I had this idear and put it on another site couple of years ago. Nothing happen because they was so dum. The people on this site is much smarter, so maybe it'll work. Here it is: know how the baseball coach wears the baseball uniform in a game? That's why the baseball team is so good. So why don't the football coaches wear the football uniform in a game? See what I'm saying--why don't the football coaches wear the football uniform in a game? Or at least the shoulder pads and helmet. And shoes.
I forgot to mention that last year Florida had a great quarterback and pass receiver whose first names started with K. The sensitive reader can see how this increases the irony even further.
My goodness, all three of Texas A & M's quarterback's first names start with a K, and two of Vanderbilt's. I had no idea, and still can hardly believe it. Not only that, but none of the five has thrown for at least 200 yards and run for at least 100 yards in the same game. All have passed for at least 200 yards in a game and run for less that 100 though.
Don't be self-absorbed, LeghumperU. Nothing beats looking cool and hip, not even being cool and hip.
Several weeks ago, I gave strong support to the notion that Mullen was a top level coach and noted that he would not be a great head coach until "inter alia" he recruited better and reduced game-to-game performance variation. There surely are several sources of performance variation, and some are out of the coach's control. For example, one may receive unfair penalty calls, or even deserve them but they might occur at drive killing times--false start penalties down low in the red zone. But some are surely due to deficiencies in player/game preparation, and those may be laid at the feet of the coaches. It's this that I alluded to in my earlier posting. Said a different way, if one were to construct a graph of game performance quality (quality on the ordinate, games on the abscissa), then a mean and standard deviation could be computed describing the curve. If you were less gifted, Neil, I would need to point out that the standard deviation is a measure of variability, and this was what I had in mind before in softening my evaluation of Mullen. You are (in this essay} and I was (in my comment) saying that the standard deviation of the curve of game performance quality across games during Mullen's head coaching tenure at Florida is too large, and you are stating (and I agree) that Mullen should address this issue, and that he should start with himself and his staff. Note: it is unclear how overall game quality might be measured, but as a start in finding out you could contact Leghumper.
Bingo! But I was going to take another tack viz., what specifically did you think was hilarious about Kiffen's comment, Dave.
I swear, there's nothing like it.
Good essay, informative and well-written. But I can't help note that whenever Jones is mentioned it's almost always as an after thought to the Gators' real quarterback, Richardson. I think Jones has been the second best quarterback in the league 'till now and will be the best by season's end. To put it in even stronger terms, if I could trade Jones for any other current SEC quarterback, I would stand pat.
Jones' 200/100 game last week was the first time a Gator quarterback did that since Lenore Delgado in 1952.
It's great to be a Gator!
You also get a couple of points for pointing out that sometimes where there's Smoke there's Rodriquez.
Neil, for goodness sakes! You needed a comma after "south" in the second sentence. And aren't all legacies lasting--at least the kind you are talking about here. Come on, man, you're a Gator. On the other hand, the Gehrig-Pipp allusion was pretty good. But before you get too comfortable, you didn't mention that Jones almost doubled Jason Hargreaves' 110/62 77 year-old record from 1974, or that his completion percentage for 25 attempts (or more) last Saturday was the tenth highest ever. Sometimes I have hope for you. Then this, then this.
Jones' performance last Saturday not only produced the first 200/100 outing by a Gator quarterback since Tebow's 15 years ago, but it almost doubled Jason Hargreaves' 110/59 production in 1954, a record which stood for mighty near 77 years. Great goddamighty!
Ditto, X02, especially your point about Grantham. I've no idea what's been the problem with the Gator's defense over the last couple of years, but I've never thought that all or even most of the problem lay with Grantham. It seems implausible that an experienced coach hired to the DC position at a major football school by a mature, talented coach like Mullen who continues to show confidence in him, would be so inept. It doesn't make sense on its face.
Jones' progress through the first four games shows not only his potential of becoming an outstanding player, but also Mullen's acumen in coaching quarterbacks. Also, it shows indirectly that Mullen is among a select few in being a formidable coach overall.
I liked "intermediating" better.
Kirkstreit has been reading my comments about Mullen on SDS.
Nice essay by Neil, nice comment by fuzzy.
You have to admit that if he wasn't locked in he would probably be locked out. But no, he's locked in.
$7 a beer. I bought a 24-pack of Yuengling at Kroger about a month ago for $11. About $.46 each. $11.77 with tax, $.49 each. Still have about 10 or 12 of them. It's good beer--but I just drink about 1 or 2 a week in the summer. Hardly any in the winter. Mostly, I drink beer with a corned beef sandwich but sometimes with chocolate candy. Learned how to drink it with chocolate in Germany when I was a soldier. A corporal in the field artillery.
Thanks. I'll see what I can do.
Emory Jones is a very good player who is going to win some games for Florida. But in this era of the spectacular play and player, it is hard to see what a contribution he makes.
Congrats! Feels great, doesn't it? I know, I was first once in April.
Everybody knows Saban is the best college football coach, and likely the best one that's ever lived. No future coach will be better, either. Few realize that if it were not he, it would be Mullen. Bear Bryant is the fifth best, and Kirby Smart the ninth.
As I've noted before, Perine's first name spelled backwards is Lacimal.
The main cause of Jones' slow start was that Alabama's defense had from 12 to 14 men on the field at one time in the first quarter. On every play. Nobody noticed it but me until late in the first quarter when an official saw it and told Saban to cut it out.
You can divide more numbers into 16 than you can eight. 1,2,4, and 7 goes into 16, but only 1,2, and 4 go into eight.