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Kurt Rambis

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  1. As for football movies, it's gotta be the original The Longest Yard. Burt Reynolds when he was cool.
  2. Over the Hanson brothers? Never! Slap Shot all day long...
  3. When there is a coaching change, it's a total game-changer for recruits. Some kid was being recruited by Miami but he didn't vibe with the coach, and he liked MC. Now MC is the coach at Miami, so suddenly that program looks good. Some other kid felt he was a great fit for the scheme at Miami, but doesn't like the scheme MC brings to the program, so now he's no longer interested in Miami. Same with coaches - I'm sure there are guys MC was pressing hard for that Lanning looked at and said, "Meh - next." And probably guys Lanning wanted that the new DC in Georgia won't be excited about. It's not just a new head coach, but new assistants, new schemes, new priorities, new trainers, new attitude. With the transfer portal, even some new teammates. And undoubtedly there's also uncertainty, like will Lanning be a good HC and how will the team look in three years and what O and D schemes will they run. So when a coach leaves, I have no problem with that coach "taking" recruits elsewhere.
  4. Huh. I just hope the Ducks are going to get good return on the Dollars. And this time, no change. I'll stop now...
  5. Too bad it looks like he won't stay a greenback...
  6. Love to see the connection with the past. My only quibble with the article is that it says Mullens opted not to go for a coach with Oregon ties. It appears Wilcox opted that for him. LaMike is still my all-time favorite Oregon RB.
  7. https://www.oregonlive.com/recruiting/2022/01/sam-taki-taimani-washington-huskies-starting-defensive-lineman-commits-to-oregon-ducks.html Huge DL starter Taki Taimani transfers to Oregon. From Washington. That's gonna leave a bruise.
  8. I'm just not too worried about stuff like this. The Ducks, being an incredibly young team, can afford one awful recruiting year more than most other programs. And with what is written about virtually every assistant coach ("top recruiter"), it shouldn't last for long. If we're back in the top 15 next year, or better yet top 10, all this turmoil will be forgotten. Frankly, my much greater concern is whether the program has hired recruiting over coaching. When all we keep reading about is what a great recruiter each of the assistants is, I hope we're not in for a repeat of "great recruits who don't get developed" and/or "great recruits who lose to Stanford."
  9. Given the state of the Pac-12 this year, I'm not sure leading the league in anything is all that impressive. In my limited ability to watch extended highlights, I still saw a guy who took off pretty fast out of the pocket, who missed a bunch of throws, and who did a lot of checkdowns. Was the receiver not in the right place? Did the line not give him the extra half second the pattern needed to develop properly? Not watching the all-22 so no clue how much of the performance was Brown, coaching, line, injuries, receivers, etc. But I didn't see anything overwhelmingly impressive in what little I did see - stats or no stats. In total offensive production, this team was far below where the talent suggests it should have been. 17 points in two games against Utah? 24 against Stanford and Cal? 26 against a putrid Washington team? Ugh. That's absolutely not all on the QB, and I'm not sure even the majority of it should be...but at least some. Maybe I'm being completely unfair, but I'm betting Thomas, Mariota, Dixon, and some of our other recent guys in the same system would have done more.
  10. I've got a daughter in high school. AP courses may not be what they used to be, but then student achievement in general is not what it used to be, so there's still a pretty good gap between AP and a typical student. Sadly.
  11. Yeah, but how many mid-level players THINK they're stars? We see guys all the time in football and basketball declare for the draft and then end up a very low-round draft choice or go entirely undrafted. As for having players take AP courses, some of these guys will barely qualify for school and then barely be able to stay in school. Realistic for some, but probably not for a lot.
  12. Are we sure about that? Given how conservatively this staff played things, I wouldn't be surprised if they went with the vet just out of fear of what mistakes a freshman might make, not because Brown was clearly the best player. I would suggest amending the statement to "No one in the QB room in 2021 was good enough to beat out Brown in the eyes of the staff." I find it easy to believe that all the scouting services totally missed on one of these 4-star guys and he'll never be any good. I find it hard to believe all the scouting services totally missed on all three of them.
