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As most of you know, I am stupid. Luckily for me, I have this wonderful message board full of somewhat reasonable people to answer questions. If I wanted to know what the capital of France is, all I'd have to do is ask the question on this forum. That was just an example - I know the capital of France is Oslo.
And believe it or not, my question on this rainy day is football-related. Like most of you, I started looking forward to next season after that thumping against Alabama. That was a bad night. I don't...I mean I just...I don't want to talk about that night anymore. I'll get to my question.
I don't need to know who will be starting where next season; I have a pretty good idea about that. What I'd like to know is - compared to this season - will our offensive line be better or worse? Defensive line? Secondary? Offense and defense as a whole? Obviously, you don't need to tell me about punt returns. The only way for punt returns to be any worse is if our kick returner always takes his helmet off, turns it upside down, and tries to catch the football in it. And that would only be slightly worse that what we had this year.
Talk to me, Goose.
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My opinion of your intelligence will never be the same. My confidence is shattered on two points.
1. Everyone knows that the capital of France is Helsinki. Mai non?
2. If the punt returner took his helmet off he would have to immediately leave the field, thereby leaving a big gap at our end of the field. Come to think of it, the shape of the ball means that perhaps 50% of the time it would bounce back towards the kicker. That would be an improvement. Ron, I believe you are on to something!
2 then cancels out 1 so please ignore the first sentence. You are back on the pedestal, albeit barely.
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You two must be joking. The Capital of France is Freemasonier. Silly rabbits.
I think next year as part of the coin toss the refs will say "Team X is averaging 41 yards per punt, so that is where we are putting the ball when they kick to you ND. 41 yards from where they punt, to save time".
As far as the team. I think our defensive secondary will be quite stout. I think the front 7 will be not quite as stout but solid. You cant replace a Manti Teo very easily. Our offensive O-line will be in somewhat of a flux (capacitor) and will struggle at times. The QB and running game will be solid to very good.
This post was edited by aceinthehole 15 months ago
The hitman artist formerly known as Acemang
We will no doubt be running through these projections in the weeks and months to come, but in the way of a very brief synopsis:
Secondary: Should be stronger. Motta will be a big loss, but three starters return as opposed to three newbies this year. Collinsworth, Baratti and Farley give the safeties a strong three-man rotation. If Slaughter gets a sixth year, they'll have more capable bodies than they know how to use. That should give the defense the ability to run six men onto the field with a safety/OLB hybrid — a look they couldn't afford to run often last season. Russell and Jackson both return after strong first years on the field and Lo Wood should provide another level of depth if he can return to the form he held in early August.
D Line: Probably stays right where it is as a cornerstone to the Irish defense and the team overall. Lewis-Moore is a loss in the leadership column. They won't lose a step plugging in Sheldon Day in his spot, though. Jarron Jones impressed coaches all year on scout team and should get into the mix early.
O Line: The center position is a huge question mark. Will Hegarty be healthy enough to play? Will Nick Martin or Chris Watt slide inside to take over the position? The line's strength next season will be determined in a large part by who they find in the middle to make calls and keep the group organized. If Zack Martin and Watt stay intact on the left side they'll be a force to be reckoned with.
A few areas where ND will take a step backward: running backs (likely going to lose two smart, talented seniors and have a large group of unproven young guys), middle linebacker (no explanation needed here) and tight end (same).
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Dan Murphy 15 months ago
why would this France fella try to catch punts with his
helmet? Oh well, i say if BK can get him to visit, he will be
Loved all of it!
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No down-vote please - thank you!
No down-vote por favor, gracias !
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A toi sante!!! Like that one??
Wrong, Paris came with the Statue de Liberte!!!
IFR, you've come to the right place to find out anything about everything. The collective wisdom of posters here, standing end on end, almost equals what Lou Somogyi knows, so that's saying quite a bit. I, for example, am so smart, that I recognize I'm not nearly smart enough to answer your question. Why? Because teams are loaded with unknowns. No one saw Russell coming this year. Only one person saw Farley coming. So, we lose Cave, with no one ready to step up. Well, I'm betting on a surprise. How much upside does Niklas have? How good is Jarron Jones? He was on the plane with me coming back from Florida and it looked like he could have tackled the plane if he wanted to. Freshman? We have one of the top recruiting classes in the country. One or two of them, at least, should be ready to contribute. Jarrett Grace? The same person who saw Farley coming, sees him coming. Golson? He actually looked pretty good against Alabama. What does that suggest about next year? And, FWIW, the coaching staff will be a little smarter, because they probably learned something on January 7th, too.
Bottom line is, as dumb as I am, it strikes me as very possible that the team will be better next year. The real unknowable is whether or not they will have the same character as this year's did. Not sure if even Lou Somogyi knows the answer to that one.
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Great analysis Dan. Glad Collinsworth got good mention, because this time last year he was certainly getting mention from respected players. Lo Wood/Russell will be a battle.
Your last paragraph(sans MLB mention) has me thinking not IF but INTO WHAT our offense morphs. I see tighter sets, 2 RBs in a split shotgun set flanking EG(similar to our new wrinkle in the BCSNC that was swept without much mention under the 42-14 head spinning rug that was utlized to the tune of two TDs). Guys I would love to buy stock in are: Ben Councell, Alex Welch, Austin Collinsworth, and the better at falling forward of Will Mahone/Greg Bryant.
Wait - I thought after the French picked a fight with our Native Americans and lost that war - they took the right for us to use the metric system, which eventually was one of the reasons the south declared civl war???? If so, why would we accept any gifts from the French?
im so confused
Unlike Ham and the others, I need little thought and fewer words (imagine that) to answer your questions. France has and needs no capital. That's just how it is when you're irrelevant.
We will better at every position. Others might not see this, but they're not me. We will win 12 games. We will then join Ham at the Rose Bowl. We will not play Alabama. They will lose to Kentucky and Georgia State. Instead, we'll face Florida and beat them 33-16, after which Bill Muschamp will interview with the Eagles for their still vacant coaching slot.
I'm still interested in frisbee.
This post was edited by Mr Rice128364 15 months ago
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