After watching the game Saturday I came away feeling the defensive coaches did not put their players in position to win.
The splitting the safeties wide plan that has been discussed is a perfect example. Knight recognized it and exploited it at least twice and yet it was not changed after the first time it was exposed.
The defense is supposed to be the strength of the team, but still looks suspect. I like coach Smith, but it seems like the defense has been good for one half season since he got here.
Could please offer insight on the following:
- With the above terrible plan as an example has it been the athletes or the use of them that has provided us with such shaky safety play over the last few years?
- Is our LB game plan so complex that only Ellis and Greenlaw has been able to grasp it? They can say what they want about how much deeper they are at the position, but they seem reluctant to play anyone other than those two. Meanwhile they are getting worn out and start making mistakes. None of these well thought of recruits, Hackett, Graham, Eugene, Williams, Ramsey, Harris, has developed to where they are willing to play them. They have been here through Spring Camp, Fall Camp, some, multiple seasons and they still cannot play? How can that be? It is one of this team’s real mysteries.
- Did Randy Ramsey play much Saturday? I hardly remember them mentioning him or seeing him. In the first three games I really thought he looked like a real change of pace weapon and a guy that could have given Knight problems and yet no.
- Is Ryan Pulley now a full time starter? On the depth chart he is listed as an “or” with Tolliver. Yet Tolliver seems to play mostly nickle and is playing pretty well. It seems to my eye that Pulley is giving us the best corner play since CBB got here and maybe longer. I am sorry for the veterans, but Pulley looks better than Collins, Dean or Tolliver and should be starting from this day on. Your thoughts?
- Was a shadow for Knight any part of the game plan for this game? He was a major concern heading in. His running more than any other item led to A&M’s victory. It seems a plan where Greenlaw did nothing but focus on Knight could have helped keep him from running wild like he did.