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Sunday, September 2, 2012

What, Charlie Weis worry? Coach sees good, bad, ‘crummy’

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis has a talk with quarterback Dayne Crist and tight end Mike Ragone in the second quarter, Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis has a talk with quarterback Dayne Crist and tight end Mike Ragone in the second quarter, Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Memorial Stadium.

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Fans of Kansas University football — particularly those who had hoped to see a blowout in Saturday’s season opener — might have gotten a jump-start on critiquing KU’s 31-17 victory against South Dakota State on Saturday night.

KU coach Charlie Weis did his best to catch up Sunday.

It was clear Saturday that Weis was pleased but not completely satisfied with his team’s opening act, and Sunday, after a productive practice, he detailed what he took away from the game film.

“There were a lot of good plays on offense, a lot of good plays on defense and a lot of big plays on special teams,” Weis said. “But, at the same time, there were a lot of crummy plays, too.”

Those “crummy plays” came at various points.

From poor chemistry between quarterback Dayne Crist and his receivers to struggles with the kickoff team, all of KU’s woes showed up crystal-clear on film, Weis said.

“It was about what I expected,” he said. “This was a really good day for us because we got a chance to watch all the stuff as a coaching staff and go over it thoroughly. We had plenty of time to show it to the players, explain the good, the bad and the ugly and still turn this into a work day, physically.”

As for what jumped out the most, the list was long but not all that alarming.

“There’s a handful of things,” Weis said. “You want better production in the passing game, you want to have better efficiency on third-down offensively, I’m not satisfied with three out of five touchdowns in the red zone, and then we gave up six explosive plays.”

KU’s first-year coach did not seem overly troubled by any of the aforementioned aspects of Saturday’s game.

“The only area of concern I had was our kickoff team because we didn’t kick the ball great on kickoffs, and we had a couple decent-sized returns that put us in a little bit of a problem,” Weis said.

On six opportunities, the Jackrabbits averaged 27.3 yards per kickoff return. The Jayhawks, however, never got the chance to return a kickoff, as all four SDSU kickoffs resulted in touchbacks compared with zero touchbacks for Kansas.

KU also struggled on field goals, as junior Ron Doherty connected on just one of two attempts and missed a 35-yarder on the first drive of the game. Weis said KU’s place-kicking woes were far less worrisome than what he saw on kickoffs.

“The wind in the north end was a lot more significant in the kicking game than it was in the passing game,” Weis said. “Unfortunately, most of the field-goal opportunities were going in that direction.”

More, please

One day after toting the ball 20 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns, sophomore tailback Tony Pierson, who stands 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, hit the practice field feeling good.

“He was begging for more,” Weis said. “He would’ve taken as many (carries) as I would’ve given him, but I explained to him that it’s a long season, and we gotta be smart.”

KU’s running backs finished with 42 carries — 20 for Pierson, 16 for junior Taylor Cox, five for Brandon Bourbon and one for Marquis Jackson.

“When you run the ball (42) times, there’s enough carries for everybody,” Weis said.

Although a handful of the 42 carries — which accounted for 255 yards — were highlight-worthy, Weis particularly liked one from Cox where the 5-11, 210-pound tailback took an inside hand-off, cut to the left, made a couple of guys miss and could not shake the safety at the end.

“He just lowered his shoulder and basically put the guy right on his back,” Weis said. “When a guy has enough wiggle and shake-and-bake to make people miss, but is physical enough to run people over, that’s a good sign.”

Jayhawks injury-free

Weis said KU suffered no notable injuries Saturday.

“Knock on wood, this was as clean a day as I can remember for a Sunday,” he said.

Staying healthy was part of the motivation behind the intense strength-and-conditioning program the Jayhawks underwent in the offseason.

“I would like to think there’s a direct correlation with that,” Weis said. “But some of the injuries that occur are just bad luck.”

Communication breakdown

Following the first start of his KU career, Crist shouldered a lot of the blame for KU’s passing woes. Making his first start in nearly a year, Crist was rusty, completing 17 of 36 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. While some of the incompletions were on Crist, others were the fault of his receivers. Weis said both groups were able to address the issue during film Sunday.

“You can definitely see it,” he said. “When you watch a guy run an in cut and the quarterback’s waiting for (him) to come out of the break instead of just letting it go ... there’s gotta be a point where you just trust that the guy’s gonna be at the right depth and in the right spot.”

