The straight scoop
from Colonel Mustard
Sept. 1, 2005
about the lull in my reporting, but the new season is here and it is time
to get back at it. We have had an interesting off-season highlighted by
perhaps the best recruiting class in our history. This is a difficult
season to handicap because many of the newcomers will play a key role
on this year's team. And because of the closed practices most of us have
not had the opportunity to see these players in action. Next week we will
have a review on many of the newcomers after the Maine game. One thing
I won't do is repeat the mistake of drawing too many conclusions from
this game as I did after last year's opener.
talent level this year will be much improved. At QB Joe was a great kid
and a stand-up guy but ill-suited to this offense. Zac is a dart-thrower,
he doesn't appear to be real mobile and has a good but not great arm;
however, he is extremely accurate. He is the most accurate QB we have had
since Brook. He is smart, poised and has something to prove. This a good
combination. He will have a big year if our protection holds up. The line
should be better with a year in the system. We need to improve the talent
level in this group but Wagner is a highly respected line coach. TE will
be a blocking position without Herian. At WR Hardy is supposed to be a
big-time player with good speed. Brooks was having a good fall and should
be ready to play soon. I am anxious to see him in action. I believe that
Nunn will have a break-out year and will be the star among the receivers.
He developed a great deal as last season progressed. LeFlore and Fluellen
can't seem to stay healthy which is unfortunate because we need both of
them this year. I thought that Ross had a terrific year in difficult circumstances.
Jackson is a strong runner and if Lucky and Glenn are everything they
are cracked up to be, this position will be a team strength.
defense the newcomers should be a huge factor. They will provide needed depth
along the line and raise the athleticism and depth of the linebackers.
The secondary is a concern other than Bullocks. Grixby and Green have
talent but are small and inexperienced respectively. Everyone who has
seen him raves about Bowman and I am excited to see him play. It would
appear that Jackson needs to take over the other safety job. The talent
level and depth are better so the extent of the improvement will hinge
on coaches putting the players in a better position to succeed this year.
most important factor in the success of this season lies with the coaches.
Can they make the transition to the college game? On defense the coaching
should be improved now that they are aware that the college rules on secondary
contact are different than the pros. On offense Bill has a QB that fits
his style and they have a year in the system. He has players who want
to be here and not the ones he inherited. I felt that the staff had a
very poor regular season last year and a fantastic recruiting season.
The talent is improved and the schedule couldn't have set up better. Those
factors should definitely leads to more wins. How many more will depend
on the coaches' ability to adapt to the college game and improve their
Keep the faith. GBR.