Looking ahead to 2020

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I believe I read somewhere (I need to try to find my source) that experience and returning starters has a larger correlation of success with defensive players than offensive players. QB I think is a big exception.
 
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I believe I read somewhere (I need to try to find my source) that experience and returning starters has a larger correlation of success with defensive players than offensive players. QB I think is a big exception.
Hm. I’ve not heard that and am not sure what I think of it as a theory but there is at least some logic to it.

If I’m running a program myself and trying to a winning product on the field year in, year out, generally speaking I PERSONALLY am more interested in athleticism on offense and scheme on defense. That’s not to suggest you don’t need a solid offensive scheme or athletic defensive kids but in general, that’s my idea of how to win in today’s game. This lends credence to the idea that the older you are defensively, the more time you’ve had to understand what you’re trying to do schematically.
 
The biggest question for me is IW. After seeing his versatility does he make the move to WR just for next year? Or does he double down at QB.
 
Hm. Neither position concerns me. Certainly not RB, which has no stand alone value. Beason is a bit of a concern but how much will depend on camp.

The real concern is the look of the offense from a design stand point. Luke Ford could get wasted pretty quickly in Rod’s system as is which would....not be good.
Rod Smith need stop look at Indy's 2 TE 12 back sets or New Orleans doing the same. We have two very good TEs next season and need to sprinkle those looks in. It should help the running game and both a good to very good receiving as well.
 
The bowl game showed exactly what I have been posting my fear is for next year. If we don't get pressure from the front four, we will continue to get carved up on D. Worse of all, I do not see it getting fixed until the 2021 season. Unless of course we somehow land an immediate eligible pass rusher in the transfer portal. Which I cant see us getting that lucky again with the portal
Beason's high end speed will make it tougher to carve up the defensive backfield. Brown disappointed me. He stayed back and never made the throws over the LBs difficult, plus he didn't support deep down the right sideline on the TD throw. But Adams, Hobbs, Beason, Witherspoon, Brown, we'll be better in the back no doubt.
 
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Rod Smith need stop look at Indy's 2 TE 12 back sets or New Orleans doing the same. We have two very good TEs next season and need to sprinkle those looks in. It should help the running game and both a good to very good receiving as well.
That’s an idea.

The formation is less important than the tree itself.
 
That’s an idea.

The formation is less important than the tree itself.
That should read 1 back, my typing sucks! Bhebhe is a big WR, so we could make some real hey in the run game, 4 of 5 being back on the O line. I think the O has a chance to be very good next year.
 
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Just saw that Harry Hiestand was let go with the bears. Do we go after him? Is he an upgrade at the line coach position? Seems like it. Will rod let go of his man?
 
If I had to guess, you seem like you would want Byrd replaced first. Not a recruiter and hasn’t really performed at coaching up his position.
Good guess.

He’s number 3 on my list but I don’t think he’d be all that sorry about being let go. Many have stated he prefers the pro game, which is more than fine.
 
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Why are we so concerned about McClain? He’s the least of my issues.
Not so concerned, just wondering if this is an opportunity to upgrade. When Luke left McClain was, well, underwhelming. I'm thinking a lot more recruitment will get done with the switch.

I'm imagining there will be a few coaches that turn over in the next two weeks and wondered if this would be one.

Nothing against McClain, don't ever want to root for someone to loose a job.
 
Good guess.

He’s number 3 on my list but I don’t think he’d be all that sorry about being let go. Many have stated he prefers the pro game, which is more than fine.
I think Clark is up there for me. He’s gotten some decent recruits, but the last two years the Dline has been a disappointment with pass rushing. Basic stuff, too. Running straight into OL on passes, not going to the correct gaps on stunts, etc. It’s been a big letdown from Phair, who was an excellent guy to have in the program.
 
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I think Clark is up there for me. He’s gotten some decent recruits, but the last two years the Dline has been a disappointment with pass rushing. Basic stuff, too. Running straight into OL on passes, not going to the correct gaps on stunts, etc. It’s been a big letdown from Phair, who was an excellent guy to have in the program.
He’s not on my list because of how important he is to us on the recruiting side but your analysis is strong here. We continually get to the wrong spot whenever we attempt to stunt gap-gap which is one reason, I believe, that we’ve gotten away from it. That’s something we have to weigh, recruiting vs. actual positional coaching.
 
Who are your top
Good guess.

He’s number 3 on my list but I don’t think he’d be all that sorry about being let go. Many have stated he prefers the pro game, which is more than fine.
Who is your top 2?
 
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Why are we so concerned about McClain? He’s the least of my issues.

It's more about the availability of Harry Hiestand (former Illinois coach, many connections with Lovie), with some due to the regression of the offense (especially the run game).
 
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#1 for me is Miles Smith, but that ship is sailed and we're stuck with him as long as this coaching staff is intact. Ignoring that, I'd be game with Harry Hiestand to replace McClain and Byrd to replace by.....Richard Sanchez at SDSU (riskier choice, but secondary coach at 7th best defensive passer rating defense)? Andy LaRussa at WKU (safer choice)? Jay Simpson at UAB (somewhere in between)?
 
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