin McNeill. He's done good at ECU, but it's no UF.  Grade: D/Unlikely
  9. Mark Hudspeth.  He's done some good things there, but I don't think he's SEC quality.  Grade: D/Unlikely
  10. Art Briles.  Doubt he'd leave.  Grade: A/Highly Unlikely
Foley, DO NOT hire this idiot...


The Pitch
The real problem here in all of this is Florida's Athletic Director Jeremy Foley.  He inherited Spurrier, who he really ran off.  I know the pressure of coaching at Florida was there, as well as lofty expectations, but if Frank Beamer can stay at Virginia as long as he did and Bobby Bowden as long as he did, Spurrier would still be UF's coach if it weren't for Foley.  It's one thing to have pressure in your job, it's another to have pressure in your job when your boss is an asshole.  Foley didn't like Spurrier because he couldn't control him.  See that's Foley's problem, he wants to be top dog, and we all know, the head football coach in any athletic department is top dog.  This is why, we've only gotten rid of part of the problem with firing Muschamp.  Foley won't let a big ego like Gary Patterson, Gus Malzahn, or a Chip Kelly coach at UF because those guys will become larger than life if they win at UF.  

Maybe both of you should follow Will...


Foley has a terrible track record when it comes to hiring football coaches.  Let me just remind everyone:
  1. Ron Zook.  The Zooker was, at the time, one of the worst coaches in recent history.  The guy's an idiot.  You can't possibly look as dumb as he does, and not really be that dumb.  Now he's not coaching, which is the best thing for college football.  What amazes the shit out of me is the fact that Spurrier demoted him when he was on UF's staff in the first place.  Zook was a knee jerk reaction to the fact that Foley felt he finally had Spurrier under control at UF.  Psssh.  Bitch please.  Foley didn't have a clue what to do to hire a guy to replace a legend like the HBC, so he whiffed mightily with a guy that was good at one thing and one thing only, recruiting.
  2. Urban Meyer.  Many Gator fans will say that this was Foley's homerun ball here.  I disagree 1000% (if that was possible).  Sure, he won the 06' National Championship, but he did it with Zook's players.  Remember the Zooker' could recruit, and that was a damn good football team that just needed someone with an IQ higher than that of a chimpanzee to run it.  Yes, in 08' Meyer then won the championship with Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin.  No doubt that was all Meyer's doing, however in 09' we saw the cracks in the wall, and in 10' it all came crumbling down.  Meyer couldn't handle the pressure and the inmates were running the asylum.  So tell me, how much did we really pay for those two National Championships?  The answer is, we paid in years folks...YEARS.  Florida will not be relevant on the national stage for at least the next 5 and more like 10 years because of the mess that was started by Urban Meyer.  The coward, ruined a great program, and then the idiot that Foley is, turned it over to Muschamp, who saw fit to fix the social status of the program, but did nothing to improve the product on the field.  Urban Meyer is as much, if not MORE so to blame for where UF is right now as a football program, than Will Mushcamp.  Muschamp came in under the worst circumstances.  Internal strife in the locker room, players who couldn't keep their nose clean, and a fan base that had just won 2 BCS National Championships in the past 3 seasons?  Yeah, then Foley's ignorant ass goes and hires a coordinator with 0 head coaching experience to fix it.
  3. Will Muschamp.  For all the bad that Muschump has done to UF, he really has some of the issues his whiny predecessor left for him to handle.  I think the Gators do play much better as a team, there's less arrests, and overall it seems the inner workings of the program have been cleaned up.  For this, I tip my hat to Muschamp.  That has to be hard to do, all the while knowing you aren't getting the results on the field that are needed to succeed at a place like Florida.  Regardless, the product on the field, quite frankly, stunk.  Poor coaching were what led the Gators to numerous defeats that really shouldn't happen.  I'm sure Muschamp will have no trouble landing a top-notch coordinating position.  As a matter of fact, I'd be shocked if he wasn't Steve Spurrier's DC before the ink is dry on his buy-out option.  Anyhow, I wish Muschamp well, but please, whatever you do Coach Boom, don't let the door hit you where the good Lord split you.
What did I do???

