eagle216 wrote: eepstein0 wrote: cvilleagle wrote: eepstein0 wrote:
rktbrkr wrote:this is not a BCS level program, Maine game will show that
All aboard the 2-10 express?
Really think we'll win 2? Hooray!
Last year we went 4-8 with an all-world linebacker. Who's our best player this year? Can we classify any position on the field as a "strength"?
There's actually a fair amount of talent around. Junior QB, couple good RBs (Williams & Finch), good TEs, the DBs have a fair amount of players back there & LB is solid. Even the WR play with Larmond, Swigert, Amidon & Evans is pretty legit.
The problem is the 1* coaching we're currently enduring.
could win 8 games with this talent.
Don't agree on the DBs. Collectively, our talent there is poor. WRs are legit by traditional BC standards, but they are bottom half of ACC talent-wise. You did not mention DL and OL, but both units, which are traditionally BC strengths, may very well be bottom half of the league as well. If this later part is true, we will suck. TEs are ok. None are difference makers.
All in all, this team, as was the case last year, is talent poor in relation to BC teams, on average, dating back to Coughlin era.
There are a lot of question marks and I fully expect to lose more players before a game is played (which is terrible). However, the likely starting defensive backfield adding Jones back and having Noel play safety consistently(and therefore not having so much Hampton Hughes) is probably a slight upgrade from last year. I don't know if I'd say Jones/Noel/Williams/ALJ is talent poor. It's OK, Noel is pretty good, Jones looked decent as a freshman, and Asprilla looked good last year so throw him in there somewhere.
The DL starters look OK, I'd say Appiah/Ramsey is a lot better than the last two years DTs, but there is no depth at all, obviously and it will now be year 6 since we've had a legit pass rushing DE.
The OL should be better. I have no idea if it will. I agree that this (other than Spaz generally) was the biggest reason for 4-8 last year and if it is not improved it will be the biggest reason for sub-.500 this year.
I don't know why you would compare our WRs to another school's in a comparison of this year's BC team's talent vs. other years?
We have no idea if the TEs are difference makers because we haven't thrown to the TE since 2008.
We do have some talent issues, but I think they're going to really rear their heads two years from now or so, unless we have a solid recruiting head coach by next season who can stop the bleeding. I agree with Eppy that a mediocre coach could do some damage (e.g. crappy bowl game) with the current talent. Spaz can't though.