  13. Guess maybe it shows what other forums tend to be like (looking at you, Oregon Live, when you still had a forum) - but I didn't notice any comments that were potentially offensive or rude. So count me as unoffended. Not to mention pretty hard to offend overall.
  14. Just a few random thoughts in response to various posts... I'm sure fans of most schools think they are a better brand, opportunity, etc. than they really are, including USC, Oregon, Miami, Oklahoma, etc. So no surprise that a Miami fan thinks his school is a better brand than Oregon, or that most on this board would disagree. And both sides can make valid points to back up their assertion. Not an argument either is going to win, and I don't really see it as "picking a fight." A coach's record is important, but mitigating circumstances have to be taken into account. No number by itself explains everything. Is a 3-loss season a great season? Not in Alabama, but certainly in Corvallis or Berkeley. MC took over a moribund program and turned it respectable, even if he didn't leave with a winning record. And I've yet to hear any coach say, "Sure, I would leave Oklahoma if I got $10 million more from USC" or "Yeah, I don't really like living in Eugene and want to go back home" or whatever. Any more than any one of us here, if asked by his boss, would say, "Yeah, I've been mailing out resumes - if I get an offer from Microsoft, I'm gone." Most of us who get upset when a key player decommits or transfers, or a coach leaves, would jump at any job offer that's better for us (more money, better position, better area to live in, whatever). So I just can't agree with comments about snakes or backstabbing or disloyalty or whatever. He felt the move was what he wanted to do, just like Lanning felt leaving UGA and all the players and incoming freshmen he recruited was what he wanted to do. Every single new coach coming to Eugene is leaving a school, players, and recruits to take a job with the Ducks. It's just the way things work.
  15. Sadly, this is where college football is headed. Mercenary coaches. Players transferring left and right. Guys preparing for the draft choosing not to play. Guys with injuries that in the past might have been "Suck it up and play" sitting out of meaningless bowl games. The bowl games will become even more meaningless once we have a 12-team playoff and the "big" bowl games are a matchup of #18 vs. #32. And of course currently we add in COVID. It's just a huge mess. Hopefully COVID will not influence future seasons, but the rest of the stuff is just going to get worse...
  16. ...if allowed to, and if the cream is developed to the point it CAN rise. My concern with not playing any of the younger QBs this year was that Brown had a clear ceiling, both through his talent/performance and because of the fact he was a one-year rental. Is it better to play a decent-but-not-great QB, or a QB who is inexperienced and right now might not be as good, but given a few games has strong potential to be better, and will be around at least another year or two? When the Dux beat tOSU, I was all for staying with Brown because I felt his experience and lack of big mistakes could help the team reach the playoffs. As the year went on, we lost to Stanford and almost lost to other teams, it became clear to me that this team was not CFP-bound. At that point, I wanted to see what Ashford, Thompson, and/or Butterfield had, at least for some short stretches of games. To me, high level programs should be doing one of two things each year: either 1) seriously competing for the national title, or 2) preparing to compete next year for the national title. By not playing any of the younger guys even for short stretches, we failed to accomplish either one.
  17. I can understand going for the grad transfer if the QB room is bare...there's only one great recruit and he's not ready...injuries have some guys in doubt...etc. But we have two guys who were high-level four-star recruits and a third who was borderline four/five stars (depending on the recruiting service). It's hard to believe all three are disappointments. High-level programs like Bama, Oklahoma, and Clemson have star QBs starting and 2 - 3 more waiting in the wings to take over when the star goes to the NFL - lather, rinse, repeat. Sometimes that doesn't work out so well, like this season with DJ UganowayIcanspellthis who wasn't able to step up and be the next star. Sometimes the next guy up is SO good that the star even gets pushed out, like Jalen Hurts at Bama. But it's hard to believe that all three backups for the Dux were so bad that Brown was the best option every single game, all game, and that Brown II is the best option for next year. If we have Nix starting, that tells me one of two things: 1) there was so little QB development that three different high-level recruits all are not ready to go, which speaks volumes about the former staff, or 2) Lanning is afraid to turn things over to a lesser-known/less-experienced guy, which would not be a good start to the new regime.