Comments

jayhawk1991 1 year, 12 months ago

This team will only coninue to improve as the season goes on. We won't win a lot of games (most likely 4-5), but I will always support a Jayhawk team that is tough and that will not quit. That is something we haven't seen in the past two years.

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akgjenkintown 1 year, 12 months ago

Not sure where their 4th or 5th wins would come from. They will be fortunate if they can win 3, Rice and Northern Illinois. Iowa State at home may be their only chance to actually win a Big XII game since the Mangino era. Most of the other games will not likely be close, unless the offense can match their opponents score for score. Overall the defense is slow, especially in the position that matters the most in the pass happy Big XII, defense backs. South Dakota State's receivers were wide open the entire game (fortunately their 2nd string quarterback, Kline in the first half was awful the few times he was allowed to throw - 4/9 for 32 yds). All but one of the 4 interceptions on Saturday were the result of errant throws by their 1st string QB, Sumner. Most telling was that none of the DBs could catch Zenner on his 99 yard run. Lets just hope that KU is competitive in all of the games so the crowd may actually stay around to watch the second half.

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KU79 1 year, 12 months ago

Most KU fans remember the biggest comeback in our history, an actual Big 12 win since the Mangino era. I'll let this expert figure out when that was.

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jhox 1 year, 12 months ago

While I doubt we will win more than 4 games, I could see us upsetting a couple of Big 12 teams. Strange things can happen. With less talent, conditioning and coaching, we had Baylor down by 4 TD's in the 4th quarter last year. While I might not favor us against Iowa State or Tech, I believe on a given day we could beat them. I also think K State is very beatable, despite our performance against them the last few years. They won a lot of games last year by a TD or less, and they let Missouri State stay close for 3 quarters Saturday. I'm not predicting we will beat them, just saying it is not out of the realm of possibility. At least we now have a coaching staff that Snyder won't make look completely clueless. TCU at home is another possibility. Not likely but possible. Northern Illinois on the road will be tough. We will probably need to score a lot of points like we did last year. Four wins would be good for us, and 6 a near miracle.

I don't necessarily disagree with your post, but ther are a few conference teams who we could upset on a good day for us and a bad day for them.

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waywardJay 1 year, 12 months ago

especially if we keep on winning... We may not be that great, but if we run off a few wins, we may think we are national champions.

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jhox 1 year, 12 months ago

I agree. Sometimes the biggest battle in winning is believing you'll win.

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machinegun 1 year, 12 months ago

Just watched a replay of the game. Did you see the hole that the O-Line made for Tony Pierson? He just motored past the safety without being touched for the TD. Two RBs each with 100 yards rushing. How about that for starters? We are a passing team!

Dayne Crist made one of the sweetest touch passes to Ragone for another TD ala Montana. Ford and special teams had a good night. The defense played just fine and is going to gain confidence as the season goes along. You can see how hard this team plays the game, right?

The atmosphere in Memorial Stadium was great for all of the fans who showed up to support our team. Remember going undefeated at home? We can recapture the magic of home field advantage.

I keep saying don't underestimate Coach Weis, his coaching staff, or the team. The more I see the more I like about our guys.

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741hawk 1 year, 12 months ago

Home field advantage when Zenger tears out the track!

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Matt Kenton 1 year, 12 months ago

Did anyone else watch the halftime interview with Zenger? He said there are some things in the works, but they are playing very "close to the vest" until plans are announced. I thought he said in the next few weeks they will unveil details.

I hope it includes completely tearing out the horseshoe and making it more straight across, and higher.

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TheSportsDon 1 year, 12 months ago

I thought the most striking event of the entire game was the drive Kansas compiled after the rabbit's closed to 24-17. Went 75 yards, showed fight and heart answering the score and good play calling with short crisp 7 to 8 yard passes to put the offense in second and positive instead of 2 and long. Good stuff there.

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jhawkrulz 1 year, 12 months ago

The good news is Rice gave up 348 yards on the ground this past weekend...Pierson and Cox better get ready.

Crist should be able to start shedding some of that rust and nerves.

I'm hoping to see just a little more execution on offense this week, and we'll be heading in the right direction.

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Randy Bombardier 1 year, 12 months ago

I noted that too. Yeah, we might just get three 100-yd rushers. Does anyone know if that has ever been done? That would be sweat.