These are the choices that Foley has given Gator Nation.  Urban Liar is the only one who could be seen as an "elite" coach.  How does this happen at UF?  It does because we have a moron as an A.D.  Sure, Florida has a trophy case full of SEC Championship trophies in other sports, but let's be honest, when was the last time 90,000 people showed up to watch our tennis team?  In other words, nobody gives a shit.  Try bragging to your FSU buddies how our men's golf team just won a National Championship and you'll get laughed out of your local bar.  Football is, and has always been king, and needs to be treated as such Mr. Foley.  Foley needs to get off his high horse, hang his ego on the hat rack, and pick a winner for Gainesville.  If not, Mr. Foley, it'll be you packing your bags.



Duece

Saturday, June 7, 2014

It is Not Very Often I Write About This...

...but here goes.  I just coached a group of kids that I'm extremely proud of.  A little background may help.  I've been at this job now on my second stint, and we've had our ups and downs.  Been good enough to make it to the second round of the playoffs, and been bad enough to go 0-10 in a span of 10 years or so.  Anyhow, we've been down for a while, and it's been very troubling dealing with it.  Today was a breath of fresh air, as we traveled to a local camp that had several other schools there.  We were the smallest public school at the event, but by far, the smallest school football participation-wise.  We brought 9 guys to this camp, which was a 7 on 7 tournament.  Of the 9, we had all our starters on offense but one.  Defensively we had only three starters from our spring game, less than two weeks ago.  Needless to say I was scrambling!  Anyhow, we show up in a ratty ol' school bus, while all the other city boys and private school snobs show up in their nice cars or have mommy and daddy drop them off.  No school there had less than 30 guys.  Every school there two platooned.  It looked like we were headed to the meat grinder, but they don't know these kids.  We were laughed at, mocked, made fun of, you name it.  No big deal.  We looked like the bad news bears.  Tattered shirts and shorts, ramshackle coolers and water bottles.  No team jerseys.  The only thing we had that resembled being part of organized football was the fact we all had the same helmets.

So yesterday, we rolled through the competition, running 5 route concepts on offense (we are shotgun wing-t) and running 1 coverage (Quarters).  We had 7 interceptions in 3 games yesterday.  When we'd switch from offense to defense, 1 RB would come out, and our MLB would come in.  That was it.  On the other side of the ball, a fresh new 11 came in to face us.  We played in some blistering heat, but our guys never let up, never quit, kept on competing and came away from the day 3-0.  We were gassed.  I didn't think we had another day in us, and to win it all today we would have to win a total of 5 games.

Today we rolled up the same as yesterday.  The rag-tag bad of Devil's Rejects rolled off the bus and went straight to work again.  You could tell we were tired though.  We kept plugging, kept fighting, kept scratching and kept clawing our way, all the way into the semi-final round.  We ended up losing to the eventual runner-up, but we left that camp with all those hob knobs having a new respect for us and our guys.  You see, we're the town folks make fun of.  We're the blunt end of redneck and racist jokes around our area.  We are the little red headed step child.   For the past six years, our kids have been fine with that role.  They've been happy to be the whipping boy for every team in our area.  They've not batted an eye to 40 something to nothing ass whippings.  Somethings different in these kids though.  They play with a chip on their shoulders.  They play pissed off.  They see your nice things.  They see the Benz your mother just dropped you off in.  They see those fresh-ass Nike gloves you're wearing.  They also know, that don't mean shit in the arena.  Money don't help you none when you step in our house.  When it's time to play, if you're gonna beat us, you're gonna have to our work us, and if you can out work a bunch of farm boys, you got another thing coming.  Today we took a major step forward in the revitalization of this program.  We've not had many bright days over the programs 50 year existence (an overall .376 win percentage), but it's times like these when I can smile being proud of kids from the same town I am.  It has been a long time since I was this proud, and back then I was a young coach that didn't know to think very much of it.  I do know, and I'm damn proud to coach the guys I got.

Like I said, I don't write much about this stuff, but if you saw what I saw the last two days, you'd be proud too.

