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Rocker is a great D Line coach. He had the misfortune of suffering under the infamous Chizik micro management of the coaching staff, and the even worse Chizik failure to manage the players. It was the worst of both worlds on the Auburn staff at that time. Georgia is fortunate to land him and there are many in Auburn that still wish he was there. I'd say things were looking up for the Dawgs D.
He teaches a very physical and aggressive style of Defensive line play. He's done well everywhere at the collegiate level that he has been hired. Fears about his recruiting ability and whether he teaches dirty play are coming from those who likely never played the game. It is a physical fight in the trenches and the ability to dominate is as much mental as it is physical. It is simply the way it is and nobody has to teach a lineman who is worth his salt how to man up. They don't get to play line in college if they aren't a little mean already. What they have to be is smart, strong, and intimidating. Would you really want them any other way?
1 month, 1 week ago on Bulldogs to Name Defensive Line Coach: Tracy Rocker
@Bulldawg Bob2 @JRsec @converted 1981
I totally agree. Leaving the feet gives you no leverage and little power. The one you left out is what we called the "Feeble Reach" attempt. It too comes from lousy technique and I see that every weekend in the Fall as well.
Feet driving shoulder width apart to maintain your center of gravity, face up, arms open, hit squarely in the center of the opponent's chest, wrap up, and drive through your opponent planting him underneath you and on his back. Help him up and tell him you'll be right back. It was the same in the 50's, 60's and 70's and I'm sure Wally Butts taught it that way too.
Whether the sport is baseball, basketball, football, or golf if the athletes are faster, stronger, or bigger and do not know the fundamentals I can't call them better. And I don't see many of them coming out of high school knowing the things we had instilled in us just a few decades ago. Take Care, JR
7 months, 1 week ago on Yellow Card for Targeting?
I appreciate your understanding of body trauma and am familiar with how the brain responds within its fluid and the results of trauma upon the cranial cavity. I also understand the points you are making. But I think you tended to take things a bit literally. Hyperbole is part of any somewhat humorous attempt to bring attention to a problem.
In my two posts I mentioned the same issues pertaining to the tentativeness of defenders, the difference in speed, etc. One truth that you hit upon that I did not was that fundamentals are lacking. I see it every week in the Fall on both sides of the ball, even in SEC play. The lack of the proper form tackling procedure being one of the most obvious deficits. I also stand by remarks about down field blocks that are now absent from the game and about the rotation of players.
I don't think anyone was seriously advocating a return to leather helmets so much as we were lamenting the fact that kids are taking advantage of the body armor and the subsequent feeling of invincibility it can lead one to feel. I'm sure I can speak for Converted as well as myself when I say that we don't desire the return to antiquated body protection as much as we were alluding to the realization of potential injury under which the game was played years ago, dangling arms and all. I think that is why some older veterans of the game refer to themselves and others who played in the bygone era as "Fellow Sufferers".
@converted 1981 @JRsec I have often wondered the same thing. Another point missing in most discussions about equipment is its weight. When we played once you suited up you were carrying some extra pounds that slowed your game speed down. The stuff today is so lightweight the kids play at a much faster speed. Speed plus weight equals injuries. The kids today are way heavier than the weights at which we played. Our emphasis was on conditioning, especially since many of us played both ways. None of our linemen had bellies hanging over the belt and 250 was about as heavy as anyone played and the guys that weighed that were 6'3 to 6'4. A strong back went 220 - 230 at 6'0.
Today I mistake the linemen for Sumo wrestlers and you never see them blocking down field. Liberal substitutions have made it possible for really big (see fat) guys to play the O line and D line 2 or 3 downs out of 4 before a breather. We were out there for the duration. If today's kids played without liberal substitutions they would have to fit an entirely different profile. I think hurry up offenses might return to us to smaller, stronger, fleeter guys. We'll see.
How about just leaving the game alone. It isn't nearly as dirty as it was when I played and when I played it wasn't nearly as tough as when my dad played. I had buddies who got concussions, some multiple concussions, it was part of the risk of playing. So far thank goodness none of them show any signs of memory loss.
