Tuesday Sep 07, 2004

What a depressing weekend

I knew replacing Eli Manning at QB for Ole Miss would be tough, but with a highly touted replacement with 3 years in the system, it should have gone better.  Ole Miss started the season with an embarrasing loss to the University of Memphis (20-13).  I'll go on record here stating that I believe Memphis will win CUSA.  It doesn't make me feel better.  All the 'worst-case' scenarios I could imagine came true.  Our QB Micheal Spurlock (Yes, that is how he spells his first name) is just too short to be a Div-1 QB.  Typically with a short, athletic QB you design rollout plays to get him out of the pocket.  Unfortunately, Micheal gets happy feet when on the move and ends up over/under throwing recievers.   I'm hoping his poor performance was just first game jitters.  I don't think so.   Secondly our Linebackers are WAY too slow.  Our LBs seemed to end up very mismatched by covering RBs out of the backfield.  If a QB has enough time, he'll exploit that weakness.  I think we'll see this happening all year:  RBs and TEs making big plays when matched against our LBs.
Third, Coach Cutcliffe's reverted back to his old self.   He seems to constantly get outcoached.  It was only after last years bad start that he seemed to actually create a gameplan and use each players abilities.
Great Job to Jonathan Nichols (K) for picking up where he left of last year.   Something is not right when your best player is a kicker.
Yes, it is the start of the season with many more games to go.  Just had to vent somewhere.
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