Duece

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Triple Option Volume 13




Well, it's been a busy spring.  Breaking in about 30 new football players, and by new, I don't mean new to our program I mean new to the game!  Lots of work to do before the fall.  The lack of posts reflect this, especially over at Football Is Life and my posts about defending 3x1 sets.  I promise, once spring dies down into the lulls of summer, I'll get back to finishing my posts.  Well, this is Volume 13 of the Triple Option posts on the 12th Man Blog, so without further adieu, let's chop this shit up!



The Give
We all saw it.  Some of us cringed, some of us grimaced, some even grinned, or secretly said "that's what you get".  Last Thursday night football fans watched as Johnny Manziel slipped to the 22nd pick overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.  Sure, for many it was painful, and for others it was exactly what they wanted to see happen.  My take on all of it is, you reap what you sow.  Manziel, is without a doubt, one of the most exciting football players to ever play the collegiate version of our favorite game.  However, he's his own worst nightmare.  The money sign, the folks he hangs out with, the cockiness, I think it got to some folks.  Not to mention his diminutive stature, lack of a pocket presence and his "run first" mentality have scared off many an NFL coach.  The fact is nobody can predict the future, they can only take the data at hand, and make an educated guess.  Many see Manziel as a liability, who, that when all that NFL money is poured into him, won't pan out.  I tend to lean this way too, but there's part of me that enjoys the way he plays with a chip on his shoulder.  He's a guy who feels slighted, or short-changed, which dates back to his time in high school, and the fact that the University of Texas failed to recruit him.  I like that in a player, and I think it is the one upside to Manziel's game.  I think it is the only thing that will help keep him humble enough to succeed.  I just don't know, if I had to bet my job on Manziel, I don't think I would have picked him much higher either.  He's just a bit too risky for my taste, but you never know, and with a guy that can create like he can, the NFL game may take on an even different look if he gets behind the wheel of some body's creative offensive genius.  Best of luck to Johnny Football, I really hope he does do well in the NFL.  For more information on the drafting of the "big three" QB's in this year's draft, take a look at this Grantland piece by Smart Football.



The Keep
Speaking of the Texas Longhorns, for the first time since 1937, the University of Texas had zero, yes ZERO draft picks in this year's NFL draft.  I will gloat here a bit, but that makes me smile.  I'll tell you why.  Now I'm sure there are some nice folks in Texas, however, I've met very few of whom that know what the word humble means.  "Everything is bigger in Texas", is not just a catchy phrase, it's the state's motto.  Sure, Texas is huge, and does produce some great football talent, but it should.  It's run like a damn meat processing factory.  When you look at the money that is poured into Texas football, from youth leagues all the way to the professional level, there shouldn't be a player in the NFL that isn't from Texas.  In my opinion, the book "Friday Night Lights" shed the light on just how abhorrent the money flow and corruption that stands behind Texas high school football.  Sure, corruption is everywhere, however Texas takes things to an all new level. To have the state of Florida lead the nation this year with over 40 picks in the NFL draft is a statement to the absolute pure talent the state has to offer.  The money put into Florida's talent is a dramatic difference to that of California or Texas (numbers two and three in draft picks this year).  Florida high school coaches make in a year what many Texas coaches make in one month, yet somehow get over 40 picks into the draft.  Amazing.  So yes, I do like to gloat some when it comes to this topic.  It makes me happy to see all those folks from Texas in such a hushed state.



The Pitch
I am so happy to see that Trey Burton, of the University of Florida got picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles.  Unfortunately he did not get drafted.  This is a complete shame, because I really feel Trey Burton was the most misused football player in the history of Florida Gator football.  He started as a QB, and would've fit quite well if it weren't for the fact that two mis-guided idiots named Steve Addazzio and Urban Meyer thinking that John Brantley was a spread QB.  Enter in Will Muschamp and his revolving door of offensive coordinators, and you have yourself the case of a guy who got lost in the shuffle.  It's a miracle Burton didn't transfer, which just proves how loyal he was to UF from the get-go.  Burton was moved from position to position, where even there he was misused.  Under Brent Pease he became known as a wildcat QB who EVERYONE in the stadium knew was going to carry the football once he went in.  Burton has a tremendous upside in that despite all the tinkering, position changing, and coordinator changes, he stayed true to his work ethic and has now ended up in the league.  I can only wish him good luck as he embarks on the next phase of his football journey, hopefully he'll get a chance to showcase many of his talents that those at Florida tried so hard to squash.  Good luck Burton, and thanks for all the memories as a Gator.





