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    Where is the competitiveness

    Ben Bruns feels that the hardness in practice and in game situations is not up to snuff. Even though McC is trying, the backup players are not pushing hard enough in practice and the veterans are not inproving.

    No mention of Stevie, they assume he is injured.

    Are we strong mentally to do better?

    Can we play better pass coverage this year? Do we start gambling on defense against Josh Freeman?

    Did we miss our opportunity last two years when we had a defense?

    Can we beat Kansas at home?

    Can we play spoiler for Missouri?


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    Re: Where is the competitiveness

    The stars of the game for us? The fieldgoal kicker and the punter!!!!!!!


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    Re: Where is the competitiveness

    If Stevie is injured, can Josh Scales actually block blitzers????


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    Re: Where is the competitiveness

    Five more sacks for 39 yards against us. We had one sack.

    Sumrall led with 4 catches.


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    Re: Where is the competitiveness

    I like the way you think Wesley... Scoring first in the second half I thought we would start a run and last team with the ball would win. We got a lot of help today that we have not been getting: Tech's penalties, fumbles, etc., but that didn't seem to help us much or fire up the troops. Wtih so many returning offensive players you would think we would be more competitive.



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    Re: Where is the competitiveness

    Bowen had 9 tackles, McKenzie had 9 tackles, and Banks had 8 tackes.


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    Re: Where is the competitiveness

    To bad we don't have more like them, they seem to be the only ones comtributing. Didn't sound like we sent any of them on many blitz's today?



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    Re: Where is the competitiveness

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Ben Bruns feels that the hardness in practice and in game situations is not up to snuff. Even though McC is trying, the backup players are not pushing hard enough in practice and the veterans are not inproving.
    I found those comments by Ben Bruns regarding lack of team pride and lack of motivation to work outside of organized practice for self-improvment to be very interesting, because I've heard and read similar comments made by any number of folks who deal with young people in their late teens to early twenties today, ranging from corporate HR recruiters, to volunteer youth workers, to military drill instructors.

    I've done some reading to better prepare myself for dealing with young people in my job and volunteer work. The bottom line is that coaching techniques (and managerial techniques, if you want to generalize) that worked in the past might (will?) not work with young people today. In the past, coaches didn't have to worry about building team pride and players putting in extra outside work, but today these things have to be specifically dealt with; those things are no longer "standard equipment", so to speak. You can read yourself to death about this topic; there's quite a bit of controversy over why things have changed, and how to address it. Addressing these issues has required significant changes in the way that corporations deal with young employees, and has even required some changes in the way the military trains its young recruits.

    For me, it's tough to get any real emotional read from DM's postgame comments, but I am starting to sense frustration from DM regarding the lack of progress that the players are making. DM always says the kids are working hard, but if they are working hard and not making progress, then something must not be right with the present approach. DM has got figure out what that is real fast. It might already be too late for this year.



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    Re: Where is the competitiveness

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    DM has got figure out what that is real fast. It might already be too late for this year.

    I think it's already too late for this year. If he can figure it out for next year there may be hope, however slim. I think the best we can possible manage to salvage out of this season is 6-6 and an outside chance at a toilet bowl game. Most likely we will lose two of the last four games and not make a bowl.



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    Re: Where is the competitiveness

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    To bad we don't have more like them, they seem to be the only ones comtributing. Didn't sound like we sent any of them on many blitz's today?

    LB's blizted most every down, but never got to qb. In fact part of the reason they didn't have as many tackles is they were rushing passer not tackling receivers.



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    Re: Where is the competitiveness

    Quote Originally Posted by JCloned View Post
    LB's blizted most every down, but never got to qb.
    I think our blitzing schemes suck about as bad as our own ability to pick up blitzes on offense. Maybe there's a correlation? If we can't blitz well in practice, then our offensive line doesn't have very good opportunites to learn how to pick up good blitzes against our offense. Makes sense to me.



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