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You can argue several people here...the two you mentioned, Dre', etc. and they are all strong arguments. My argument for Dee is largely his intelligence; he just doesn't make mistakes twice and is easily coachable from what I have witnessed. You add in his size and speed and then his run support and you have the complete package. In his day, McNeal was as good as he could be, but I don't believe he would stand up in today's game; that however is unfair to state because he played in a era when nutrition, conditioning, strength training, etc. were not focused on like they are today and that likely would make a huge difference. As for Langham, his size/strength doesn't match Dee's. Again, my opinions here with plenty of opportunity for arguments for others...RTR.
"You don't always get what you want, but you always get what you deserve"
My only argument would be k Johnson good for the run game. I think he's our weakest link and what's "wrong" with our offense. I'veseen him miss multiple blocks and even on one run to the left early he missed two on one play. First guy Lacey shrugged off second made the tackle. This is why I really hope they don't move calloway back to rb. I think we need him to improve down the stretch. Wonder if saban s regretting pulling smelleys redshirt at the end of his fresh year. I think solid hb play is all we re missing.
Thank-you. He is, indeed, a phenominal cover corner and could very well be the first corner taken in the draft. However, I'm not anywhere close to supporting the "phenominal in run support" line. Dee's biggest weakness IMHO is getting off blocks. If I were an opposing OC I would never throw in his direction, but I'd run at him all night.
DL--A+. They've been dominant.
LB--B+. Adrian Hubbard's lack of growth being the only downer here. He's not been as good in pass rush as I thought and his pass coverage skills are terrible. Eventual star, but maybe not as fast as we thought.
CB--A+++. From Milliner to Geno Smith, our CBs have been gamers. When John Fulton is the guy you have to attack and he's as good as he is, teams know they're in trouble.
S-- A-. Lester's dropped a few INTs and Perry/Sunseri have been out of place some. HaHa is a monster.
OL--2 categories for this. Pass Blocking: A. QB has been holding the ball too long so those sacks, minus the WKU are forgivable. Run Blocking: C+. We're not holding our blocks long enough for our RB to get to the LOS. We're almost on the 2nd level too fast. Other than the Michigan game, our running game has been average b/c our RBs are getting hit before they're up to speed.
WR--B. Getting open and making plays. Deepest group since maybe 07 when we had Hall, Brown, Caddell, and McCoy. WAY TOO MANY drops. If we could cut the drops in half, this is an A.
TE/H-Backs-- C. No pass game production. Ok blocking, but not as good as usual. Losing Fowler killed this.
RBs-- B+. Lacy has gotten better as the season has progressed. Yeldon has been consistent. Drake has been a monster. Injuries are the biggest concern. Need some to step up in the check-down area of the passing game.
QB--A. Spectacular at times. Ordinary some times. AJ has the skills to make every play but every once in a while a boneheaded play comes out. Holds the ball at times way too long. His mechanics have also been off slightly, lots of back-footed passes (could be pass protection). Accurate, no turnovers, and getting the ball to playmakers though.
This post was edited by Bama9209 21 months ago
Great stuff BM. Thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts. What is your opinion on Sunseri?
Enjoying the process. RTR!
Sunseri has a great mind for the game and mind for our defense. He's going to be on the field a lot because of this. Unfortunately he's what I'd call a tweener, not really quick enough to be a centerfield type safety like Barron, but not big enough to be a full time line backer. I think he's found his home coming in in the sub package and Dix will instead be in there 100% starting in base and working your way down into the sub packages. I think you are asking Vinnie to do things he's not athletically able to excel at asking him to play as far off the LOS as we did against UM. No knock on him, HaHa is just better equipped for that.
"Saturday night had kind of a ho hum feel to it; the grass in BDS was wet and sticky and we played a little slow, a little tired, and a little anxious to get to the bye week."
Why do you think this team appeared to be tired a/f playing 2 below average SEC teams, a slightly above average Mich team and 2 cup cakes?
How is this team gonna feel a/f Mizzu, UT, MSU, LSU & aTm?
Not trying to be a downer but I just wish the bye week was a bit later in the season.
This post was edited by Devon97 21 months ago
Whats wrong with Voglers size?
Nice post, always enjoy.
Some guys are still growing into their roles, as well as the amount of time they are being asked to contribute.
Pretty happy with the team overall.
Chemistry and leadership are all that I was concerned about with this team because the talent is sick.
The above seems to be coming along nicely.
I think the new offensive co. is also growing a little bit this year. No complaints though.
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