IowaLaw's Post Game Report: SDSU

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Einstein once said the definition of Randying around is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Unfortunately, when Kirk: (i) rewards the architect of last year's 117th ranked offence with a raise and a promotion; (ii) rewards the Big 10's worst QB with unwavering union card status without even considering looking for better options; and (iii) thumbs his nose at the transfer portal when the rest of the Power 5 feasted on the frenzy of talent looking for immediate playing time, you're destined for more touchdownless nail biters against inferior opponents like today's 7-3 embarrassment.

Unacceptable RB Play. Aside from IowaLaw, virtually no one expressed concern with the lack of talent at the RB position this year. The Hawks lost both Goodson and Kelly-Martin with eligibility remaining and the hole they left is bigger than most will acknowledge. What we saw today against a massively undersized IAA DL was unacceptable. Williams rushed 24 times for an average of just 3 yards and zero big runs. Highly touted Kaleb Johnson ran 3 times for 0 yards. By comparison, Goodson left Iowa averaging 4.8 yards for his career. Sargent averaged 5.7 yards two years ago. Toren Young averaged 5.3 yards the year before that. Today's RBs did not look ready for prime time and they are going to need to figure it out.

The Punting Is Winning Cop Out. While it's quirky and cute to chuckle about a "punting is winning" mantra, the truth is, punters are anonymous on most teams. The only reason punting receives attention at Iowa is because the offense is forced to punt so often and the punter is thrust into the spot light out of default. Taylor is a fantastic punter. He may be the best in the country. His 50 yard punts downed on the 2 yard line are a thing of beauty. But a coaching staff should not force a punter to continually put a team on his shoulders to win games. When that happens, even super stars end up booting multiple punts from opponents' 40 yard lines into the end zone for a net gain of just 20 yards. His touchback following Kirks conservative decision to punt at the end of the game gave SDSU a chance to upset the Hawks. If Kirk doesn't trust his OL and RBs to gain a yard on 3rd and 1 from an outmanned opponent's 38 yrd line to run out the clock, the Hawks must overhaul their staff and personnel. It's not possible for any punter to control the bounce on every single pooch punt nor should they be expected to.

Promising Young DBs. Maybe the most pleasant surprise of the day was watching Terry Roberts and Quinn Schulte finally get their chance to fly around and make plays. Roberts looks to be Iowa's next great CB. He had 4 tackles and 2 pass deflections after being last year's special teams super star. Schulte, a walk-on playing ahead of a 5 star recruit, showed why. The guy can really lay the wood. He finished the day with 4 pass deflections and never allowed any deep receptions. If these guys can learn to turn deflections into interceptions while teams continue throwing away from Moss, the secondary should be in excellent shape to keep Iowa in games despite their offense.

Putrid QB Play. It's too easy to pile on Putras and his 11/25 for 109 yards, 1 int, 0 td performance. Any fan can do that. What's concerning is the guy STILL has happy feet, STILL gets rattled, and STILL locks onto 1 receiver rather than seeing the entire field. It is nice he has the luxury of spending his summers with private coaches who work on casually throwing passes to uncovered receivers, but when your QB lacks confidence against a live defense and is terrified to throw deep balls, the run game suffers. The staff knows this, yet they continue to play Putras every down. It would have been refreshing if Charlie Jones came out and said Brian's uninnovative play calling and insistence on playing Putras were the reasons he left, but anyone who watched Purdue play this week knows it's true. For those who didn't see it, Jones single handedly had more receptions, yards, and touchdowns for Purdue against Penn State than all Iowa receivers had combined against SDSU.

Is Bruce Legit or Simply the Only Man Standing. Bruce was the only WR who caught a pass today. That distribution is ridiculous. His 5 catches for 68 yards made for a solid stat line. With that said, I have to wonder if Iowa's only WR option would even see the field on most Big 10 rosters? Putras is going to continue locking onto Bruce on most pass plays because he runs the short high percentage routes, so let's hope he's the real deal. In the meantime, it's imperative that other WRs step up and the staff reminds Putras that he isn't going to get away with locking onto 1 WR every game.

