Spoilers? Nov 1, 2019 8:32:05 GMT -5
Post by mcnbear on Nov 1, 2019 8:32:05 GMT -5
Oct 31, 2019 16:53:26 GMT -5 Trumpster said:
Kennesaw did ramp up really quickly, but I think there are a few things with that school that are different, or can't be modeled, by Mercer.
First of all, if I'm not mistaken, they relied VERY heavily on transfers. I am not a fan of that, in general. I think having people move all the way through the program start to finish is better for program building and makes ownership of the program less disposable.
Next, Kennesaw can, how do I word this, admit anyone they want, new or transfer, regardless of their performance level in the more academic areas of their prior history. It makes their potential player pool much, much larger. The reality (that will always be a reality) is that it's hard to get in to Mercer, and it doesn't matter if you are an athlete or not. And that will always be something that has to be overcome compared to the Kennesaw/Chatt/ETSU's of the world.
We/Mercer have much in common with the Academies that succeed with much less talent than their competition most Saturdays in the Fall. Academics and Culture matter to us, but we still have the ability to get talent at a level better than many FCS programs. Geography works heavily in our favor.
I understand your concerns on the option heavy offense, however having seen this offense a few times it is not what its perception is. It is much more of a big play offense than generally assumed. I love watching Navy play and if Army can win 11 games then what could we do here. Since we started this discussion I went back and watched some of the Ga Southern games on you tube, particularly the 2001 national championship game and that was a great looking offense. Would love to build something like that here! I agree with Trumpster the limitations we have here are real academically. I don't want to see us loosen that up personally so I think this is offense is a great equalizer and would be perfect for our school. What I really like to see is winning and I think this would give us be best chance to do that on a consistent basis! Just my opinion. The question is if a change is made, and I would love to see Coach Lamb turn it around I just don't think its going to happen, who could we get that would be a overall head coach and know this offense if we decide to go in that direction?