Posted by Big Ron on August 26, 21 at 10:03:44:
In Reply to: 2015... posted by cudevil on August 26, 21 at 09:06:54:
While everybody was giddy about the 2014 win over Norte Dame, I was warning that ND coach Brian Kelly had exposed Grahamís defense. ND had 22 plays that went for over 10 yards and 11 that were longer than 20 yards. The game plan was solid but Golson could not execute. The following week Oregon State beat ASU following the same blueprint with three TDs over 65 yards and an additional 20 yard TD reception. ASU lost 2 of its last 3 regular season games.
Maybe I should have listed Graham hubris and the loss of Laiu Moeakiola as a 2015 X Factors. In 2014, Laiu was like having Graham on the field directing the defense. Without his direction in 2015, teams were able to constantly get a DB in a bind with 2 receivers in his zone and no safety help.
In any case, we both seem to agree that there should have been enough talent in 2015 for a better season. And we both seem to worry about the recent mysterious absence of key players.
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