RIP OLine U. Perhaps the biggest disservice Kirk could have done to the program was to take away OL coach duties from Reece Morgan in 2012 and hand over the keys to the Cadillac to his ill prepared son. That marked the end of an era of the Hawks were known for their OL prowess. Do they still produce the occasional NFL draft pick? Absolutely. But as a unit, Iowa's OL has been a weakness rather than a strength for years since Brian took over. Recruiting misses, an outdated scheme, and incompetent coaching have all contributed to the demise of the Iowa OL since then. Today, the line was blown off the ball by a bunch of 240lb IAA DL who had no business standing on the same field as a school like Iowa. The line allowed Putras to get rattled early and often. They provided virtually no holes for the inexperienced RBs. How will this group of sophomores hold up when the level of competition increases? Are they capable of going up against DL their own size who are twice as quick off the ball (like Michigan last year). The new OL coach experiment was a failure. This was supposed to be Kirk's specialty and Kirk's legacy. It's time for him to stop the gum chewing and take the bull by the horns. Without steady OL play, Petras and the RBs are going to continue to get shut out throughout the year.
 

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Einstein once said the definition of Randying around is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Einstein never said that as he did not say many things attributed to him. Actually this was "listed within a section called “Misattributed to Einstein” in the comprehensive reference “The Ultimate Quotable Einstein” from Princeton University Press."
 

Kinnick.At.Night

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Einstein never said that as he did not say many things attributed to him. Actually this was "listed within a section called “Misattributed to Einstein” in the comprehensive reference “The Ultimate Quotable Einstein” from Princeton University Press."

Everybody wants to chum up to Einstein with an easy to understand quotation. 😂
 

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Einstein once said the definition of Randying around is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Unfortunately, when Kirk: (i) rewards the architect of last year's 117th ranked offence with a raise and a promotion; (ii) rewards the Big 10's worst QB with unwavering union card status without even considering looking for better options; and (iii) thumbs his nose at the transfer portal when the rest of the Power 5 feasted on the frenzy of talent looking for immediate playing time, you're destined for more touchdownless nail biters against inferior opponents like today's 7-3 embarrassment.

Unacceptable RB Play. Aside from IowaLaw, virtually no one expressed concern with the lack of talent at the RB position this year. The Hawks lost both Goodson and Kelly-Martin with eligibility remaining and the hole they left is bigger than most will acknowledge. What we saw today against a massively undersized IAA DL was unacceptable. Williams rushed 24 times for an average of just 3 yards and zero big runs. Highly touted Kaleb Johnson ran 3 times for 0 yards. By comparison, Goodson left Iowa averaging 4.8 yards for his career. Sargent averaged 5.7 yards two years ago. Toren Young averaged 5.3 yards the year before that. Today's RBs did not look ready for prime time and they are going to need to figure it out.

The Punting Is Winning Cop Out. While it's quirky and cute to chuckle about a "punting is winning" mantra, the truth is, punters are anonymous on most teams. The only reason punting receives attention at Iowa is because the offense is forced to punt so often and the punter is thrust into the spot light out of default. Taylor is a fantastic punter. He may be the best in the country. His 50 yard punts downed on the 2 yard line are a thing of beauty. But a coaching staff should not force a punter to continually put a team on his shoulders to win games. When that happens, even super stars end up booting multiple punts from opponents' 40 yard lines into the end zone for a net gain of just 20 yards. His touchback following Kirks conservative decision to punt at the end of the game gave SDSU a chance to upset the Hawks. If Kirk doesn't trust his OL and RBs to gain a yard on 3rd and 1 from an outmanned opponent's 38 yrd line to run out the clock, the Hawks must overhaul their staff and personnel. It's not possible for any punter to control the bounce on every single pooch punt nor should they be expected to.

Promising Young DBs. Maybe the most pleasant surprise of the day was watching Terry Roberts and Quinn Schulte finally get their chance to fly around and make plays. Roberts looks to be Iowa's next great CB. He had 4 tackles and 2 pass deflections after being last year's special teams super star. Schulte, a walk-on playing ahead of a 5 star recruit, showed why. The guy can really lay the wood. He finished the day with 4 pass deflections and never allowed any deep receptions. If these guys can learn to turn deflections into interceptions while teams continue throwing away from Moss, the secondary should be in excellent shape to keep Iowa in games despite their offense.

Putrid QB Play. It's too easy to pile on Putras and his 11/25 for 109 yards, 1 int, 0 td performance. Any fan can do that. What's concerning is the guy STILL has happy feet, STILL gets rattled, and STILL locks onto 1 receiver rather than seeing the entire field. It is nice he has the luxury of spending his summers with private coaches who work on casually throwing passes to uncovered receivers, but when your QB lacks confidence against a live defense and is terrified to throw deep balls, the run game suffers. The staff knows this, yet they continue to play Putras every down. It would have been refreshing if Charlie Jones came out and said Brian's uninnovative play calling and insistence on playing Putras were the reasons he left, but anyone who watched Purdue play this week knows it's true. For those who didn't see it, Jones single handedly had more receptions, yards, and touchdowns for Purdue against Penn State than all Iowa receivers had combined against SDSU.