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CrimsonPhoenix 1 year, 12 months ago

Agreed, if three runningbacks go for 100 yards each, they will be very sweaty.

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KirkwoodHawk 1 year, 12 months ago

Not by KU, but years ago against KU, Nebraska had IM Hipp run for 100 yds in 1st quarter, Jarvis Redwine (I may have Hipp and Redwine in wrong order) ran for 100 in 2d quarter, and Roger Craig ran for almost 200 in 2d half (includig 99 yd TD) .

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Charlotte_Jhawk 1 year, 12 months ago

Too many negative comments out there. This team is not going to roll into the fetal position and quit. They will show up on Saturday and fight back. They may not win all the time, but they won't be push overs either. Those days are over.

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texashawk10 1 year, 12 months ago

Lew did not hire Mangino and those two never got along. If Lew had gotten his way initially, the 2007 season likely doesn't happen because Lew wanted to fire Mangino after the 2006 season but was talked into giving Mangino one more season because KU was on the brink of something special and it was obvious they were on the brink after losing 4 games in OT or the closing minutes of 2006.

Zenger did hire Weis and they have a great relationship so Weis doesn't have to worry about the AD trying to undermine him every step of the way. It also helps that Weis doesn't have near the off the field baggage that Mangino did either. When the worst thing you can say about Weis off the field at Notre Dame is that he wasn't a fan of dealing with unrealistic, out of touch with reality, Notre Dame football boosters, I'll take that.

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Doug Cramer 1 year, 12 months ago

Was at the game Saturday and here are my perceptions and expectations from this team :

I'll start with the D-line...it sucks...and everyone will realize that it's only SLIGHTLY better than last years...which is not good. We have got to land a couple of 4 star recruits on that line to build into the future.

Secondary - there is some potential here. Campo is a d-back specialist...and he has sufficient talent to make this group effective. The only problem is...if the d-line doesn't pressure opposing QBs...then the secondary will get passed on.

Linebackers - I also think there is potential with this group. Ben Heeney really surprised me with how active he was...meanwhile Holden Tharp didn't look too shabby either. Those guys like contact and have solid fundamental tackling skills.

QB play - Crist was rusty. I think he will improve as the season goes on...and will be an effective Big 12 QB.

Receivers - this is an average group for the Big 12. Patterson has speed...and Pick has better hands than Kerry Meier. Breshears brings a lot of experience to the table.

Tight ends - decent depth at this position. There were times we were in 3 tight end sets...between Smiley, Ragone, and Mundine. These guys are all pretty big...and somewhat athletic for their sizes. I was impressed by that diving catch Trent smiley had near the south goal line.

Runningbacks - look for Weis to utilize depth at this position group to wear down and bruise opposing defenses late in games. Cox is a bruiser...and has skillz.

Ultimately - I see this offense getting better with time...and I think they will put up decent points...even on Big 12 teams.

The defense on the other hand...there isn't much room for improvement when u lack talent on the line like we do. Look for another disappointing and frustrating year from our D.

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waywardJay 1 year, 12 months ago

I think I disagree... a little. While I do think the line play was mostly poor, I see this getting better every week, as Long as we stay healthy. I think our poor performance was mostly do to our best lineman not being ready for the game... and our second best lineman will likely arrive on the 7th... We may not be fully prepared until Early October on the D-Line, once McKinney gets here and "in-football shape" and Tavai can possibly move from inside out.

Our strength on Offense is actually our running backs, we have a decent Quarterback but we have several very skilled running backs at our leisure, which means we should be fresh in November and able to run as long as our line can block... And we get Sims back in 2 weeks to make the snaps spread even further.

I'm extremely disappointed in Dj Beshears. Saw him at a practice dogging it getting back on a huge catch and run for a td. Then, he alligator armed a catchable pass, and dogged it while running sprints. I was hoping it was just a bad practice, but he didn't look especially sharp during the game on Saturday, and was one of the people in the Back of the crowd during the Alma Mater. He's just not showing much heart, IMHO, and that makes me wonder what exactly it will take for him to buy in. Frankly, Tre Parmalee can do everything he does, is a little bit taller, and looks to have more desire to get minutes...

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KGphoto 1 year, 12 months ago

Don't agree on the Dline, and definitely don't agree that Pick has better hands than Meier. That's nothing against Pick but Meier simply never dropped anything. He scooped em off the carpet, went up in traffic, one-handed them, etc. Best hands I've ever seen at KU.

