The Longhorns have started their Maryland preparation and while DJ Durkin is playing coy with respect to naming his starter, I can read the tea leaves in the crab cakes. Or something.
A while back I brought the realism in describing the stark reality of the last few years, but today I’m bringing the optimism. Actually, it’s also realism, but a different kind. The realism of understanding that we humans are pattern-seeking animals who tend to imbue temporary trends with permanence. We have a tendency to project the ephemeral forward confidently without considering that many of the factors that underpin our assumptions have changed.
So now we’re left wondering what to do at TE. I think looking to 2008 could hold a clue as to how we go from here, even if the parallels aren’t perfectly clean.
I like simple statistics that convey truths. I’m also a general fan of living in reality. So one of my favorite portions of the 2017 Thinking Texas Football is something I’d like to excerpt here.
Herman’s presser today made more concrete a lot of things I’d already surmised with respect to our OL. But it also surprised me. Elijah Rodriguez, starting right tackle.
Something caught my eye while scanning the post-practice player interviews. It came from our favorite Tongan and it reminded me once again that we’ve entered a new world when it comes to attention to detail in all phases of the program.
Some really interesting thoughts from the Longhorn defensive coordinator discussing championship depth, the progress of Gary Johnson, the internal athlete and the value of cross training all positions.
This is a series on coaching turnarounds (or attempted turnarounds ) at Texas, starting with the Royal era. I think there are some learning points to be gleaned and, at the risk of doing the reveal too early, I think they portend favorably for Herman.
All Texas coaching hires – like presidential elections – are a lesson in oversteering. The tendency to hire what the previous guy was not is predictable. The things we focus on also tend to be shallow and useless.
If you were a college running back and saw the Texas linebackers getting off of the game day bus, a little shudder of fear would run down your spine. Mostly because it’s July 13th and why is there a bus of Texas linebackers in front of my dorm room at Maryland?
Y’all get the drift on the premise. Let’s dive in…