Here are some things you may have thought about or noticed from Saturday’s game:
- On Scott Tolzein: “I take it all on myself,” Tolzien said. “Protection was good. Just bonehead decisions.” Here is a quandary. We’ve all been fascinated by this story–cool kid (check out story about his relationship with an Appleton Youth in the JSOnline). However, he beat out Curt Phillips who is obviously more gifted physically because of his cerebral decision making. Count me as one person amongst many who now believe that Phillips should be given a chance to start. Ala Bollinger relieving Scott Kavanagh in 2001 against Michigan. It is time.
- On Bret Bielema: the decision to assert Phillips in the midst of momentum–boneheaded. His assertion that it was planned? Great call. So if you are planning not to meet a beautiful women and lo and behold the opportunity presents itself…do you turn your back on said women because it wasn’t part of the plan? No.
- On Bielema: he has now been running UW’s special teams for about a year. His performance in that regard has been putrid. UW’s kick return unit is the worst specialist unit in the conference. Their motto? “Thank god for our kick coverage unit”. Not sure if you noticed how many core players are on that kick coverage unit…try O’Brien Schofield, Chris Borland, Chris Maragos, Jay Valai, and Antonio Fenelus. This isn’t a unit consisting of reserves, these are defensive regulars, and the result: hideous. Considering his poor run as a recruiter, I am of the opinion that after 2009 it is time to move on. I also had a dream that Alvarez pulled the plug and stepped in…that was a good dream.
- On Schofield: wow. That’s about all I can say. I forgot about Tom Burke in praising him the other day. Next time I’m in Poplar, I’ll drop in to apologize for that omission. Schofield is putting himself in position to play on Sundays.
- On Chris Borland and assignments: Borland is in, doing what he does…which is make plays. He is removed in favor of the more assignment sure Blake Sorenson–next play Sorenson vacates his gap Adam Robinson scores the key touchdown. Sometimes you ignore your instincts and follow realism. The kid just makes plays, case closed. It may not make any sense to see him doing it given his height and age, but he does…so go with it. He may have to kick, as we’ve read he was quite the jack of all trades. Since Phillip Welch’s struggles, he may have to give it a go.
- On UW receivers: time to look at frosh Kraig Appleton. Maurice Moore proved that he can do a great David Gilreath impression–be a non factor and drop passes. Let’s go with the young kid see what he can do. Big, fast, and highly touted…better than small, slow, and drops.
- John Clay: was he walking to holes in the second half?
- Antonio Feneuls: the ball is that oblong shaped object with the half stripes on it…look for it.
- My thoughts on Kirk Ferentz and Norm Parker…right on.
- Remember UW football when they would pound you physically with Wisconsin kids in the trenches, beat you with superb special teams, and refuse to yield defensively? Now our special teams are the worst in the conference, they affect the outcome adversely each week, and we can’t get off the field on third downs. Pretty easy to see why we fail in games against superior opposition.
- On Wisconsin.
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