Either way, there is no reason why the Mocs should be worse this year than last year. I think that by conference play, Wade will know what works and what won't. If you want to win, you'll tailor your system to play to your strengths.
UTC to Wake Forest as a head coach would be too much of a jump for Russ at this point. I don't think he's fully "made it" as a head coach yet at this level. That said, I could see him making a jump to an ACC team like Wake as a DC though. He's certainly proven himself on that side of the ball.
Gus will be at AU next year.
Malzahn for Coach of the Year. Going 11-1 in the SEC is much more impressive than going 10-2 in the ACC. And this is Malzahn's first year at the helm whereas Cutcliffe has had years to get his team ready to succeed.
How many games against the rest of the BCS top 10 would Ohio St. be favored against? They got a nice line against the Spartans for this Saturday, but maybe they'd be the favorite in one other game? My view is that the winner of the SEC Championship ought to be Florida St.'s opponent in the title game.
[But would happen if the Auburn magic that carried the Tigers to late come-from-behind wins with an Immaculate Deflection and Returning Back the Tide runs out against Missouri? That means the Iron Bowl would have meant very little in determining the national title, and if the new system is going to devalue the best regular season in all of sports, then we are against.]
This is a definite weakness of the proposed FBS playoff system. The FCS model is the best. Conferences small enough where everybody plays everybody, no conference championship games, all championship contenders can make the Big Dance to settle things on the field. Even with their playoff system, every Saturday in the FCS is a meaningful game. But the FBS cares more about the $$$ instead of what would be best for the teams/players.
[So much happened and the cosmic tumblers have clicked together to set up the biggest Iron Bowl at least since 1994 when Auburn was 9-0-1 and Alabama was 10-0 and the biggest game in Auburn ever other than the 1989 Iron Bowl.]
What about the game 3 years ago? To me, this one has the same look and feel except the roles are reversed.
[We're on the bus with Gus Malzahn; those two are riding with Duke's David Cutcliffe. Who you got?]
Tough call but I would give the edge to Gus.
[If we gave you A.J. McCarron or Winston right now, who you got?]
Winston. Has McCarron ever been the best player on his own team at Bama? I say no. And if you're not even the best player on your own team, you shouldn't get the Heisman.
Leave it to Peyton's teammate to blow the game for him again. It's a shame that game had to end that way.
As a fellow Moc fan, I wouldn't mind partaking in the Kool-aid that Jomo is drinking in regard to next year. The offense ought to be as good or better, but the D is losing some big-time ballers. Couple that with 2 money games next year and my too-early-prediction is another 8-4 campaign.
No surprise on the Mocs getting left out of the playoffs for reasons already discussed. Despite getting a share of the conference title, the 2013 season seems a little underwhelming.
"I think Peyton has been so unfairly judged because he really didn't have that defense over the years like Tom," Harrison said. "Tom had a lot of veteran players, a lot of really good defenses, where if he didn't play particularly well, he knew that he had a defense with a lot of veteran players that could save him. Whereas, Peyton didn't really have that advantage. If Peyton was on our team, I think we could have easily won three Super Bowls, no doubt about it."
Well said. And I'll take it a step further. If Tom and Peyton had switched teams for their whole careers, we'd be looking at Peyton and Belichick like MJ and Phil. 5 or 6 Super Bowl wins easily. There'd be no debate as to who would be the greatest in their respective professions.
Good info on the steroids. Not sure what exactly the NBA tests for. As for the Mocs, height is a concern, but it's not like the cupboard was bare for Wade. There's enough talent and depth (especially when Rico gets back) to win more this year. Agreed that you'll see the effort every night. Agreed that Wade will move us forward in the right direction, but that should start this year, not 2 or 3 years from now.
[That's all the stuff we saw. Granted Kobe's an amazing athlete, but seven months? And to be ready to play in an NBA game? That means he had to be back getting in shape at least a month ago, too.]
It's fair to raise questions with that kind of recovery. But at the same time, he has access to the best doctors/equipment to help. Not saying that steriods aren't being used in the NBA, but how many NBAers can you think of that have gone from rail-thin to Incredible Hulk in a matter of a couple/few years a la Bonds, Caminiti, Sosa, Canseco, etc.? In baseball, it was simply too obvious to try to hide.
[Here's a gentle reminder for Mocs fans — and we first saw this sentiment from a wise post from either Stewwie or MT or someone from about two weeks ago — new coach = new energy; same limited offense talented = same crunch-time struggles with the ball.]
That was probably MT who said that. My thoughts are that we should be better this year than last year, no question. 10 conference wins is my expectation. I'm not going to sell these guys short just because there's a new coach/system. Wade's a bright enough guy to know to play to his strengths. After a few games with this squad, he'll figure out what will work and what won't. At least I hope.
[Are you worried about the NFL rules czars fining almost every hit?]
Yes. We are quickly seeing the NFL turn into the NTFL (Nat'l Touch-Football League).
[If you are Pat Haden, would you call Gus Malzahn and make him say no — and keep Coach O as the recruiting coordinator?]
No disrepect to Gus, but I would go after other guys first. Especially those who already have some form of Pac-12 ties. I might make Chip Kelly tell me no. Then maybe try to poach David Shaw or Jim Mora. In regard to Coach O, I would give the next head coach the option on whether to retain him. Coach O is a great recruiter, but he's also got a shady reputation. I'd want the next coach to decide if O will be a good fit.
[If we gave you Denver and Seattle or the field to win the Super Bowl, who you got?]
I'd take Denver and Seattle.
[We don not think Cam is a top 5 guy, and if we said that, then we mis-typed.]
You didn't exactly say that, but you implied that he is close by saying that he is elite and that only 5 teams would say no to a trade for him. I was merely asserting (or rather re-affirming) that there's no debate that he's outside of the top 5, but I also think he's outside of the top 10 (for now anyway).
[Put another way, who would you rather have to build your franchise around Cam or Flacco?]
My personal preference is to build around the bona fide pocket passer. The dual-threat QB seems to rarely work out long-term in the NFL.
If money/salaries/contracts are part of the equation, that might be a different BID-ness conversation about trading QBs. But in regard to which QBs are better, I would keep all 6 of those you listed instead of trading them for Cam. Andy Dalton would be first off of the list if I started to change my mind though.
Bottom line, it's clear Cam is not a top-5 QB in the league right now. As for top 10, I would make the case that he's not there right now though I wouldn't rule it out for the future if he continues to improve and develop.
Brady on the final play:
"Gronkowski) was kind of weaving in and out of there. I didn't really want to throw it over his head and out of bounds, so I was a little indecisive," he said. "It wasn't a great throw. No excuses. Should have been a better throw."