I work with a Tea Sipper and we were having a discussion about the misfortunes of our teams. He brought up this point. Several years ago Mack became enamored with getting the best athletes available not necessarily the best football players. UT now has some of the fastest WRs in the country but they can't catch, they have fast Backs that can't run over people, some of the strongest OL that don't block well.....ect. He used Colt vs. Vince to make his point, Vince was by far the better athlete but Colt was a better football player. At Tech we could use Robert Johnson vs. Lyle Leong, Johnson was a heck of an athlete but Lyle is a ball player. I think the point is valid and to some extent explains UTs problems this year. I also think this is the way Tech competes with likes of UT and OU as they tend to over look the Players who don't fit their Athlete mold.
My questions are:
Is the great athlete that can play that rare? Can the great athlete be coached up in four years? Can Players fit any system, or do you need to fit your Players to the system to beat pure athletes? What is a winnable mix of Players to Athletes. How do you find the Player in a recruit?