So far so good. Can’t complain about the result, though I can complain a bit about the team.
Memphis fans, um, sorry football isn’t going to be your thing this year, just move on and enjoy your basketball season.
As for state, I’m a bit concerned about our defense and our special teams.
Specifically, on special teams I’m worried about our returner. Bone headed would be the adjective of choice after last night. I expect him to either be replaced or a LOT of special attention during practice this week.
For defense, I HATE HATE HATE how far our DB’s play off on receivers. A quick pass or bubble screen is almost always guaranteed to get 4-7 yards. I DON’T LIKE THAT! If our guys aren’t fast enough to stay with the receivers, then find some other configuration for them to play in, but allowing a SEC team to do that all game would be a DISASTER. As per usual, I’m sure the coaches are going to be going over and over the whole ‘WRAP UP!” mantra. Everyone enjoys watching a big hit, but if you don’t wrap up you are going to let someone get a LOT of extra yards. WRAP UP! We didn’t seem to be able to get to the Memphis’ QB’s very often, that could be a problem. (Though we did manage to hurt both of them when we did reach them.)
A lot of the ‘problems’ I saw could just be a circumstance of who we were playing, and what the coaching staff was wanting to do against Memphis. We will all learn a lot more about MSU’s character, strength and weaknesses as the season progresses. After the shellacking we gave Memphis, I currently think our offense is pretty solid, we may have some weaknesses on the D side of the ball, and I would like special teams to get about another month of practice before the next game.
Beer: Yesterdays beer was the leftover Sam Adam’s 48 Latitude IPA and the specifically chosen for the game Sierra Nevada Pale Ale . Both go well with the boiled peanuts I cooked up in the crockpot.