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I guess the question is which improvements are you meaning? They had one good half in SEC play - and three bad ones. Was the first half last night true improvement or just a fluke?
Hopefully the upcoming games will show that last night's first half was a true sign f improvement, but I think we have to wit and see for now, as there has been much more struggling than improvement in recent weeks
This post was edited by UKFlounder 19 months ago
Yeah, I think you are right. Time to see what we do in the games remaining, as they are actually winnable games... To me, the sec season starts Saturday, I had no expectation of us winning those first two, even in a good year!
They were out scored 31-0 when Carolina decided to play! This team isn't making any progress! They were crushed by Florida and got lucky for one half..... You guys saying the jury is still out is pure comedy. Take a peek at the attendance. Your supposed to beat vandy and samford! Comparing Strong to Joker? Just stop it... Theres not a program in the country who would have hired joker to start with or continue to employ him. Strong will have his pick ofan elite job come January.
Progress? 31-0! Did we even get to midfield in the second half?
Continuity is a great word to keep in mind when the decision is ultimatly made. Say we can't bring in a home run hire coach and settle for a coach we deem is a slight step up from Joker. Said coach will have to take time to mold the program and put his imprint on it. Thing is I think we have a team that is ready to start winning games this year and beyond. I fully admit perhaps that is being too optimistic when we are sitting at 1-4 and coming off two consecutive thumpings, it's just that I feel like I'm starting to see something in this team and we have a lot of games left to play. The schedule the rest of the year eases up a bit, and next season is very favorable by SEC's usual standard. IMO, the best thing that could happen for the future of our program would be if Joker showed that he deserved to keep his job this season. For me that could be going 4-8 or certainly 5-7, all depends on how we look and if we are getting better for the immediate future.
You guys are hilarious, rationalizing this & that, short answer we might win one more 2 tops if that & no he won't be back. I mean if he is brought back you'll go from hearing crickets chirping in CWS to being able to hear a pin drop, that would be financial suicide on their part.
This post was edited by ky joe 19 months ago
IT'S GO BIG BLUE TIME!!!!
I've said all along and I stand by my comments. 5 wins and joker keeps his job. He's got to figure out a way to win 4/5 against miss state, arky, mizzou, Sanford and vandy. They are all 5 winnable. If smith is healthy one could make an argument that we should Win 4/5.
The way LSU is playing. WKU maybe the Toughest Team on ALABAMA's Schedule.
This is kind of where I'm at as well. Of course, if our guys would have played a decent game against Louisville and then not folded like a pup tent in a tornado against WKU we would not be discussing all of these 'what-if's' and 'could-be's'.
Of the games mentioned above, I can see us winning most except for Mississippi State. Mizzou is not that good, can't stop anyone on defense, Vandy isn't very good, Arkansas is just self-destructing(kinda like we've done the last 2 years), and truthfully, I know nothing about Samford, but it is on the schedule as a 'breather game' for us and I believe it will be.
That, as I have it laid out, is possibly 4 more wins, which gets us to 5 wins for this campaign. And even if we only win 3 more, which would give us 4 wins for the season, if we play some semblance of decent football, I think you have to honestly give Joker the benefit of the doubt and invite him back for one more season.
However, the poor start we experienced against the likes of Louisville & WKU pretty much sealed this season's fate for us from the git-go. Those were 2 games that were "must win" games and we let them both get away. JMHO.
Boom!!! Tell em Franklin!! Nice contribution
Honestly... I think Joker is a much better recruiter, than he is a coach. Maybe the next HC will keep him on staff in that capacity.
I have to disagree. I see a team that is improving on defense. With the injury to Smith the offense has kind of stalled but is still much improved over last year. Do I think Joker will be the coach next year. No. But to say the team hasn't progressed is way off.
As for Strong his team isn't even the best in the state of Kentucky right now. That honor goes to WKU. Strong hasn't proved squat yet. He has one nice win over WVU last year other than that color me unimpressed especially with the soft schedule UL plays.
It's good to see a young team go out there and make some plays against a superior team and hang with them for a half. Take nothing away from that. But that has to be tempered with the understanding that it is not unusual for a highly favored opponent to go on the road and sleep walk through a half thinking the game was won when they got of the bus, and an attitude adjustment has to get them reinvigorated.
Case in point while we lost to #6 USCjr by 21, Towson, yes FRIGGIN TOWSON gave #3 LSU a game and only lost by 16 points. That's right Towson did better against LSU @ LSU then we did against USC at home.
Does that mean all of a sudden Towson should be knocking on the door of the BCS? No, it's just an example of the typical let down top tier teams with demanding schedules experience occasionally in the weak part of their schedule.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Deeeefense 19 months ago
"Ignorance is constricted awareness" - Deepak Chopra
Great post. Really nothing else to say. We suck from top to bottom when it comes to football, administration, coaches, water boys, etc. People need to quit grasping at straws and wake up.
Very unlikely that would even be offered.
Not opposed to it, Joker is a pretty good recruiter and OC.
This post was edited by James Mahoney 19 months ago
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