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minipman 1 year, 12 months ago

was at the game as well.. my perceptions are that you need glasses and some football knowledge.. the d line is highly improved already( though doesn't take much) . we actually got some sacks and put some pressure on the qb the first half. you also have to remember that we are missing ty mckinney(who should be here and ready for tcu) another big piece to our interior.

the secondary is by far the worst part of our team besides our kicker.. no speed or talent.. the only decent player is mcdougald and he got outrun by a white kid for 99 yards.. big 12 qbs will tear up of cornerbacks.

both sides of the ball had their moments. its hard to judge after 1 week. after week 2 ill be able to really tell what we have..

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texashawk10 1 year, 12 months ago

So every unit except the DLine has potential? Now you're just grasping at straws with your anti DLine crap. How the hell do you think a QB who supposedly had all day to throw in the second half ended with 4 INT's for the game? It sure as hell wasn't because of the speed of the KU's secondary so it must've been something else. Could it have been because of all the blitzes Campo was calling during the game? What's that, Campo wasn't blitzing all night, it was because the DLine was getting enough pressure on Sumner to force him into making bad throws, imagine that.

I guess a unit that directly caused one turnover and contributed significantly to the other 4 is a unit with no potential to improve for the rest of the year. Especially when they are getting another body to throw into the rotation a few games from now on Friday. Your ripping the DLine at this point is just pathetic.

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99yard_run 1 year, 12 months ago

I will keep my moniker that it will remind us how far we get this season. I'm still optimistic. Yes, things got heady this fall camp leading to optimistic predictions like Troutsee's 8-4. But T and I have a thing that goes back to the Gill era, and that's water under the bridge. Rock Chalk.

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Jim Stauffer 1 year, 12 months ago

Please show some restraint! Pick has better hands than Kerry Meier? C'mon man!

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Doug Cramer 1 year, 12 months ago

Apparently you guys haven't seen some of his practice film during fall camp...and practice film from last year. Pick has some pretty dam good hands...and is able to reel in some phenomenal catches.

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waywardJay 1 year, 12 months ago

Kerry Meier wasn't a slouch, though.

Juries still out on this one, but if Kale Pick can get to a Bowl game as a receiver, on this team... That would be a huge step to prove you right.

Remember, Jeremy Case was the Best three point shooter on the National Championship team, but he only showed it in practice.

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KGphoto 1 year, 12 months ago

Meier has better hands. End of story. There was no catch he couldn't make, and he made them all. You don't get better hands than Meier. Chris Carter called to tell you Meier has better hands than him.

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texashawk10 1 year, 12 months ago

Nobody is saying Kale Pick doesn't have very good to great hands, just that Kerry Meier's were better while at KU.

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jaymar74 1 year, 12 months ago

To the negative posters, no we are not a top 25 team, but we are better than the last two years and I believe this staff will make adjustments as the season goes along. We will have several games against Big 12 teams when we look much better than at any time since 2008. Last year we had a new word for the week, this year we will have adjustments made to get better.

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Jayjocker 1 year, 12 months ago

Table- Stopped reading at D line sucks. You either didn't watch last year or missed the 2012 opener . D line greatly improved with talent and depth over last year. Not saying all these guys play on Sunday but much better!

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Doug Cramer 1 year, 12 months ago

That QB in the 2nd half had all day to throw. Go back and watch the game...none of our d-linemen could get off blocks...and this against a Douth Dakota State O-line. Think about how it's gonna be against Big 12 O-lines.

Think about it like this. Williams from Nebraska is by far our best D-linemen. He is a level above everyone else. At Nebraska...he was considered below average relative to their starters.

Yes I know how bad our d-line was last year...along with the two seasons before that as well. That's why it's frustrating that we can't seem to fix that position group with some young talent.

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ferdthemooncat 1 year, 12 months ago

Not to roll a downer out on the table, but Liberty almost upset Wake Forest in North Carolina Saturday....

But, let's go, Charlie!

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Kansas1241 1 year, 12 months ago

And thank God they didn't. Hopefully they don't win a game all season. #FireTurnerGill

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waywardJay 1 year, 12 months ago

So afraid Turner Gill might prove our highly educated football fans wrong and prove he can win elsewhere, without Mangino's talent ?

Two years was not long enough, as it won't be with Weis, either. Regardless of record,

If he can almost beat Wake Forest with a bunch of Fallwell's boys... Turner Gill can flat coach.

