ISUBU wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:05 pm
fourthandshort wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:10 pm
Spack fired 3 offensive coaches and pushed out a 4th. Spack wants to make playoffs .. all decisions will and should be made with that goal in mind.
The head coach really shook things up. If those changes didn't grab some players' attention, nothing will.
I also saw Spacks enthusiasm for the new guy in the press conference. Last year so much was made about Kolbes effort...and the mental work he put in. Just like the defense needed to have less to think about, I believe Kolbe has a chance to play more freely. Smart yes, but without second guessing himself. If he does that, I think he'll have a great year. As cerebral as he's been described, it was the bad choices that I think have limited Kolbe more than anything else.
agreed .. and Beathard will have a much more calming influence on Kolbe and the entire locker room. Dicken was polar opposite, too prone to over-reaction .. Kolbe was never comfortable playing under Dicken.
Going to tell same true story I've told once or twice before .. 100% true from 2016 ... Kolbe had a pretty good year with 145 QBR, despite clearly struggling in the pocket .. no small accomplishment for a SO QB still figuring out the pass rush and pocket pressure. Finished season with just 7 picks .. which brings me to my story. We're well into season, making our late season run of wins, playing a close game at home .. need the win period, and a FG may ice the game. We were driving down field in 4th qtr and have a 3rd and long (maybe 8 yards) .. may or may not have to pass .. right ??? We call timeout, call a play, offense starts jogging back on field .. Dicken yells to Kolbe who is now 20 yards away with defense standing waiting for us ... Dicken yells to Kolbe, "can't have a pick here Jake".
Not sure what was worse .. confirming for defense you were passing, or that you had no confidence in you QB .. the QB who had just 7 picks on season.
Fun Fact .. below is MVFC Top 8 QB Interception Rate per 100 passes from 2016:
1.22 per 100 passes
Guess which one was Kolbe ???
2nd at 1.92 picks per 100 passes (7 picks in 365 passes)
Guess where SDSU Christion, NDSU Stick, USD Streveler, and WIU McQuire all fell ??
3rd, 6th, 7th, and 5th
But Dicken can't fight his urge to remind Kolbe right in front of ISU sideline (and the left CB for opponent defense) that we don't need a pick. What did Kolbe do ... wound up throwing it away .. thanks for vote of confidence coach !!!
OC Beathard should have a calming influence on everyone.
Redbird Nation Rising ... Fans and donors need to get on board !!