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@WazzuCMGrad Watching the games, it looks like they tend to come out with swagger and emotion, especially on defense, but then something (70-yard pass for TD on first play of game against Rutgers, for example) happens and it's hard for them to bounce around, have swagger, etc., when down 14-0.
This isn't to say they couldn't -- in a perfect world, they'd be like Michigan State, which was down pretty big to Oregon but didn't panic and in a businesslike fashion, came back to take the lead -- but it's damn hard to do, I think. (Ignore the part about Oregon subsequently coming back and swamping Michigan State, btw.)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://wsufootballblog.com/2014-articles/how-did-we-get-here.html
@bpcoug54 @oldsavage I agree with a lot of what you're saying here, actually, but for what it's worth, our classes under Leach have been more like 9th-11th. That's still pretty bad -- and in the long run, I'm not sure it's fair to expect much more than that caliber of results in conference play if you don't have the horses -- but it's far from the Wulff days when our classes looked like MWC or then-WAC classes.
In other words, 9th - 11th is pretty bad, but it's at least clearly in the realm of appropriateness for your conference.
A couple quick thoughts --
1. The FOB has been a factor in recruiting for a couple years, especially the class of 2014. Those guys were given pics and renderings, etc., and told that it would be coming online. This is especially true for the class of 2014.
2. Seems very obvious that we need to evolve the Air Raid. The current version of it not only is ineffective for large swaths of time, but it's boring. Swing passes out to the back shoulder of an RB who never actually turns upfield? Yep, we have that in spades. Last-resort dump-offs that never go anywhere? Yep. A single penalty or a drop seeming to stall drives every time? Yep. There's no real margin of error. Typical possession seems to be some kind of 3-yard pass, a drop or incompletion, and then a failure to convert a 3rd-and-7 against a defense who has dropped back 8 guys.
Contrast that with the innovative offenses we've seen from Air Raid "disciples" such as those at Baylor, West Virginia, Texas Tech, and hell, even Cal. Cal is running it 40-50 times a game. We're running it about 10 times a game.
Given the control the QB reportedly has over the ability to check almost any play to a run, it almost seems like Halliday just keeps calling the pass to keep on bumping up the completions and yards. I don't think he's doing that, necessarily, but that's what it looks like sometimes when we're not running against 3-man fronts.
Tim, what do you think about the $DGRO ETF? If it had a higher expense ratio, I wouldn't give it a second thought, but it's commission-free at Fidelity and has a small 0.12% expense ratio.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Dividend Growth Investing Right Now In 2014
@SeanHawkins @ptowncoug3012 Wasn't even just MQW that night. I watched the replay a few times, and other guys were coming back and getting drastically underthrown balls, etc., in addition to MQW's exploits. Everyone overemphasized the big yardage (and the win!) in that game when evaluating what CH could do. Everything went right that night against an unmotivated, frozen team.
1 year, 1 month ago on Angst In the Pants
@SeanHawkins That Colorado cancellation burned me (and probably you and others) -- had 4 confidence points assigned to it and the game was cancelled. Going to keep on trying to get to the top.
Sutra, we're not picking against the spread. If we were, we'd all be in Vegas!
1 year, 1 month ago on California Game Pick
@Soze I'm not sure about Gesser, necessarily, but I liked a lot of what I saw out of him. Really quick release -- he just flicks his wrist and it goes out with pretty good velocity. Also seemed pretty accurate. He also stays pretty still in the pocket, yet has great mobility. Finally, after he settled in, he really seemed to run the offense the way it should be run, and he got us in the end zone (yes, in garbage time). The only thing I don't like is the release point (3/4 arm angle), but overall, he looks solid. He may get his shot this weekend.
1 year, 1 month ago on Post-Run Thoughts on a Sunday, Week 5 of 2013
Some food for thought -- if the offense is so tough to learn, how are true freshman (and walk-on) Baker Mayfield tearing it up at Texas Tech or true freshman Jared Goff doing pretty well (slightly better numbers than Halliday, and definitely fewer picks) at Cal? In both cases, those are true freshmen operating under first-year head coaches running Air Raid offenses. Cal has faced some pretty good defenses as well.
1 year, 2 months ago on Pac-12 Rankings and So Forth: Post Week 4
@SeanHawkins @Jenkins Penguins ate a big reply here. Bottom line -- I agree! Gotta have some hope.
