James Smith (free safety) leads the team in tackles. That means the Linebackers are not doing their jobs and our safeties are having to make too many tackles on running plays and causes them to bite more on play-action passes.
Either that, or it could mean that Mike Bibbs has missed time due to injury.
But Jesse Smith, in certain situations, is decidedly a liability.
Originally Posted by Wesley
Hulbert was a step too slow for sure. Looked like a south wind blowing past him.
Whoa. There's a shock. After he ran a 5.79 forty at a combine before his senior year? [/sarcasm]
Maybe there's a reason we need James Carpenter so badly.
I hope Chizik can do the same thing in recruiting safeties (and linebackers, and defensive end and...) that he did with cornerbacks last february.
We started 2 freshman at corner last week also as both Johnson and Benton started. They just announced it wrong. And Banks played last week also.
We need to be better up the middle on both sides of the ball. Our DT's aren't very good. Our safeties are not very good and we have a below average Big 12 middle linebacker. On offense we have not be consistent on the line and our RB's rank as the worst in the Big 12
I agree that we are really, really bad at safety but I think the LB's share some of the blame. James Smith (free safety) leads the team in tackles. That means the Linebackers are not doing their jobs and our safeties are having to make too many tackles on running plays and causes them to bite more on play-action passes. Safety is a big problem but where are the Will's? Also, when Bibbs is not in the game, the SAM disappears.
I'm guessing these areas are being addressed in recruiting.
Thats what I was going to say , I'm glad to see someone seeing what is going on as well. I just don't think that we have a answer for that problem this year.
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