Is Bruce Legit or Simply the Only Man Standing. Bruce was the only WR who caught a pass today. That distribution is ridiculous. His 5 catches for 68 yards made for a solid stat line. With that said, I have to wonder if Iowa's only WR option would even see the field on most Big 10 rosters? Putras is going to continue locking onto Bruce on most pass plays because he runs the short high percentage routes, so let's hope he's the real deal. In the meantime, it's imperative that other WRs step up and the staff reminds Putras that he isn't going to get away with locking onto 1 WR every game.

RIP OLine U. Perhaps the biggest disservice Kirk could have done to the program was to take away OL coach duties from Reece Morgan in 2012 and hand over the keys to the Cadillac to his ill prepared son. That marked the end of an era of the Hawks were known for their OL prowess. Do they still produce the occasional NFL draft pick? Absolutely. But as a unit, Iowa's OL has been a weakness rather than a strength for years since Brian took over. Recruiting misses, an outdated scheme, and incompetent coaching have all contributed to the demise of the Iowa OL since then. Today, the line was blown off the ball by a bunch of 240lb IAA DL who had no business standing on the same field as a school like Iowa. The line allowed Putras to get rattled early and often. They provided virtually no holes for the inexperienced RBs. How will this group of sophomores hold up when the level of competition increases? Are they capable of going up against DL their own size who are twice as quick off the ball (like Michigan last year). The new OL coach experiment was a failure. This was supposed to be Kirk's specialty and Kirk's legacy. It's time for him to stop the gum chewing and take the bull by the horns. Without steady OL play, Petras and the RBs are going to continue to get shut out throughout the year.
Well said
 
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Kinnick.At.Night

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Lol. Yeah, there’s an Applebee’s down the street the next time you’re in the Atlanta area. 😆

Seriously, I can’t tell if you’re trying to be funny or are just this stupid? 🤔

It's a simple offer to have lunch. Atlanta? Fine. That's not far from where I travel for work.
 

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It's fun having one the best defenses in the country and one of the worst offenses in the country.
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Given a choice I'd rather have it that way then have one of the best offenses in the country and one of the worst defenses in the country.
 
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With our offensive woes, I think it would be smart to line up in the I with 2 TE's and play smash mouth. It's easier for the o-line and we can control the clock. Let Petras do play action to the only WR on the field with 1 check down. He might actually be able to buy that concept.
 

Ignored

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With our offensive woes, I think it would be smart to line up in the I with 2 TE's and play smash mouth. It's easier for the o-line and we can control the clock. Let Petras do play action to the only WR on the field with 1 check down. He might actually be able to buy that concept.
Might as well. TE is about the only unit we bolstered via the portal in the offseason.
 

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Einstein once said the definition of Randying around is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Unfortunately, when Kirk: (i) rewards the architect of last year's 117th ranked offence with a raise and a promotion; (ii) rewards the Big 10's worst QB with unwavering union card status without even considering looking for better options; and (iii) thumbs his nose at the transfer portal when the rest of the Power 5 feasted on the frenzy of talent looking for immediate playing time, you're destined for more touchdownless nail biters against inferior opponents like today's 7-3 embarrassment.

Unacceptable RB Play. Aside from IowaLaw, virtually no one expressed concern with the lack of talent at the RB position this year. The Hawks lost both Goodson and Kelly-Martin with eligibility remaining and the hole they left is bigger than most will acknowledge. What we saw today against a massively undersized IAA DL was unacceptable. Williams rushed 24 times for an average of just 3 yards and zero big runs. Highly touted Kaleb Johnson ran 3 times for 0 yards. By comparison, Goodson left Iowa averaging 4.8 yards for his career. Sargent averaged 5.7 yards two years ago. Toren Young averaged 5.3 yards the year before that. Today's RBs did not look ready for prime time and they are going to need to figure it out.

The Punting Is Winning Cop Out. While it's quirky and cute to chuckle about a "punting is winning" mantra, the truth is, punters are anonymous on most teams. The only reason punting receives attention at Iowa is because the offense is forced to punt so often and the punter is thrust into the spot light out of default. Taylor is a fantastic punter. He may be the best in the country. His 50 yard punts downed on the 2 yard line are a thing of beauty. But a coaching staff should not force a punter to continually put a team on his shoulders to win games. When that happens, even super stars end up booting multiple punts from opponents' 40 yard lines into the end zone for a net gain of just 20 yards. His touchback following Kirks conservative decision to punt at the end of the game gave SDSU a chance to upset the Hawks. If Kirk doesn't trust his OL and RBs to gain a yard on 3rd and 1 from an outmanned opponent's 38 yrd line to run out the clock, the Hawks must overhaul their staff and personnel. It's not possible for any punter to control the bounce on every single pooch punt nor should they be expected to.

