Excellent post. The players learned far more last night than they will against the likes of UNLV come next Saturday. Sometimes games likes this have a way of waking a team up.
Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91
Keep in mind...after a few more weeks...we get our real starting safety back (James Smith) from injury.
It was a good early season test, but I wold not compare the MAC to the Big XII. That reasoning is probably why people wanted an easier win. Since we didn't see Blythe (or Davis) after the first quarter until OT, I'm assuming Mac didn't want to showcase much of the offense until the conference season? Parker seems to be the pass rusher, but allowing a quaterback in his second career start almost 80% completion rate, that's going to need a lot of improvement.
It was a win. Bottom line. The first game of the year is always tough because you think you know what you have but don't really know what you have. There are thing that could have been better, but we still won in OT. Last year we did not play well our first game either. One game does not make a season. Go Cyclones!!!
"Skin it: Skin that smokewagon and see what happens!"
I think that Toledo really did a good job, aside from our defense not pressuring the quarterback. They almost had no dropped balls, and Cochran's pass was accurate for most of the game.
Toledo is a good team, BUT they are not a BIG XII calibur team. Downfalls were the rushing game (until the fourth quarter.) Defense looked abismal with the exception of a couple of plays. Special teams needs some work. Coach Mac needs to learn how to call plays (or Barney) with a lead. To shut it down in the last quarter with a TD lead is a poor move that has burned us many times and will continue to burn us.
That being said Meyer looked incredible. But we can't rely on just him to win the games. He can't be running QB draws all game or he will get hurt. Blythe looked in top form (when he got the ball.) Return teams showed promise.
I realize teams improve the most between week 1 and 2 but we have a lot of improving to do if we plan on being as good as we believe we can. That being said, very entertaining game with the right outcome. A cyclone victory and top play on sportscenter.
"Can I borrow your towel, my car just hit a water buffalo" Erwin Fletcher
[quote=CLONE2THEBONE;14346]NO QB pressure w/out the blitz.
LB's are unaware that they are part of the pass defense as well.
That could've been the most embarassing loss of the McCarney tenure, with all the hype surrounding the 1st game. Luckily, we pulled through, but I don't think it's happy horsecrap that we're gonna have to score a LOT to win games. Especially when we start playing good teams.[/quo
I was not able to attend last night's festive opening contest...due to a little distance. So I cannot comment on issues of play, situational calling of formations...and such.
But I can tell you is this....you are quite on your way to becoming my favorite target for which to apply my lash of shame. One game into the season and you have wasted no short amount of time to spill such gloomy bile upon this website. It is most apparent that this form of negative spouting has been your modus operandi in previous opinions posted...and frankly..I do tire of them..and I am not even in the damn country. Please...be more positive..unless you wish to become my focus of keyboard scorn. If internet tangles and bite marks upon your nuggets is what is missing from your existance...I shall relent and provide such requested needs
Last edited by monkeybrow; 09-01-2006 at 11:09 AM.
Actually, he started spewing his hate over a week before the season started...calling for D-Mac's head prior to ISU getting just one snap in.
Originally Posted by monkeybrow
I'll bet he had issue with how ISU took the field and was screaming "FIRE MAC!" as the players took the field.:Bomb:
Originally Posted by ISUFan22
His name is now penciled into my "little black book" of those most deserving of the white glove slap across the cheek. Right next to every hawkeye fan that I know. (143)
Rp Level: -52
08-18-2006, 10:37 AM
"We went to the Houston bowl because Mac can't manage to coach his way out of a wet paper sack when the game goes to over-time. "
Given your previous post I would think you would be giving Mac Credit today?
He only did such after I kindly reminded him of the OT win last night. And it still was a small amount of credit directed to our head coach.
Originally Posted by JCloned
I saw a lot of guys that need to learn their postions better and a very conservative defensive strategy that allowed their QB to get in a comfortable rythm. I also saw some very athletic players on D who, when they have game experience, could be pretty good.
Originally Posted by terryleebr
And that's why getting an early test as we did last night...was good. As much as we the fans didn't like it...there's no way that hurts our team one bit.
Originally Posted by terryleebr
They just need to get back to working on pressuring the QB and pass coverages. The run defense was great...although we need to find out if that was a product of our defense or the efficiency of Toledo's passing attack and them not running the ball much.
Seriously come up with something more original than the crap that everyone makes on assumptions. Do you honestly think Mac says "okay boys we got a lead, let's shut her down and just start running between the two guards and center only?" If you do, you have little to no football knowledge and just believe all the other posters who spew the crap. On the drive you are talking about Stevie had one run, a missed pass was thrown and Bret did one QB draw. So are you saying the 70 yards and 3 touchdowns was a shutdown offense? If so, it sounds like a good plan to me.
Originally Posted by shildreth
ďAlso, I met a lot of Iowa State fans and I donít want to leave any of that behind.Ē - DARIUS DARKS on Staying a CLONE!!!
Matt (00 Alumn)
Isn't it ironic that our first OT win came against a team that had never lost an OT game in 4 tries