Diving back in on the Q&A portion. Some good stuff - both overt and reading between the lines.
Another reference to a strong 2015 and, by implication, a less pleasing 2014. How many scholarships we use in 2014 will give us some indication if the program is going to be more aggressive in pushing player churn. Nick Saban deserves all of the credit he can get for The Process, but he attacks program quality with numbers and a trapdoor as much as superior evaluation. Will we?
That's a statement for public consumption. As I wrote in Part I, I find it very unlikely that McCoy is our back-up QB. The message that would send is awful. And before you tear into Mack for dissembling, think about why he'd want to answer the question that way. He's still waiting to see how Swoopes and Brewer develop in the offseason and he has no interest in naming a Number 2 right now.
No way the coaches can allow a ten week program sabbatical from a former "team leader" without repercussions. The message that sends is simply unacceptable. I'd wager that the coach's office depth chart is very different from what Mack is representing here.
Factor in the Overstreet move and it's pretty clear we have Swoopes and Brewer competing for 2nd team reps. Swoopes has the athletic advantage and the ability to advance the running game, Brewer is the most QB most likely to pick up on the reads in the offense.
Good to hear. I like Ash just fine, but it is concerning to have so much of the burden of the offense on him. And even though he was forced into playing much sooner than he should have, it's important that we see him fight through his bad outings - which he will have. Losing the prospect of being pulled for McCoy should help him.
A nice f you to Mike Gundy there.
A very straightforward press conference drifted briefly into Mack-land.
1. We didn't have that many injuries last year. And if your defense is entirely reliant on one LB to set it, your system stinks
2. We ran a much different defense in 2012 vs. 2011. Does the switch from Cover 3 to MOFC ring a bell?
3. The explanation in favor of the no-huddle helping the defense is identical to his argument for the move to Harsin's power running offense in 2010. He might as well just say "Running an offense helps your defense see an offensive approach."
Agreed. We will go two deep across the board with real players for the first time in a long while, most gratifyingly at OT with the arrival of Desmond Harrison and the offseason development of young Kennedy Estelle. I still would like to see us enforce more redshirting discipline but whatyagonnado?
An important development to watch.
Our on-paper depth is excellent. But our DTs need to do something more than just be solid. Basically, my rule on DT play against the current spread offenses is that pretty good doesn't have any more qualitative impact than average. You're not meaningfully impacting a game largely played outside of your direct influence. Dominant DT play, however, will definitely show up, even against three step drop quick throw offenses, in the form of batted balls, early bull rush pressure, hits on the QB, putting the opposing running game into 2nd and 12, and being able to underman your front to allow dime coverages.
The strength of DE really relies upon a Gaskamp year from Wilson, a full season of a healthy Jeffcoat (which he's never really pulled off), and a big step up from Bluiett and/or Davis as our third DE.
Nothing to add, but some meaningful stuff here, both overt and reading between the lines. Mack Brown was indeed the change when he came in, but less than a decade later, we were calcified in terrible habits. The struggle to break through them, some of them formed by the core of who Mack Brown is, has been the dominant narrative since 2010 when the butcher's bill came up past due. But that bill was accumulated as early as 2006.
Please note his fourth reference to the 2015 recruiting class. He makes another later. There's a message there.
We speculated on that last year and now the TCU game makes a lot more sense, as was his subsequent "benching" against KSU. The hidden upside of that KSU game though was that it finally forced the coaching staff to come to realistic grips with the Case McCoy situation. Which they did.
And the mission trip was his response. Weak sauce.
Amen. Ash, while he has shown some struggles going through his reads in the passing game, his pure improvisational ability is actually pretty respectable. And that's been the defining area of next level play for Longhorn QB play in the spread over the years. Being able to run a is a big part of that, but it's also found in pure physical strength and the ability to shed pass rushers and extend the play. We've seen a half dozen instances where Ash has shaken off a defender and then made a throw. If he can bring his feet to the game - judiciously - with a run out of bounds or slide at the end, we've got an offense that can stay on the field with junk first downs.
While I'm still leery of his ability to run through all of his progressions, I'm actually optimistic about his ability to transition from "Oh no!" to playing on pure instinct once things do go to hell. I hope we make improvisation his third read in the offense.
He'll play this year, IMO.
The NFL draft is the best arbiter of that contention. And a huge part of this rests on OL and front 7 development. We'll see.
Please shoot the reporter asking this question. My thoughts on SWAGGER.
Translation: Gray is my Number 1.