Of course it's just my opinion, but tentativeness not only makes a player less productive in a reaction sport, but tends to get them injured as well.
Government wants to add safety to a sport in one of the more violent societies in the developed world. I call that a form of hypocrisy. Let's clean up the streets and then worry about football.
I attended this event for years through the 80's & 90's it is worth every penny and the seafood on St. Simons and in Brunswick are worth the trip as well.
7 months, 1 week ago on The Endless Summer Weekend on Jekyll Island
If the Montgomery Advertiser had picked the Dawgs to win the East then you would have been in trouble. It is strictly a Bammer newspaper and for decades was nothing but part of the George Wallace propaganda machine. I do think Cocky is going to be strong this year because Spurrier is so danged quiet. That's the best sign that one of his teams should have high expectations attached to it.
I figure the top spot in the East is going to go to the winner of the Georgia / South Carolina game. Second place will go to the loser of that match up. I'm just not buying the resurrection of the Gator offense. Vanderbilt could push to 4th this year, or Missouri could find its way that high so there are my #4, 5, or 6. Davis might get the Vols that high as well. God bless Stoops! He's going to need it. Cats finish 7th.
As for the West it is between Alabama and LSU. Texas A&M finishes 3rd this year. Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, and Miss State will fight for the last four positions.
7 months, 1 week ago on Alabama Paper Picks USCe to Win SEC – National Guard Alerted
It just means we should get the L out of the NCAA!
8 months, 3 weeks ago on It’s Sad, NCAA
@thomaslrowe @AllTideUp I think this is an interesting argument. All Tide Up would have been in agreement with our great-grandfathers who probably hated to see the old Southern Conference break apart. While we on the other hand grew up with a smaller SEC and remember all of the old rivalries. It's still hard to believe that there is no longer a wreck Tech parade at Auburn and that students today know nothing of the infamous greasing of the tracks. But, large conferences are coming back because state budgets are shrinking and in tough economic times leveraging combined power into income is a necessity.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Big Ten Still Focused On The East, Commish Says
I think Delany is just keeping his profile up in a potential area for future growth with these comments. I could be surprised but it doesn't look like there will be much movement any time soon out of the ACC. If anything big happens it will likely come from the Big 12 and involve just about everybody since it takes 8 votes to dissolve the conference and end the GOR. It's true that the ACC right now stands to be last out of the Power 5 conferences in terms of revenue. However that could change significantly should they pick up Texas and or Oklahoma and friends. When the SEC seemed to be looking East we took from the West. With Delany looking East he may be eyeing Kansas, Oklahoma, or Texas or a combination of two of them. I don't think because of the Longhorns network affiliations that they would likely head to FOX country. If they move I expect it to be to a location where ESPN holds network rights and that would be either the ACC or SEC. Oklahoma I believe is with Comcast so the PAC or even the Big 10 might be hospitable in converting their network endeavors into a grander picture. How the rest falls into place would be the spectacle.
I've even heard one speculation that N.C. State and Virginia Tech could be cleared to move to the SEC should the ACC desire to expand their footprint further by taking 4 from the Big 12. I'm sure all parties would have to be willing for anything like that to happen but with ESPN holding the tabs on both conferences and perhaps looking to shelter their best product in the Big 12 from FOX that might be a possibility. Still I would believe something like that when it happens. But the idea was intriguing.
If, however, the Big 12 adds a couple of teams then I think it's all over for at least 10 years. It's just that without a network of their own, and without substantial enough targets to gain them the market presence they need, I don't think in 5 years they will be earning what the ACC does. I believe Dodds knows that and that is why they haven't wanted to expand. Add more teams and it becomes nearly impossible to place enough of them to dissolve the GOR and free Texas to escape to better academic and athletic digs. Therein lies the only realignment possibilities I see for the remaining power conferences in the present environment.
