Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Opinion: Noise needed to slow Bears


Second-year Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis needs your help. No, not to block, run pass patterns or call plays. You’re not eligible to fill those roles, even if you might feel qualified.

Weis needs your help Saturday, moments after the Campanile booms six times, when the KU defense takes the field for the first time to try to slow down Baylor’s breakneck-pace offense.

Weis wants you to keep all of your frustrations toward professors, siblings, boyfriends, girlfriends, parents and football coaches bottled up until you see the offense dressed in green and white take the field. Then he wants you to unleash everything bothering you with as much fury as possible. And repeat the cycle until the game ends.

“They can yell bad things at me, I don’t care,” Weis said. “Just make it very loud the whole time we’re on defense.”

The coach is asking for help because he honestly thinks a crowd that participates, instead of just watching and cheering the good plays, can muddy the waters for the nation’s fastest speed boat.

Baylor (6-0 overall, 3-0 in the Big 12) has scored 69 points or greater five times. The lone exception came in its only road game, Oct. 12 at Kansas State, where the Bears won, 35-25.

Clint Bowen, who coordinates the defense and coaches linebackers, said he doesn’t remember a Big 12 team ever playing with faster tempo than this Baylor squad.

“Last week, you saw (Oklahoma quarterback Blake) Bell just went to the line of scrimmage and went from tackle to tackle, told them what the play was and then backed up,” Weis said. “Signal out to the wide receivers and then run the play.”

Different story with the Bears, who live with all five fast-forward arrows engaged.

“When you run the play as fast as they’re trying to run it, they’re counting on verbal commands for everyone to know what the play is,” Weis said. “How does the line know what the play is? They have to be given some sort of command to know what the play is. So it’s a lot easier when you can yell it to them. When you have to walk up and tell it to them, that can slow down the tempo.”

It’s not as if KU’s offense will turn you too hoarse to help the defense to try to intercept Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty’s commands in hopes that doing so leads to Dexter McDonald, Isaiah Johnson, JaCorey Shepherd, Cassius Sendish or Victor Simmons intercepting a pass.

“I’m hoping for a 6 o’clock, loud, boisterous crowd to not make it so easy on them,” Weis said. “And I think that’s what they got when they were at K-State. It was a loud, boisterous crowd.”

Even with a 24-game Big 12 losing streak, can a KU football crowd pump up the volume the way K-State’s fans did for Bill Snyder? We’ll find out Saturday evening.


Dan Spurgin 6 months ago

Article Keegan SHOULD have written:

Good KU team needed to generate noise, which is needed to slow Bears


Dan Spurgin 6 months ago

I will shake my keys REALLY LOUDLY. Is that our defensive plan this week? Also, Weis has announced that he'll no longer be shaking his keys. He'll delegate a member of his staff to determine when and where to do the shaking. He'll only offer 'strong' input.


Eric Guinan 6 months ago

Opinion: Minefield, barbed wire and machine gun nests needed to slow Bears.


Mel Deutsch 6 months ago

answer to your question keegan....NO


Keith Gellar 6 months ago

wow..this is what its come to? Charlie Weis..the offensive guru unveils his smartest mind boggling scheme yet...Fans cheering. really..if this what he's counting on...oh who cares...KU Basketball in 5,4,3,2.....


Casey Osburn 6 months ago

Of course noise will help, but it's not realistic. Fans are sick of losing. We're angry and flat out tired of it. We demand people do their jobs and get some wins, whatever it takes.

Most fans, unfortunately, have moved on to basketball. This season is unfolding like most other seasons, and fans just want to embrace a program that makes them feel good about themselves. That's basketball. Football has a chance every single year, and it always fails.


Brett McCabe 6 months ago

Also, noise will be a problem. It's dad's weekend for a 6pm game. Most of the daughters and their dad's will be peeling out at half-time or earlier to go to parties. We may barely break the 30,000 mark to start the game.


Robert Brown 6 months ago

Chuck- Here are some stats. Up to the Orange Bowl trip in 1968, KU was very competitive in the Big 8. They usually finished in the top half of the conference. In 1969, they started the season ranked but finished 1-9. In the last 44 years since the Orange Bowl season, KU football has 6 season with a winning conference record; 9 bowls (5-4 record) and 4 seasons where they finished ranked in the Top 20/25. I doubt that any other Big 12 or former Big 8 school is anywhere close to this level of mediocrity. I don't know why we have been so bad. I don't think you can blame the emphasis on basketball. From 1969-1983, KU basketball was good but not great.

It is quite possible that KU has struck out many times in coaching hires. To me. coaching is the biggest factor in success of a program. Don Fambrough is a legend, but if he did not success the first time, why hire him a second time. We made two good hires with Mason and Mangino, but both were only able to elevate the program to mid-level in the conference. Each has one break out season which they were not able to sustain.


Keith Hummel 6 months ago

The only way crowd noise plays a factor in this one is if we get a large early lead, and then somehow hold onto it. Even then, there is only so much any crowd can do to make noise in a stadium like Memorial. If crowd noise is the thing we're resting our hopes on, then I'm afraid there truly isn't much hope for us in this one.

Overall I'll be interested to see how our defense responds to this challenge, and whether our offense can build on the success they had in the first quarter last week.


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