So the Punter is still a typo? Rastetter has had better numbers this year. Although if anyone figures out how to catch his Rugby punts his numbers are gonna go down.
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Or if teams start going for the block and stop giving him 20 seconds to get the punt off
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That's what I'm waiting for too - the block attempts and a returner moving to within 30 yards of the line when Rastetter can't get his 10 running steps in.
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You keep forgetting to update that, or KF does? Because both could be true.
I wonder if we will see Gersonde at all this season. Though, to be fair, Rastetter has been much improved to date
The current depth chart does have Rastetter first and Gersonde second. I think it was probably that way on the ISU depth chart as well. I just forgot to make that change on our depth chart info.
My gut says we will see Gersonde at some point, but as long as Rastetter remains effective, I can't see them making any changes.
It's taken 20 years, but we have finally caved to Ferentz- it IS all about execution...
"The offensive side of the ball has seen a lot more struggles, but for now it probably makes sense to work on execution issues rather than making personnel changes."
I am really enjoying the fact that even though it's early in the season, the LB corps has looked reasonable, and 2 of them are underclassmen.
Hell 8 of 22 spots on the D are underclassmen. That should terrify other teams.
I think I'd like to see our defense against Wisconsin, Penn State, and even Nebraska before I decide whether what I'm looking at is a mirage. I suspect other teams think the same way.
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Hell yeah, Colbert.
Did I just miss an announcement about what happened to Keith Duncan?
No announcement but Recinos beat him out last year and has kept the job since. Duncan redshirted last year so he's a sophomore eligibility wise this year. Still has 2 years after this one, so could see him again.
Edit: meant to add that according to the depth chart Shudak is ahead of him too.
Shudak moved ahead of him in camp, apparently. I'm not sure it matters a ton who's listed #2 at kicker because Recinos is going to be handling all of the kicking responsibilities anyway. He's a senior, though, so both Duncan and Shudak should have a chance to win the job next offseason.
I'm starting to wonder if we might see a LB rotation depending on the opponent. I like Colbert in there against pass-happy teams (he looked good against the run, too), but I wonder if someone like Amani Jones could make a come-back against a power-run team like Wisconsin?
Has Welch every played at MLB? I wonder if something like Colbert-Welch-Niemann would be the best overall combination.
As skeptical as I was about Hockaday, he seemed to have a good feel for the defense. He looked to be in place on nearly every snap, and made good adjustments. I don't see Welch coming in for him.
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Agreed, I was skeptical too since we didn't here much about him during the Spring and him coming off an injury from last year. It's a good problem to have especially since we were so unsure of the group going to the season.
I’m hoping somebody that is smarter than me can address this question. Is the offensive deficiencies a product of the QB play, or is it that our WR’s are bad? I don’t have the ability for an all-22 game film, but my very basic public education makes me think the offensive struggles through the air are a result of nobody getting open. Please advise.
On a positive note, those LB’s are playing well enough to make this defense really hum. I would imagine having a disruptive dline and stout secondary helps the unit.
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I have an opinion, but by no means does that mean I consider myself to be smarter than you (or anyone else on this site): I think its the QB, and I think he (Stanley) knows it. I just hope he doesn't play himself into a permanent funk.
Before the season started, Stanley gave a couple of interviews where he said he was now focusing "on the little things." I think, for him, that's a mistake. I think he needs to be focusing on the big picture. He has had open receivers--not as often as he should, to be sure--but he's not hitting them. Simple as that.
This portion of my opinion may be unpopular, but I'm going to say it anyway. I think the reason Weigers and Stanley were so close last year was not because of their physical ability, but because of mental acuity. To me, Stanley does not strike me as the quickest guy, and as a result, I'm not sure he's the guy you want trying to over-read a defense, make audibles on the fly, and be thinking about pinpoint delivery on his throws. I think he needs to rely on his gut instinct and just go play. If it was CJ Beathard under center, I'd be all for him trying to focus on the little things and try to play mind-games with the defense. I don't think we are going to get that with Stanley. Dude needs to just trust himself and let it rip.
We . . . agree? I also think it's mostly Stanley, and I think you're probably right on your opinion. I mean, I'd put the responsibility at like 80-20 Stanley-the WRs, but it's still mostly him. And even a number of the receptions aren't that great of throws, throws where if Stanley is just a bit more accurate, his receiver (be it WR, TE, or RB), could run for miles instead of having to slow down/stop on the route and make the catch. It's something I noticed last year. Stanley tends to throw a half-to-full step behind his receivers frequently. This is true on crossing routes, fades, and even the TE seam routes. Go back and watch the OSU game. The back-to-back seam routes to Hockenson were both thrown a step behind Hock, and it was Hock's great effort to catch those that kept them from being incompletions. This could be, as someone else noted, because Stanley seems to be a bit slow to read or react to the defense, instead of throwing before the WR breaks/gets open, he waits that extra beat until the receiver is open before throwing. He throws to where the guy is, not where he'll be.
I remember one or two occasions against ISU where Stanley had a receiver (or TE if you want to get technical) beat the coverage and be in position for a sure long gain/TD only for him to overthrow/miss by a long shot. To be fair, he’s completed a few of those too (the deep ball to Brandon Smith was gorgeous) and Fant had a bad drop on a play like that against NIU. But missing receivers that have a pretty wide open path to the end zone dates back to several games last year; I can remember 3 or 4 off the top of my head. Seems like a consistency issue along with what the others said, being a beat slow on getting the ball out. Drops haven’t helped as it’s hard to get in to a rhythm like that. Would like to see BF game plan a pass heavy first couple series to see if they can get him in a rhythm. Probably wishful thinking though.
It’s the regression on the short to intermediate passes that concerns me. There were a bunch of passes (I think to Easley) that were thrown five yards in front of his feet. I actually think Stanley has improved on the deep ball.
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I like your opinion. This makes a lot of sense.
but for now it probably makes sense to work on execution issues rather than making personnel changes.
Has anyone ever actually seen Ross and KF in the same place? Hmmmm....
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