Author Archives: Coach Venable

Alignment says it all

The linebackers during the Spring scrimmage. (Will Gallagher/IT)

…as it pertains to UT under the Herman way of life. Alignment determines attitude, develops desire, and will eventually either make a man out of the 100 plus on the field or they will slink off into the night looking for the old greener grass story. Doing the right thing the right way at the right time leaves little room for major mental errors. You can look it up—see Royal, Darrell K or Bryant, Bear if you must.

The only two things that make life worth living…

Texas players before the RS. (Will Gallagher/IT)

My opinion has long been football and spring football run a very close second. This Tuesday there should be some major pad popping going on as we usher in another staff to lead us out of this wilderness. My own personal opinion is this staff has talked the talk saying all the right things but it’s time to prove teaching the game is as important as we have heard.

Scattershooting and question marks

Gary Johnson and Todd Orlando at LHN. (Courtesy of Johnson

Recruiting the ’17 class is winding down to a less than blazing finish as predicted by our experts. I think it’s only fair to say that we have received the best info and insights from our guys without breaking stride. We must remember that their inside information took a jolt when we changed coaching staffs but it’s obvious that their relationships with the individual prospects and their respective families still allowed us to know what’s happening in their world without missing a beat. One attaboy ain’t enough so here’s a thankee for the good guys.

Spring will answer so much

Malik Jefferson and Anthony Wheeler. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Spent a good half hour listening to Justin/Ian podcast and enjoyed their respective takes on the first installment of the Herman takeover at UT. They shared several opinions concerning various subjects in recruiting and possible defensive decisions/player positions. It was entertaining and definitely provided food for thought so here I am pitching a few of my own questions/remarks that intrigue my own sweet self.

Coach V: Thoughts from the nosebleeds

Devin Duvernay (Will Gallagher/IT)

Reading the various articles and accompanying board comments sent my thought patterns into several different directions concerning the immediate future for the next football team at UT. While most of the board’s attention has centered on the recruitment trail and the lack of any home-run scores by our new DKR most of my thoughts have found a home wondering aloud about the new staff and their individual ability to teach the game.

Coach V’s Grades: Texas-TCU

Devin Duvernay (Will Gallagher/IT)

We did not play well across the board. We had red zone opportunities but settled for field goal chances (3 out of 4) and surrendered on downs at the lip because we didn’t have a answer for a simple edge stunt in our blocking scheme. This offense developed over the course of the season but the question is which way did it go. We went from an up tempo wide open starting the season to the slowdown check the sideline for a late call that choked our ambition to a slower death. Anybody remember why we practice fast break since we play a stall during the actual game? Oh well, here are the grades.

Coach V’s Grades: Texas-KU

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Just when you think you have seen or heard it all the game presents another surprise that you hadn’t even considered—I saw/heard my first “backward pass” on a 4th down QB sneak. The English language was extremely hard on our referee—so was calling the game.

Coach V’s Grades: Texas-WVU

Devin Duvernay (Will Gallagher/IT)

We had a very uneven performance on offense against WVU. We couldn’t finish the deal–it’s that simple. We kept shooting ourselves in the forward progress aspect of the game with penalties, turnovers, missed assignments, and clock mismanagement from the sideline. They just don’t reward yardage gained and we damn sure didn’t get the most points out of a 550 yards gained effort.

Coach V’s Grades: Texas-Baylor

Kris Boyd. (Will Gallagher/IT)

There are always different ways to do things. Take the new fangled spread offenses—there are several different varieties offered just here in this conference alone. Everybody has their own way to defend said offenses. Some might force the run with light numbers in the box. Some might force the pass with an extra defender in the box. Some try to disguise both with squirms, shifts, and dynamic bluffs. The secret is to be sound with your plan and assignments so that when you guess wrong you don’t get burned badly. None of that describes the UT defense.