Promising Young DBs. Maybe the most pleasant surprise of the day was watching Terry Roberts and Quinn Schulte finally get their chance to fly around and make plays. Roberts looks to be Iowa's next great CB. He had 4 tackles and 2 pass deflections after being last year's special teams super star. Schulte, a walk-on playing ahead of a 5 star recruit, showed why. The guy can really lay the wood. He finished the day with 4 pass deflections and never allowed any deep receptions. If these guys can learn to turn deflections into interceptions while teams continue throwing away from Moss, the secondary should be in excellent shape to keep Iowa in games despite their offense.

Putrid QB Play. It's too easy to pile on Putras and his 11/25 for 109 yards, 1 int, 0 td performance. Any fan can do that. What's concerning is the guy STILL has happy feet, STILL gets rattled, and STILL locks onto 1 receiver rather than seeing the entire field. It is nice he has the luxury of spending his summers with private coaches who work on casually throwing passes to uncovered receivers, but when your QB lacks confidence against a live defense and is terrified to throw deep balls, the run game suffers. The staff knows this, yet they continue to play Putras every down. It would have been refreshing if Charlie Jones came out and said Brian's uninnovative play calling and insistence on playing Putras were the reasons he left, but anyone who watched Purdue play this week knows it's true. For those who didn't see it, Jones single handedly had more receptions, yards, and touchdowns for Purdue against Penn State than all Iowa receivers had combined against SDSU.

Is Bruce Legit or Simply the Only Man Standing. Bruce was the only WR who caught a pass today. That distribution is ridiculous. His 5 catches for 68 yards made for a solid stat line. With that said, I have to wonder if Iowa's only WR option would even see the field on most Big 10 rosters? Putras is going to continue locking onto Bruce on most pass plays because he runs the short high percentage routes, so let's hope he's the real deal. In the meantime, it's imperative that other WRs step up and the staff reminds Putras that he isn't going to get away with locking onto 1 WR every game.

RIP OLine U. Perhaps the biggest disservice Kirk could have done to the program was to take away OL coach duties from Reece Morgan in 2012 and hand over the keys to the Cadillac to his ill prepared son. That marked the end of an era of the Hawks were known for their OL prowess. Do they still produce the occasional NFL draft pick? Absolutely. But as a unit, Iowa's OL has been a weakness rather than a strength for years since Brian took over. Recruiting misses, an outdated scheme, and incompetent coaching have all contributed to the demise of the Iowa OL since then. Today, the line was blown off the ball by a bunch of 240lb IAA DL who had no business standing on the same field as a school like Iowa. The line allowed Putras to get rattled early and often. They provided virtually no holes for the inexperienced RBs. How will this group of sophomores hold up when the level of competition increases? Are they capable of going up against DL their own size who are twice as quick off the ball (like Michigan last year). The new OL coach experiment was a failure. This was supposed to be Kirk's specialty and Kirk's legacy. It's time for him to stop the gum chewing and take the bull by the horns. Without steady OL play, Petras and the RBs are going to continue to get shut out throughout the year.
You take a lot of heat on here but you are mostly spot on. I always enjoy your analysis. Wish Barta would pay attention.
 
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It’s hard to argue against any of this. Pretty much what I saw too . Most disappointed in the OL. They were flat out putrid today .
Lulz, I didn't read the whole thing, but two of his first 3 or 4 negative gripes were literally forced negative stances on situations where everyone knows what the issues really are.

He is literally trying to make it sound like Williams is not the answer at RB when we all know our OL is trash, and brings up old stats of past players he has openly trashed (Goodson)in the past, as if we wouldn't notice, to try to spin his point in his favor.

Stop feeding the troll please. :)
 

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Lulz, I didn't read the whole thing, but two of his first 3 or 4 negative gripes were literally forced negative stances on situations where everyone knows what the issues really are.

He is literally trying to make it sound like Williams is not the answer at RB when we all know our OL is trash, and brings up old stats of past players he has openly trashed (Goodson)in the past, as if we wouldn't notice, to try to spin his point in his favor.

Stop feeding the troll please. :)
Also true😉
 

Greenway4Prez

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I would strongly argue that our OL and running game when Brian had those duties were very good. It was when Polasek was brought in to coach OL that I noticed glaring holes that have only gotten larger.
 

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I would strongly argue that our OL and running game when Brian had those duties were very good. It was when Polasek was brought in to coach OL that I noticed glaring holes that have only gotten larger.
Brian is complete trash. He’s had zero success anywhere. He needs to sell life insurance or used cars. Football is not his thing.
 
