Things That Make Me Go Hmmmm ...

1. #82

First off I love stories of transformation and redemption. If Adam has seen of the errors of his past, turned the corner against them, created new work habits, and cleaned up his immature behavior,  then my hats off to him. He is growing up and his character is changing for the better. Good for him. Maybe that is why he was named captain a couple of weeks ago and is receiving more playing time.

However, one of things that I know about human nature is that leopards don't change their spots ... and the further entrenched people are with an entitlement mentality and keep hanging around the same people who enable and rescue them from their bad choices, the more difficult it is for them to change their spots.  In fact, in 20 years of working with people, I have never seen it happen. 

2. Tuberville's Comments

His comments about the offensive possessions against A&M reflect poorly on him. Is he really not that bright? Saying that Tech scores TD's on only 4 of 13 possessions while attempting 5 FG's won't get it done against a quality opponent is true ... BUT this is the hmmm thing for me: in the 13 possessions, Tech was in scoring position 9 of those 13 times. That is good enough to beat a quality opponent. If the rules give you four downs to get a first down, sometimes you have to use all four downs.  Tech's average play from scrimmage was 5.0 yards. Their pass plays averaged 5.9.

There were two fourth down plays that had less than five yards to gain for the first down and one more than five yards.

1) 4th and 2 with 9:43 to go in the 2nd. Ball was on A&M's 10.

2) 4th and 4 with 5:00 to go in the 3rd. Ball was on A&M 28.

3) 4th and 8 with 9:39 to go in the 4th. Ball was on A&M 13.


If you know that you are going to have to score more than 40 to win, you have to show that you have confidence in your offense that they can get it done in four plays and play the percentages. Percentages say they convert on two of three and keep the drives. One for a TD, the other not so sure.

The last fourth down was close enough to the end zone to take a calculated risk. They completed 2/3 of their passes against the 120th ranked pass defense in the nation. Their average completed pass netted 8.8 yards. This means they have a 66% chance of gaining the first down.

Things that make me go hmmmm ...

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