1 year, 2 months ago on Post-Run thoughts on a Sunday, Week 4 of 2013
@Sutra Agree the line will go up. To be honest, I'd take the Trees at -9.5 if I was a betting man and could think objectively about anything involving the Cougs.
Good stuff. Re Halliday, although I don't hate the guy or anything, and I don't really think I'm an "anti-Halliday" in that I want nothing more than him to succeed, I have to disagree with your sentiments, for a few reasons:
1. Auburn had two interceptions during 2012 in its entirety. We saw how many picks CH threw against them, and they easily could have had three or four more, where they hit the guy in the breadbasket and he dropped it. CH easily could have had 6 or 7 picks in that game! We saw the same thing against USC, although not to the same extent. Too many near-picks.
2. Here's where I'm a bit unreasonable, but I would have liked to have seen ZERO picks against the two FCS teams (let's call the Vandals what they really are). He had a lot of time behind the offensive line and shouldn't have had any. Even that pick to Mason was a mistake. Don't throw a high ball to a 5'9" RB like that. It wasn't that "only he could get it" -- it was more like he "almost could get it at full extension," which is what caused the pick. Here, I realize I'm nitpicking, but my point is this -- if he's throwing any picks against FCS teams, I'm worried about him throwing an increased number when he has Pac-12 front sevens chasing him down and Pac-12 defensive backfields looking to pick his passes. When under pressure, everyone reverts to old habits and ingrained tendencies. Therefore, when we see some of the big uglies from the likes of Stanford running after him, I fully expect more of those stupid back-foot throws that will be picked by good Pac-12 DBs and safeties.
3. Slick Rick was talking about Halliday after the game and talked about, while Halliday is good at making straight throws on a line, he has a hard time with anything requiring any touch or arc. We saw that with the first pick against Idaho, along with Halliday completely blowing the should-have-been TD down the left sideline in the first series (Slick showed both of those examples). Good defensive coordinators will exploit this -- they'll keep a lot of guys in intermediate zones and dare CH to try to throw over the top of them with some arc. He's done little to show that he can do it.
So, bottom line, while I think he can make some reasonably accurate throws on a line when he has a lot of time and can step into it, he screws up when under pressure and doesn't have a lot of touch. I'm not saying to bench the guy or anything, but he's definitely not an optimal Air Raid QB, and he's going to lose us some games. With this defense, I'd bet someone like Jared Goff -- and perhaps even Baker Mayfield -- could get us to 8-4, whereas we're going to be damned lucky to get to 6-6 with Halliday.
I think we're more likely to see Robert Lewis (who could redshirt -- he's electric, but still tiny) on the pine than Bartolone, personally. All Bartolone did was lead our team in receptions as a true freshman. Granted, a lot of that was the position he was playing, but there's no chance of him being stuck on the pine.
1 year, 3 months ago on Get the H out of Here!!!!!
What do you guys think about having Dykes in the same conference (and, for that matter, division) as Leach? For those kids out there who are great fits for the Air Raid, we're now competing against Cal for them, and we're also allowing teams to prep for us more easily (our North Division rivals know they'll have to play two Air Raid teams per year, so they'll account for it more than they might otherwise, perhaps even in recruiting, and it would especially suck playing someone right after they played Cal). I don't think any of this will make a HUGE difference -- Cal is going to get good players regardless, and offense is only half the equation -- but I certainly don't see it as anything other than a bad thing for us that Dykes was hired by them.
1 year, 11 months ago on Goodness of Fit | December | 2012 Articles
Hope you guys don't can the blog. Enjoy the discussion here. BTW, there's no way in hell that Leach lets MW back on the team at this point.
1 year, 12 months ago on Heading to Off (Season)
@Stiffmiester Damn right! Those guys overcame so much adversity to pull out that win. Just incredible.
2 years ago on SENIORS!!!
Just chiming in here to note that WallaCoug not only doesn't represent our entire fan base, but he represents what I'd estimate to be about 15% of it. Nothing personal, WallaCoug, but I think you're dead-wrong on Wulff. I think he'd have us at 3-8. Likely beats Colorado but loses the other games we've lost. We wouldn't have shown up in a couple of the games, just as we've seen with this year's squad (and as we saw from all Wulff-led teams).