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waywardJay 1 year, 11 months ago

I can agree to disagree with you guys... But tell me what exactly is the average athletic ability of a player who attends Liberty University.. DO you think it's a division 1 athlete... Not likely...

So, We've got a bunch of Kids who don't have the Talent the kids at Wake have, nor do they have the big game experience, and it's not like Turner's been there for a while and has then believing in some mythical legacy....

What Do you put it too, pray tell...

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Sam Constance 1 year, 12 months ago

I don't know how anyone who watched the last two years of football at KU could suggest anything even remotely similar to the idea that "Turner Gill can flat coach".

I'll be the first to agree that two years isn't enough time to build a winning program, but it's plenty of time to see that a given coach isn't going to be able to build a winning program.

Gill's problem wasn't really lack of wins, if you ask me. It was lack of improvement.

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tical523 1 year, 12 months ago

Not turner bashing but do not agree, one game is one game. . . . perhaps Wake overlooked them or perhaps a whole lot of stuff but two years is enough time for progress or some sort of promise, winning aside even. We were terrible and did not compete, do not say "if he can ALMOST beat WF with a bunch. . . tuner can flat out coach." No way, not in the Big XII.

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Doug Cramer 1 year, 12 months ago

Wasn't ever a fan of Turner coaching at KU...but not gonna root against him either. The guy is a good dude...maybe not neccessarily a good coach...but he is a good dude.

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waywardJay 1 year, 12 months ago

Great guys usually finish last.

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tical523 1 year, 12 months ago

I know its an expression but never could find a ton of evidence myself, atleast enough to coin the phrase.

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Doug Cramer 1 year, 12 months ago

You actually make a good point about Micheal Reynolds. There were a couple of plays where he looked pretty dam quick off the snap.

The d-stats were mainly due to a bad 2nd string QB...and an injured starting QB. It was not due to pressure put on by the d-line.

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oldalum 1 year, 12 months ago

"The d-stats were mainly due to a bad 2nd string QB...and an injured starting QB. It was not due to pressure put on by the d-line."

And yet all the INTs came against the first string quarterback, so maybe the bad 2nd string guy didn't do so bad. Edit: Sorry for the shouting. When you copy a quote it seems to do that.

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waywardJay 1 year, 12 months ago

only the fumble came with the Starter on the side lines, and I want to say that was a running play...

We can use excuses to justify whatever we want to, but the truth remains.

5 turnovers; probably more than we had all last year... and we still aren't 100% in players on that side. 4 interceptions, two by our best talent back there. Another one doinked off the face mask of a shocked Corner. And we did this with our defense getting beat consistently on run plays...

Are we still a lesser talented unit, probably yes, but I'm not willing to as far as to say togetherness won't make up a bit of that difference. This team played very much within themselves and aside from really one play, played as a unit. Result was a W.

This year, our conference is not as Quarterback heavy. We gave up Robert Griffin and gained the kid from West Virginia. Weeden's gone. Iowa State's got two young Qb's, who knows what nonsense Tech is going to pull. K-state wasn't impressive through three quarters of the game against Missouri Southern. We may be in better shape once conference time comes around, especially if our Offense can keep possession of the Football.. It's waaaaaaaay too early to make predictions, but if we can get Rice and Northern Illinois... Way might be able to make a push for a Bowl game.

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KGphoto 1 year, 12 months ago

Didn't see us get beat consistently on run plays. Take away one run and we held them to just over 3 yards per carry.

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Randy Bombardier 1 year, 12 months ago

You are correct. If anything the four picks showed we were indeed creating pressure up front. You don't get four picks just from QB incompetence. Would like to see some bigger targets for Crist and we will see how that affects things.

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Robert Brown 1 year, 12 months ago

I know the sun came up yesterday but nothing about Saturday's game gave any indication that KU is anything but a last place team. There is a huge talent gap which I am sure Weiss will eventually fill. This is going to take some time. Mangino never took advantage of the Orange Bowl season to upgrade recruiting and talent and Gill was just a mistake. I do expect steady improvement and better focus. I would hope we beat Rice. NIU almost beat Iowa and will be tough. We need to get at least one conference win for the season to be considered successful.

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Robert Brown 1 year, 12 months ago

Sorry I misspelled Weis. My iPhone self corrects it with 2 s's. Some people on here get worked over when someone's name is misspelled.

