Post by cardinalblacktrojan on Nov 5, 2019 13:19:03 GMT -6
Just some thought...
We're only 3 possessions, or even 3 bad luck scenarios away from being 6-2 and probably not calling for Chip Lindsey's head.
*We lost to Southern Miss by 5 points. If one of those drives into the redzone had not stalled because of penalties, we likely score a TD and win that game.
*We lost to Arkansas State by 7 points. If Barker doesn't fumble the football, that game looks totally different. Instead, the fumble by Barker that was returned for a TD made it a 14-0 game very fast, and Lindsey had to stay in catch-up mode all game long. The Red Wolves also converted a crazy fake-punt that no one expected, which led to another score for them.
*We lost to Coastal Carolina by 1 point. We win that game if that ridiculous pass-interference penalty isn't called on their 2-PT conversion... or even if that obvious hold on Marcus Webb is called against CCU.
I know we're giving this coaching staff a hard time because we probably shouldn't be sitting here at 3-5... and I know we compare our situation to App State's situation when it comes to having a new coaching staff. But they didn't have an issue with players transferring, retiring, and they had less losses to graduation on defense.
We had 8 players on defense leave the program, and a 9th player (who was a starter) become academically ineligible. We had 7 players on offense leave the program, or get injured for the entire season. Here's the list:
*DE Rasool Clemons (medically retired in May)
*DB Adarius Wesley (medically retired in June)
*DB Marcus Jones (transferred to Houston, was a starter)
*SPEAR Tyler Murray (transferred to Charlotte, was a starter)
*LB Tron Folsom (grad transferred to Colorado State, was a starter)
*DT Antoine Barker (entered transfer portal in June, was a starter)
*DB Terence Dunlap (academically ineligible, will return in 2020, was a starter)
*S Koby Perry (kicked off of team)
*S Kyler Knudsen (no longer on team)
*RB BJ Smith (injured for the season, starter)
*WR Demontrez Brown (injured for the season, splitting starts with Reggie Todd)
*QB Sawyer Smith (grad transferred to Kentucky, technically a starter)
*TE Richard Hallman (entered transfer portal in June)
*WR Daniel Crowell (transferred to Jackson State)
*OL Zach Branner (graduated, quit football, partial starter)
*WR Bee Hinton (transferred to Jackson State)
That's 16 players that left the program after recruiting was already finished. Most of these guys left after spring practice or during the summer, which is even worse.
So to be fair in all of this, Chip Lindsey and Brandon Hall were dealt a crap hand with the defense. Even if Vic Koenning was still here, do you really think he would've done a fantastic job with Marcus Jones, Tyler Murray, Tron Folsom, and Antoine Barker leaving? And then having another starting DB become ineligible and two more guys medically retire? I mean, he's struggling mightily at WVU with those young DB's that are having to play.
Overall, I think we'll be fine come next season. It's been a year with bad luck, bad bounces, and bad calls. We get a crap-ton of starters and backups back next season. All we need is for a QB to fill in for Barker, and I don't see that being an issue. We have a lot of QB's... and one thing Lindsey can do is develop QB's... and if you can't tell that by how Barker's pocket awareness, footwork, velocity, spiral, and progressions have improved since last season, then your blind. Barker's mechanics are way smoother this year. He's even starting to be considered a late-round sleeper pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.