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question from McCaffreyFan:Our friends come the east are yes, really struggling top top the recruiting trail.

You are watching: What you gonna do with that big fat butt

Our recruiting pitch is: The City, The Degree, The SEC.

Maybe they need to come up with a slogan too.

What would you every recommend?

Answers from AoG:

Tom Stephenson: ns yield come Patrick.

Doreontheplains: ns cede my time to Stan.

Stanimal: See Andrew’s an extremely accurate slogan.

Paul: The Facilities. McDonald’s aplenty. Lose to ‘Bama each year by Twenty.

Andrew VU ‘04: The Funnel, The Franzia, The bUTt.

Question from VandyFanBR:

I’m the just one who is beginning to check out serious constraints in Ken Seals game? Seems choose he constantly make the very same throws, his capacity to review defenses after the snap is quite limited. Don’t know exactly how much the this is ~ above the play calling or in thee OL that is trivial at best, but his constraints are starting to concern me (although the is most likely the finest passer in the team), however Mike light is nice fast and undoubtedly he might be a fantastic weapon in this offense with the poor OL and surprisingly an excellent running game, therefore is time to provide him a complete time beginning opportunity?

Answers native AoG:

Tom Stephenson: Yeah, i think we’re beginning to watch why Seals was a three-star who many of the large football schools passed on. That said, i don’t think wright is a better option at this time. There might be more upside there, and also he’s a better runner, but right currently I see a many Johnny McCrary there and also that requirements to readjust before ns am comfortable sending him the end there.

Doreontheplains: Let’s no forget that before his TD pass, light threw a should-be interception. One DB tipped the up, and another to reduce it. If you room worried about Seals analysis defenses, you execute not want to see Wright as an ext than a readjust of pace option. In the spring game where bright looked so good, almost every one of his throw were just deep throws to Sheppard and other large WRs. Make the efforts to litter deep continuously with this OL is no going to be a win strategy.

I am a bit pertained to though the Seals does no look any much better than critical season. He is trying come go down the field a little more, i think. The offense wants to assault all areas of the field, but the line has made that difficult. The adjustments because that the OL have led to see a lot of the same varieties of throws. The offense looked to be finding a groove early versus Stanford before not being able to gain going ~ Re’Mahn Davis went down, which is a much bigger problem for me than Seals not acquiring off to a warm start come the season.

Stanimal: I just haven’t seen enough bad to traction the plug. V a new coaching regime, you type of need to trust the coaches the they know what they room doing, and hope that if the ultimate outcome is as you expect, that they will placed the ideal 11 players on the ar on both sides of the ball to eventually get over the hump. While ns love Mike Wright, i’m not sure your result would be all the different.

Paul: anyone is hyping up the Mike bright train, myself included, but people have to keep in mind that he looked so fast and capable so late in Saturday’s game since it was in garbage time versus Stanford’s go ons. Seals has started to issue me, though. It seems prefer if the very first read, a slant end the middle, no open, climate there isn’t lot hope in him perfect a pass uneven its a chris Pierce jump ball.

Andrew VU ‘04: That is one hell the a run-on sentence. Grammar aside, there’s likewise the old adage: “The most popular guy ~ above a shedding team is the back-up quarterback.” currently I choose Mike Wright, and also think we can use him more as a adjust of speed guy, however really, he would certainly be perfect as a slot receiver. Together for Ken “Loose” Seals, when he has actually been up and down this year, I need to think a lot of that is top top the O-Line. Ns still think Seals is Kyle Shurmur with far better arm talent and far better legs, though obviously no as refined as Shurms was at this point in his career. Of course, very few young QBs have actually a father that was a QB coach for Andy “Big Red” Reid during your elementary school years, one NFL OC in their middle and also high college years, and a Head Coach in the NFL as soon as you to be preparing because that the draft. In fact, offered those particular requirements, Ol’ Crazy legs Shurms McKenzie is rather literally the only person with claimed advantages. I have still got large hopes for loose Seals... I simply hope he doesn’t get fully David Carr’d this year as soon as SEC play starts up. We should put the in among those huge inflatable orbs as soon as we play Ugga this weekend.

concern from BarnDore1950:Given the truth we have actually a drop earlier passing plan that is frequently under pressure, what alters does the coaching staff must make to offer Seals much more time? I have my very own thoughts, but would love to hear yours.

Answers from AoG:

Tom Stephenson: that starts v kicking a protective lineman in the nuts.

Stanimal: Honestly ns not sure there’s much else. All you need to do is look at Seals ypa to see that castle are already doing what they deserve to in the passing game (i.e. Throwing fast hitters, high perfect attempts (or must be high completion attempts). The running game, in ~ least prior to Davis went down, have to open up more play activity opportunities, yet the trouble with play activity is that it takes time to develop. Till Seals deserve to get more of a clean pocket, you’re no going to check out a entirety lot of chunk plays in the passing game.