Duece

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Triple Option Volume 12




Well it's been awhile, but I've got some things to unload on ya'll, and what better way than doing in volume 12 of my Triple Option segment!  Let's dive in, shall we?



The Give
In a recent article in American Football Monthly (AFM), I read about the 3-3-5 defense as run by Cocoa High School in Florida.  The titles and subtitles in the article basically were your standard "Stuff Your Opponents With the Dreaded 3-3-5 of Cocoa High School!!!", you know the ones, complete and utter bullshit.  In a recent post on the Huey board, I found many coaches that are like myself about the 3 man fronts (NOT the 3-4, don't get your panties in a bunch).  Basically it sucks, and YES this is coming from a guy who's run the defense so you can quit yelling at your computer screen.  Anyhow, the reason I didn't just pass over this article, was because I've coached against Cocoa, and let me tell you, it doesn't matter what the hell they ran defensively, they'd be pretty damn good at it.  What really disappointed me was how stupid AFM thinks the modern high school football coach is.  I was really embarrassed to be honest.  Surely the magazine to which I've been a subscriber to since 2008 hasn't gone the way of most football marketing ploys that claim to sell you the Holy Grail of all schemes that can stop any offense such as the dreaded Face Melter Defense?!  No, they couldn't have?!  Ah...yep, they pretty much did.  I've been noticing this trend more and more in AFM, and it's sickening.  The problem is, the folks at AFM aren't dummies, they must know that what they are peddling, is being read by somebody.  In other words, they have a target audience.  This target audience cannot be a football coach that's worth his salt though.  I mean, who for a minute thinks that you are going to be able to take what some high school in Florida does and install it verbatim at their school and have it work just like it does at Cocoa.  Unfortunately more coaches than I care to count think this way.  Sure AFM is a great resource, and I don't really want to sound like I'm bashing them, but to those of us who are objective thinkers in today's football game, their articles and rhetoric are really becoming nauseating.

The Face Melter, been working since Raiders of the Lost Ark!

 I guess the old saying holds true that "If you cannot dazzle them with your brilliance, then baffle them with bullshit".  AFM seems to have taken this literally here lately, and I'd really love to see them get back to simply reporting on schemes with out the disgusting "Score 100 Points With the Up-Tempo, No-Huddle Pistol Veer Offense" titles.  The problem is, a majority of the low-information coaches that read that shit...believe it.  That's what's really scary.  Let me tell you this, referring back to the article on Cocoa's defense, if you don't have you about five FBS commits on your defense, I wouldn't run what they run.  They got some cats, or as the old boy at Apopka calls them "Jits".  Having coached against these guys, I can tell you, they could man up every receiver you have, and be bad enough up front to whip most teams asses.  Sure they lost to Booker T. Washington this season (Florida's Class 4A State Champion and the eventual National Champion), but who didn't?  I'd lay a lot of money on the table and say that Cocoa could run the old Wide Tackle 6 and probably beat the dog shit out of just about everybody they play.



I guess what really "irks" me about the whole thing is two-fold.  First, I simply cannot believe that coaches today, with the wealth of knowledge at our fingertips (the new phrase now is "Google it") would succumb to such a shitty marketing ploy as what AFM has stooped to doing.  Second, I can't believe AFM is not only using these tactics, but getting worse and worse.  Again, I've read AFM since 2008, and I've gotten a lot from them, even used some of it.  However, here lately, the magazine hasn't even been good bathroom reading.  I'd really like to see a change, more objective writing, that produces some critical thinking on the part of coaches.  Then again, that takes considerable work, it also requires writers who know what in the hell they are writing about, and know their target audience.  The purpose of technical writing (I consider football articles to be a form of technical writing and this may be my problem with what AFM is doing)is not to sell copies of a magazine, but to induce critical thinking and study schematics and logistics of certain topics.  Some, and I'm being liberal with the use of the word "some", of AFM's articles do this, but the number is dropping rapidly and the entire publication is becoming one big infomercial for football schemes and products.  Let's try to be objective, instead of bowing down to some state champion football coach who puts out three and four FBS football players a season and runs the no-huddle, up-tempo, pistol zone read offense, look at why some things DON'T work.  Look at reasons why certain schemes fail, and what to watch for when installing schemes and/or using products.  Anyhow, I'm probably pissing up a rope when it comes to writing this, but I know most of you that read this have thought the very same thing, I'm just showing that I have the balls to say it.  Needless to say, I probably won't be renewing my AFM subscription, and I'd be willing to bet, AFM is glad to hear that!



