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Let me try to paint a possible rosy picture for 2013. The combination of Phillips, Russel, Peterson and Anderson at DT will be better than what we played with this year. It couldn't be worse. With another 20 lbs on Onuoha and Tapper, another year of experience for Ndulue and help from Grissom and Ward, we'll have to be better at DE. Again, we couldn't be worse. I really like the combination of Shannon, Nelson, Striker, and Franklin at LB. If Wort and Kish were to leave LB could be a strength. We will not miss Hurst, Jefferson and Harris. We'll start Colvin and Simon at CB with Wison and Lynn at safety. That is a much faster secondary. On offense we have every contributer back on the OL, plus Kasitati, Evans and the new Juco. We'll be as deep and experienced as anyone in the country. Both significant RBs are back, plus Ross. TE was a total zero this year so any contribution at all from any of the candidates will be an improvement at that position. Finally, at WR no one will be better in the slot than Shepard and Saunders. On the outside we have 4/5 stars in Metoyer, Neal and possibly Treadwell. Plus, we may well have Jaz Reynolds back as well. Throw in Hunnicut and it looks a well balanced, experienced and talented team. We may not be Bama, but I wouldn't trade places with anyone in the Big 12.
Defense-you left out Chaz Nelson, and I don't know how good he'll be, but Canyoneer sure thought a lot about him (but if he was that good, I guess the argument could be made that he would have played after being medically cleared). As bad as TJ was the last several games, I still think he is a far better option than Lynn. And I think Hurst was pretty solid and will be missed. Bottom line, however, is that unless our defensive scheme and in-game adjustments don't improve, it doesn't much matter (not to mention the overall talent level.)
Offense-I'm one who feels we will miss Stills (despite his drops) but if Jaz comes back, which it sounds like he will, it may be a wash. Losing Justin Brown will hurt IMO and Metoyer has a lot of improving to do. I think it's huge that Millard is coming back (if we will utilize him the way he should be). I think the experience the OL has will help, but are they gonna learn how to run block better between now and then?? I doubt it.
Overall, I believe our entire philosophy must change or we will become just an average team year in and year out. That's not where this program should be. I do not claim to have the right answers, but it's quite obvious several things must change quickly. My crimson colored glasses have several cracks in them right now.
Everybody seems about as optimistic as I am about 2013 and this football team and coaching staff.
Regarding the staff, some will perform and the usual suspects won't.
I just don't see BS making any changes?
I stopped reading as soon as the OP tried to sell me on the fact that having Gabe Lynn on the field on a regular basis will actually help.
I got a good laugh out of that also.
+1. I hate to knock players but I felt the same way when I read the OP. God love him but Gabe has not shown himself to be a D-1 level cover guy at least at a level for the Oklahoma program. Hope springs eternal and I would love to eat crow at the end of next season when he is named to the All B12 1st team. Boomer!
dont forget about the player that lit up the scout team this year and was said to be one if the three best future bright star to come.... Woods at wr
I think losing TJ will hurt the most. Regardless of what you think about his performance in the back half of the season, he still easily led our team in tackles. You don't do that by not being around the ball all the time. His play recognition will be missed, and although I think Julian will be solid, I don't think he will be TJ's level.
(And yeah, even though Javon Harris made some mistakes, I would take him over Lynn in a second).
I would like to think our D line will be improved, but there's no evidence to this that will be the case. I think we have a bunch of work to do on D, but unlike a bunch of people on here, I have faith that Mike will figure it out.
I think your are mostly right on. Our D line with Russel s/b much inproved. LB play is still a concern to me and who knows about the replacements in the secondary. Hope Colvin stays, he goes we are in deep do do in the secondary.
I just don't see the justification for all the Tony Jefferson love. It's not necessarily a positive indicator when your safety leads your team in tackles. He certainly got smoked by "elite" talent. As a whole, I think our secondary and it's progression in general has been vastly over rated this year. I agree that zero push up front makes things worse. Sometimes a lot worse. However, watching some of those go routs vs aTm, our guys were blown off the line a straight up outrun. That's no double move or play action. You don't give up the yardage and points our team gave up this year with irreplaceable DBs. I say bring on the new blood.
Our safeties were probably a little concerned about having to come up and stop the run since our LBs and D-line were incapable of doing do.
OUed, keep the faith. About this time in 2000, the next team looked to be on the upswing, but wildly undertalented. That team managed to put together a decent season despite their many evident deficiencies on paper. It can happen, but we need our coaches and players to engage like they did back in 2000. We know they can, will they?
Note, the 2000 team also enjoyed a fare amount of injury luck, which seems to have departed the Sooner complex over the past several seasons.
I feel very much the same way. The new blood will be good. I think we will be more athletic. The young guys will make some mistakes but this years "experienced" team couldn't get out of its own way.
In my opinion Gabe Lynn may be a great kid but he is not a good football player. In my opinion, Josh Heupel is not a very good coordinator. Kish will be in his 2nd year, so I sure hope he does a lot better job. I loved Josh when he became the coordinator but in my opinion he lacks the skills to be a good one. I will never understand why the
Seniors play so much when we are losing so bad, why not give the younger ones a chance? We would still lose but we might could find out if the young ones could play?
We can replace Harris and we all know how i feel about Lynn. But losing Hurst and TJ will hurt . We cant be any worse at LBer or DT so maybe some of the young guys at these positions or DE will suprise us . Dont tease me about Kish leaving ,we couldnt be so lucky as for somebody to take him off our hands.
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We will miss Hurst. Think about this season. How many times was Colvin thrown at vs Hurst? Whoever the next DB in line is will be tested...immediately.
LBers, unless we change the scheme a little they will still be ineffective.
I was referring to our CBs who were getting out run off the line.
Our safeties did need to come up for run support. Only to leave landry all over the field themselves.
The coaches know which younger players are ready to play and they would be in there if they were ready. The coaches couldn't win by doing that, because we would only lose by a greater amount if we are throwing puppies out there. When style points count in getting the best bcs ranking, you are forced to play the best players. No room for experimentation.
OU needs an alternative for Lynn... OU does not have enough liability insurance to keep him on the field.
I'm hell when I'm well.. And, I am never sick!
I think he goes into camp as the starter at safety, but if Hatari Byrd and Ahmad Thomas are the standouts we think they are, they could take some playing time away from him.
Alot of Arm-Chairs hell who knows what next year brings?
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