2 years ago on Football Friday on a Thursday, Thank God It's the Final Week of 2012 Edition
Sorry for the unvarnished reaction there ... man, just really don't want to see that kind of result. Let's get a win, but if I had to, I'd settle for a moral victory tonight that looks a lot like Bone's boys almost beating UCLA without Klay.
2 years ago on Bend But Don't Breske!
@UWJasonUW None. Ecklund broke his hand.
2 years ago on Football Friday on a Thursday, Week Ten 2012 Season
@WallaCoug Yeah, I hear you. I've had my own moments of unhappiness, and as I mentioned below, I have a lot of doubts about this offense going forward.
As for the trolls, I think it's an interesting topic, actually -- the effective trolls are the ones who present themselves as reasonable, or who pose as our own fans. Not to be too paranoid or conspiracy-fearing, but it's pretty easy to go on a message board or forum of another team and express "reasonable concerns" or, better yet, pose as a fan of that team and freak out about all of the problems with the program. I *might* have even done that on Dawgman a few times -- hypothetically, of course.
2 years ago on Fear and Criticism in Pullman
@crazedcoug40 Dude, ease off on Corky. That's not cool.
@WallaCoug You're pretty over the top with all of this anti-Leach venom, frankly. You're going to let some Husky commenters on the Seattle Times get under your skin with Willingham comparisons, particularly regarding some things that haven't happened (e.g., burning redshirts to make a point)? Those guys would like nothing more than to make our players, recruits, and fans think Leach is going to be another Willingham.
None of this is to say I'm ecstatic about how things have gone thus far, and I definitely have some concerns. Big ones. Just try to keep your wits about you a bit.
Agree with a lot of this, Sean. You touched on this, but I'm just amazed at how predictable and ineffective the offense is (at least thus far). Shotgun snap, some guys run around on intermediate routes, and the defense keeps 7 or 8 guys between 5-15 yards deep to knock the ball down or intercept it (and, if we wanted to throw a screen, to come up and stuff it after a short gain or loss due to only needing to rush 3). It's hard to see how it can be effective. The only "hope" I have is that our QBs aren't decisive enough and/or that our line is so terrible as to cause all of this. I have a hard time believing it will be effective even with a better QB and and an improved o-line, though.
Man, this was awful.
2 years ago on The Day to Win
@WallaCoug Man, usually I'm the serious one. I was just joking around re Ohio State. I'd pick anyone 11-18 to beat OS in a heads-up matchup, though, along with about half of those from 19 through 25.
2 years, 1 month ago on No D-Light
No chance that OS is really the #10 team in the country. Maybe voters thought they were voting for OSU (i.e., THE Ohio State University)?
@ErikAnderson And, since Livefyre actually let me post this time (was getting error messages before), I'll say this -- I don't dispute that we were sold something more than "hey, watch this team flail around learning a new system and go 3-9," but a lot of people were, however, way out of line with their expectations. Also, we knew that Leach wasn't going to be a guy who would run out the clock in the fourth quarter, and that he'd make some maddening decisions sometimes. Great when it works and aggravating when it doesn't.
I'm not going to pretend that I'm happy with what's going on, though. That's all I really want to say at the moment.
2 years, 2 months ago on Why Do We Fall?
@ErikAnderson Wow, you're done with the coach for good, four games in?
I have a question for you guys when you have some time to analyze it. I just don't understand how the Air Raid works if they just drop 8 guys in coverage. We have a QB and 5 guys at the line, leaving 4 or 5 targets available. How is it effective to have four or five guys run around with 8 guys hanging out in the secondary? Probably just not thinking too clearly, but would be great to understand how the hell the offense is supposed to work. How is that more effective than mixing the run and the pass in a more conventional way, preventing them from having 7 or 8 guys in coverage all game? Yeah, I get that this is a basic question that I should know the answer to, but I'm not trying to prove how smart I am - genuinely curious.
2 years, 2 months ago on Whoops!
@WallaCoug If we all would have taken WSU as 13-point dogs, then that wouldn't bode well for anyone's performance in the contest.
Y'all are lucky this game was absent from the pick 'em contest.
2 years, 5 months ago on Leach is Changing the Recruiting Culture at Washington State
If Mark Wahlberg had a retarded brother, he would look like Jim Mora.