The Keep
The unionization of collegiate athletics is probably the scariest item on the docket for college football since the concussion issue.  I think the future of the game rests in the hands of some "higher-ups" such as athletic directors, college presidents and law makers.  Down on the bottom end of the totem pole is the football coach, who, as we know that shit rolls down hill, is getting shit on.  Paying players to play an amateur game is ridiculously stupid.  First off, THEY ARE GETTING PAID DUMBASS!!!  Sorry, but I have your attention now.  What the hell is a college scholarship?  It's books and tuition, last time I checked tuition cost MONEY, holy shit, what a novel concept.  I'm not advocating violence, but I'm going to say this, if you lock me in a room with Kain Colter...I'm gonna beat the shit out of him.  The ignorant prick has had the audacity to push for this bullshit, and is like most low information democratic voters out there...stupid.  I guess the free four years of education weren't enough for him.  Sure, that college degree will open doors for me, get me a job, but I wanna be rich dawg.  Uh yeah, then you shouldn't have sucked at football.  What a dipshit.  The sad thing is that stupid people are the squeaky wheel.  Looks like Colter got the grease!

Oh you dropped the ball alright...

Now, with all this being said, this could ONLY happen in a screwed up shit hole like Chicago.  Of course they want to pay players, it means union votes and unions are just such cuddly, awesome-for-the-country type organizations, right?!  Uh, not no, but hell no.  Unions, in their infancy were good for the American worker, however now, if you want to see how unions are run, just watch the Godfather and the Godfather Part II.  Yep, pretty much, they are the mafia.  Union bosses are now the "Don's" of the American organized work force.  Sure, this is who we want helping college athletes, and changing the face of the best sport in America.  Wake up dickheads!  This is bad, super bad.  Anytime money is involved, things go very bad.  What's really disturbing is the fact that a university's education, is no longer worth the trade for playing a sport.  Had I not gotten what little football money I got in college my final bill would have been over $60,000 dollars.  As it was I paid less than $40,000.  Were there nights I ate cereal for supper?  Were there times that I couldn't buy my favorite Nike gear because I had to save what money I was making to repair my vehicle?  Yes.  Were there times that I'd have loved to have the money to buy a plane ticket home, but had to decide between that and eating on the weekend?  Yes.  It's called budgeting.  It's called learning the value of the friggin' dollar, and how to stretch it to go as far as it possibly can.  Not once did I EVER think the university I went to should be paying me to play football BECAUSE THEY ALREADY WERE!!!!  This is the stupidity I cannot get over.



Now on the flip-side, some of the NCAA's rules on players having jobs etc. is a bit rough.  I think some revamping should be in order.  The players, whining about not getting the money that is generated from them playing is short-sighted.  How do you put a price on education?  You don't.  The problem is, I'd be willing to bet over half of the players, don't give a shit about their education.  Most of them, want to "stack that paper", or "make that bankroll".  They don't care how they get it, and when some union boss pounds his chest about how they "deserve it", those meager 20-year old, masses of gray matter brains in today's collegiate athlete's heads begins to believe it.  Yes, your time and sacrifice is worth something, a free education, room, board, and books.  Not to mention the free clothing and perks you get from the university that NO OTHER REGULAR STUDENTS GET, just because you are an athlete.  Pretty soon, athletes are going to want their own offices in the stadium.  I mean seriously, where does it end?  I'm hoping that all this unionization talk will fizzle, but anymore, when decisions like this get to lawmakers, it's a crap-shoot.  Let's keep our fingers crossed that the new "less-than-humble" college athlete doesn't fuck everything up for the future of college football.