  18. As a Pepperdine alumnus, this one is annoying!
  19. Hard to blame MC for going after recruits in whom he and his staff invested a lot of time - particularly when some of us are hoping Lanning manages to bring some UGA recruits with him. It's unfortunate the recruiting situation we're in at the moment, but let's focus on the long game. If this guy is as good as advertised, we'll stay in the same recruiting neighborhood AND have actual coaching and player development. And if he's not, losing a few of these guys won't matter much anyway.
  20. Simply playing up to the level of our ability, rather than down to the other team's level of ability.
  21. "Lanning should have taken the job..." One paragraph later, "Lanning did his time at Georgia, but it should have been one more season." Huh? The best part of the article was, "All we’re getting at is as good as Lanning is — he could still get better and learn more. No one is too good not to learn more about their craft." Well, under that reasoning, a guy who has been a DC in the SEC for 40 years should stay longer, because no one is too good not to learn more about their craft. Forty-two years would mean he's more prepared to be a HC than 40 years. Mike Tomlin was a DC in the NFL for exactly one season before becoming the HC of the Pittsburgh Steelers and not once having a losing season. Other long-time assistants like Buddy Ryan, Romeo Crenell, Hugh Jackson, and Jim Caldwell flamed out quickly as pro head coaches despite YEARS of experience. Experience is only one part of the equation - ability, smarts, desire, work ethic, and personality also factor into it. So does going into the right situation. Not saying Lanning was the right choice or will be a great HC, but this article is...well, dumb.
  22. There's a lot of he said/she said here, but I thought this was interesting: In a story released by the Tampa Bay Times Wednesday, Lambo says the incident occurred during warmups of a practice leading into the final preseason game. “I’m in a lunge position. Left leg forward, right leg back,” Lambo said. “… Urban Meyer, while I’m in that stretch position, comes up to me and says, ‘Hey (expletive), make your (expletive) kicks!’ And kicks me in the leg.” Lambo went on to further characterize the event. “It certainly wasn’t as hard as he could’ve done it, but it certainly wasn’t a love tap,” Lambo said. “Truthfully, I’d register it as a five (out of 10). Which, in the workplace, I don’t care if it’s football or not, the boss can’t strike an employee. And for a second, I couldn’t believe it actually happened. Pardon my vulgarity, I said, ‘Don’t you ever (expletive) kick me again!’ And his response was, ‘I’m the head ball coach, I’ll kick you whenever the (expletive) I want.’” In a statement to the Tampa Bay Times, Meyer denied that the incident happened the way Lambo described it. “Josh’s characterization of me and this incident is completely inaccurate, and there are eyewitnesses to refute his account,” Meyer said. “(General manager) Trent (Baalke) and I met with him on multiple occasions to encourage his performance, and this was never brought up. I was fully supportive of Josh during his time with the team and wish him nothing but the best.”
  23. Not only that, but I have no interest in getting into the playoffs only to lose 45 - 3. Frankly, that would be worse than not making the playoffs at all. That's why it didn't disappoint me much this year that we didn't make it. Even had we beaten Utah twice and gotten in, we probably would have faced 'Bama, Michigan, or UGA in the first round. And I don't think any of those would have been pretty the way we played much of the year. tOSU was lightning in a bottle, but given the youth, injuries, and coaching, we just were not a playoff-level team this year, IMHO.
  24. Okay, so switch to another QB if that was the problem. With three very high-level recruits waiting in the wings, at least TRY one of them.
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