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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    Speaking of Pompey, I saw him walking around outside the stadium just before the game started decked out in ISU gear. Hopefully he's working hard on returning to the team, we need him.


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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    Deep depression is the state most are in right now.



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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    To play realist yin to your optimistic yang, I am unconvinced by your claim that player development is where Rhoads thrives. At best, I think he and his staff have proven to be average (and I fear that may be generous).



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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    Good stuff. Although this is scary:

    Willie Scott (DE), Jeremiah George (LB),Jansen Watson (CB), Deon Broomfield (SS) and Jacques Washington (FS).
    But I have a lot more faith in Wally and the defensive coaches than I do on the offensive side of the ball.



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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Architect View Post
    Speaking of Pompey, I saw him walking around outside the stadium just before the game started decked out in ISU gear. Hopefully he's working hard on returning to the team, we need him.
    I find this interesting. Seems like a long shot, but who knows.



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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    I fully agree with this article and the point it's making. We have young talent beating out serviceable vets.

    I think the meltdown is mainly happening is because we really haven't had a season like this under Rhoads. It's not what we are use too seeing and perhaps we are worried Years 1-4 were flukes and Year 5 is the standard but we aren't looking at the big picture.

    There are fixes to be made. Obviously the coaches see what has been done has led to an 0-2 start. They see changes and fixes need to be made.



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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    Good stuff. Although this is scary:



    But I have a lot more faith in Wally and the defensive coaches than I do on the offensive side of the ball.

    Replacing Willie Scott= Mitchell Meyers wont be that much of a dropoff, he has played well
    George= Still hasn't been impressive this year, Seeley is bigger, and George isnt that great against the pass anyway
    Watson= Good player and solid tackler but i dont think the dropoff from him to tribune/rogers/richardson is that much
    Washington=Biggest loss next year
    Broomfield=Good player but not so talented that he is irreplaceable


    The only huge loss on defense next year is Washington



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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    Losing the two easy games is not a recipe for the rest.

    Maybe we need to recruit fewer running backs and more oline guys?


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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    Quote Originally Posted by isufan View Post
    Replacing Willie Scott= Mitchell Meyers wont be that much of a dropoff, he has played well
    George= Still hasn't been impressive this year, Seeley is bigger, and George isnt that great against the pass anyway
    Watson= Good player and solid tackler but i dont think the dropoff from him to tribune/rogers/richardson is that much
    Washington=Biggest loss next year
    Broomfield=Good player but not so talented that he is irreplaceable


    The only huge loss on defense next year is Washington
    I'll say I haven't been too impressed with Broomfield at SS this year. He played well at nickel last year. Don't know if he's still learning, trying to do too much or what but most of the time I've noticed him it hasn't been because of a great play he's made.



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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    I mean, sure we'll be better next year--but it seems like it would be pretty hard right now to be worse next year. I'm glad that we're young, but we have to draw some wins. If we want to keep recruiting and getting talent in who can fight for starting spots, we have to win.

    A bigger problem right now is that our offensive identity is crap. As a rushing team we can't get a strong push up front, and have to rely on our QB to rush the ball effectively, and as a passing team, we seem to try and stretch the field horizontally more than vertically--5 yard outs and bubble screens aren't working.

    By not stretching the field with the pass, the defense can creep up and stuff the run easier. And since our O-Line isn't getting good push, these slow developing zone reads with no additional blockers aren't going anywhere. We need to change our offensive identity one way or another--pass downfield more, and become effective at it, or line up and pound it down their throats. Stick Woody at FB, line up in the I, and get guys running up field through holes blasted open with the extra blockers.

    It seems like we have a lot bigger issues than talent. I actually believe what Rhoads said that this is one of the most talented, and the fastest team we've had in years. But we do not put them in a position to succeed schematically. And that's a HUGE issue that gaining experience as a young team won't fix.




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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Losing the two easy games is not a recipe for the rest.

    Maybe we need to recruit fewer running backs and more oline guys?
    We got five OL last year, four 3 star and one 4 star. I think we realized we need more size as our two commits for this year both weigh 320lbs. All five from last year were 270 or less.



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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    Quote Originally Posted by Land Grant View Post
    To play realist yin to your optimistic yang, I am unconvinced by your claim that player development is where Rhoads thrives. At best, I think he and his staff have proven to be average (and I fear that may be generous).
    The player development appears to be good on the defensive side, but not so good on the offensive side.

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    2012 Offense 87th 24.5 ppg; Defense 38th 23.9
    2011 Offense 90th 22.7 ppg; Defense 82nd 29.4
    2010 Offense 97th 21.7 ppg; Defense 74th 28.8
    2009 Offense 103rd 20.5 ppg; Defense 33rd 21.8

    In general the defense has been better than the offense. in fact, the defense has had a couple of very good years. Why can't the offense follow suit? It's hard to believe that ISU is getting that much better athletes on the defensive side. It seems to me that the evidence keeps pointing to a coaching problem on the offensive side, whether it is player development, game time coaching, scheme, recruiting, etc.

    The rate of offensive improvement is way to slow. It needs a step change, and that's not happening.


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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    You could probably call Teddy Lampkin a double miss because after moving over to the track from football he is now running track at Nebraska.


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    Re: Monday Musings: State of the nation

    Nice article Chris, much better than the flood of 'fire this guy, fire that guy, don't play this guy, don't call that play' crap that's flooded the message boards. This won't be the year we had hoped for, but let's not write the season off just yet.



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