No More Excuses
- Oct 11, 2017
Having a few OL in the nfl is not proof of your overall OL talent being better than another schools. Especially at OL, where it’s really about the entire unit. Especially when we know our OL has not been good. Overall talent and depth and experience matter. So maybe we play a true frosh with athletic upside, then send an (underdeveloped) erik flowers to the nfl. We also roll with no depth and some 4th-5th starters who just aren’t good enough. The question is whether our OL does its job well enough, not just whether some kids have bright futures.We have five OL in the NFL. All five started at least one game.
Clemson only has one OL who even played in the NFL last year. And that guy only played because the starter (Brandon Linder, the highest paid C of all-time) got hurt.
To be clear, I expect this to change. Clemson is going to start bringing in monsters on the OL. But they got to the peak of the mountain with worse OL talent than we've had for much of the past decade.
I look at it like this! Before Diaz got here we all thought we had garbage across the Dline until Manny coached them up as well as changing the scheme to fit the guys on the DF. We went from the bottom to well in the upper level of defensive statistics in just the one year. And the second year of a Diaz coached defense with almost basically the same guys jumped into the top 10 in defense.Clemson's OL was the unsung MVP of the title game. They controlled Alabama's front. Miami's OL, by contrast, struggled to move Savannah St.
I took the starting lineup from the title game and the Pinstripe Bowl. Here's how it shakes out, via the 247 Composite rating:
Mitch Hyatt- 98.97
John Simpson- 93.32
Justin Falcinelli- 86.56
Gage Cervenka- 84.95
Tremayne Anchrum- 87.06
Tyree St. Louis- 90.01
Venzell Boulware- 88.72
Hayden Mahoney- 84.93
Navaughn Donaldson- 96.55
Delone Scaife- 93.78
We need to recruit better on OL, especially after last year. But it is much more important that we coach up the talented players we already have.
Exactly. I played center and know OL more than any other position. Truthfully I was undersized and terrible at it. But I know enough to know that our issues on the OL have been a combo of shatty coaches and evaluation that is either piss poor or terrible luck. Hopefully the combination of improved coaches and drastically improved scheme & play calling will allow the talent we have to show itself to be more than capable of carrying this team to a double digit win season. We shall seeNo doubt. But evaluations matter a lot, especially at OL. We have done that poorly, and Clemson has done it exceptionally well.
special teams as well.Reading all of this makes me realize one thing.
We one 7 games despite doing everything you can possibly do wrong on offense.
Poor play calling check.
Limited number of plays check.
Qb carousel check
Switching the line up at practice and the games check.
Poor clock management check
Plus more stuff you already know.
The fact that our guys would appear a bit gassed in the second half just pisses me off!think the change at S&C will benefit OL as well, hopefully we will start to look like an SEC line soon
I don't think he put in the same effort that Butch is putting into recruiting. Butch is running the gamut trying to find players. Now let's see if we get a big jump in development. I can say I feel we r going forward.I don’t get that statement, searels recruiting wasn’t that bad outside of the 2019 class where recruiting fell apart and even if so maybe he delivered a gem in Zion Nelson. I really Liked the 2018 class and the 2017 class was solid imo
He wasn’t a bad recruiter but did leave us light on numbers a bit and struggled with tackles but he didn’t leave the cupboard bare at all.I don’t get that statement, searels recruiting wasn’t that bad outside of the 2019 class where recruiting fell apart and even if so maybe he delivered a gem in Zion Nelson. I really Liked the 2018 class and the 2017 class was solid imo
I'm not so sure how much effort or lack of effort matters when it comes to Stacey Searles.I don't think he put in the same effort that Butch is putting into recruiting. Butch is running the gamut trying to find players. Now let's see if we get a big jump in development. I can say I feel we r going forward.