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There are other things I would like to see, but tackling in practice is on top of my wish list.
Tackling is clearly the easiest and quickest implementable change.
The other issues seem most systematic to me. Is there really a short-term fix to the mediocre play by the o-line? I guess possibly a change is the S&C program, but that's about it. Is there a quick fix to the secondary issues? A new defensive scheme will certainly help, but it probably just requires better talent.
I would like to see Lane give up calling plays. Spend time coaching the QB's and WR's but focus more on becoming someone who leads the team in practice and games.
Tackling and afternoon practices please.
Under CPC, the team used to have Competition Tuesdays. Do they still do that?
I'd be down with making everyone fight for their job every week. I think it improves the competition and level of play.
If a player knows he's going to start every game, then there could be a little less effort. But, if he is constantly looking over his shoulder, he'll probably improve his play.
Change our strength and conditioning regime. We get pushed around in every game. Sure Stanford's lines push everyone around but no way we should get pushed around by every team we play. Not strong enough and hence not physical enough.
We sure did seem stronger under Carlisle, didn't we?
Tackling in practice for sure - injuries are a concern but gametime performance is taking a hit without it.
Conditioning too, tired of hearing of the D getting worn down in the 2nd half of games.
Strength and conditioning is something that starts NOW. You don't add extra wind sprints two weeks before the Oregon game or add extra lifting just before the Stanford game. Too late! We have known for two years that we were going to be playing short-handed during the sanction years. That should have been a clear call to commit to a culture of being the most fit team in the country. That would have been an actionable strategy to combat a situation we could control as opposed to complaining about our numbers limitations.
I like the approach of the LSU S&C coach to call out players who blow off their training responsibilities. Perhaps players who do not meet predetermined goals (specific weight or rep goals, time or distance runs, time in the gym, etc.) should see their PT impacted.
All part of a need for increased discipline and accountability.
I concur with the need to upgrade the S & C programs, but most important is the need to upgrade the attitude. Other teams are paying the price and focusing on what they need to do to be champions, it's time to change the attitude of the entire program from the athletic director to the team assistants. Take no prisoners, go back to war time... Give Kif some lifting goals.
Spot on Oregonian. I've wondered if a lot of our problems stem from no tackling. PC used to beat the hell out of his team at short, intense practices, and it translated to games. We would go out and beat teams up.
Defensively, it teaches the defenders the proper angles to take at full speed, and will help us finish plays to include tackling. On offense it helps our RBs/WR get used being hit and therefore hanging on to the ball, and will get our Oline plenty of mean and nasty.
The whole idea of not tackling in practice was a calculated risk taken by the coaching staff. Too many other things didn't go right for this theory to work. We will incure injuries due to tackling in practice, but we will have improved depth coming in with this recruiting class. Most of these guys could see the field as a true.
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We simply can't turn the ball over four to five times a game and keep running our defensive unit out on the field. No team can do this. We lack depth as it is, and I think the only reason we were gassed against ucla/az/nd....is because we either turned the ball over or did not keep time of possession more to our advantage.
Play to win the game instead not to lose. He needs to get rid of those alligator arms in pressure situations too.
Bingo. Use the whole field and don't tell Wittek to only throw to the 1st option "bc of the wind."
You really think that's the case?
Also bigger, stronger.
This post was edited by runningfigueroa 15 months ago
I am with you on this. I have seen teams limit tackling when depth and injuries are an issue, and that can be a smart strategy in the short term. Do it too long, and it becomes part of the team's identity. We have been hearing about depth issues and limiting hitting in practice for three years now, and unfortunately the results are showing on the field. You play the way you practice. Under Carroll, it was often said that the practices were tougher than the actual games. Beyond tackling in practice, I would like to see a return to that mentality.
Winning winners who win > whining whiners who whine.
Some truth here
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