View Poll Results: What grade would you give the Gophers coaching staff in dominating win over Illinois?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparlimb View Post
    I turned to my buddy in the third quarter and said "I wouldn't dare throw the ball down here by our goal line." Next play was fumble for td. That was a bonehead call, the only chance Illinois had was to get a turnover and the game was in doubt for a few minutes.
    I think that the call was fine, yet Morgan needed to have his internal clock go off and either throw it away or take off. Seemed like he was in the pocket for ~5 seconds before the strip.


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    Quote Originally Posted by noamfromm View Post
    I think that the call was fine, yet Morgan needed to have his internal clock go off and either throw it away or take off. Seemed like he was in the pocket for ~5 seconds before the strip.
    They never gave us a good angle on the replay, but I would swear that it wasn't a strip. Looked like he was throwing the ball. It's irrelevant now, but at the time I thought it was clearly an incomplete pass.
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    In NFL of it's Brady, it's a pass. But in college if it's the gophers it's a fumble.

    Michigan or Ohio State, it's a pass.

    You know the drill...

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    A-

    Team seemed prepared, didnít look confused, played hard, wrapped up. Canít argue with success and the game never really felt in doubt.

    On the negative I was denied a chance to see one of the backup QBs, and there was generally a headscratching last few series to the game with TM2 going out, then coming back in for the bomb to CAB, and a bizarre (and rare when it matters) TM run in there at one point with the game well in hand. Then the penalty to move the FG try back. He works in mysterious ways.

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    My theory is that he still doesn’t trust the freshman QBs, and after what has happened the last couple games, he didn’t want to mess around. Maybe if we were up by 5 TDs instead of three, it would have been different.

    Running Tanner up the middle with the game in hand was stupid. BTW, I don’t want to jinx it, but Morgan seems pretty tough and durable. He started 4 years in high school, and put up big numbers every year, so it’s unlikely that he’s ever missed significant time due to injury. Plus he’s been hit a lot behind our porous O-line, and always pops right back up.

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    Here is my very picky analysis:

    Fleck goes for it on fourth down in the second half when a FG would have increased the lead to 16 points. It worked and Rodney scored on the next play, but I think the smart move would have been to get the 3 points on the board.

    I give Fleck a pass on the FG timeout except that in the NFL coaches always take the time out before the snap so you never know what the outcome of a "no kick" would have been.

    Please stop putting Rodney deep to return kicks, please!

    Anyway, great game by the defense and the offense was as productive as they needed to be. All in all a solid B to B+ game, have to eliminate the horrible turnovers, but I love where we are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markiemark09 View Post
    There were a few times that they put player health at risk and didn't need to. Rodney returning the kick at the end of the 2nd quarter. Tanner running the ball towards the end of the game.

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    I agree, it was totally meaningless to have him in there and the coach proved it by having Morgan take a knee one play later to end the half. Rodney was slow getting up after taking a hit and my heart skipped a beat.

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    My only two gripes were not kicking the FG on fourth down and the TO on the missed FG.

    All that said, we blew them out despite spotting them points with turnovers. Had a good plan on both sides of the ball. Definitely an A.

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    B. Some minor things annoyed me.

    Fumble recovered for a touchdown. Everyone was screaming to challenge the call because arm was moving forward. They didn't challenge it. One play goes by and then they call a timeout anyway.
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    I voted B.
    His arm wasn't moving forward on that fumble. I don't understand what the play call was there. They had 8 in the box, with 1 on 1 coverage on the outside and only 1 S to help one way or the other. Fine to throw but it should have been a shot deep with the ball coming out quickly. Seemed to be a slow developing and Morgan held the ball too long.

    My biggest question is why not get a back up QB in the game? We were up big, we put Williams in at TB, why not give one of them some snaps with 6 min to go. One of them needs some game action.

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    One thought on the backup QB question is PJ may be loathe to name a #2. The longer he can keep one (eg Clark) in the dark then perhaps he can stave off transfers or uncomfortable conversations and avoid thin depth until Morgan graduates and Athan (or Kramer, or recruit XYZ) is ready to go. Then again, even if Clark or Kramer were to transfer still have ZA, TM, JC or Kramer so not really all that thin on depth going forward. A transfer or two is probably inevitable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by West Fargo Gopher Fan View Post
    B. Some minor things annoyed me.

    Fumble recovered for a touchdown. Everyone was screaming to challenge the call because arm was moving forward. They didn't challenge it. One play goes by and then they call a timeout anyway.
    The arm wasnít going forward so why lower your grade for not using what would have been a failed challenge?


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    Quote Originally Posted by markiemark09 View Post
    There were a few times that they put player health at risk and didn't need to. Rodney returning the kick at the end of the 2nd quarter. Tanner running the ball towards the end of the game.

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    It looked to me like that was just a broken play. Could be wrong though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GophersInIowa View Post
    It looked to me like that was just a broken play. Could be wrong though.
    Still have to wonder if we’d be giving majority As if something catastrophic happened to Morgan there. Nothing happened, so it’s fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompous Elitist View Post
    A-

    Team seemed prepared, didn’t look confused, played hard, wrapped up. Can’t argue with success and the game never really felt in doubt.

    On the negative I was denied a chance to see one of the backup QBs, and there was generally a headscratching last few series to the game with TM2 going out, then coming back in for the bomb to CAB, and a bizarre (and rare when it matters) TM run in there at one point with the game well in hand. Then the penalty to move the FG try back. He works in mysterious ways.
    They did just put him out wide for that last series with Green taking the snaps. I actually think we will most likely see this when Gophs are in mop-up mode.

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