Paul: dig trenches in ~ the line of scrimmage to provide the defense one much more obstacle prior to bulldozing over our attack Line. I think RPO is the just option. We try this, but given that us physically cannot protect against these defenses from getting to us, the only remaining choice is to get really an excellent at making lock guess a 33% chance rather than providing them a guaranteed tackle because that loss.

Andrew VU ‘04: The scheme change you can do is go 12 personnel, with among the two tight end being an extra O-Lineman. Girlfriend could additionally roll Seals out from time to time. Either way, you’re placing lipstick top top a pig and hamstringing her offense. There’s no a totality hell of a lot of you deserve to do until you have actually a workable attack line.

Doreontheplains: I slid myself to the finish on this one since my answer associated ideas that Paul and also Andrew touched on already. RPOs space going come be essential as are other misdirection plays. I really preferred the RPO principle used a couple of times versus Colorado State where cam Johnson came in movement on a play the was basically a triple alternative with Seals deciding whether to provide to Davis or litter to Johnson v a hypothetical “keep” alternative if niether was open. The difficulty is that until Seals settles right into a groove putting much more pressure on the to do snap decisions on RPOs will certainly either give him trust or overload him.

Andrew is right around rollouts, yet the problem is finding means not come telegraph the rollouts and have Seals role right right into a blitzing OLB or DB. I am not sure how good Seals can be rolling to his left, at least not until he mirrors it this season. Last season, i remember him throwing some very good sideline litter while relocating to his left.

A couple of things operated well versus Stanford that should become staples that the offense. Region rushing schemes, not simply on check out option, space a great way to assist mitigate disaster once the OL is wrong prone due to the fact that it allows the HB to choose a crease together it opens rather of do the efforts to open up up one details running lane. The other is motion. Motion deserve to expose where blitzers room coming indigenous pre-snap to help Seals and also the OL determine them. The misdirection deserve to also aid open receiving options early in addition to creating soft spots for the rushing attack if LBs can be influenced.

Question native Nova_Dore:

With stuffing the run on first down keep going frequently, why aren’t we seeing play action throws?

Answers from AoG:

Tom Stephenson: I’m simply going to agree v the answers below.

Doreontheplains: Play action from the shotgun is no as effective, and also we cannot walk under center for pat action. Also, i’m not sure the concern is as bad as you think. Versus Stanford, Vanderbilt had actually 12 offensive drives, however I will toss the end the Mike Wright journey to finish the game due to the fact that that is no our usual offense. On the other 11 drives, only 3 began with an unsuccessful (less than 5 yards) running play. 4 of them started with effective running plays. The various other 4 to be passing attempts.

Of all very first down rushing plays (again excluding the light drive), 9 were successful and also 13 to be not. The should also be noted that of the not successful runs 2 were because that 3 yards and also 3 were because that 4 yards, for this reason they to be not specifically “stuffed” and also kept the violation on schedule. The run-pass mix on very first down looks pretty good to me.

Stanimal: Again, play activity is great and the loved one success of our run video game does open up up avenues for it, however it bring away a lot of time come develop. If your o-line can’t host pass security out of directly shotgun, climate I’m not certain there’s much to imply it would have the ability to hold a play action protection scheme.

Paul: O line currently can’t hold it much longer than a 5 year old child at Disney world, so i think waiting on a beat to construct for more than 3-4 secs is a huge ask because that these guys. That being said, I’d love to spread out the ball around on very first down more. Second and 10 is still far better than second and 12, right?

Andrew VU ‘04: You want to pressure this O-Line to host blocks even longer???

Question from DenverDore:

After a dozen or so games, exactly how would you compare a young Kyle Shurmer through a young Ken Seals? and what does Ken Seals must do to take that next step?

Answers from AoG:

Tom Stephenson: Seals is a far better runner, and I believed he to be farther along as a true freshman 보다 Shurmur remained in 2015... Only, Shurmur do a pretty big jump from freshman to sophomore year and also so much I haven’t watched that through Seals. I currently am beginning to have actually a feeling that Seals is among those really advanced freshman quarterbacks who didn’t have a ton the upside beyond that; basically, what we saw v Seals in 2020 is what we’re gonna get, whereas Shurmur did acquire a lot better over the food of his career at Vanderbilt.

