Coach Brown addressed the media on Monday afternoon. Part I of II. As always, many thanks to the people at Texassports.com who make these transcripts available.
From Brown's opening statement.
These are interesting, if seemingly contradictory, sentiments. We're empowering Mad Dog to get our DTs and OL more bulked up - I don't question his credentials there - but we also want to to train the big guys anaerobically so that they can acclimate to up tempo pace?
Bulking up the OL - particularly the interior - marries with what we're trying to do in the Major spread. The first cardinal rule? No quick penetration inside. The easiest way to prevent it? Narrow your splits and develop big heavy anchors who can't be bull-rushed. Downside? Loss of movement in running game. Is that why the pin n pull was scrapped and we'll see a different run mix?
It'll be interesting to see how adding 10-20 pounds across the board marries to sprinting to the ball after each play and pushing tempo. My guess is that our wagon won't set records on Chip Kelly's Oregon Trail.
As for our DT's, I'm not really sure how to interpret this, unless we're committing to playing four or five and telling 'em all to get upfield and give us 35 hard reps a game. Hopefully, it's a targeted approach because some of our DTs don't need more size. They need a coherent scheme.
Yeah, just put Randa Ryan in charge. We'll be having this conversation again, just as we do every year her APRs destroy the football dedicated academic staff performance.
...Mack then talks about future out of conference scheduling that includes Notre Dame, Cal, USC, and Maryland. Good stuff and I give props to the Athletic Department for stepping up scheduling in terms of both quality and interest.
That's straightforward expectations management. Looks like 2014 has not been as kind to us we'd hoped. And I think "good" is our goal. The Aggies have already won more in-state battles this year than in the last 5 years combined. 2015 certainly looks promising, but I still can't fully get my head around offers to sophomores.
Also - if 2015 looks more promising than 2014, how much do you limit 2014 size to maximize 2015 take? Or are we going to increase program churn?
I thought the Suddes hire was good - but it's basically playing catch-up. I offered my thoughts on Shipley/Rucker type hires some time ago. I'd be looking to fill staff out in these positions with value-adds beyond existing staff competencies. Grooming guys who are hungry, looking to make a name for themselves, and can exert vitality pressure on senior position coaches.
Let me help you with two suggestions: an analytics guy and a young, sharp, hungry black coach with recruiting chops. Or five.
Sometimes you move a guy around because he's not good enough at either position. Sometimes you do it because he's talented enough to help you in either place, but you need to see how other players develop in order to make the best judgement for the total team. I think Thomas is the latter case. He's a net asset, but his role on offense seems essentially duplicative to what we've already got (nifty, smallish, run-after-catch guy - we have a lot of those running around).
I love Overstreet and he can do a lot of things for us, but I don't think Jalen can really do many of the things that makes Daje so dangerous. I mean, he can run the plays. But I don't think he's housing simple backfield flares after one missed tackle. Further, in a Wildcat situation, he's not a better pure ball carrier than our primary running backs. He has good hands, he's physical, he's athletic, and he'll block his ass off. He's no Daje doppelganger.
Jones got off lightly. I hope he outgrows his CB3 act soon because we could really use a threat on the outside with some blocking ability to make this offense go. Sanders after-the-catch is a great asset. But we already have a good bit of that on the roster.
He'll return unprepared with a five foot tapeworm living in his colon. Let me be the first to predict an ayahuasca ceremony with Gary Busey. Gary will hunt Case with bolos astride a war llama and force the issue. The mission means a few things:
1). Ash is your starter - no more funny business possible. If Ash melts down like Mad Dog's New Year's candy resolutions, we either ride it out or put in...Swoopes?!
2). Is McCoy even the 2nd string QB anymore? Probably not.
3). Does McCoy go on this mission if he's projected as the starter? Or told he has a fair shot at winning the gig?
That medical should stick. I think we've added another scholarship for 2014/2015.
That's it for Part I. Part II coming soon...