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About dmanderson21

  • Birthday 06/02/1981

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  1. It became pretty clear to me about midway through the ISU game that Ehlinger is the correct choice at QB. He seems more able to escape pressure - which is a must given the porous offensive line. I was mildly surprised we didn't see him come in at any point in the game Thursday even given how ugly it was becoming on offense. I expect Buechele will have a short leash this week.
  2. We've had several "moral" victories over the last years, so I'd like to see the team continue to grow and string multiple performances together, but it was encouraging to see the defense continue to rise up and make big plays even when the offense was non-existent for most of the game. I was expecting the defense to tire and flood gates to open and they never did. I can almost talk myself in to believing the team we saw on the field Saturday could contend for a Big 12 title next year provided they fix the offensive line. Also, I was texting friends in the moment saying they should've gone for 2 in the first OT. Odds were not in our favor that we'd outlast USC in an OT situation so why not go for broke? In that moment, I think the team believed they could win and I'm pretty confident they would've converted. Oh well. Cautiously optimistic - just don't blow all the goodwill with a let down in Ames!
  3. An "inspired" looking win against a lesser opponent which will serve to get everyone's hopes up way too high before we come crashing back to earth following the USC game. Seems to be our MO the last handful of years...
  4. I saw buzz that there was a "Player's Only" meeting in the Longhorn locker room yesterday. I think that makes it at least 3 consecutive years. I'd prefer they stop talking and start actually playing! Those of you that went back and watched the game are much braver than I. No way I could've done that...
  5. I guess it's possible the week of practice for Texas, Baylor, and A&M lacked a bit of focus. Presumably quite a few of the players were affected in some manner by the floods in and around Houston. As an individual temporarily displaced myself, I found it hard to focus on much of anything last week. It would be only be human for these kids to do the same. Don't get me wrong, Texas still has problems they're going to need to fix but in hindsight I can see how the flood situation may have been a barrier this week.
  6. It's not clear to me why people keep saying "we have more talent than" team X. This is essentially the same team that lost to Kansas. We're just not very good and it's going to take a while for Herman to get his guys in there. This game doesn't burst the Tom Herman bubble for me as much as it simply bursts the 2017 bubble. This isn't a team that's competing for the big 12 title this year. Too many key players are scarred from years of losing.
  7. It's certainly a bold move to tweet your phone number out to everyone like that. I'll bookmark this thread in case I ever see something on the field that I need to discuss directly with the HFC.
  8. KHOU Houston just reported that UH settled on Kiffin as head coach. I suspect we'll see movement on our OC/DC situation shortly.
  9. It seems pretty clear that the Bears season is already over...
  10. Look, I'm not a Charlie Strong guy by any means. I was saying I'd seen enough last year even. It was time for him to go. But you can't compare the situations and rush to report at OSU/Bama to the situation at Texas. Any of their sites reporting "sources say Saban to be fired at year end" would be laughed off the internet. Whereas here they're taken seriously by not only fans, but these kids that are truly affected, because of the poor results on the field. The only point I'm trying to make is that when things start going bad then I believe all the speculation and mixed reporting can impact the results on the field. It's human nature. Edit: this was probably a 7 win team that was affected by outside grumblings. I still find that entirely unacceptable for two reason: 1) we should be better than a 7 win team in year three and 2) It's Strong's job to make sure the chatter doesn't affect focus. He failed
  11. I do believe there are a couple of very big differences in the situations: 1) The RB position has been significantly devalued by NFL teams compared to what it was when Ricky was playing. 2) The rookie salary scale throttles the earnings potential quite a bit relative to 2000. When combined with the average working life of an NFL player, it makes less and less sense for a RB to stay in school for their senior season. It's significantly more enticing to make the jump, reduce the number of hits the body is taking for free and using that year to push through the rookie contract at a younger age.
  12. I'm not sure it's an excuse - more of a statement of fact. I don't think it's a coincidence that UH fell to Memphis the day after "sources" indicated Herman to LSU was basically a done deal. Strong didn't play to his paper and he was rightfully held accountable. But I do think it's fair to question whether or not these Texas pay sites, in a rush to justify their fees, do more harm than good when it comes to the stability of the program and the product the fans see on the field.
  13. Definitely agree. We're all very hopeful that it's just a coaching issue but I started getting concerned about player character being a big issue after the Kansas game and then they followed it up by rolling over for TCU. Makes me think the task ahead of Herman may be a little more difficult than most want to believe.
  14. I couldn't agree more and I'll take it a step further. I hope they bring him back now. I don't think he's the guy, I've been saying it for a long time. But I think the administration's spectacular mishandling of this situation highlights a much bigger issue within the program than whether our football team is winning and no amount of coaching changes is going to fix it. Marching Strong in front of the media to flap about like a fart in the wind when everyone knows what a loss to Kansas really meant puts the gross incompetence by too many to list on full display (AD, president, BMDs, etc). We deserve every bit of the criticism our program is receiving. I'm disgusted that Strong was put in that position today and firmly believed he was simply being afforded the ability to make the official statement himself (Randolph Duke I think you even mentioned that in a thread last night...). Strong handled that conference with the dignity and class he's presented since his hiring yet our administration is unwilling/unable to offer him the same in return when it's clear it's time to move on. Again, we deserve to be the laughing stock we've become.
  15. I saw these pop across my twitter feed and wasn't sure what Diggs was trying to imply: the players didn't execute it's not Strong's fault and he needs to be retained OR the players didn't execute and he needs to be held accountable for that. I don't see the logic of the former - he's in charge, was responsible for recruiting the players and putting them in position to succeed on the field. They didn't and that's on him. By all accounts the players love Strong but they've been unable to express it through their production on the field. It's a shame it didn't work out here but at the end of the day, Ws matter and everything else (nice guy, players love him, etc.) is all downstream bonus.

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