• stbone replied to the topic Potential 2024 2-deep in the forum Football 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    I agree 100% that Johnson has a much higher FS ceiling than either Ritchie or Hall. The thing that keeps me thinking that he might end up at outside CB is that outside CB is more valuable than FS. I think it becomes a tricky decision as to where Johnson plays, depending on what the next best player is showing. I hope we find a good enough outside…[Read more]

  • stbone replied to the topic Ja'Quinden Jackson in the forum Football 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    We could probably get him for cheap.

  • stbone replied to the topic Ja'Quinden Jackson in the forum Football 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    A lot of these kids are going to find out the hard way that for every success in the transfer portal, there are 10 Dorian Singers.

  • stbone replied to the topic Bowl Game Perspective in the forum Football 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    When we are discussing QB development, I think we hugely mischaracterize success rates in developing QBs. At the end of the day, high-level QB play is so valuable because it is so rare. QB success is nearly impossible to scout because it ultimately comes down to a weird mixture of experiences, character, physical ability, mental ability, and…[Read more]

  • I think CFB is trying to convince me that they are the WWF.

    Also, if Wash. had played Whitt ball, this game would be over. Passing on 3rd and goal instead of running to waste time is Atlanta-Falcons against the Patriots in the Super Bowl level of stupid.

  • Seeing Aaron Rodgers recovery, makes me wonder … maybe Cam’s initial timeline was accurate. Also makes me wonder what treatment decisions weren’t made that impacted the recovery timeline.

  • stbone replied to the topic Ja'Quinden đź‘‹đź‘‹ in the forum Football 2 months ago

    It doesn’t really matter why he didn’t stay healthy, fact is, he didn’t. And, when he finally was healthy at the bowl game, he was reinjured in short order. RB is a position where durability is one of the top attributes. If you are a RB that can’t stay healthy, you aren’t that much of a RB. JJ’s career is pretty comparable to Luke Staley’s.…[Read more]

  • stbone replied to the topic 2024 question marks in the forum Football 2 months ago

    I love balance (the 2021 offense was almost perfectly balanced average 216.8 rushing yards per game and 214.3 passing yards per game). I think, without Kuithe, we have the WR talent to recreate the 2021 offense.

    Who did we have in 2021 that could create a big play downfield? (Dixon?) With healthy Kuithe, we have the passing pieces to be better…[Read more]

  • stbone replied to the topic 2024 question marks in the forum Football 2 months ago

    I agree that we should should strengthen our weaknesses and push to improve at every position. That said, we don’t need to be the greatest show on turf to be a top team. If we recreate the 2021 offense (average approximately 400 total yards per game with an even split between running and passing), we will be an incredible team. We were one…[Read more]

  • stbone replied to the topic 2024 question marks in the forum Football 2 months ago

    I love WRs as much as the next person, but I don’t think we need a dominant WR to be successful. In our offense, what we need are receivers that force LBs to read every play and that keep safeties from being parked in the box. If we do those two things, then our running game will be successful and we will be able to move the ball consistently and…[Read more]

  • The NFL used to have traditions as well. Many of these were fan started/propagated traditions. Things like the Barrel-man in Denver, Raider Nation, or the Dawg Pound. All of these traditions either died or were hollowed out as the NFL was corporatized and as the blue-collar fans were priced out in exchange for more corporate boxes.

    If college…[Read more]

  • It seems like Nate Johnson believes that development is synonymous with playing time. He also seems to have an inaccurate view of his performance when he did get game reps.

  • Most of the credit should go to Morgan, but it seems like Ludwig should get credit for creating conservative game plans that got the most out of BB and NJ while minimizing mistakes. However, we probably disagree with what NJ and BB had to offer. From what I saw, BB has not yet developed the ability to quickly process the game and is not…[Read more]

  • You are mistaking hyperbole for a presumption, but it appears as if you are presuming that the short leash is holding BB and NJ back, and but for the short leash, they would be far superior to what they currently are. As evidence, you are pointing to an example of a cherry-picked backup, but for every Staub or Fifita, I can point to 10 backups…[Read more]

  • Assuming you are correct and they were given the play and had very few options, their limitations prevented them from receiving more latitude. In other words, if they couldn’t even reliably execute under the simplest conditions, it is a fools errand to think they could would have executed better if we placed more demands on them.

    It wasn’t the…[Read more]

  • Following your argument, you are saying we need to expect bad results in order to let a quarterback develop. While there is some truth to that, good development involves giving your quarterback a short leash (or as some would say, a simplified playbook) until they demonstrate mastery of that. As they demonstrate mastery, you expand the…[Read more]

  • Your take is way off base.

    The problem isn’t that Johnson doesn’t know the system or that the system is too complex. The problem is that Johnson can’t process with any pressure and is one of the least accurate passers in recent memory. Reading the report of his performance at the Elite 11, you can see that his problems pre-date Utah. Blaming…[Read more]

  • stbone replied to the topic Shocking! in the forum Football 3 months, 1 week ago

    It isn’t just familiarity that makes me less excited for the Big12.

    At the end of the day, I don’t think there is any win in the Big12 that will reliably draw national attention and improve Utah’s standing. Saying this another way, without OU and Texas, there is NO big stage in the Big12. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be tough teams and big…[Read more]

  • stbone replied to the topic Vele leaning… in the forum Football 3 months, 1 week ago

    I have never understood why speed translates differently to the field for some players vs. others. For example, Clark Phillips ran a 4.5 40 at the combine, but was frequently catching people from behind and closing on receivers. Other players have fast 40 times, but it doesn’t translate to their game play.

    I 100% agree that speed is important (it…[Read more]

  • stbone replied to the topic Vele leaning… in the forum Football 3 months, 1 week ago

    I’d be surprised if Patrick (4.47 at the combine) is more than 1/10 of a second faster than Devaughn, and I’d guess that the speed difference is less than that. Also, speed is an extremely overrated attribute in creating separation as you can scheme for speed. (Jerry Rice was a 4.7 40 and always created separation, while Rocket Ismail was a 4.28…[Read more]

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