Posted by mDEVIL! on July 05, 19 at 12:58:59:
In Reply to: Dare I say... posted by 05 Devil on July 05, 19 at 11:04:53:
I'd hardly say Ray's moneyball plan has gone without a hiccup. If you recall, he intended to hire both of TG's coordinators out of the gate, and failed to get either one. He went to plan B on day 2.
That being said, I think he hired a great DC, and some other high impact assistants, like Pierce. I also generally like what I see on the recruiting front. I'm less focused on stars than some. I think they have shown a deliberate and sound strategy, and the moneyball team has some very good people at evaluating talent. I like that good students are part of their algorithm, as the mental aspect of football is highly under-rated IMO, and good students are more likely to qualify and make it to camp.
It is probably no coincidence that we have recruited the back end of the D very well, due not only to need, but with Herm's NFL background, Gonzo's scheme. The OL focus is not only from the recruiting staff & AD I suspect, but Herm too. All you need to do is look back to the lines he built in KC during the Priest Holmes years. I'm waiting for him to get a Tony Gonzales clone at TE.
The DL is a concern, which hopefully they will fortify some before the season starts. Numbers are also a concern. Recruiting good students wo make it to camp will help with that over time, as will the fact they are recruiting more freshman, less JCs, and seem to be laddering positions by class a bit better than TG. That said, we had a lot of transfers, many who were not huge losses, but our roster is too small, and we need to build it and depth.
Also, still not sold on Liens at OC. This year should answer that question, as last year the O had mostly veterans, while the D rebuilt & exceeded expectations under Gonzales.
Re: baseball, no comment :-)
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