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The way Milliner runs INTs back I wouldn't mind him taking PRs.
We're on the same page here. I was not at all saying the mistakes were good things, just pointing out it is a part of the learning experience. Dee Hart was in there replacing CJ because they staff felt he was or would make better decisions; however as I pointed out in another response CJ isn't going to learn completely until he has the opportunity to apply what he is coached to do. He should not have fielded the punt, no doubt. He's taught to stand on the 10 a d let anything that's over his head land on the ground. I believe this was such a good punt, he lost awareness of where he was. I have also seen returners be instructed to field the ball on the 6 in very wet conditions because a ball hitting a lot of water can just die...better a ball on the 6 than the 1 in those kind of conditions.
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I think that everyone is missing the fact that he is clutch with his fielding abilities. Not necessarily with his decisions, but he doesn't drop 'em. He has really good hands that the coaching staff really likes after our defense forces a punt.
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Does he make some mistakes that have cost us some yardage in the return game? Sure, but considering his experience in doing it, I think that's to be expected. He's also shown that his hands are pretty phenomenal, when some of those returns where he should've probably called for the fair catch first, led to him getting completely lit up & he was still able to hang onto the ball.
He has come very close to putting the ball on the ground because he didn't call for a fair catch. There was at least one in the Arkansas game where he was ruled down (but it was close) and at least one other.
Applying on the field is the only way to show he has learned. He should be learning in practice and in watching film. If he is unwilling to put those lessons to use on the field he is either unwilling or unable to learn. Either way the staff will have to look elsewhere for a more reliable option which they very clearly have already begun to do.
I agree with this. Punt returners are goin to have some negative plays and probably more than most other positions. That's expected but the frequency with which they are happening with Chris is unacceptable.
As long as he catches it and holds on to it...that's all I care about.
You're very right. He's a player no doubt but too confident at times. There's a reason players are taught to put your heels on the 10 yard line and do not back up. Another note. At WR he reminds me a lot of another #22 Michael Vaughn. His stride, how fluid and way he runs routes. RTR
Double post. Stupid smart phone !
This post was edited by TacticalTide 21 months ago
FWIW, every great returner makes some bad decisions at times. It's part of what makes them great. Fearless, but not stupid is the name of the game. Had he fielded it and went 90 yards the same people would've been talking about how awesome he is.
It's very much a double-edged sword. If you yell at the kid for taking chances he's going to lose his aggressiveness and then you start losing 30 to 50 yards in hidden yardage.
He was an absolute nightmare in high school. I still feel like he earned his scholarship versus us, because there were some "Bama eyes" in the crowd that night. Great kid. Great competitor. Great athlete.
I agree...either C Jones orrrrr...C Jones.
.... And Saban said:
On freshman Cyrus Jones returning punts if Christion Jones (ankle) isn't capable:
"Cyrus did a good job last week. He's really got good hands, good ball judgment. We're really, totally confident that he can do the job. He's got a really good burst. He's elusive in space. ... Deion Belue can do it. Amari Cooper can do it. We probably have more guys that are decent at doing that than we've had in the past."
I heard from his Uncle that he will play, the injury was just a minor setback... well I heard from a guy I work with that claims to be his uncle...
But please continue with the bashing
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