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@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.
4 months, 3 weeks 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!
5 months 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.
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months, 4 weeks 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, 2 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, 3 months ago on Heading to Off (Season)
@Stiffmiester Damn right! Those guys overcame so much adversity to pull out that win. Just incredible.
1 year, 3 months 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).
1 year, 3 months 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.
1 year, 3 months ago on Bend But Don't Breske!
@UWJasonUW None. Ecklund broke his hand.
1 year, 3 months 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.
1 year, 4 months 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.
1 year, 4 months ago on The Day to Win