After the draft.
After the draft.
The problem with Deace and his attitude towards sports is that he blindly sees things for what they have been, and rarely if ever predicts anything will change. Every decade brings a myriad of turn over in the CFB landscape.
Its apparent that Paul Rhoads still hasn't gotten a lot of people to completely trust in his abilities just yet. Really, if ISU just gets marginally better the next couple years and few programs slide off a little, then anything can happen up and down the standings for ANYONE in the Big 12. Not saying ISU claims Big 12 titles, but its not that far fetched to think programs like ISU/Baylor could be average/middle of the pack programs.
ISU isn't that far away from being a regular 6-6 team. Not at all.
The Hawkeye faithful love to prognosticate on how ISU will "suck for eternity", and they also love to display their wares on how they find these diamonds in the rough with recruiting each year. Like no other coach or staff will EVER be able to do that! You trying to tell me Paul freaking Rhoads aint gonna start to develop some serious talent on the field the next couple years when hes got a FULL 85 to work with? Paul Rhoads averaged just over 1 NFL draftee per year at Pitt, and you gotta figure he had another FA or two on the field. If ISU can have a couple NFL caliber defenders on defense each year, they can play some dang ball.
And let me address Texas...who the F do they have for legit play makers on that team? Seriously? WHO? NAME THEM! The few big names left over from the championship game on either side of the ball that have actually proved something on the field are mostly graduating. That O-line of theirs sucked....whether it was the players or the scheme. That team was one dimensional. Gilbert should be better next year, but I don't foresee him just turning on the Heisman ability.
I'm PUMPED up Cyclone nation. I'm ready to double fist kool-aid among other things that i won't mention. Burnham and Rhoads have PROVED they can scheme with an undermanned defense pretty dang well. We've all seen that. They'll find a QB that do just enough if not more next year, and the Cardinal and Gold will be just fine. But before that happens, makes sure to earmark some of your tax return funds so that it makes its way into the Hammer of Thor AKA Paul Rhoads program!
2011 is going to be an AWESOME Cyclone season! Gonna be a few hard times along the way that we'll have to endure. Gonna be some Giants slain as well. Gonna be some hitting comin' off the bus. Gonna some smart and passionate play out on that field. Gonna be some trick plays that will accidentally make you high five your girlfriend's face because you were a little too excited by what just happened. Gonna be Paul Rhoads brand of Iowa State University Cyclone Football!
I agree it's difficult to judge individuals, but you can get a good feel for where the team is at and where each position group is at heading into the summer.
I don't see ISU going 3-9. I see at least 4 wins, maybe 5-6, but with the question mark at QB, it'll be tough to predict. I do think the defense improves. But can it improve enough to offset a potential offensive decrease in production?
Should be an interesting year nonetheless.
Why should I really give two ****s about what the Deucer thinks of ISU football? Shouldn't he be too busy covering a "real" football team to be too busy to give his opinion about the Cyclones?
ISU will win more than 3 games, but it's hard for me to think they'll win more than 6 as well.
Hopefully CPR can get us over that hump (7-8 wins), or he'll lose some of his luster by the end of next season.
I've said it before, and I pray it's not true, but CPR might be the RIGHT coach at the WRONG time.
Our OCC schedule isn't doing him many favors.