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    ....macro/micro......so much goes into just the singular analysis of grading a player to see just how well they are playing compared to what perfection could do.....take a receiver and grading his performance.......some things are only gotten from post game questioning (what was the play and why we are running it, eye projection,etc).....some things are shown on the video like alignment, stance, defense read, realignment, release, angle, speed, distance to fake, cut, distance after cut,etc etc etc!!! No statues are erected to critics but, even if he finds a few flaws, an objective look see by a knowing eye maybe along with some buddies of the profession can be literally game changers!!!
    Yes. Some things, like Dillon moving back to end, are so easy even people on this site can see them. Others are much more subtle. Who knows who should get credit, but the approach was different and successful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer View Post
    ....macro/micro......so much goes into just the singular analysis of grading a player to see just how well they are playing compared to what perfection could do.....take a receiver and grading his performance.......some things are only gotten from post game questioning (what was the play and why we are running it, eye projection,etc).....some things are shown on the video like alignment, stance, defense read, realignment, release, angle, speed, distance to fake, cut, distance after cut,etc etc etc!!! No statues are erected to critics but, even if he finds a few flaws, an objective look see by a knowing eye maybe along with some buddies of the profession can be literally game changers!!!
    Watson Brown, who I think does a great job calling Cajun games on espn3, said it. Cajun D had been worried about technique instead of just lining up and getting after it..You can bet that change came from Willis being in the room...You only need to look at the game Joe"Marshall"Dillon had as well as J.Boudreaux, who had been useless the last 3 games...

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    I think Buckley's article this morning said it best....(stealing from Jim Mora) we think we know but we do not. I tend to think we just ran into a favorable matchup, but I know as little as everyone else on this site.

    On a side note, rereading some of the post on this tread is comical in light of what transpired yesterday.
    You don't need Buckley or Mora to try and tell you what people do or don't understand. And if this defense was somehow transformed overnight by a speech or a tweak Willis brought to us in one week, then it compounds how much money we're wasting on Hud.

    You may find comedy in the posts of disgruntled fans? I don't. A small margin of victory over an Idaho doesn't exactly erase the ULM at home loss. If Willis is what was missing... so be it. But it seems a little weak after 7 years with Hud to get smart with fans just because we beat Idaho. I think it should take more than that.

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    Watson Brown, who I think does a great job calling Cajun games on espn3, said it. Cajun D had been worried about technique instead of just lining up and getting after it..You can bet that change came from Willis being in the room...You only need to look at the game Joe"Marshall"Dillon had as well as J.Boudreaux, who had been useless the last 3 games...
    I heard that comment. I find it hard to believe our "swarming defense" was being too cerebral. Whatever works, let's keep using it. But if the oversimplified explanations are the excuses for our first 4 contests... the staff needs to refund the UL fans.

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    You don't need Buckley or Mora to try and tell you what people do or don't understand. And if this defense was somehow transformed overnight by a speech or a tweak Willis brought to us in one week, then it compounds how much money we're wasting on Hud.

    You may find comedy in the posts of disgruntled fans? I don't. A small margin of victory over an Idaho doesn't exactly erase the ULM at home loss. If Willis is what was missing... so be it. But it seems a little weak after 7 years with Hud to get smart with fans just because we beat Idaho. I think it should take more than that.
    Actually we do need the reminder. You, me, not even our resident geniuses have any idea how this season will turn out. For example, C4L said we will win 2 games this year, 4 tops. I said 6 or 7. After last week I thought my prediction was too optimistic. After yesterday C4L probably thinks his prediction is too pessimistic. Goes to show none of us know anything when it come to predicting these games. Welcome to G5 football, where the talent level and coaching prowess advantages are razor thin week to week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetryCajun View Post
    Looks like bringing in Willis paid some immediate dividends. Lets see if it holds.
    James Willis had nothing to do with this game as he was not with the team nor did he make the trip to Idaho.

    The difference was putting players in their positions, like Joe Dillon and Trev Miller. Cajuns exposed a very overrated Idaho offensive line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanof71 View Post
    Watson Brown, who I think does a great job calling Cajun games on espn3, said it. Cajun D had been worried about technique instead of just lining up and getting after it..You can bet that change came from Willis being in the room...You only need to look at the game Joe"Marshall"Dillon had as well as J.Boudreaux, who had been useless the last 3 games...
    He absolutely nailed it, although that broadcast was brutal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManAboutTown View Post
    James Willis had nothing to do with this game as he was not with the team nor did he make the trip to Idaho.

