I have always liked the hire of Herman (Rice certainly missed him this year), but while it's obvious our defense improved leaps and bounds and has a clear direction for the upcoming years, the offense is still in flux.
First off, everybody needs to settle down. There isn't much doubt that AA is not the prototypical QB for Herman's system His ability to not execute some very easy throws pretty much proves it. Same for Tiller. But you know what? If you're given lemons, you make lemonade. If you're given oranges, you make orange juice. We still have a very capable QB who can really pound the rock, and there are a few very significant things which will improve his passing production next year:
#1. Another year in the system. Less thinking, more reacting. He will see things quicker.
#2 Improvement in the O-line speed. To this point, the direction of the O-line is one of the least talked about things on this board. When Rhoads first got here, our line was too bulky and slow for Herman's system. There wasn't enough time to slim them down without giving up strength for this season so they kept them where they were. Look for them to be lighter, have better footwork, and be much quicker next year.
3. Improvement in O-line execution. It has been said that Herman's blocking schemes are very complicated compared to other systems. Another year, better execution.
4. More team speed at the receiver position. We haven't exactly been stellar at creating seperation, and losing Money early in the season lost us the guy with the biggest playmaking potential. More speed and better route running makes more open receivers and the QB's job much easier. Giving Lenz and Williams another year in the system doesn't hurt either.
The staff has put game plans together which give us the best chance of winning. Our defense focuses on keeping plays in front of them and trying to create turnovers. This focus won the games last night and also in Lincoln. Our offense focuses on running the ball, sustaining drives, and eating clock to keep the defense off the field. And even inspite of our inability to put points on the board at times, they've still been successful in making things easier on our defense.
As we develop our personnel, the game plan will change. For now, I'm VERY happy with who we got, and the direction of where we're going.
Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. The next decade of Cyclone Football is going to be a fun one to watch and be a part of.
Not even close. Arnaud. He will be better next year, because being under 3 coaches.
#2-#3 I would just say that the O-Line improved overall. Arnaud was given plenty of time to throw and ARob was given space to run which allowed him to use his quickness and speed.
#4 Team speed yes, but I would add physical. I have heard CPR say this and I agree 100%, "Right now our team has a bunch of possession receivers." Watch our WR's if they get jammed at the line, they do not break free, although the blocking has improved, I think it can get better. I think the blocking effort is head and shoulders above where it has been though.
WR would help with Arnaud some but the decision making ability needs some work as well as his comfort in the pocket. He is so nervous out there, seems that if something goes wrong he lets it affect his play for up to a few series' afterwards. Can this be fixed by coaching? I want to say this again but I absolutely love the way AA runs the ball and his leadership qualities.
AA is are guy next year...
Tiller will get a shot once AA is gone and Barnett I thnk could be a guy who could beat out Tiller i believe but no way does capello play at ISU he will be a backup...
Plenty of time to hotstove the QB's for next year. Great time in Tempe and a nice win for the Cyclones!
I dont care who is QB next year, if we dont drastically upgrade the wr position... things will be similar.
At least we have Money back for next year. We just need 3-4 other new guys or redshirts to step up and be bigtime players.
Austen will be our QB and team leader.