- Custer: As some of you may have noticed, I posted two blogs last week. The second one was one that I had on my desktop since early August. It seemed logical to me to post it for those of us trying to kill a little time before the 7pm beat down that we were going to put on North Texas. In that blog, I put North Texas as one of the teams that we needed to get away from. Why not, they were 1-11 last year, with the stink of the Sunbelt still on them. Well that logic worked out for me about as well as Custer's decision to cross the Little Big Horn river on the morning of June 25, 1876. I for one have some more respect for the other Green team. Maybe I should lighten up on C-USA too.
- Bradshaw: Davis's kickoff return reminded me of Bradshaw against Tulane in 2005. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2656470-most-underpaid-coaches-in-college-football/page/5 Davis is becoming a reliable back. I wasn't sure why we didn't have someone with more speed on the kickoff return team. Now I know!!!
- Rippon: after getting slapped down by MUther on the main board during the game for questioning Heater, I shifted gears and started thinking about whether Heater is really better than Rippon. I kept asking myself why we were only going into press man coverage and not mixing in Zone, etc. OK, I am not as quick as Chris88, IM4DHERD and the rest of the solid posters on Herdfans, but it finally hit me that Jackson is the second best CB on the team. He is also a pure freshman. Jackson's knowledge of the playbook probably isn't that deep right now. Hence all the man coverage. As I talk about some in No. 4, I don't know why we are this thin in the defensive backfield. I didn't see anyway Tiquan was going to be able to come back. I do think that Heater suffered from some unforeseeable attrition right before camp, but don't you recruit JC DBs to avoid the problem we have now. In short, Heater has had a good career here. He much like many of the coaches and players aren't having his best year. It is one year, not the end of the world (aka the Return of Rippon). Finally, in this flashback theme, I want to make sure I mention that Gary had an incredible game. Hernandez had some flashes of greatness, and Allen had some solid plays.
- Bobby: I'm not in the camp of comparing Bobby to Doc. Two different styles and two different eras. My thoughts about Bobby were related to why he didn't have the problem of being thin at key positions (e.g. QB and CB). I kept thinking back to the day when players wanted to be on Championship teams and how that defined their success. My Dad keeps telling me that it is the Graduate Transfer Rule that changed everything. Moreover he and K00laid keep pointing out to me that these kids just want to play. OK, OK, OK...during the game I looked up the date of the Graduate Transfer Rule, which went into effect in 2006; Bobby left in 2004. I agree that the culture of College Football changed in 2006. It still doesn't explain why Doc didn't recruit JC CBs and QBs.
- Tower Pass: while I am still troubled that a guy who hasn't played FB in four years is our best WR, Clark is our best receiver so far. Maybe he is the best because at 6'7" he can catch a ball thrown high, which took me back to the Tower Pass. http://www.herdzone.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/110515aai.html Clark made some good adjustments to catch some tough balls. Not sure why we couldn't get the ball to him deep like we did at Pitt, but he still had a good personal performance on Saturday.
- Tron Martinez: got out of Doc's dog house after the fumble in the September 10, 2010, WVU game. Maybe there is hope for Anderson. (Can't find a video clip of that play...thankfully).
- Mark Cann: was a nice kid who got overhyped. Chase had a good freshman year. He had a good bowl win in his home town, which may or may not have been good for a young kid. Maybe Chase is another Mark Cann (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZmRBiVimoY). Maybe Chase is another Brian Anderson, who had a nice career with us. At this point, I'm thinking he is not the second Chad or Byron. I'm afraid that many of us, and Chase himself, thought he was the next Chad (mechanics wise, maybe I should use Byron). He currently doesn't look like a future Heisman finalist. But having two QBs listed as Heisman finalists has done something to our psyche. We used to be called QBU for a reason. Cato had a great career here, but he also had both Legg (give the devil some due) and Tony Peterson working with him everyday in practice. That being said, I'm not ready to say his career is on track or down the tubes. For those of you who don't remember, Cann was eventually replaced. Competition isn't a bad thing. I'm going to cheer for Chase for the rest of the year, and see what X looks like in the Spring. There is a lot of football left this year to figure out what Chase can and can't do. Last Saturday, I learned that he can run some, which I didn't know. I'll be there on Saturday cheering for him; I hope others keep an open mind.
- Cody Slate: was a great TE on bad teams. Yet, Snyder found ways to get him the ball. Doc and Legg don't seem to be able to do that with Yurachek, who is the best player on the team. That being said, I am glad that Yurachek is getting TDs in the redzone. It dumbfounds me why we can't get him the ball prior to the redzone over the middle. While we are at it, let's get the ball to Byrd too!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh2sqkG-UKA
- Mark Snyder: must be laughing somewhere in East Lansing at us as Herdfans for turning on Doc. It is interesting how Doc went from being listed as one of the most underpaid HC's in August (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2656470-most-underpaid-coaches-in-college-football/page/5) to where he is right now in the minds of many Herdfans. I don't disagree with much of the criticism of Doc (just don't tell my Cocker Spaniel), but I also accept the fact that Doc isn't going anywhere. Whether they were cupcakes or not, Doc is coming off 3 ten win seasons and a Conference Championship. He's not going anywhere. Plus, I for one want him to turn this around this year. I'm not sure he can do it this year, but I am sure he will do it next year. Look, I don't want to have to change my Cocker Spaniel's name. Too much confusion with pet names just ends up with crap in the house. So I am rooting for Doc.
- Senior Banners: As things got bad on Saturday, I started thinking about those fans that make the Senior Banners for Senior Night. Those are true fans. This is going to be very rough year. Based on my review of the roster, I think all 14 Seniors were on the C-USA Conference Champion team. They should cherish that memory. While some fans are saying they aren't going back to watch this team, I'm going to go cheer for them because they are Sons of Marshall who have put in their time. I've also got respect for many of the Seniors. They have to be frustrated. While they can look back on being on a Championship team, they are at risk of being the only group that NEVER beat WKU. We should get our second win this Saturday. Go Herd!!!
During the game, I didn't get angry or frustrated. Instead, I had to force myself to pay attention to the game. Later in the game, I even tweeted that it was like a bad sermon that I was trying to listen to. Then on Sunday, I put it on my second TV as I watched the Bengals game. I didn't get that much more out of watching the game a second time. During the live game my mind wondered, I started having flashbacks to events from the Herd's past. I also started to think about one very poorly timed posting. Along those lines, here are the Ten Things I Think I Know After the Other Green Turned Mean (Flashback Edition):
Thundering in MD