It O'Bannon wins there should be an immediate breakaway by the upper tier schools to distance themselves from the mess and to establish their own operating principles. Let the damages be paid out of the 400 million that that the NCAA has rat-holed.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on NCAA Made Its Bed... | April | 2013 Articles
Well, now they can't afford to leave at the same time they can't afford not to. Sometimes the worst prisons are those we build for ourselves.
It takes 8 votes to dissolve the Big 12. Say hello to the new old target. If they expand they will be around a while. If they don't expand the will be absorbed by three possibly 4 conferences.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on The ACC GoR(illa) | April | 2013 Articles
Given their glory is either in their heads or in the past I have two suggestions:
For those who think they are still relevant: Deluded and Deranged
For those who remember their past relevance: Rusty and Dusty
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Big 10 Needs Your Help | April | 2013 Articles
@ecdawg I understand and respect your position but I just don't see F.S.U. going to the Big 12. In the long run I don't think any team that rates with ESPN will be moved to the Big 12. In fact before it's over with I expect to see the top brands removed from the Big 12.
I sure hope we know how this ends before the Summer is over. I grown more than a bit tired of it now. There is so much going on in the world, serious issues, that I'm ready for my recreation to be recreation again instead of part of the upheaval.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Notre Dame Re-ups with NBC Through 2025 â Whither ACC? | April | 2013 Articles
@ecdawg Whatever happens the changes themselves will tell us who has been in control of this process. If it is the conferences then the obvious targets will be the movement. Virginia and Georgia Tech to the Big 10 would be likely. North Carolina and Virginia Tech to the SEC would be what I would hope that we would get.
But E.C., if the network is control we could be looking at a whole different picture. Brands and markets would be arranged so that ESPN could significantly trim their outlay to the ACC and maximize the markets and brands that they protect within the new SECN.
North Carolina, Duke, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse along with F.S.U. would be those brands and markets that I think they would most like to hang onto. It's obvious now that N.D. isn't going to really be their product except nominally with half of those 5 ACC games. Therefore I don't think B.C. is something that they would seek to protect.
If Delany wanted to move to 20 he would have Miami, Boston College, and perhaps N.C. State (academics are the same as Nebraska) and maybe even Clemson to do it with. Or better for the SEC would be N.C. State, Miami, Louisville, and Clemson to the Big 12. If all the Big 10 gets out of something like this is Virginia and Georgia Tech then so be it. I just don't want them in Florida.
If the conferences are making the calls we will stay essentially a Southeastern Flagship conference. If the Network calls the shots then it's their bacon and markets we will have to absorb.
@ecdawg Yep. Funny that Rutgers didn't get any travel money isn't it. Obviously it was a payment for the previously agreed upon figure of 20 million. That said even if the figure was 30 million it won't be enough to hold frightened schools in place.
I'm still not convinced that a run on the ACC is a good thing for the SEC. I would rather see an orderly brokering of movement if it comes to that, but we'll see.
Well now that N.D. has removed itself from the possibility of helping out the ACC with any possible network deal (since they would have made the draw of such a network much more doable) it looks like the Maryland suit that E.C. points out is one of two remaining ropes to which the ACC will cling. If, or when, Maryland gets out of that suit for less than 52 million (more like 20) then the only rope left as a lifeline to the ACC will be oddly enough the SECN. If there are no piggybacks, bundles, or shared markets between the ACC and SEC then the long awaited carnage may indeed take place.
Nothing like a little roast duckling with a nice full bodied Merlot. Isn't it ironic. This time the Duck paid to take the Bird dog hunting.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on If It Quacks like a Duck | April | 2013 Articles
The announcement has been postponed until next week due to the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on How ESPN Will Get Carriage for The SEC Network | April | 2013 Articles
Obviously if the room was trashed it was Manti and Lanae. They've just been separated by miles for so long and they just wanted the scouts to know that they were really together. The give away was being unavailable to talk. But seriously if a player gets that close to the Big Time and fouls it up it's the only time that I think the agent should be able to sue for damages.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Dumb and Dumber | April | 2013 Articles