oh now you want to play the averages game? I thought you were dismissing averages because you wanted our defense to be elite the whole season with a bunch of left overs.
Seriously? This conversation is quickly breaking down into stuff like this.
Averages have a place. Averages NEVER tell the whole story... because they're "averages" of different things. If a salesman "averages" 100% of his goal over a period of time but you find that he collapses completely at times as well... you don't ignore the latter. In fact, the latter is likely a reason to fire him.
There is probably as much talent on their offense as there was on our defense. How many of our Defense is starting on south Carolina's team? Or how many of our defenders would south Carolina trade their offensive players for? That will tell you how talented our D was.
I can maybe agree with that first statement. So why did an O with equal talent to a D score 63 points? Answer that question and you begin to understand why I'm not buying Banks YET.
The latter is ridiculous. I don't know and neither do you.
we held 9 teams below their season average. and I am not counting Missouri, as their average was 24.1, we held them to 24.
Why not? That would be fair or you could have said that the D held 10 opponents to their season average or below. Completely fair. Good reason to hope that Banks can get the job done.
But those games aren't the problem. Nor is a game like Bama a big concern to me. It is those games that UT had enough talent to compete well against an opposing O and got completely trucked. That's where my doubts come from.
I don't want Banks to fail. I'm not writing him off or saying he cannot win my confidence for whatever that's worth. I'm simply saying that he's done things that leave me with significant doubts about his ability. His inconsistencies are troubling.
Overall we gave up 22 fewer points than our opponents averaged. So even with subpar talent we did better than the average of the SEC. We are clearly improving.
The O has carried the D for two years. But to your point, I would be comfortable with 23 ppg like they had last fall. Allowing 405 ypg isn't so great... and being mid-pack in yds/play isn't flipping anyone's skirt up. But I would take all of those numbers if the game results were plus or minus 10-15%. But the results are literally all over the place. Some good, some bad... but 9 of their 13 games saw opponents with total O greater than 445 or less than 365. That's why looking at the average alone doesn't work.
You haven't seen ANYTHING that says Banks can coach?
Did I actually say that?
Clear improvement year over year. The ability to change the game plan at half, figuring out how to Bend-don't-break. and remember that was his stated mantra coming in. He knows yards don't matter. points do. We went from 31.5ppg in 2021, to 22.7ppg in 2022.
Again, I agree that points matter. I believe that yardage matters. But the averages don't tell the story.
and all you have are "convenient stats". you pick the worst games, you pick the worst stats, yards, and you reject what actually wins and loses games, points.
I don't find those stats convenient at all. I find them highly inconvenient... concerning. If Banks' D allowed 28 ppg like it did in '21 but didn't allow the 40+ point collapses then I'd be pretty happy. UT would have an opportunity to win every game. It is precisely the collapses that screw up great seasons. Right? What prevented UT from making a strong case to be in the CFP instead of either TCU or OSU? It wasn't UT's defensive averages across the season. It was a defensive collapse against a not very great team.
Do I think it is possible for UT to improve? Yes. Do I think it is possible that Banks can lead the D to success? Yes. But I do not see that as PROVEN. I see that as something still to be determined.