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    Having watched all the interviews, it seems to me that the players are more at ease then last season. By at ease, I mean confident in themselves and the coaching staff. The attitude and cULture are definitely different.

    Also, watching Ja'Marcus Bradley interview and word association it was interesting he and the OL Dotson (I think) said the same thing about Coach Napier ..."Honest and good coach". All players want to feel like they are getting the best instruction and a fair shot. It also implies that wasn't the case in the past.


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    I'm a Napier believer, but you'd except a lot of what you're describing in both a dying staff, and one freshly born.

    I'm not at all surprised how stressed out good players were last year. They of course didn't want to fail their coaches for the most part.


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    They are definitely a much closer group according to the players.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KajunKrazy View Post
    They are definitely a much closer group according to the players.
    Will they stay together during the tough times is the question that needs to be answered. Will they continue to prepare properly if disappointment comes after a tough loss. If that happens it is an indication you are building for the long term. We as fans won't know it that is occurring but the staff will. The staff will have a honeymoon from the fans in Year 1 so that will help.

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    Honeymoons are ahort lived today.


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    True, but at least this team seems to like each other. Honeymoons last longer when everyone gets along.


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    Well when we go bowling at the end of the year they will like each other a lot more.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun4life View Post
    Well when we go bowling at the end of the year they will like each other a lot more.
    Should a 6 and 6 regular season followed by a bowl loss considered to be a disappointment. I would be as that would be the fourth straight losing season. Now I know we have lots of questions, particularly on defense so such a result would not surprise me. I also would not be too critical of the staff were that to occur as they are laying the foundation. Actually, I would not be critical at all but I would still be disappointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajunsmike View Post
    Should a 6 and 6 regular season followed by a bowl loss considered to be a disappointment. I would be as that would be the fourth straight losing season. Now I know we have lots of questions, particularly on defense so such a result would not surprise me. I also would not be too critical of the staff were that to occur as they are laying the foundation. Actually, I would not be critical at all but I would still be disappointed.
    I think 6-6 with a bowl game loss would be viewed as a disappointment by many, but I think the staff could point to it as improvement and an upward trend. No bowl game this year would be a disappointment in my book.

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    If we don't win at least 7 games this year playing in the conference that we do, I'll be shocked.


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    Our schedule overall is not that hard but we have practically no experience/returning starters from a bad defensive unit. 7 wins would be a minor miracle.

    If we had schedules like USM et UAB....7 wins then becomes a possibilty. Southern Miss and UAB are the 2 teams that play by wide margin the easiest FBS schedules possibly ever.....both play the 3 worst teams last year in power rankings. 0-12 UTEP; 1-11 Rice; 1-11 Charlotte. (Rice beat UTEP for their 1 win). So combined 1-33 vs all other teams) Plus each play low ranking FCS teams. These are 4 extremely easy wins as long as they show up and not give the W away. Texas State is bad but they did win 1 more game vs these 3 combined and UL plays a team that won their FCS conference the last 2 years. Still a win but a team that with a less than solid effort by UL can beat us.


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    We were also a train wreck last season with a staff who couldn't coach. Yet we still won 5 games and were in position to win 7 but blew two games South al and NMSU.

    There is talent in this program. Discipline, conditioning and an actual game plan will win us at least 6 games. I think coaching will win us an additional 2 more.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun4life View Post
    We were also a train wreck last season with a staff who couldn't coach. Yet we still won 5 games and were in position to win 7 but blew two games South al and NMSU.

    There is talent in this program. Discipline, conditioning and an actual game plan will win us at least 6 games. I think coaching will win us an additional 2 more.
    We beat South Alabama and NMSU last year. We blew the ULM game last year by not paying attention to detail on a fake point and not going for two late in game. The Georgia Southern game was one we were also not prepared for. The previous season we lost OT games to Tulane and NMSU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajunsmike View Post
    We beat South Alabama and NMSU last year. We blew the ULM game last year by not paying attention to detail on a fake point and not going for two late in game. The Georgia Southern game was one we were also not prepared for. The previous season we lost OT games to Tulane and NMSU.
    You're right. I still stand by my statement though. We coached our way out of 7 wins.

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    This season...7&6, including a bowl win...team gets better as season goes on, finish with a 4 game winning streak.

    2019..9&5, cajuns blow bowl game against a p5 school, start season off at 5-0

    2020...12&1...Nearly run the table, beat s P5 bowl team..all done with Napiers players, finish season ranked 21st

    2021...UL searches for next head coach


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    Quote Originally Posted by fanof71 View Post
    This season...7&6, including a bowl win...team gets better as season goes on, finish with a 4 game winning streak.

    2019..9&5, cajuns blow bowl game against a p5 school, start season off at 5-0

    2020...12&1...Nearly run the table, beat s P5 bowl team..all done with Napiers players, finish season ranked 21st

    2021...UL searches for next head coach
    Yes, please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanof71 View Post
    This season...7&6, including a bowl win...team gets better as season goes on, finish with a 4 game winning streak.

    2019..9&5, cajuns blow bowl game against a p5 school, start season off at 5-0

    2020...12&1...Nearly run the table, beat s P5 bowl team..all done with Napiers players, finish season ranked 21st

    2021...UL searches for next head coach
    This right here would be the best realistic case scenario.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanof71 View Post
    This season...7&6, including a bowl win...team gets better as season goes on, finish with a 4 game winning streak.

    2019..9&5, cajuns blow bowl game against a p5 school, start season off at 5-0

    2020...12&1...Nearly run the table, beat s P5 bowl team..all done with Napiers players, finish season ranked 21st

    2021...UL searches for next head coach
    I'll take it. Only change I'd make is:

    2021...UL gives Coach Napier a lucrative extension as he continues on the path of becoming the next Gary Patterson. One can dream right?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajuns4me View Post
    I'll take it. Only change I'd make is:

    2021...UL gives Coach Napier a lucrative extension as he continues on the path of becoming the next Gary Patterson. One can dream right?!
    Are we in the Big 12 yet? 😎

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajuns4me View Post
    I'll take it. Only change I'd make is:

    2021...UL gives Coach Napier a lucrative extension as he continues on the path of becoming the next Gary Patterson. One can dream right?!
    Double digit wins and a national ranking....checkbooks will be out.

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