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  1. That makes sense... in a lot of ways. Due to all the injuries they took it easier in practice. Think I mentioned earlier how they try to balance their practice load with the injury situation. On the other side of that they weren't as prepare for game speed. I can't blame the coaches for going this route in adjusting to the injury situation. One would hope a week or two of less contact wouldn't negate month's worth of harder training. Unfortunately that didn't appear to be the case.
  2. So the broadcast brought in the studio ref to explain why this wasn't called targeting. His explanation was that since 'side helmet' was used (not the crown) it was a legal and incidental hit. I thought the only legal part of the helmet was using your facemask straight up. I swear I'd seen it called before when helmet contact was initiated like that on a defender. Maybe that was the pros and the rules are different. I honestly can't keep them straight anymore. I thought they would reverse the called targeting on Roach because his helmet basically hit under the shoulder pads, in the bicep area. However since he launched and initiated contact with the crown first it was targeting. I thought it had to hit in the had and neck area to be targeting, but that doesn't appear to be the case in college. My takeaway from both calls was that they are penalizing the intent more than the results. You lead with the crown it will get called. Incidental contact won't.
  3. You have to separate execution and scheme from toughness. Others have pointed out also, but Herman got really out coached on Saturday. When the opposing team can run 20 yards left, and then 20 yards right... players just aren't in the right positions. That has nothing to do with toughness. Toughness is both mental and physical, with the former being built upon by the latter. Toughness is about being able to grind for 3 quarters and have enough left to not get blown out in the 4th. Or to come from behind and not give up when down by a few scores. It's hard to measure, but past Texas teams would've been blown out when down to ou by a couple scores. We've seen that before. Past Texas teams would've been blown out at home versus good teams like lsu. We've seen that before as well. This Texas team has found a way to stay in games - with a chance of winning - against two of the top teams in the country. They physically dominated the opponents they were supposed to handle easily. That demonstrates a level of toughness that past teams have not demonstrated. As for injuries... yeah, it's bad right now. We would need a more analytical look to go over the last 60 years and honestly know if this was really worse than at any point over that time. But I know half of the current injuries are just unlucky things that happen during a game: Jeffrey McCulloch suffered a dislocated shoulder. Chris Brown suffered a fractured forearm Collin Johnson took a helmet-to-helmet hit Jalen Green (dislocated shoulder) Overshown is recovering from a vertebrae injury Daniel Young - neck stinger Malcom Roach - targeting suspension Joshua Moore - being stupid suspension Cade Brewer - concussion How does one make their forearm bones strong enough to not get broken? How does one strengthen their shoulder to not get separated? How do you make your vertebrae 'tougher'? None of those injuries have anything to do with 'toughness'. Some of the other injuries, having to do with soft tissue issues, might be related to getting worn down during the week. But as one can clearly see, most of the IR related issues have to do with injuries (or suspensions) that would have nothing to do with what happened on Tuesday.
  4. Apparently you didn't watch the West Virginia game. That's a game we would've lost in the past, by turning the ball over repeatedly, had we not dominated them on both sides of the ball. It's that kind of toughness that prevented a game like that from turning into an NC State kind of game.
  5. And if it's only a slapfest they'll crumble after the first big game hit. Where are they going to get toughened up into game shape if not in practice? The toughest teams I can remember got toughened up in pre-season or during practice. However yes... this can be taken too far. A balance must be struck between conditioning and preparedness. You don't want to grind everyone on Friday where they are all worn out on Saturday. But the Texas coaches monitor player health probably more than any college team out there, so I'm positive they are constantly watching this balance. Overall we watched the better part of 10 years of 'soft' teams because of the country club atmosphere until 3 years ago. Since then that problem has been solved. And guess what... players got injured before Herman came along. There's the opposite problem of players not being tough enough getting injured in higher impact situations because they were not *prepared* in practice. So based on the last 15 years, give me Bloody Tuesdays and a tougher team.
  6. Coaches tend to get blamed for injuries. Most of the time it's just something else to complain about. Some of those injuries are soft tissue injuries which could be a result of tougher practices. Most are not... Football is still a contact sport.
  7. Roach is great, but he needs to learn to not lead with his helmet. He was lucky to not get thrown out of another game. As for the other calls, I have no idea what's going on with the targeting rule. They said the ou play was with the 'side' of the helmet, so it's not targeting. However I swear that's been called before with incidental contact from the side of the helmet. So it's hard to know without having a master's class in the targeting rule.
  8. This is something I wonder whether or not the rib injury is causing more issues than they will publicly say. He had another under thrown ball yesterday that would've easily gone for a TD. He threw a similar ball for his first INT that the announcers got onto him for throwing into triple coverage, but it was more obvious the ball was under thrown. What I don't know is whether or not he's getting the distance he's used to because of the rib injury. That will jack with a throwing motion as much as a shoulder problem. Getting pounded yesterday for 9 sacks sure wouldn't have helped that. He's also not on the same page with Eagles and Epps yet. Those guys have to work on finishing catches.
  9. Am I the only one who thought Sam's pick was an underthrown ball? I didn't think he threw into triple coverage but didn't get as much distance as he wanted.... receiver had beaten everyone and had to wait up. Worried me a little cause of the rib injury. I don't know how far he can throw or if he just waited too long on the throw
  10. In those situations a coach can call a timeout to save a player's eligibility (on either side of the ball) for the rest of the series. A player that vital is worth a timeout.
  11. If a player goes down for an injury that causes a delay, they should sit the rest of that series. The tanking on Saturday was ridiculous. And even if most of those were legit, rotating back in players who just went out led to more delays because they weren't ready to play yet. Having to sit for one play does nothing to solve this problem. Sitting for the series is a good balance between actual player health and the need to keep the game moving. Maybe a coach can use a timeout if he wants to avoid the Series Sit rule. However at the moment there is no real penalty for delaying a game like this, and there should be. Thoughts?
  12. The assumption there is a bunch of dudes would get off of the coach and try to catch a pass high and to the left... presumably from another dude that could make that pass. It's a bad assumption. The fact is that's a catch anyone above the high school level should make. He was also slow to the adjust to the ball, which could've put him in better position.
  13. I have no idea whether Drayton is doing a good job or not. Position coaches like that are so hard to judge to most folks outside the program. However Texas has had OL issues and running problems for over a decade now. They started before Mack decided to switch to a more 'bama' type of offense in 2010. No one considering Texas right now has any memory of Texas being a rushing powerhouse. Jamaal Charles was a loooong time ago. That's a pretty tough sell for a top RB looking for a program where he can run the ball. Still, we have Ingram getting pre-season attention, and if he stays healthy could have a pretty good season. One of the things I'm looking forward to most this season is a return to a power OLine where Ehlinger isn't relied upon to carry the rushing load. Having our QB carry that load has been problem since Colt. That's an incredibly difficult problem for a coach to fix, but we've seen signs that this is getting better under Herman and Drayton. We all want it to get better faster, but as long as we're seeing steady improvement then that's all we can ask. I think if we get to a point where these issues are fixed, we're rushing the ball like nuts, but we *still* can't attract more 5* RB talent... then at that point it's easier to judge just the recruiting ability of your position coach. But until then both Herman and Drayton have a pretty tough sell to guys who didn't grow up already a Texas fan.
  14. Ah, nice... thought he was brought in as a TE, but sounds like he'll be a beast either way.
  15. This is what I'm most looking forward to the most. That and getting Epps worked in to finally get a TE to work the offense. I know having a mobile QB is needed to keep the Herman offense rolling, but being able to run for the hard yards or dump to a TE would make me feel a lot better than Ehlinger having to put a shoulder down every time.
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