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    Default Biggest worry for the 2019 season

    The optimism has been flowing on these boards ever since the back to back victories over Wisconsin and Georgia Tech. There is a lot to be optimistic about: Lots of returning players, another year of maturity for a lot of these young players, returning stars, returning coordinators, etc. But, there is always the potential of another shoe dropping. The injury bug. College kids being college kids. Ball bouncing the wrong way in close games. And certainly more. Even if the team is improved, there is reason to believe it will be a wide open race between the old guard (Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska) and the new (Minnesota, Northwestern, and even Purdue), leaving 50/50 games nearly every week.

    What is your biggest worry for the upcoming season?

    For me, it is the defense. There has been a simplistic thought that many of have had that the change in coordinators "fixed" this problem last year so we can all assume things will continue on the path we saw at the end of the year last year. But for me, we have a relatively new coordinator now faced with a gauntlet of top coaches looking to expose his defense. There is film on schemes and players. Everything needs to progress up a notch.

    And for Fleck, although overall my confidence has grown regarding his coaching abilities, his original selection for D coordinator was flat out bad and begs the question: If people were questioning the track record at Arkansas when he was hired, what was Fleck thinking in terms of what that guy could accomplish here and is it a sign he could have additional blind spots on the D side of the ball? That is my worry. Defense.

    There is a track record of success on the other side of the ball and the improvement we have seen seems like a perfect fit to the history that was built at Western Michigan. I expect big things out of the offense this season as there are playmakers about to burst out and the potential to have an O line like we haven't seen since the Mason years.


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    I would say D-tackle, followed closely by the dbag depth.
    "A lot of guys look good running around in underwear." - 414GopherFan

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    My biggest worry is that TJ, Coughlin or Winfield go down.

    Safety depth is a concern, and so is LT for me, I hope either Dickson or Schlueter can step up and be a quality LT.

    The third OLB spot with Rush was more of a concern but I have come around to him after re-watching the spring game and some of the early games on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeshurun View Post
    I would say D-tackle, followed closely by the dbag depth.


    Interesting opinion there Jeshurun.

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    Roster wise, injuries. Last year was certainly hindered by losing Winfield, Brooks and Smith. Hope to avoid that this year.

    Schedule wise, potential trap games. Fresno State was a tough task last year and could be pesky again. Plus there's always the potential in the conference season, too, 2014 Illinois always comes to mind. Can't really take any game for granted. Rutgers for example is always considered a lowly team but the 2016 Gophers only beat them by two, and last year they kept the game close against a good Northwestern team.
    You guys are playing like this is some throw away game up in Rochester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeshurun View Post
    I would say D-tackle, followed closely by the dbag depth.
    dirt bag or dime bag...?

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    Gophs win too many games and have to find a new HC for 2020...

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    Faalele staying healthy.

    Line play and our season changed when he started playing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeshurun View Post
    I would say D-tackle, followed closely by the dbag depth.
    We got that covered here!

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    Defense, we simplified and things got better but now teams get to scout us out...


    Also the unnamed fear... injuries

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    How can I afford to travel to the big ten title game, the semifinal, and the national championship game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Face The Facts View Post
    Faalele staying healthy.

    Line play and our season changed when he started playing.
    You're getting right to the heart of the matter, in my opinion.

    I am reasonably sure that there is a plan in place for big success in 2019, and I think The Plan revolves around a big, strong o-line and a consistent power running game.

    The Purdue, Wisconsin and Georgia Tech games demonstrate how it will be deployed. Pound the rock, grind the clock. This will take a lot of pressure off the defense and the QB position.
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    That pop-up ads will completely take over all content on Gopherhole...

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    Oh man, I definitely meant dback depth.
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    In no particular order:

    - Defensive tackle. Two guys we are counting on heavily, Dew-Treadway and Schad, have never played a snap for us. Teague played well at the end of last year but is still just a true sophomore. Renner and/or a freshman may be the 4th guy. Not a lot of proven experience. D-line takes time to build and we are still suffering from the neglect of the last staff.

    - Offensive Line Depth. Our top 4 are impressive- the best since the Mason days. After that we have numbers but a lot of young, unproven players. If we have an injury or two this group may take a step back.

    - Safety. Will Winfield stay healthy? How does Sapp perform in his first extended stint playing defense in years? Does Howden improve? Huff played really well last year and was a stabilizer. We may not have that if Winfield gets hurt.

    - Quarterback Play. Morgan and Annexstad are serviceable, but will they elevate the offense? Can they take a step forward and can one of them be one of the top 5-6 QBs in the B1G?

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