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Old 08-29-2014, 07:01 PM   #101
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Yes, I have some optimism left for these reasons
1. Our offense moved the ball and if Dylan learns to take the 5 yards given him on zone reads then lines can't just blow up our running backs. Our I line did ok, but zone reads only work when the defense has to account for the QB and last night they were never forced to. Offense Will be fine.
2. I think the 3-4 experiment is over and our guys can get back to what they know and were recruited for. This will(if it happens) be a foundation to build on and find a way to get more pressure. More pressure helps our secondary. Those who are griping over coverage are not seeing all factors. The legion of Boom couldn't cover if there was NO PASS RUSH AT ALL. if we get back to 4-2-5, find ways to get pressure, and help our secondary, D will get better
3.( most optimistic) Texas AM is just that good and we are not that bad. Their O line is awesome and we probably won't see another air attack that is that well protected
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:02 PM   #102
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Yeah and Deke Adams sucks. Point blank. He didn't do shit at UNC and hasn't done anything here except bring in a few recruits. Our line has deteriorated each year since he's been here. In the SEC, you'll get enough athletes to play DB, we need a big time DL coach because thats where the game is won, in the trenches. Elliot is a loud mouth who can't get his guys to match his intensity and Adams just can't coach.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:11 PM   #103
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:14 PM   #104
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queue the "grown men don't wear team jerseys rants"...

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ATM put up 630 yards vs ALABAMA last year... it's not over yet guys.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:28 PM   #106
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Not really, we have a few rebuilding years coming up. Plus no more Clowney...
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One Game. 11 more to go in the season. Take them one game at a time and see how it goes. The D will get better and so will the offense. If the coaches and players learn from last night, they can move forward. If they dwell on it, it will fester and detract from the team. Humbling night for everyone, but not the end of the world.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:29 PM   #108
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The expectations for this season was to win the east. We put ourselves in a big hole last night. We also play another tempo offense next week with a very solid quarterback and good offensive line (from what I hear, at least.) Our defense is scared to death to hit anyone. Our pass rush is non existent. People are saying TAMU has the best offense we'll play all season, but Auburn has three 6'3"+ wide receivers and a unique talent at quarterback.

There's not much to be optimistic about IMO.

BUT, five players who I think actually wanted it last night were:
Pharoh Cooper
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That was refreshing to see a few guys actually try.
This pretty much my take. I am really disappointed in the tackling technique from the entire defense. Fundamentals are what you give a "refresher" on in the spring and you practice game plan in the fall. Not sure you can fix poor tackling technique in a couple of weeks. So I'm not very optimistic at this point. Wasn't too disappointed in the offense. I mean you score 28 and all you need your defense to do is hold the opponent to 3 TD's and Two FG's and you still win. No not optimistic until I'm shown something much, much different than I saw last night from the defense.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:35 PM   #109
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Not really, we have a few rebuilding years coming up. Plus no more Clowney...

And do you think Spurrier wants to rebuild....again at his age?
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Default Re: Is anybody still optimistic?

Here's the issue most are having. The expectations have been raised considerably and that was not what we were all expecting to see.

Optimistic that what, we win the SECE? After one game, that looks doubtful. But as others have probably said, it is only one game. College football is a strange game. I don't know how people bet on college football, because just when you think you know it, the gods have other plans. So I have some hope that we turn it around.

If the sample size becomes 3+ games and things are still the same, then I would say there would be little optimism, but we aren't there yet .
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:52 PM   #111
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Here's the issue most are having. The expectations have been raised considerably and that was not what we were all expecting to see.

Optimistic that what, we win the SECE? After one game, that looks doubtful. But as others have probably said, it is only one game. College football is a strange game. I don't know how people bet on college football, because just when you think you know it, the gods have other plans. So I have some hope that we turn it around.

If the sample size becomes 3+ games and things are still the same, then I would say there would be little optimism, but we aren't there yet .
Hopeful? Absolutely. But I want to see some marked improvement against ECU
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:23 PM   #112
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Well I had to turn off the Michigan State game. Not ready to be around happy people that I like yet. The 24 hour rule is almost up though.
Yes I am optimistic. Three main things:

1. Our Coach is gonna do everything he can to fix this. He hates last night as much or more than we do. We can debate the specifics but he knows more about what needs to be done than any of us.

2. We have players. Maybe young, maybe inexperienced, but they are athletes. In the past we could say that.

3. We saw some fight and leadership late in the game from a few guys on offense. Trust they had discussions with their teammates on defense.

Maybe not all that we hoped for, but not as bad as it may seem right now, although I can't remember a single play made on defense, save a couple of blitzes from Sky Moore.
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:26 PM   #113
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I'm optimistic that we'll go 8-4.
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:05 AM   #114
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I am very optimistic. Next week we will see a very different gamecock team. It is not the players . I believe HBC will have more of a hand in coaching the defense and get things straightened out.
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:07 AM   #115
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It's only the 1st game of the year. We will be just fine.. Oh yeah of little faith..
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:16 AM   #117
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We need to go back to playing FCS schools for our first game. Playing ranked teams for your first game isn't the way to go.
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:27 AM   #118
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Yeah and Deke Adams sucks. Point blank. He didn't do shit at UNC and hasn't done anything here except bring in a few recruits. Our line has deteriorated each year since he's been here. In the SEC, you'll get enough athletes to play DB, we need a big time DL coach because thats where the game is won, in the trenches. Elliot is a loud mouth who can't get his guys to match his intensity and Adams just can't coach.
He was at UNC for 1 year and he's only in his 2nd season here. You're talking like he was at UNC for years and has been here for years.

And since all ya'll want to get rid of Adams, who you want to hire then?
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I'm optimistic but I wish we would scrap the 3-4. It didn't work at Ga. and I don't see it working for us.Three step drop passing attacks are hard enough to get pressure on. A 3-4 defense works okay in the NFL but I notice the D-tackle has to be a man-child and take up two blocks. Please Ward if you would go back to the 4-2-5. Tackling was the worst I have seen ever. Guys were in position to make tackles but what I saw was a bunch of guys lacking sound fundamental tackling techniques. It also looked like we could not get off blocks last night. If we clean this up we will be fine.
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