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Things are rarely perfect or totally bad.
Reality=closer to the middle.
Never as bad as it seems, never as good as it seems.
OU's coaches traditionally evaluate QB's a little longer and offer them a little later, It is a bit curious when you compare Manning and Swoops, but in fact they are very different positions and require very different evaluation. They may have offered Swoops simply to "stay in the game" with him. But frankly I think the real issue is involves two things:
1. They do not want to be rushed in their evaluation, but they do not want to seem totally disinterested, so they offered the kid to buy some time.
2. At this early stage they believe there are others who fit their needs better but they are hedging their bets (I believe this is the primary reason).
As for Bullsprig, I will say this. Yes BS does seem to point out negatives, and frankly there are many fans that do this.... no matter how well their team is doing they will focus on the negative because they dont want to be "let down", after a while it becomes second nature. But there is value in this, because these posters, as long as they don't continue to make knee jerk evaluations OR step over the line with their attacks, often have value because the rest of the fans tend to over-marginalize these weaknesses, because we WANT our team to do well, OR we believe that since we are so close to our team and follow all of the news that we have inside knowledge that others do not.
Bullsprigs analysis here is very fair, and the question of comparison between how Swoops and Manning offers were handled is very valid. You dont have to agree with HIS reasoning behind it, but the question is valid.
On another note with BS, I remember a thread here last summer where he noted that OU had committments from less of the Top rated Texans at various times during the recruiting process than we had typically had in the past. Everyone was quick to jump on him and come up with several comments about how "we would do fine you are a doom and gloomer," (80%) "we dont have as many slots available" and "we are recruiting nationally" etc.. (the last being effectively true), but in 5 pages of thread most of the comments were somehow attempting to marginalize his point based on what people felt his "negative history" was instead of addressing what was again a very valid observation, so much so that news outlets posted new stories in late January about OU's "new direction" in recruiting, almost 9 mos after Bullsprig threw it out for discussion.
So lets just accept what may be what we feel to be negativity and actually answer the issue, if so these threads would be 80% smaller
I'm glad UT got Swoopes as their QB in this class. Many feel that Brewer from their last class is not elite, and Swoopes does not fit the Boise style of accurate passing.
Should Swoopes ever be a starter, it will be easier to defend their run game as their passing won't worry the defense as much as a Kellen Moore would.
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