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I'm going out on a small limb, here. Admittedly, this probably isn't much of a gamble. Despite our losses, I predict 2013 will yield the most productive and most explosive Irish offense, by far, of the BK Era. I've made a few assumptions, but my reasoning is as follows:
1. For the first time we have a returning starter not embroiled in a QB controversey. Additionally, he is making the jump from first year starter to second year, and he will be in his third year in the program. I anticipate a huge jump in his efficiency and decision making.
2. We again return 3 starters on the OL. The other two will come from a pool of highly touted, versatile OL. The versatility is key because this allow the best 5 OL to play together. Additionally, we have a full 3 deep, providing solid depth.
3. GAIII and Neal (projected starters) are major speed upgrades over their predecessors. I know this doesn't always translate. However, we've already seen flashes with GAIII. Additionally, we've all seen Chris Brown's speed on display, as well. He, too, should have a bigger role.
4. Davaris Daniels' development. Daniels display against Bama was no fluke. He can be dominant. He's no burner; however, he is still an exceptional athlete (he recorded a 41"+ vertical at an official Nike SPARQ combine in high school). He and TJ should form one of the better WR tandems in the country.
5. Amir Carlisle is now healthy and entering his second year in the program. I was glad we preserved a year of eligibility for him. He's got speed to burn and should get reps at either RB or slot (perhaps both).
I'm not sure how much we'll really be able to tell this spring. But we could probably glean a few things. For example, last year was clearly an indication of GAIII's playmaking capability. Also, we got a sense of Golson's improvisation and tools. I'm looking forward to seeing some plays from the aforementioned players, or any ND players for that matter.
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This post was edited by thatdude16 on 3/5/2013 at 6:29 AM
Another very solid post, T-Sull. I think one other factor in the explosiveness, perhaps implied in what you said about Golson, is the rhythm of the offense. I would anticipate they will get plays off more quickly, and that Golson will start to become an extension of Kelly's thinking on the field. If he's able to use more of the field, specifically the middle, this will just create more problems on the defensive side of the ball.
Unless someone leaps out of the pack, and it's certainly a possibility, I'm not going to put all my eggs in GAIII's basket right now at RB. He'll be an important contributor, and definitely a big part of that "explosiveness" factor, but until he a rounds out his game beyond pure speed, I think it will be very much a time share position, and they will also need whomever has the best vision, reads the blocks, can break or avoid that initial hit, etc. Certainly not part of the "explosiveness" factor, but essential cogs in the moving of the chains.
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nice post. now the offense needs to develop more of the offense and rely less on the fade to eifert. it needs to add the screen game and routes over the middle of the field. adding some power plays to the run game and not running everyone of them over the leftside(behind zmartin & watt) would help.
^^^^agreed^^^^ i think we ddefinitly will start to see more of the screen game or a zone read attack, it wont be the base of the offense because we have legit downfield threats but misdirection plays will be used more frequently to keep defenses out of a rhythm.
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Love the discussion, thus far. Couple things:
1. Surprised to see so many down on GAIII. Sure, he did not finish the season strong. However, I believe the play calling was more geared towards getting Golson ready for the National Championship appearance. Thus, there were fewer opportunities for him. Let's not forget he averaged 7.1 YPC in over 50 attempts! I'd like to see what he can do with a regular workload.
2. I agree with those calling for more in the screen game. I think there is a big opportunity for Neal, here. Go back and watch his high school film. They must've run a screen for him on every single play.
Please don't forget our TE's. Blocking will help our O to roll. Superman, from Hodges part of the country is ready to be a prime time receiver.
Came across this on youtube and had to watch it again. Golson could take this offense to the next level next year. If Kiel does beat him out, it means he's really darn good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoIfuqSmQdw
Solid post & very good points.
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