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I usually dont think IowaLaw is that much on target, maybe 50%, but the Iowa offense was so bad this game that it is pretty easy to see the problems. Coaching, scheme, execution were bad.

I only hope that KJohnson, Ragaini, and GWilliams coming back will spark some things.

I think LeshunW can be a very good runner if he has some blocking.
 
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@RoundRock620 - You don't say. Einstein never opined on the definition of "Randying around?" While you can't say that for sure, perhaps when responding to a football thread on a football message board, you could address the substance of the thread.

@yrunvs - Hard to believe you'd prefer a great defense over a great offense after watching the Hawks win one of the most boring games in college football history. Zero touchdowns. 20+ punts. 10 combined points (but admittedly great defense). Compare the fan experience with some of the insanely exciting, high scoring games that also took place over the weekend. It's a no brainer for 99% of us. Lowly Wake Forest put up 44 points. Oklahoma State scored 58. Baylor scored 69. Miami scored 70. Being on the winning side of those high flying games is so much more fun than escaping with nail biter wins against inferior opponents and having to brag about the fabulous punting game.

@Wingman137 - I think we did run a good number of 2 tight end sets, as both TEs received about the same amount of snaps (56 snaps to 53 snaps). Both had more snaps than Arland Bruce (52 snaps). The problem is, this particular QB has shown for 3 years the tendency to lock onto 1 or 2 receivers and have tunnel vision the remainder of the game. Heck, I was shocked to see that even Alec Wick had 44 snaps despite having absolutely no role in the game.

@EvilMonkeyInTheCloset - word to the wise, when you start a response with "I didn't read it but it's wrong," then proceed to use the "literally" in every sentence, you wouldn't win honorable mention in a 3rd grade debate. Stick with posting about mascots and uniform colors.
 
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@EvilMonkeyInTheCloset - word to the wise, when you start a response with "I didn't read it but it's wrong," then proceed to use the "literally" in every sentence (And still, I'm not wrong lol......and you, the lawyer, did nothing to prove my statement was not factual. "Failure to provide reasonable doubt"......For shame. :cool:), you wouldn't win honorable mention in a 3rd grade debate. (Well good, because I'm participating in the 2nd grade division, which is much tougher, actually.....) Stick with posting about mascots and uniform colors. (Is that something I literally do, that you were literally triggered enough to go with those two topics as an attempt to insult me?............Tbf, I can't recall many posts I made even last week, so maybe you keep better track of my post content than I do.)
And lol oh btw, did I finally strike a nerve, Mr. Literally Never Responds In His Own Threads?............ ;)

Careful now. Drive-bys are your style. You wouldn't want to expose yourself too much venturing into an element that doesn't suit you. :cool:


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@RoundRock620 - You don't say. Einstein never opined on the definition of "Randying around?" While you can't say that for sure, perhaps when responding to a football thread on a football message board, you could address the substance of the thread.

@yrunvs - Hard to believe you'd prefer a great defense over a great offense after watching the Hawks win one of the most boring games in college football history. Zero touchdowns. 20+ punts. 10 combined points (but admittedly great defense). Compare the fan experience with some of the insanely exciting, high scoring games that also took place over the weekend. It's a no brainer for 99% of us. Lowly Wake Forest put up 44 points. Oklahoma State scored 58. Baylor scored 69. Miami scored 70. Being on the winning side of those high flying games is so much more fun than escaping with nail biter wins against inferior opponents and having to brag about the fabulous punting game.

@Wingman137 - I think we did run a good number of 2 tight end sets, as both TEs received about the same amount of snaps (56 snaps to 53 snaps). Both had more snaps than Arland Bruce (52 snaps). The problem is, this particular QB has shown for 3 years the tendency to lock onto 1 or 2 receivers and have tunnel vision the remainder of the game. Heck, I was shocked to see that even Alec Wick had 44 snaps despite having absolutely no role in the game.

@EvilMonkeyInTheCloset - word to the wise, when you start a response with "I didn't read it but it's wrong," then proceed to use the "literally" in every sentence, you wouldn't win honorable mention in a 3rd grade debate. Stick with posting about mascots and uniform colors.
Btw, I just realized another mistake you made, (geez you're getting sloppy.......) I said, and I quote, "Lulz, I didn't read the whole thing, but...."

Words and context matters. I also know from watching all those Law and Order episodes, that 'what you can prove' is kind of a big deal...........................just sayin. ;)



Aren't you glad you felt compelled to climb out from under your rock to make a rare second post in one of your threads and try to put me in my place? :D

By all means, don't stop now..........
 
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