Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

Our Defense’s D-Line Demands: An Explanation

Charles Omenihu. (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.

The danger of balanced recruiting

Josh Moore at UIL State Championship. (Justin Wells/IT

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.

Where does Charlie Strong end up?

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.

Fenves and the Tom Herman hire

Mike Perrin and Greg Fenves introduce Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.