    The difference was putting players in their positions, like Joe Dillon and Trev Miller. Cajuns exposed a very overrated Idaho offensive line.
    Even better. Now let's see is we can expose Texas States weeknesses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManAboutTown View Post
    He absolutely nailed it, although that broadcast was brutal.
    Play by play was, I really like Watson Brown..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanof71 View Post
    Play by play was, I really like Watson Brown..
    And i thought the exact opposite

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    Default Re: James Willis new Defensive Analyst

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    Actually we do need the reminder. You, me, not even our resident geniuses have any idea how this season will turn out. For example, C4L said we will win 2 games this year, 4 tops. I said 6 or 7. After last week I thought my prediction was too optimistic. After yesterday C4L probably thinks his prediction is too pessimistic. Goes to show none of us know anything when it come to predicting these games. Welcome to G5 football, where the talent level and coaching prowess advantages are razor thin week to week.
    I don't put any credence in predictions. I used to habitually predict 77-0 UL. I chose to load the sunshine pump up with unicorns and rainbows during game week. It's just how I roll. My predictions are usually 6 wins +/- 4.

    But I completely understand what other fans post and why. I also understand what coaches and their surrogates say. I only hold people paid in the business to they say and do.

    Do you think head coaches "predictions" are any better than fan predictions? I don't. Not only are their predictions usually meaningless, their understanding of failing to meet their lofty predictions are meaningless. They can chastise fans all they want. I understand human emotion. But when you (or others) quote them and their surrogates chastising fans... I will gladly take them down memory lane and make fools of them.

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    He absolutely nailed it, although that broadcast was brutal.
    .......They started to rally "Lafayette" us near the end!!!

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    .......They started to rally "Lafayette" us near the end!!!
    That was the 'Pelican' announcer who was UL Lafayette, Lafayette, ULL'ing us. I don't recall Watson ever doing that in the broadcast.

    IMO it was the sign of a lazy announcer by ole whatever his name is. I'm too lazy to look it up Boomer. I'll leave it to you.

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    He's a Missouri grad, maybe Dr. Maggard could explain things to his 'Show Me' brother.


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    He's a Missouri grad, maybe Dr. Maggard could explain things to his 'Show Me' brother.
    .....maybe U can e-mail Dr. M.....I still think Tulane and Carrolton when I hear NO Pelicans!!! Some great memories!

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    .......They started to rally "Lafayette" us near the end!!!
    Don't think the LA moniker is going to catch on. We got Louisiana, but ESPN seems to want a 3 letter moniker and uses ULL. Maybe we just say the hell with it and use ULA, like Georgia (UGA) and Virginia (UVA). Nobody out of state will oppose it. In state, nobody uses Louisiana anyway. Just do it.

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    Don't think the LA moniker is going to catch on. We got Louisiana, but ESPN seems to want a 3 letter moniker and uses ULL. Maybe we just say the hell with it and use ULA, like Georgia (UGA) and Virginia (UVA). Nobody out of state will oppose it. In state, nobody uses Louisiana anyway. Just do it.
    I agree....let's just go with ula.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetryCajun View Post
    You are just figuring this out? Its football, not surgery. Moving #3 back to his natural position helped. Having #8 back playing which allows a bad CB to sit the bench helps. DL being semi-disruptive helps. Is this b/c of Willis our is it because we had some favorable matchups. We will see in the coming weeks.
    Playing a QB who makes quicker decisions also helps. He gets the start this week. Wonder how he will do in that role. There may be more pressure in that situation than coming off the bench. Having a better inside receiver like Malone available also helped. He was critical in both the first half TD's. One thing Hudspeth said may be correct. It looks like the team did not quit and continued to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetryCajun View Post
    I think Buckley's article this morning said it best....(stealing from Jim Mora) we think we know but we do not. I tend to think we just ran into a favorable matchup, but I know as little as everyone else on this site.

    On a side note, rereading some of the post on this tread is comical in light of what transpired yesterday.
    One clarification in your post Metry, it was Kevin Foote who used the Jim Mora point of "we think we know, but we really don't". I don't think Buckley knows Jim Mora used to coach the Saints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManAboutTown View Post
    James Willis had nothing to do with this game as he was not with the team nor did he make the trip to Idaho.

    The difference was putting players in their positions, like Joe Dillon and Trev Miller. Cajuns exposed a very overrated Idaho offensive line.
    Didn't Willis help with the game plan preparations during the week however?

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