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Much of the criticism this year has been heaped upon the offensive schemes and/or execution of the offense in the close games this year...with particular criticism of Mett and Stud. I am not saying it was not deserving; I just think it was just a bit harsh considering the process that it takes for a QB to learn the check downs, the reads, and the tendencies of SEC defenses, especially considering the speed at which SEC defenses play. But, I was very encouraged after the A&M game based on the game plan I saw Stud call. However, for whether you blame the weather or Mett forcing it, the execution just was not there.
I made this statement last week only to have quite a bit of criticism that there was no way Mett was going to all of a sudden get it: "We need Mettenberger to have his Quantum Mystical moment like McCarron did in the national championship game where the game slows down, he can predict trends, he can project the open route as second nature and he can eliminate the inches between success or failure...THIS IS OUR ONLY CHANCE OF WINNING ON NOVEMBER 3".
Stud continued to progress in the play calling and Mett had that moment I was speaking about on Saturday. If you given me the stats 14 completions in 27 attempts for 165 yards AND 25 completions in 36 attempts for 296 yards...I would have bet all the stock, possessions and cash I own that McCarron would have the better stats...not Mett.
And minus the 4th and 1 call, Stud had his moment and Mett gave us our ONLY chance to win. However, until I went back and looked at the fact that 50% of the touchdowns scored on us this year was in the last minutes of the half, I would NEVER have guessed that our defense would have mitigated and nullified our ONLY chance to win.
So despite the painful loss, this thread is to give major props to Stud and Mett for putting it all together at a time when it mattered
I agree 100%.. we posted back and forth about the a&m game, both agreeing that if mett hits 3-4 deep balls its a 2-3 score win.. even though he missed on his throws, he made the right reads, showed poise in the pocket, and didnt make bad decisions when he threw.. It was all about timing and accuracy which is the problem you would rather see instead of the other components. He put it all together sat night.. He's 6-5 with a rocket arm and can make any throw on the field if he has time.. Now that our o-line and wr's our meshing alot better we should really open things up and let him sling it 30 x's a game.. if we do that successfully we will win out and go into next year as a top5 team poised to make a run at the crystal ball
I am as mad as a cornered rattler over Saturday night. We yanked defeat from the jaws of victory over a too-hyped, too-idolized team. But as much as I can be, I want to be objective about that game, and one must admit that what Mett did Saturday night was admirable. I give him an A++ for that game. He absolutely was the best QB on the field, and he exposed McCarron for being way overrated. And while I'm giving kudos, I want to say that our WRs played outstandingly. We have three keepers in Boone, Landry and OBJ. Each young man made a spectacular play against Bama, and the catch by OBJ on the sideline was breathtaking. These young men deserved a W Satruday night.
I think you have to tip your hat to the game Stud called.....There were some plays you question but you have to wonder if he made those calls in short yardage or if it came from a higher up like the ware Wildcat run on 4th down.
I agree with the statement that the announcer made that the "light just came on" with Mett, he made huge strides in his game against the #1 rated defense in the country.
I feel bad for the whole team and coaching staff, they out played bama in every aspect, and had to accept defeat on the scoreboard.
This team has the makings of a National Champion next year.
Many people have been bashing Mett all season, but I have seen a steady progression of improvement from game to game. With that said I never expected him to throw for 300 yds against Bama. I really think he exposed their pass defense but there aren't many teams in the SEC that can take advantage of it.
I agree with most of this...The thing that seems left out here is getting the oline right....That was the first step that started this progression....I have been hard on Mett i still have to see some more of it to be sold but I am at least hopeful now.
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