The Pitch
Well, this season I will be coordinating defense from the booth.  I'm not sure how it's going to work, but we're "all in" for giving it a try.  We did it for the last two games of this past season, and it seemed to work pretty good.  I like the view up there, and with my "chart man" with me calling defense came pretty easy.  Now, we were very vanilla last season with what we did, and will be the same way this year to some extent.  We'll have to see when our feet are really held to the fire how we get the calls in, and make personnel changes.  Adding a few new coaches to the staff will require some training on this issue as at yesterdays' coaches meeting, nobody had ever dealt with a coordinator being in the booth.  When I coached in college, or OC was in the booth, and I always thought it worked pretty good.  Communication is the key element when you set the system up this way.  As long as the coaches on the ground know what they are doing and what you want, I think it can work.

Yep, I called Cover 4!

With that being said, for those of you that do coordinate from the booth, give me a shout and let me know some of the pitfalls we might experience, or some of the things you do to make things easier.  I'm always interested in ideas from other coaches.  Hit me up at footballislifeblog@yahoo.com and let's share some ideas.  I'd rather do that, than read some bullshit article in AFM about a headset system or a no-huddle communication system.  Sorry, had to take that jab....

Until next time!



Duece

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Triple Option Volume 11

Well, it's the time leading up to the Super Bowl, and I'm sure there are hundreds of topics to talk about, however I will pick just three!  I know, to be so daring, is to be great.  Leggo!

Incentive...


The Give
Well, Richard Sherman, or "Dick" as I'll call him, has made himself a big ol' name in the NFL with his rant last Sunday after the Seahawks defeated the 49'ers in the NFC Championship game.  Look, first off, act like you've fucking been here bro.  You may very well be the best corner in the league, but you just planted some bushes in the NFL.  Yes, YOU Dick, you lowered the standard of the NFL for a moment to bush league.  Now, if you have a beef with Crabtree, keep it between ya'll.  Go shoot him at a night club, whatever, don't come in my living room with your bullshit.  You may very well be from Stanford, but I'm not sure if that's the one in California, or some low rent projects on the south side of Chicago.  Play the friggin' game!  You made a great play, no doubt, and I'm sure Crabtree dissed' you, however, that doesn't make two shits worth of difference in the outcome of the game or the effort your teammates put in to help get you and themselves to the position you guys were in.  In other words, Richard...don't be a Dick...



The Keep
Wes Welker's hit on Aqib Talib has also been under much scrutiny this past week.  Leave it up to ESPN and Sports Illustrated to go dig up all the guys who Welker has pissed off over his career and interview them on what they thought of the hit.  Now that's good journalism there.  Like Ron Burgandy in Anchorman 2 said, "Create a story, even if there isn't one".  You stay classy now.  Anyhow, looking at the tape, yes the play "could have" been ruled illegal, but it was two crossing routes (looked kinda like a version of Mesh out of trips) that ended up doing just what they are designed to do, rub defenders and get a receiver into the open cleanly.  Here's a good look at the play on NFL Networks' website.  Here's another look at a zoomed in version of the actual hit.


Here's the actual play that was run by the Broncos:


And here's the traditional "Mumme'" version of Mesh (thanks to Chris over at Smart Football):



I have a hard time believing that a player, coming off a concussion, such as Welker would do something like this intentionally.  I mean, you can see as he clears, he's aware he's going to get hit and actually turns to avoid the hit or at the very least minimize the damage to himself.  It's not like he went low, cut Talib, or lowered his helmet.  It's a rub route, don't get all bent out of shape.  The unfortunate matter was the fact that New England's best DB had to leave the game.  You hate to see that, but it's part of the game, just deal with it.  I guess this is why I'm so surprised about Belichick actually whining about the hit.  Normally tight-lipped Belechick has blasted Welker here recently.  I'm just wondering, if he's actually watching the tape, or the fact that he hasn't won a Super Bowl in a while is clouding his judgment.  You have to admit, we all would say of any coach in the league maybe only Rex Ryan has done more with less talent.  Belechick isn't given a roster just loaded with talent.  This leads me to believe that maybe Mr. Kraft and Belechick are trying to reinvent "Moneyball" but this time using football as the medium.  Anyhow, I'm losing the focus here, but it just seems as though in all the post-game interviews the tension is pretty thick when Belechick is addressing the media.  No way can this guy be on the hot seat, but when you have somebody who is so enamored with winning, especially with winning the "big one" (you know, the last game of the season), it can take it's toll on you.  Anyhow, my ruling is out, Welker's innocent, and Belechick is guilty of thinking anyone outside of Boston gives a shit.  Let's move on.

