Very well saidIt always takes 11 pulling together in football.
The OL doesn't have to be improved, necessarily. They were abysmal against Mizzou (as were most of the position groups), but actually protected Joe and gave him time pretty well yesterday against UGa. And opened lanes for runs about half the time.
So next year's OL doesn't really have to be tons better. But they do need to avoid taking a step back, which some people foresee given the seniors we're about to lose. We'll have to wait and see. Sometimes you get addition by subtraction.
But the big thing I'm hoping Nico brings is a hunger to win. A fierce competitive spirit, unwillingness to be beaten, that he can infect the rest of the offense, and the rest of the team, with. We're missing that kind of driven leadership this year.
If he does that, he can raise the quality of all his teammates' game as well.
Joe had 4 and 5 seconds in the pocket at times yesterday. He also had the opportunity to tuck it and run for 7 easy yards. He just has no awareness. Nico looks to have the same hyper awareness that Hooker and Dobbs have.
Agree, and most of the fans think he was ready this year. Joe ain't very good, but I'm glad he stayed. Nico needs to add weight and strengthMark my words. If Nico struggles at any point in his 1st season, at least 10% of this fanbase will say "bust" and call for the backup OB. We have the emotional maturity of toddlers amongst us.
You don't have to be Bear Bryant to see that Nico has special talent.Why do we expect a kid getting his first playing time against anyone other than three or four mop up plays to be so awesome next year lol? Next year will be major growing pains and we will be set back again.
First of all we don't know yet who's coming and who is staying. Not to mention, look at the basketball team; they ran a few people off and has looked pretty good so far.The expectations for next year need to be pretty low. We are losing a lot of players after this season, if we don’t hit a homerun with the portal we are in trouble.
I mentioned this in another post when people were discussing Nico and other incoming players, but what about the offensive line?
That should be an indictment on development then. The last 2 classes were top 12-15 in most of the services. The 2022 guys will be RS So and Jr’s. If they’re not ready to go and aren’t up to snuff then they were misses in recruiting or over-ranked or not developed. None of which are valid excuses going into year 4.The expectations for next year need to be pretty low. We are losing a lot of players after this season, if we don’t hit a homerun with the portal we are in trouble.
By improvement do you mean a QB that can look past the first read ? A QB that doesn't stair down his first read before he throws only to the first read ? A QB that can hopefully extend plays and make throws out of the pocket ? If Nicco can do any of this he has improved the QB play by 100%. It's time he prove he is the $8million dollar man. I'm pretty sure he didn't reject the money until he could become the starter.