Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bits of BS for November 18, 2010

It's all in the details...listen in.


finntastica said...

Spot on regarding Hope's attention to detail.

Prime example: Last week during the Michigan game, Hope burned a time-out because there were two guys with the same number (number 3) on the field.

You would think that even if they had to double up numbers (which they don't) that there would be checks in place to ensure that those who share numbers aren't in any of the same packages.

dozer8589 said...

I'm not sure if it's a matter of detail. There are several looser, "players' coaches" out there who are doing quite well: Boise State's Chris Peterson, Oregon's Chip Kelli - even Ron Zook at Illinois.

To me the problem is consistency. Questionable on-field decisions are the result of knee-jerk reactions. If the offense was healthy at all, situational plans could be solidified. But when the staff is unsure who the QB, RB and WR's are going to be from week to week, it's hard to solidify any plans. Look at the defense - they have shown up in game after game because they are basically the same unit week to week. The staff can practice calls/adjustments during the week with personnel that will actually be on the field.

I am curious how this offense would've looked if Hope had the chance to solidify a starting lineup and build a consistent approach to the game each week.

At the risk of turning this post into "War & Peace," I think a real area of concern is the training/medical practices of Purdue sports in general. Just last week(?) the Women's Bball team lost a starter to - wait for it - a non-contact knee injury. Sound familiar (Bolden, Marve, Hummel...)? I'm just saying. Two incidents is a coincidence. But multiple incidents in multiple sports makes me say "hey, wait a second..."

MrAnonymous said...

So, let me get this straight. We are down to QB #4, without RB 1+2. Keith Smith and Siller are down. But the reason our offense can't move is because Hope has bad time management skills? Ok.

boilerdowd said...

That's what you heard?
As usual, your logic and comprehension are impecable.

finntastica said...

If the time management comment was directed at me, my comment was only one example of non-attention to detail, and by no means was I trying to state that was the reason for the losses.

"Football is a game of inches," the saying goes. On a hundred yard field, don't you think an inch is a "detail?"

An inch here, a half-step there, 1 second left on the clock...I have seen these win or lose ball games (Big 12 champ game, 2009 Purdue vs ND, 2010 Iowa vs Wisconsin). Those are details, and while they won't get you to win every game, they will allow you to win more games.

Attention to detail separates the goods from the greats in just about everything. I suppose, using that logic, it could elevate a mediocre to good, or a bad to mediocre.

MrAnonymous said...

You made the comment on your mini podcast that Hope cannot control both the defense and the offense at the same time. One side of the team succeeds, then the other side. He is not a CEO, and that he needs better coaches. You call it attention to detail. This is essentially time management - planning, allocating, setting goals, delegation, monitoring, organizing, scheduling, and prioritizing.