"Great Oden's Raven!"


The Pitch
You gotta hand it to Peyton Manning.  That guy is resilient.  Just when you think, "Ah, we've seen the last of him", here he comes roaring back.  Manning, having come back from neck surgery, twice now, has defied all odds on his return to the Super Bowl.  Believe me, I never thought it would come to this, but he's done one hell of a job in helping the Broncos get back to the Super Bowl.  Which leads me to my point here, and that is the value of a leader.  I think the true mark of a not only a good NFL QB, but a good leader, in general, is do they make the people around them better.  If the answer is yes, you've got the makings of a good leader.  Manning has this characteristic, and has had everywhere he's gone.  Sure he's had talent, but how many times have we seen talent improperly led not produce (think the 2012 Auburn Tigers here).  Manning's very presence makes the Broncos a different team.  Which as much as I hate to agree with Colin Cowherd, the NFL is a very QB driven league, and Manning is in the driver's seat.  I will also add, after watching ESPN's "The Book of Manning", I have a very renewed respect for not only Peyton, but for all the Manning boys and Archie.  Of course, being a Gator fan, I always like to remind everyone that Peyton was oh-fer against Spurrier and the Gators!



I'm not sure where the Super Bowl will go, Seattle's defense is pretty damn good, but it's hard to count Manning out.  I know Peyton has somewhat dis proven the fact he can play in inclement weather, but I think the Seahawk defense and the bad weather may not be the best for him.  I'm going to say Seattle 27-Denver 21 in a game that doesn't really get separated until the fourth quarter.  What say you?  Hit me up on Twitter @FballIsLifeBlog or send me an email at footballislifeblog@yahoo.com.

The Two-Point Conversion
I don't like Tom Brady.  I respect him, but don't like him.  Looks like I'm not the only one.


Duece

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

For All The SEC Haters Out There...




Here are some numbers for you.  Since everybody is praising FSU for beating Auburn last night (which they barely did), let me remind some of you dumb asses about a thing or two.  This involves numbers, so would somebody please hold Jameis Winston's hand and help him?

What da fuck dis' fool be talkin' bout?


Number of BCS National Championships: 16
Number of Appearances Per Conference (not teams, just number of times the respective conferences have had a team appear in the Championship Game):
SEC: 10
Big-12: 7
ACC: 5
Big 10: 3
PAC 12: 3
Big East: 3

Number of Wins Per Conference:
SEC: 9 (Alabama 3, Florida 2, LSU 2, Auburn 1, Tennessee 1)
Big 12: 2 (Oklahoma 1, Texas 1)
ACC: 2 (Florida State 2)
Big 10: 1 (Ohio State 1)
PAC 12: 1 (USC 1- although this one was vacated)
Big East: 1

Now a little math for our Big 12 folks who can't do long division.

Conference Win Percentage:
SEC: .900
ACC: .400
Big 12: .286
Big 10: .333
PAC 12: .333
Big East: .333

Head to Head Match ups
SEC vs. ACC: 1-1 (Tennessee beat FSU and FSU beat Auburn)
SEC vs. Big 12: 3-0 (Florida & LSU beat Oklahoma and Alabama beat Texas)
SEC vs. Big 10: 2-0 (Florida & LSU beat Ohio State)
SEC vs PAC 12: 1-0
SEC vs Big East: 0-0

Here's an even bigger stat for you jack wagons:

Number of times teams of the same conference have appeared in the championship game: 1



And who might that conference be?  You guessed it Bob Stoops, the S-E-C!!!  See, the South is just where football belongs.  Football in other places just ain't the same. I mean where else does one family member shoot another family member over an in-state rivalry?  You guessed it, the almighty South.  I mean, how many California mothers would do this (lol)?



So the proof is in the pudding, Nebraska, Oklahoma and FSU may have won their respective battles, but the SEC definitely won the BCS war!!!