Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Favre Quickly Makes it Final

Weak MC's make me earl
Earl as your world is crushed because I gotta make you hush
You gotta be eliminated, the way I demonstrate it
you hate it, but still I am the greatest…

Props and Drops from this past weekend’s Buffs' win over Texas Tech and the Monday Night loss by the Broncos to Brett Favre and the Packers:

-PROPS: Dan Hawkins and used some imaginative play calling versus the Red Raiders, mixing in a QB throwback, fake end arounds, screen passes, and a few downfield tosses. Tech could never seem to adjust to the fake end arounds, which opened up holes for Buff running backs, mainly one Hugh Charles, who had another big day. The ball control offense kept the pass-happy Tech offense off the field and gobbled up the play clock.

-DROPS: Jay Cutler suffered through a below average game, as he was low on several passes throughout the evening. The pass that hurt the most was the third to last play of regulation, which saw him miss an open receiver in the endzone on a low pass. Cutler has had to improvise on many occasions, given the O-Line (outside of Matt Lepsis, not exactly household names there) and is typically throwing across his body or on the move. When he does get that open look, he needs to connect.

-PROPS: Buff cornerback Terrence Wheatley (or T-Wheat, real creative nickname there) had a stellar game, picking off three Texas Tech passes and narrowly missing a fourth. Wheatley sufficiently cover all-World Tech receiver Michael Crabtree all afternoon, bodying him up when he had to and timing his pass defenses beautifully on some throws. Wheatley’s kickoff returns won’t leave anyone reminded of Jeremy Bloom, but he is effective at getting the ball consistently into the 25 to 35 yard range. (Note on Crabtree: the ABC crew elevated him to the level of Randy Moss throughout the broadcast. Yes, the kid is a good player, but he is only a redshirt freshman and he does play in a system that chucks the ball 60+ times a game. Ease back before chiseling a bronze bust and fitting him with a yellow jacket.)

-DROPS: The Donks’ coaching staff completely bungled the clock and substitutions for most of the game. Witness Denver with the ball at the four yard line with a chance to win the game at the end of regulation and no timeouts remaining. First, the errant pass to the end zone, then a run with less than 20 seconds? What was the point there? On several plays, they were flagged for too many (on a few they had too few) men on the defensive side of the ball, and on even more plays, personnel were running in and out like the paparazzi tailing Paris Hilton. That’s just discipline and organization, which seemed mandatory for any Mike Shannahan team in years past.

-PROPS: The coaches got word before the game that the state of Colroado’s number one recruit, Jon Major of Ponderosa HS, will be plying his wares for the Buffs next year. That’s two straight years that Hawkins and Co have landed the state’s top schoolboy. There’s a phrase that would make Michael Jackson jealous. Linebacker Major is rated in the top five at his position by most recruiting services (read: dorks in their mom’s basement.) With the thin LB corps and Jordan Dizon’s graduation, Major should see the field in 08.

-DROPS: Do the Broncos have a deep seeded aversion to touchdowns? When they cross the 20 yard line it’s like they morph into a Pop Warner team. Penalties (nine of them last night), dropped passes, bad play calling, turnovers, and just dumb luck (the guard knocking the snap away) all lead the Donks to settle for field goals or nothing. Can the Inveso grounds crew manipulate the field markings to Jedi Mind trick the team into thinking they aren’t in the Red Zone?

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Blogger Hallux Valgus said...

I too was amazed at the lack of adjustment for the fake end around. Has Leach not seen a CU game in the last 2 years? That's half the playbook.

I was thinking, and I honestly can't think of the last time CU got the number one recruit from Colorado in even ONE year, let alone 2 straight. Who was before Miller? Jesse White to Oklahoma? The last "best" guy I can remember might be Ochs, and I always thought Holland was better. (also Marcus Houston, obv)

Offhand, ASU message boards really seem to enjoy "stealing" Elway Spawn and Andrew Sampson from CU. They don't seem to acknowledge that we offered neither of them, and, in fact, stole Ray Polk from them.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous boulder creek tailgater said...

the old staff used to used that end around and it drove me bonkers. that page in the playbook must've been left in Hawkins' desk by Barney.

Leach just seems like an arrogant prick to me, so no tears here.

lammar Houston? Studdard? Drew Schader from Mullen mightve

8:26 AM  
Blogger Hallux Valgus said...

doing a bit of research, prior to Miller was Butch Lewis (USC) and Lamarr Houston (texas). Before that was Maurice Lucas (CU) and Grant Crunkleton (ASU).

2004- Jeff Byers (USC), Calais Campbell (Miami) (Man would those two be sweet to see on this team. Can you imagine a front 4 featuring Campbell, Nicolas, Perri and Hypolite?).

2003 was LenDale White (after that came Daniels, Eberhart, and Robinson though- all CU)

2002 was Zach Latimer (OU), Chris Hollis, Klopfenstein, and Billingsley (all CU). So I guess we just get stung more by the Byers/ Campbell/ Lweis/ White snubs than we remember the good signings.

Keep it up!

5:38 PM  
Blogger Commish CH said...

^HV- Dang, don't know how we forgot Byers. GB had some sort of issue with Campbell. LenDale had family issues in Colorado. Latimer was solid, but I think his dad was OU grad. I hope Elway does well, but if he went to CU it would be a freaking soap opera up there.

^BCT- That was Watson's play. Never seemed to work. I hate how this staff fakes it to Sprague. Leach used to coach under that old Kentucky coach, the dude with the scarf. Now that dude seemed prickish.

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