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OK so I was traveling on business during this weekend and had to rely on my iPhone to update me from espn.com for the game - which I didn't want to do after I did the same thing for last year's Arkansas game. I did however watch the game tonight after getting home. Honestly after seeing the boards following the loss it wasn't what I expected. My thoughts are:
1. For those of you thinking Johnny may not be the starter for the next 3 years - get real. The only bad interception he threw was the first one. The second had some heat, but hit Evans right in the chest and somehow bounced straight up. The third he was trying to make a play that could have just as easily been a wow moment. When was the last time we had somebody (or did anybody have somebody) as a freshman getting Heisman consideration?
2. The defense played lights out. Go look at LSU's 3rd down conversions. Damontre will end up being ESPN's defensive player of the SEC. It's already ridiculous he's getting overlooked for Clowney, but that will end by the end of the season. And I know LSU's offense is anemic, but we have talent on D for the first time in a long time.
3. Howard Mathews is playing good. Dustin Harris (for as much as I've been ready for him to graduate) has looked like one of the better corners the last 2 games. We're also much better when Everette is in the game.
4. Still don't understand the fumbles. Malena still looks like our most complete running back even though he has pulled some head-scratchers.
5. Mingo looks like Tyrell Taylor with another summer off-season weight program.
6. Our kicker is horribly inconsistent, but I remember thinking the same thing about Bullock. For the record I don't think our kicker wins the award Bullock did.
7. Most people thought we would be lucky not to get mauled in our first SEC season. If anybody would have asked if we would take a win over Arkansas along with a 3 point loss to Florida and a 5 point loss to LSU most would have taken it. Alabama is the only game left on our schedule where I don't absolutely expect a win.
8. Despite the 2 double-digit blown leads to Florida and LSU this still doesn't feel like last season.
9. Let's hope we can somehow hold on to Demontra and Joeckel and Mathews for one more season.
10. We've at least been in positions to win games. I haven't been a fan of the play-calls on offense every game this season, but they have at least put us in a position to win. Also, at least we have a gun-slinger this season which is more than I can say for the past couple of coaching staffs. Unfortunately Franchione was the coach when I was a student. I would rather see a shot downfield for a chance to win than a check-off throw to the running back behind the line of scrimmage or a run up the middle for a minimal game any day.
11. It was refreshing hearing the commentators saying how the offensive line was continually blowing LSU's D-line off the line of scrimmage in the first half. Obviously we had no answer when they went to a 3 man front. Hopefully sometime in my lifetime A&M will learn to make adjustments as well. Still somewhat puzzled by our running game this season as a whole.
12. All in all we are way ahead of where the media had us pegged for this season. Be glad Sumlin is the head coach and that Johnny Football is the starting quarterback. And give Mark Snyder a raise.
Great post. I think we all need to start preparing to lose Joeckel, Matthews and Moore because I don't see any scenario where it doesn't happen. We have to find some viable options to replace them. I wasn't really upset we lost to LSU as much as I was that we just beat ourselves with the fumble, chop block penalty, pass that got tipped in the air, etc. I agree that these losses don't feel like last year because it seems like we aren't sitting back and letting it happen. I have been somewhat confused by the playcalling, mainly the lack of running by the RBs on early downs when they seem to be having success. I hope Howard Matthews continues to improve because we need to improve the safety position in the worst way.
I remember Bullock forcing Sherman's hand his first couple of seasons because Sherman didn't seem to trust him, but I don't think it was this bad. Of course maybe that is because Sherman limited the mistakes he could make.
Great post. I agree with Chad on believing that Joeckel, Matthews, and Moore are all gone after this year. As great as it would be to have them stay another year, I just don't see it happening. Demontre is already putting up numbers almost better than Von did, and our two offensive linemen put up quite a show against LSU. I think Sumlin definitely has some good recruits coming in to build off of though.
It really is frustrating to see ourselves shoot us in the foot, but at least it's like you said and we aren't just sitting back letting it happen. This team has a lot of fight in them and that is going to go a long way down the road.
As far as the play calling, I've been a bit confused as well. I'm not sure why we abandon the running game some of the time, or why we keep relying on Manziel's QB draw play on 1st or 2nd down. I want to see some more play calling like in the 1st half of the Florida game. That was absolutely brilliant. Don't get me wrong, KK has a ton of good ideas and brilliants play calls, but he has quite a few calls that just seem stupid at times also. I think he will improve, though, as the year goes on and he gains experience. All in all, I think this program has a bright future. I can't wait to see this offense next year and the year after. I get chills thinking of the speed we will have at receiver, and the depth we are going to have at linebacker the next few years. Should be fun to watch!
"As we reach into the future, it is well that we remember the past." -The 12th Man himself
3) true, but it wasn't
you could chalk a lot of interceptions up to possible "wow" moments
fact is he threw across his body on a down when he didn't have to force it on a drive that was critical....he could have simply flipped the ball to the RB in the flat or ran it himself...it was a poor decision, so lets just call a spade a spade and not try to fool ourselves.
Ollie, ill give you the throw across the body, but to be quite honest, the first interception came off a pick/ wheel route to TJ and TJ just never got to it, and slipped. That is why it was an INT. The second one, that's purely Evans fault (love the kid), and he should have had greater focus, instead of basket catching it, he should have caught it with his hands. Last one was a great play by the defende, Simon, baiting Johnny into the throw across his body. Simon drifted to his left with Johnny and The Wr flashed, and Simon jumped on the ball. Johnny shouldn't have thrown it, but that will happen as a frosh. Hopefully we'll look @ tape and continue to get better.
The first one he threw off his back foot into double coverage with a deep S over the top....mechanically it was bad and the decision making was poor too considering how small that window is with S help...if he's going to throw that route he has to find a happy medium of getting enough air on it to throw over the corner and with enough velocity that it gets to TJ before the S can come over....neither of those happened....I promise you JM, KK, and KS didn't say well it was a good throw and instead blamed it on TJ's route running.
Again, we give him credit when it's due, and we don't try to fool ourselves for his mistakes when he makes them.
He had a great first qtr....hopefully that's the QB we start seeing on a weekly basis b/c he was lights out in the pocket.
Part of Sumlins recruiting job will be to recruit current players to continue playing at A&M.. I think hes up to the task.
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