The bare requirements of the safety position in the spread era are pretty straightforward: get the back half lined up correctly, communicate assertively, don’t let anyone run past you, tackle what’s in front of you.
The Cowboy defense has plenty of experience and some talent, but they’re still smarting from the loss of impact edge players and inconsistent replacements. That deficiency is showing up in their inability to limit the deep passing game and that’s the main reason they’re surrendering 6.0 yards per play (at a staggering 9.5 yards per pass attempt) despite playing solid defense on money downs, limiting the run and tackling reasonably well. Here’s OSU Preview on Defense at Inside Texas.
I’ve always been impressed by the perpetually underrated Mike Gundy – a coach who has gone 78-30 in his last 108 games and coached the historical irrelevant Cowboys to 9+ wins in 6 of his last 8 seasons. Here’s the OSU Game Preview – Offense from Inside Texas.
Forgive me for the combined, abbreviated and late post-mortem, but I got caught in a time crunch and most of what needs to be said has already been expressed beautifully by Coach, Ian and nobis60. A more objective post-game viewing revealed that the offense played a nice game absent three critical areas.
Texas fans turned out for the Cal game in force. It was a nice reminder of how good Texas fans are and can be. The streets of Berkeley were decked in burnt orange and white and I heard several Cal fans remark that it felt like a Texas home game. Walking to the stadium through Cal’s sun-dappled, tree-lined campus in flawless 70 degree weather, it was hard to disagree.
I love bears. They’re clever, powerful, opportunistic, lovable and terrifying creatures. I’m an outdoor enthusiast and in places like Alaska and Montana, I’ve encountered dozens in the wild at distances as close as thirty feet.
SpurHorns head coach Charlie Popovich rested every Longhorn offensive starter with a boo-boo. We got to fear for the safety of our day-walking vampire QB, and then watch a competitive game turn into a predictable route with a couple of second half adjustments that led to immediate 3rd quarter scores.
Nothing can go wrong when you draw sweeping conclusions from tiny data sets in sports or financial markets. My rankings are sound science like astrology and alchemy. Also, the Big 12 is a giant flaming garbage barge. If only someone could have predicted that the P5 league with the worst natural recruiting base, minor program success built on excellent individual coaches, early adoption of the spread, and terrible television exposure would see a performance decline over time.
When critiquing a player, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians like to say, “I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about your football.”
Head coach Sean Kugler’s UTEP Miners had a promising start to the 2016 season, whipping New Mexico State 38-22 in their season opener on the strength of Aaron Jones’ 249 yard rushing performance (he added another 43 yards receiving). Fresno State transfer QB Zack Greenlee overcame a slow start to go 15 of 27 for 229 yards and throw 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. UTEP led 24-3 at half and then blunted a brief second half rally to coast to a more dominating win than the final score suggests.