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UCLA fan question

Posted: 12/5/2012 4:27 AM

UCLA fan question 


Im a big RG3 fan and love your program. 

I have a question though, why is Baylor's defense been so poor this year.

Is it Defensive line's lack of run stopping ability forcing more blitzing by safeties and linebackers causing big plays down the field??

Or is it Lack of talent???

Or Coaching??

I've seen some of the games and I cant figure out how wide open the defense lets people get??? I think Baylor could be a top ten team if the defense could be solid.

Thanks and again I respect your team hoping for a great gamebiggrin
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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:02 AM

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It's been a lot of factors, but I don't personally think poor coaching is one of them. At least not from the coordinator. I just don't think you can coach successful defenses for 30 years and then suddenly forget everything you know. Some of the factors that have contributed are as follows:

Injuries/Depth - Factor/excuse/reason - whatever you want to call it. I know everyone has injuries, but we are still working on depth. The fact is we lost our 2 starting cornerbacks for most of the season, we lost a starting DT before the season started, and we lost a guy that became a starting LB a few weeks after he began starting. So that's at least 4 starters down. Against K-State, we didn't make a defensive substitution until late in the 4th quarter. Literally. The announcers talked about it. So that shows you were we are on depth. We also had a Penn State transfer and another kid we thought would both be eligible - but both are not eligible until next year. They are both DL.

Execution - This is the main thing. I believe we were in the right place with the right call most of the time, but guys simply didn't execute. Whether that was not executing on a blitz, not making a tackle, etc.

Pass Rush - Until the last few games, we had almost no pass rush, with our base or upon blitzing. As you know, you have 1 player that has more sack than our entire team. Our D-line could not create pressure alone, and it seemed like our blitzes were bottled up every time. For whatever reason, that has been a huge improvement in these last 3 games - which is one of the reasons we won those games.

As far as talent, probably most teams could look out and say I wish we had that talented player or this guy or whatever - but I'm not too much of a believer in that as an excuse or factor in poor numbers. Again, we showed we can play good defense (K-State) when things come together, so we had the talent to stop the #1 team in the nation. It's just the guys were not executing, IMO. Sure, you could use some more talent - but that's not the biggest reason for poor stats.
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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:02 PM

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For the most part, totally agree with Brischke. Defensive coaching is good I believe, though there may be a few grumblers out there. I am not one of the grumblers. Depth is a problem.

But we could always use more talent - like other teams. We need the same kind of speed on defense that we have on offense -- particularly in the secondary. We also need more consistency on pass rush. Some new guys coming in next year should really hep us with depth and talent both.

We won 4 out of 5 to close the season. A couple of things happened I believe.

1. Some of the new guys on defense began to understand schemes better. There were a couple who got healthy too.

2. Our offense began to be more 2 dimensional rather than 1. First half of season, we relied almost completely on the pass. We scored points, but we also scored them rather quickly. Scoring drive brevity was the norm. The result? This kept our depth depleted defense on the field more. That hurt us badly -- particularly near the end of games. Extreme tiredness and lack of depth is a bad combo. FYI - this doesn't have anything to do with conditioning, as we have a terrific strength / conditioning coach.

With the advent of our newly found running game, we still scored in bunches, but overall our drives took longer. Suddenly, we were much more competitve in time of possession battle. Earlier in the season, we were on the short end of that almost every game. Now we were giving our defensive guys some much needed rest. And it has showed. Whereas our defense was far from dominant in the last few games, we were much more competitive. And we started getting some turnovers. Hence, the wins.

Looking forward to UCLA game. OUght to be a good one.
"He (Jesus) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification." Romans 4:25

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Posted: 12/5/2012 4:51 PM

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If you had to say what should the UCLA offense had to look out for when facing the Baylor defense?

What is the scheme or base defense look??
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Posted: 12/5/2012 4:53 PM

RE: UCLA fan question 


Most common is 4-2-5. Sometimes we only bring 3 DL though and drop in another hybrid safety/LB player.
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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:13 AM

Okay prediction time lol 


1.How many BAYLOR BEARS FANS ARE GONNA HAVE A DRINK WITH ME IN SAN DIEGObiggrinbiggrin (or going to the game)

2. Have any of you guys been to San Diego?

3. What is the over under on total points in the game?

4. Final score?
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Posted: 12/6/2012 2:21 PM

Re: Okay prediction time lol 



dodgers2009 wrote:
1.How many BAYLOR BEARS FANS ARE GONNA HAVE A DRINK WITH ME IN SAN DIEGObiggrinbiggrin (or going to the game)

2. Have any of you guys been to San Diego?

3. What is the over under on total points in the game?

4. Final score?
1. At least 5 (drinking and going)
2. Yes but not for a football game.
3.  75 (I am taking over)
4.  45-38 BU

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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:37 PM

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45-38 very high scoring affair i like that.

I think UCLA has a great shot at disrupting some of your offense with a running game that can keep baylor off the field.

UCLA 38
Baylor 26

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Posted: 12/7/2012 9:07 PM

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dodgers2009 wrote: I think UCLA has a great shot at disrupting some of your offense with a running game that can keep baylor off the field.
That's what Kansas St fans thought.

Baylor 52
Kansas St 24
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Posted: 12/7/2012 9:38 PM

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True but that was a home game in primetime.

This is a true road game for Baylor and we will see how much money he fan base has to travel after christmas to a very expensive city like San Deigo. UCLA has to hop in the car and drive a couple hours and sell that joint out lol.

I hope a bunch of Baylor bears are there but this is a true road test against a very good all around team with a ton of time to prepare.
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Posted: 12/8/2012 10:31 AM

RE: UCLA fan question 


Baylor has won road games before


One of the last times BU went to California they beat #3 USC
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Posted: 12/9/2012 3:19 AM

RE: UCLA fan question 


Thats true..but thats the past :)
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Posted: 12/9/2012 1:34 PM

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At Baylor the present (and future) is brighter than the past.
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Posted: 12/10/2012 3:06 AM

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Great cause i want a sell out!!!
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