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    Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    Am I the only one seeing this? With Barnett the playbook is open. They ran the diamond formation for the first time this year and it was a huge success. And passing? Barnett has thrown better than Jantz has all season. Go Clones!



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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    We had two good plays in the first half. Two.

    That first drive this half was great but if we don't make adjustments this half and get the same garbage we did outside Barnett-Lenz of the first half, we're going to get beat.



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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    Let's hope that they can keep it together this time around...



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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    We had two good plays in the first half. Two.

    That first drive this half was great but if we don't make adjustments this half and get the same garbage we did outside Barnett-Lenz of the first half, we're going to get beat.
    We have sustained more drives in the 3rd quarter against a better defense on the road than we did all day last week.



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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    Mess has been much better calling plays this second half. Hopefully it's a sign of things to come.


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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    Yeah - after that TD Mess MUCH better this half.


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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    Quote Originally Posted by UNIGuy4Cy View Post
    Am I the only one seeing this? With Barnett the playbook is open. They ran the diamond formation for the first time this year and it was a huge success. And passing? Barnett has thrown better than Jantz has all season. Go Clones!
    They ran diamond against Tech also. We had some of our best runs out of that formation against them.



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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    Quote Originally Posted by klamath632 View Post
    They ran diamond against Tech also. We had some of our best runs out of that formation against them.
    Wasn't Tech only two back, not diamond?



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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    I wouldn't say Mess is more comfortable calling plays because of the quarterback, I would say Rhoads said something along the lines of "We aren't winning a game in the Big 12 if the only plays you call are screens and read options"


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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Wasn't Tech only two back, not diamond?
    Nope, I distinctly remember seeing us run it for two series, have some success, and wonder afterwards why we didn't do it more.



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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    Good improvement by Mess. JB looked good at keeping his head. If the receivers sans JL would have shown up, we may not have had such a bad 2nd quarter.



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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    Mess looked like a Big 12 OC today. I'm satisfied.


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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    They used the diamond against Tulsa



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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    It really feels like a common theme that the offensive play calling since Rhoads arrived has been less predictable with more big plays when Iowa State has played tougher competition. In games they expect to win, they try to beat teams with their vanilla offense and the only scores come when they manage to string together a long series of successful plays.



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    Re: Coach Mess is just so much more comfy calling plays...

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    Mess looked like a Big 12 OC today. I'm satisfied.
    He was fantastic. I have no earthly idea where that creativity was last week.



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