Doreontheplains: Shurmur was more polished, which together Andrew already pointed the end in answering an additional question is expected of the kid of an NFL OC and also QB’s coach. Shurmur knew how to pat the place on the mental and also technical level that was very high. Both struggle with your footwork to my untrained eye. Young Shurmur frequently squared as much as the ar when the felt pressure and put himself off base. Seals has a tendency to gain off balance and try moving too much when he feels pressure, i m sorry is understandable behind this offensive line.

The following step because that Seals is more than likely a willingness come stand and also deliver under pressure. He has the arm talent (more 보다 Shurmur) to make the throws. The is not an enviable position, however he demands to buy right into the adage “take a struggle to do a play” due to the fact that it is what this team needs. The honestly has actually not been hit that lot this season, even with the porous OL play. The decision that the is walking to make the litter and deal with the consequences later would probably fix most of the misfires. Again, I know that is MUCH much easier said from behind a key-board or in the stands 보다 done top top the field. It is his next step since it is what make Cutler, that is the much more comparable QB 보다 Shurmur probably, therefore good.

Stanimal: I don’t think Seals and Shurmur are specifically comparable together young quarterbacks because with Shurmur, the cupboard wasn’t totally bare ~ above the o-line. I think talent wise they are similar, but Seals is an ext mobile. The 2nd question is a small easier to answer. Seals has actually very little margin for error provided the limitations that surround him, and also so he must win the film room and improve his reads. I don’t think he sees defenses the way Shurmur did. Shurmur was very great at that out of the box. Ken Seals next step will require him to improve his QB intelligence, take what the defense provides him, and also not turn the round over. Worry around shot plays as soon as the attack line can give him higher protection.

Paul: If you look at Shurmur’s stats by year, he didn’t yes, really take off till his small year, and it was a big step, going native 9 TDs and also 10 INTs as a sophomore to 26/10 as a Junior and then 24/6 as a senior. Wow, us took him because that granted. In retrospect, Shurmur benefits from tools maturing together him (Pinkney, Lipscomb, etc), for this reason it will be fascinating come see exactly how Seals go in the latter fifty percent of his career. I’d to speak Seals demands to do much better at complying with his progressions in the pocket, however that doesn’t yes, really seem possible at the moment.

Andrew VU ‘04: See above answer come VandyFanBR, together I basically compared them by speak they’re quite comparable. Shurms was more polished (really the many polished young QB I’ve ever before seen at Vandy), but loosened Seals has much better arm talent. Seals can actually relocate a bit, too.

Question native WestEndMayhem:

Based top top what you’ve seen, who has the higher ceiling: Seals or Wright? In game 1, ns personally was much more impressed with what I observed from Wright. If HCCL plans to use a dink-and-dunk offense because of personnel limitations in his early on career, why not have actually the mobile guy throw the brief passes while also being a dual threat with his legs?

Answers from AoG:

Tom Stephenson: Wright, however that doesn’t median that he have to be playing right now.

Doreontheplains: yes, really not sure what Wright’s ceiling is, however I think Seals can absolutely be a borderline NFL arm with the ideal development.

To prize your 2nd question, it is since the mobile guy is not particularly reliable also on the brief throws. Mike to be 4/9 because that 49 yards versus ETSU. Seals was 20/35 because that 195 yards. Wright’s arm toughness is great to really good. His accuracy is the issue. Those quick throws, especially when teams recognize you room not cram deep because you cannot do so, need a many accuracy.

Stanimal: I do think Wright’s ceiling is greater than Seals yet only if i see an ext evidence the what Wright deserve to do in the pass game. The old saying is that you can not coach speed, and plainly Wright wins that category. However, Wright isn’t Michael Vick and isn’t walk to be able to do one review then run. Wright’s finest work would come if the demonstrated equivalent passing capability to Seals, and also again, I need to think the coaching employee feels the Seals is further ahead in that than Wright.

Paul: us haven’t watched not only sufficient of bright but additionally the package that we plan to run him in to give a proper answer to the question. I’ll pick the funny answer and say Wright. The quickest method for Vandy to begin to near the gaps on some of these teams is to run a effective hurry up plan that diffusion the ball around. Think Nick Marshall/Auburn in 2013. The team had no company being in the nationwide championship, however they were able to fool teams with a effective scheme and athlete in ~ QB.

Andrew VU ‘04: Seals. Light is always going to be tempting, as he’s the premium athlete (and once your offensive line is an ext of a ide than anything, the allure the the cell phone QB gets also higher). Still, Seals, if he puts whatever together, has a slightly higher ceiling 보다 Shurms McKenzie, and also Shurms is right now on the practice Squad because that the Washington Feetball Team.

Question from Dore31:

We haven’t produced a most pressure and also I think have actually only 1 sack v 3 games. Is this a talent issue, scheme problem (not bringing 5 or 6 guys really often), or both?

