What the coaches want from this defense with respect to scheme and personnel is starting to come into sharp focus.
Last week, I commented on Herman’s fat shaming, as our head coach has made it a point to repeatedly mock the muffin-tops on our DL. He’s not talking about everyone (Nelson, Omenihu are on the good list) and there are clearly players who are too heavy but making the effort to cut down (Elliott, Ford), but he’s looking for proof in the pudding from several other athletes.
There may not be a unit on campus that highlights more of the gap in recruiting and development philosophy between the Strong and Herman regime than the Texas DL.
No, not even QB.
The 2018 state of Texas recruiting features one of the most imbalanced talent distributions in recent memory. The Lone Star State is absolutely loaded at DB and WR, solid at TE, and relatively lacking in both top line talent and quality depth everywhere else.
Little guys haven’t been this empowered since Frodo went to Mordor.
In Part I, we solidified the idea that Tom Herman is inheriting a different OL situation than his predecessor by several orders of magnitude. That’s a good thing, since OL represent 45% of a starting offense and have the largest representation on any roster overall.
Between now and September 2nd, Texas fans are going to devote a lot of time, energy and ink to discussing the QB position and to hand-wringing over which RB will assert themselves in the Spring and Fall.
I’d like to discuss this crucial topic. Specifically, which numbers properly define position, the ones players should wear if you hope to win any games and what a number choice says about that player’s character.
Licking your wounds at over 5 million per for the next two years (the number is $11,158,333 to be exact) is an enviable position, but assuming Charlie has little interest in painting landscapes or taking up birdwatching, there are a few interesting opportunities out there for him to explore. The biggest issue is what he finds personally palatable and adjusting his own self-image to that of the national consensus.
You probably gathered that if you watched the body language in the press conference and the deference showed to Fenves when asked the larger Who, What, Why questions. Fenves has minimal knowledge of football, but he’s a very bright guy with a good understanding of leadership and organizational management. He also consulted a number of advisors – former players, coaches, successful alumni who have been a big part of the football program – to help him understand the landscape so that he could create a proper framework for his decision.
A few thoughts on the Herman hire, the media backdrop and what it means for Texas going forward.