2 years, 5 months ago on What's My Line?? (Part Two)
@oldsavage "Hey, I had Wulff with seven wins"
That's your first, and most important, problem.
2 years, 5 months ago on The Hunt for October
I second this - best to Jeff and his family! Hope the little guy gets better soon.
2 years, 6 months ago on Thoughts and Prayers
I'm disappointed when the links in the "Backyard" section below doesn't show at least one thumbnail of a highly attractive woman. Is there anything you can do about that?
As for the stadium rankings, hard to disagree with any of them, other than I'm not sure the Rose Bowl is #1 if we're evaluating it as a home venue for UCLA. It's off-campus and not a great atmosphere for its run-of-the-mill home games (or, at least, hasn't been a great atmosphere during its recent mediocre years).
2 years, 6 months ago on Hump Day with Huddy - Stadium Rankings
UCLA's logo is terrible. It's not even a proper acronym, i.e., "UCLA" ... it's "Ucla." How is that pronounced? Yoo-kla?
2 years, 6 months ago on Hump Day with Huddy - Time to Rank Stuff
May be a decent time to ask this question -- anyone think the Pac-12 Network will have a materially negative impact on attendance? Don't get me wrong -- I think it's a great thing generally for various reasons -- but I'm a bit worried about some of our fans deciding that a nice warm living room with the game on HD beats driving 3-5 hours to sit in a cold stadium, especially in November.
2 years, 6 months ago on Pac-12 Stadium Arms Race: Where Does WSU Fit?
@GeoffONeil Agree! I'm seeing a lot of guys say they're not going to go to the game for this reason or because the atmosphere sucks. I agree that it has sucked in the past, but you don't make it any better by boycotting the game.
2 years, 7 months ago on Road Warrior's Guide to the 2012 Season Next Stop - Seattle
To answer the question about Tuel, yes. I'm not sure he's accurate enough or has a quick enough release for the Air Raid. Still very early, though, and he has a lot of talent.
2 years, 7 months ago on Spokane Week Begins
@Sutra Makes more sense now. Waseem was in the two-deeps as a true frosh before getting hurt.
2 years, 8 months ago on A New Era Begins
@Amieable @Sutra This doesn't do anything to discourage Kaufusi from doing drugs at this point, but it does quite a bit to discourage the other 100 guys on the roster from doing drugs. Much more than a 2-strike policy or anything else more lenient would. (Again, I think the policy is too strict -- just trying to serve as a counterbalance on a few points here.)
2 years, 8 months ago on Zero Tolerance for “Zero Tolerance” Policies
@Amieable Serious question -- can you realistically envision any coach, let alone Mike Leach, changing his drug policy at this point? "Oh, okay, you guys are right -- I won't kick guys off the team anymore for smoking pot." It's never going to happen. I personally agree that it's too strict if I was the one setting policy. It's not going to change now, though.
@jocamendo I agree with all of this. The no-drugs policy is based upon guys being all-in and not being selfish. I personally think it's a bit too strict, but it's a very clear policy. I'd feel differently if he decided to boot Kaufusi for this without having indicated previously that he would do so.
I do want to be clear, though, that I can see the point with Longball's argument. I personally think the policy is too strict for my taste, and I definitely hope that those arguing for "consistency" -- i.e., wanting guys under 21 to get booted off the team for getting an MIP -- don't get their wish. I think the policy has the potential to hurt us in recruiting for a variety of reasons, and that's tough when we're already a place that can be tougher to recruit to.
@KyleLipe Cool, then you could schedule a game between the men's and women's teams. After that game is about 192 - 6, you could try to persuade me as to why the relevant comparison would be 20-year old trained athletes versus some out-of-shape guys in their 30s.
2 years, 9 months ago on Best $8.17 I've Ever Spent
@Huddy@Sutra Yeah, I'd be a fan of Tara even if she said Lawler was going to UW.
2 years, 10 months ago on What a Sports Nut, Huh?
@Sutra I watched Lawler's highlights again last night ... they're pretty damned incredible. Would really be excited about landing him.
@Selahcoug All has to do with sovereign immunity. Otherwise, Leach would have various bases for claims against TT.
2 years, 10 months ago on Victory Bell's Friday Follies