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Inspired by the wide receiver missing piece thread, I want to take a survey:
Which position do you think will see the most eventual improvement under the new coaching staff?
Which position do you think is most likely to regress, even if only slightly, under the new coaching staff?
Be as specific as you want (i.e. boundary corner vs. cornerback; three-technique vs. defensive tackle), and feel free to offer insight on your choices, factoring in recruiting, development, strength and conditioning, etc., but please list your position picks for both categories at the top of your post like this:
Drop off: DT
I'll count up the responses and post results a couple of different times, depending on how many we get. Curious to see what everyone thinks.
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Drop Off: RB
The S&C program, MacWhorter and the combining of the interior and exterior linemen under one coach will all lead to marked improvement THIS SEASON.
I don't think RB will drop off much, if at all, but in the new offense is QB-centered and won't be as reliant on a dominant running game like we were under Joe.
F the NCAA
F the BOT
Drop Off: FB
Not only the coaching with MacWhorter and the S&C program, but I think the biggest factor in the improved OL will be the consistent message and not separating the interior and outer lineman from each other in meetings, coaching, etc... The OL needs to work as one cohesive unit, and in the past, with two coaches and two separate meeting rooms, we know this was not being achieved.
Also, I believe gone are the days of having to flip Centers and Guards to Tackle, because we did not recruit any pure Tackles to the offensive line. Donovan and Dorian will change that already.
I agree with 42, I dont think RB will necessarily "drop" off, as much as, just not be featured as they were under Joe, particularly the Full Back position. Zordich may be the last true "fullback" we see for a while, and I sure don't think we are going to see the position get a lot of carries on 1st-10 as we saw in the past.
QB has to improve with a real QB coach, he won't be Peyton Manning but I think marked improvement will show. He can't coach arm strength but he can coach better decisions.
D I'm not sold on Roof, I think the points given up per game will go up given the risk reward D we expect to see and questions in the secondary.
Improve OC, better schemes. Better gameplanning. Better playcalling. Will impact the O overall hopefully in a positive way.
Decline DC. People that wanted Bradley to be more aggressive will be shaking their heads when this D gives up quite a few more long easy scores this year IMO. Scrap's D were much better than most will acknowledge.
"One man didn't build this program and one man sure as hell cannot tear it down."
Drop off: Middle linebackers
When you improve your strength program you get better OLs..... You add in a damn good coach too and the blocking has to improve. Then you add a damn good WRs coach and they have to improve....Plus a TE friendly passing offense and your QB play has to get better...
Then look at our QB recruiting we have blue chips fighting to come here and 2 damn good coaches (Fish & OB) and you will PSU QB play go through the roof.
At PSU the last 5 years the DL, LB, & RB play has been the best 3 areas for us. With a new attacking scheme the linebackers will be asked to do more and will be put in tough spots. Vandy will produce NFL picks consistently but I think the OLBs will see more flash while the middle will get beat up on message boards.
PENN STATE FOREVER
Umm...just like before?
Drop off: DB
The drop off in DB will come from Roof's scheme where we'll see them get beat for TDson a regular basis
Improve: QB by a long shot.
Regress: RB, won't be as much focus on the running game as it was under Joe
Improve - O take your pick as far as position - O-line will improve due to Mac and Fitz and everyone else benefits from it - TE and WR will seems to improve becasue of increased use and RB will improve due to better blocking. QB should improve for the same reason.
Drop off - Secondary - they are going to be asked to do do more with less depth and more risk reward schemes. Could be rough for them.
Improve: QB High ceiling here based upon current level
Regress: Defense in general Until the staff has the athletes in place and everyone understands the new system, there's going to be some growing pains...
On a side note, I think special teams has a big upside as well. Provided the staff puts some focus in here, could pay huge dividends!!
Improve: OL hands down
Drop Off: RB
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
Improve: QB / By a mile, especially when Hack arrives (no Beano predictions please thought!)
Decline: RB / Offensive gameplan, still will be important but no longer built around it.
Rebirth = Offensive coaching, overall game management, recruiting, and S&C. Modernization.
*Postion - TE, OL
Lifesupport = Conservative, defense wins mentality. Reputation.
*Position - FB
Improve: OL and QB
Initially I feel as if the OL will show the greatest improvement for the reasons already mentioned (S&C and one coach for the whole line), long term I'm thinking the QB will show the most improvement b/c of we now essentially have 2 QB coaches on the roster.
While I think that we will continue to still be LinebackerU, I have a feeling that Roof will take some of the attention off of the LBs and they way that they were emphasized under the old coaching staff.
This post was edited by PSUJT0409 2 years ago
Dominate The State
just this year?
Linebackers (not saying they won't still be really good, just not like in bradleys system)
Improve: QB, coaching plus recruiting (O'Brien's tie to Tom Brady is quite powerful with 18 year olds)
Decline: Defense in general: agreed with most here, Bradley's D wasnt the most exciting and at times gave up a lot of yards, but numbers don't lie, our defense kept us in countless games year after year and endured being on the field more than its share because of a pathetic offense. Hoefully the improved offense can help level this anticipated drop off
I think basically like everyone else about the OL because of fitz and only one coach. Fullback will suffer because of 2 te sets and more 3 and 4 wr sets.
Drop off: RB
Improved Over Next Year: The OL for sure. Now it won't be obvious right from the beginning, anytime you replace that much experience and are relying on rookies it takes awhile. But by the end of the year I fully expect it to be a much improved unit.
Decline: LBs. Great coach, but I can easily see Vandy getting sick of Roof over his shoulder. Idk how long he will be here, nd that worries me. Vandy knows LBs, Idk how much Roof will try to force it square peg in a round hole, if at all.
Drop Off: LB
This post was edited by Andrew Dzurita 23 months ago
Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS
I'm gonna go ahead and put all the units into a categories and make my predictions. I would like to hear what others think as well...
Most Improvement- QB, OL,TE
Slight Improvement- WR, ST, DE
No Change- RB, DT, DB
Slight regression- LB
Most Regression- FB
I can understand your concern over the Vandy-Roof relationship. But I'm hoping that Roof will offer some appropriate respect to Vandy---after all, he's a top-notch assistant who also served as UMd's head coach. Wouldn't it be cool if Roof could be the boss of the defense but still learn some things from Vandy on how to utilize linebackers? Do their personalities suggest that some reciprocity is possible?
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