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.
The Nahlin the coffin.
“We Can Do It For Coach emotion and Win It For Charlie Guys Because The Internet Says He Could Come Back” met the reality of a season long of bad coaching. These players aren’t even aware that they haven’t been maximized and are probably legitimately puzzled that a poor TCU team crushed them in the second half by virtue of nothing more than simple competence.
I wanted to relay some information in light of the misinformation and speculation floating around. Rumor peddling is fun intrigue, but there can be a cost to constant misinformation. Not always to the peddlers. But sometimes to the program.
The decision was made on the field in Lawrence, Kansas.
The Longhorns travel to Lawrence to play the 1-9 Kansas Jayhawks. The hard luck Jayhawks are a truly bad football program, but they do have a few interesting players and characteristics worth discussing to make your Saturday game watch a bit more enriching.
In postmortems, I usually focus on dissecting each side of the ball, look at individual and unit performances and try to tease together some common threads for the season. I’m not sure there’s much value to be gained in a deep dive here, since my initial Postgame Quick Reaction published shortly after the game was only confirmed by the re-watch.