Answers from AoG:

Tom Stephenson: Talent. Our protective line is undersized.

Doreontheplains: Talent. Without having recorded the all, i think we space bringing a kind amount that pressure. It is just being choose up as well easily since no one can obtain off a block.

Stanimal: It’s talent. Our interior defensive linemen space actually nice decent, but we have actually nothing on the edge appropriate now. If us still had actually Dayo you’d watch much higher production 보다 what you have right now. But there’s no one right now who’s displayed anywhere nearby to that potential, so your pass sirloin is mainly going to be a recruiting endeavor.

Paul: Talent is the easy answer. Coach Lea’s Notre Dame defenses hovered around #30 nationally in sacks per season, so i trust his schemes sufficient to get the project done with the right talent.

Andrew VU ‘04: It’s mostly a talent issue.

Question native RocketCityVandy:

So right here we are, staring 2-10 square in the face. I honestly feel a little far better about that than I supposed to. However, ns am incredibly worried about our attrition rates going into SEC play; hope we can keep everyone uninjured and simply try to obtain everyone through to following year healthy and with an ext experience under their belts.

That said, what execute we think the the upcoming Hawkeye series? Looks favor it’ll it is in good, and also a great reward for surviving this slog of a season that Vanderbilt Football. Any type of recommendations for other shows to watch?

Answers from AoG:

Tom Stephenson: The what?

Doreontheplains: Your really hopes have already been dashed. Ns am not the man to ask about anything TV/film related since if that is not sporting activities then i am most likely not city hall it.

Stanimal: The Witcher, Cobra Kai, and hell I basically cycle v the man Wick movie every three months or so.


Andrew VU ‘04: I to be worried around 0-12 after ETSU, therefore I’m no apoplectic (prettiest Denny’s waitress effect). Ns going to i think Hawkeye is just one of those comic publication things, as that and singing competitions whereby you don’t know what the singer looks prefer are pretty lot the just things gift filmed best now. If so, you’re asking the wrong guy. I have actually been rewatching mine old Kids in the Hall DVDs, though. 5/5. Would recommend.

Question indigenous VU1970:

I have actually my very own strategy for enjoying Vanderbilt football even when they’re not winning, honed over numerous decades. Those yours?

Answers from AoG:

Tom Stephenson: Booze.

Doreontheplains: drinking heavily and also trying to overanalyze things to discover cause/effect and also reasons for optimism.

Stanimal: Mine is the exact same as it remained in college. It’s miller time.

Paul: put $10 top top the “Dores covering. Vegas is tho pretty an excellent at do lines regardless of how bad Vanderbilt may be at football, so the will provide the game a bit of spice.

Andrew VU ‘04: Writing gallows feeling on this very blog. Maybe whilst sipping on part bourbon.

Question native Lsmsrbls:

If Vanderbilt had actually to offer up football, exactly how would you trade those 85 football scholarships for various other sports?

Answers from AoG:

Tom Stephenson: We know that Pinman would simply insurance claim all 85 scholarships because that women’s bowling. OO.

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Doreontheplains: skip how giving up football would certainly implode our athletics department, men’s football (which just gets 10 as soon as there space 11 football player on the field LOL), men’s lacrosse, and also ... I have no idea after that. The lacrosse one was just a goofy addition anyway come lean right into the “rich child school” stereotypes. Does the NCAA sponsor polo?

Stanimal: The SEC money is inextricably linked to football, so the as whole athletic regimen is going come hurt bad if us decide to contact it quits in football. Mine view, from an bureaucratic perspective (not native a fan perspective), has constantly been that we need to be utilizing the sources we have far better across all of our sports with the understanding that football will be a slow and also painful climb v a likely glass ceiling. That’s no the very same as basketball and also obviously we see exactly how baseball is doing. That being said, ns am excited to check out the fruit of the Vandy unified program. We desperately necessary to rebuild our structure if we were ever before going to have a future in athletics, and also it shows up we are doing it to the advantage of all sports, consisting of football.

Paul: give all 85 scholarships come baseball so that the various other SEC teams deserve to complain also further about the unfair advantage we have once Corbin brings residence is 3rd title in 2022.

Andrew VU ‘04: Here’s the thing: if we ever gave increase feetball (note: i don’t view it coming), it would certainly be the fatality knell of plenty of women’s sports. Quite than adding more men’s sports, wednesday just cut 85 schollies worth of women’s sports and get 170 much more full tuition paying students. That’s around $11 mil a year an ext in revenues, and also it would take the sting out of losing that fat SEC/ESPN check. In doing so, you basically picking to it is in The college of Chicago. Nothing yet D-III/intramural sports, Fermi Labs, and also the color maroon. THE shade MAROON, PEOPLE!!!