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BayPark 1 year, 12 months ago

I think we'll win a close one against Rice, and perhaps steal a game somewhere else on the schedule. But I think many of you are underestimating the talent gap between KU and the rest of the Big 12.

Yes, coaching will be better. They'll play hard. They'll get lined up right. And we'll be headed in the right direction. But we're so far behind, it's going to take some time.

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Randy Bombardier 1 year, 12 months ago

I don't think we know a whole lot yet about how many wins we'll get. I pretty much still see the same potential as before with perhaps less confidence in our passing game. Have been wondering if we need to go with bigger receivers. What was lacking most was execution which will improve. Think our D did okay but expect even better things in the future. Next week should be a big opportunity for our run game. Has a team ever had three 100-yd rushers?

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BayPark 1 year, 12 months ago

Seeing the same names at the top of the depth chart at receiver as the year before is one of the reasons I'm bearish on this year's team. Weis knows more about football in his little finger than I'll ever know, but it's hard not to look at Josh Ford and his size and aggressiveness on Saturday and think that maybe he could help us at receiver, that maybe we'd be better served in the long run if he, as well as Omigie (6-4) and Turzilli (6-3), got more reps with the first team.

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texashawk10 1 year, 12 months ago

Anyone who actually bothered to pay attention to the stats last year shouldn't be shocked at all by the defense coming up with 5 turnovers Saturday night. Over the last 7 games of last season, the KU defense created 16 turnovers after only creating 2 during the first 5 games. 16 turnovers over 7 games comes out to about 2.4 turnovers forced per game which is a pretty good clip and if this defense duplicates or even surpasses that number, they will have a chance to pull some upsets this year. The offense will be fine, despite the obvious rust and adrenaline Crist had early on, he was making the right reads on just about every pass and only had 2 or 3 ill advised throws out of 36 is something that didn't happen with Jordan Webb last year. My biggest concern for the offense is that without a home run threat at WR, Patterson and Beshears are not legit deep threats, opposing defenses will crowd KU's offense and Crist and the running game won't have the same kind of room to work with that they did on Saturday. As great as Josh Ford was on special teams, he needs to get a crack at WR to be the home run threat for KU's offense and give them more room to work with.

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Randy Bombardier 1 year, 12 months ago

For the life of me I cannot figure out why we do not use Pierson as that home-run threat. Take him out of the backfield where he is liable to get beat up (and where we have ample talent) and put him in space. Isn't this obvious? Once he gets a few tds off of quick slants it will change the whole dynamic of opposing D's. They will not let that guy get behind them and will play off of him by 15 yards. Someone please tell me why we would not want to do this.

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texashawk10 1 year, 12 months ago

I wouldn't be shocked to see Pierson used some in the slot after Sims comes back, but Pierson is in the same mold as Patterson and Beshears, a little guy that can create havoc in tight areas. None of those 3 however are people that can consistently be sent on a go route, go up and catch a jump ball, and take it to the house. Someone out of Ford, Omigie, or Turzilli need to be the one to step as a receiver that Weis can have line up on the outside, run a go, slant and go, or post route and have Crist lay one out for them to go up and out jump the defender. Basically, a Dez Briscoe type deep threat.

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gdkadjayhawk 1 year, 12 months ago

Don't forget, Weis is not going to show everything in the first game. If you were able to figure out the Pierson/slant option, our highly paid coaching staff can see it as well. (I know our highly paid staff last year might not have)

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KUtndog 1 year, 12 months ago

I am new here but the thing I noticed most is that the half time adjustments were much improved over last year. 14 unanswered points after half time was huge.

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machinegun 1 year, 11 months ago

If you believe that Coach Weis and his staff are top notch, then you must at least consider that we may improve as the season progresses. I have seen Coach Weis and his coaches interact with one another and with the players on multiple occasions. There is something special about our coaching staff. There is something special about our team. Their unique chemistry will transcend whatever may happen on the field from week to week. That can only mean...better times are coming!

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Randy Bombardier 1 year, 11 months ago

I am still optimistic but not as much as I was, especially after seeing Baylor's highlights. They are a real surprise to me. ISU looked pretty good, too Not a gimme in the conference since Colorado left. From top to bottom I have no doubt that this is the best conference in college football right now. We have a hard road to go until someone comes along and snatches up Art Briles or Paul Rhoads.

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