PROPS and DROPS from the Buffs journey to Columbus and the Broncos close loss in Nashville:
DROPS: What happenned during the fourth quarter timeout which started with the Donk FG unit on the field and came back with Orton and Crew? Did the players show Coach Fox a comprehensive Power Point presentation on why to go for it? Fox's initial hunch to kick the FG and have a touchdown lead was probably the right one. Getting to the actual calls, there's so many second guesses on goal line situations. Yes, run on the perimeter; try Tebow; an end around (Rod Smith used to run those on the goal line to perfection); but one nearly automatic play is a 19 yard field goal.
DROPS: To say the Buffs special teams were horrendous would be a slander to the word horrendous and the two words slotted next to them in the dictionary. From the first kick out of bounds to the ugly return games, someone has som 'splaining to do and it might be the ST coach. First, get Rodney Stewart off of the punt return game, insert a sure handed guy (ie Logan Gray, etc.) who might actually run forward rather than trying to do the cha-cha with the first defender. Next, tell Arvada West kicker Justin Castor to take the next three years off and be the guy on the team to force Will Oilver to "compete." After that, explain that for the opposing offense to start in your own territory is actually a disadvantage to your chances of winning.
DROPS: The refs in the NFL actual use pagers to review plays. Not some sort of buzzer system, but a straight up 1996 pager. The biggest, baddest league in the world is using a Sir-Mix-A-Lot pager system. (Have some fun with your kids- when they ask you for a cell phone toss them your pager from back in the day.)
PROPS: The Donk run defense was very stout even missing their three top tacklers. Von Miller and Joe Mays are flying all over the field and the front four are more then holding their own versus a strong running team. That said, Chris Johnson might be the most overrated player in the league. The money the Titans gave him will ultimately bite them in the Tennessee ass.
DROPS: Networks that flash the "top rushers" graphic after a long run by a QB or in yesterday's case, the punter, is so tired. Yo damn, Brett Kern is the Titans top rusher? I'm picking him up to start for me a RB in my Fantasy League! Championship!
DROPS: Many of the same errors that Dan Hawkins got hammered for at CU are still be committed. Now the questiono is has the culture really changed or is it the Hawkins "players" that have the mistakes nearly burned into their football prowess. Our guess is a combo of both. Jon Embree can yell and scream all he wants but he can't stop some 19 year old from taking a personal foul. But, he can stop that same kid from lining up in the wrong spot and getting a formation foul.
DROPS: Four minutes left, down by a field goal? Who would you want under center? Kyle Orton, Mr Fourth Quarter. Seriously, Orton's in-ability to lead game winning drives is nearly laughable at this point.
DROPS: This may be a "down" year in Columbus, but the speed disparity between OSU and CU is miles apart. Speed wins in college football and the Buffs are running a relay team in the Senior Citizen Games compared to the top tier teams.
DROPS: Now that the CU non-conference schedule is over, we can look at AD Mike Bohn and the horrible disservice he did with these past four games. He knew there was going to be a new coach over a year and half ago yet had CU criss cross from Hawaii to Ohio State. Then they couldn't get a conference opponent off the schedule in that same time frame. Hell, drop Cal and play an intramural team. We all know the BS that is involved with having to play the Goats in Denver, so keep the team in Boulder the other three games. Here it is nearly October and we've had one game in Boulder?
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