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this is my TOP TEN LIST of changes that would make me happy:-- 1)---Charlie up in the booth-- indeed i'd like to see a petition Charlie go to the booth against nevada- and dont come down at least until we loose a game----2)--Cierre Wood and Armando Alllen returning kicks all year-- Golden Tate returning punts-- homerun threats on every kick---3)--Romine or Dever step up like Turk did and TAKE that left tackle spot forcefully---4) Manti teo starting next to Brian Smith from day 1-------5) John Goodman with his own WILDCAT package to throw at a team when they get too cocky about jimmys mobility----6) Darrin Walls winning back his starting corner spot---7) Robert Hughes keeping all his snaps at tailback but also taking most of the fullback snaps when we use one-- not just as a blocker but catching swing passes with those soft hands out of the FB position--8) Gary Gray back on the roster in the summer---9)-- Brandon Newman- KLM- and Hafis Williams- all working themselves into the rotation on the Dline--10) someone maybe Sergio Brown-- grabbing that gunner spot and doing almost as good a job as Bruton--------im sure ill get some of this hope i get most of it-- aloha

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i don't mean to be a downer after such a fine day as yesterday but can we *PLEASE* stop talking about CW "in the booth?" it ain't gonna happen. ever. never. unless he has another surgery or something physical bothering him. head coaches coach from the sideline. and besides, one game is hardly a big enough sample to make *any* kind of judgment, even for a homer like me!

 

with that said, i agree with pretty much everything else you said, except that i think shaq could be in the mix on returns as well...

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I agree with you, Black Irish. Charlie in the booth would be a pathetic, pathetic display.

 

Joe Pa had to coach up there because of injuries and the fact that he had to change his diapers every quarter. If you don't think Carroll will use the fact that Charlie can't even be fit enough to coach his team on the sidelines to recruits, you're dead mistaken.

 

We had a good game against Hawaii because their defensive backfield stunk, Clausen was on fire, and Weis finally abandoned his stubborn attempts to pound the ball when the running game clearly was a weakness this year. It had NOTHING to do with him being in the booth.

 

A head coach needs to be on the field. Charlie was on the field as offensive coordinator his years with the Pats (I don't care if he watched from the booth before that), and he needs to be on the field now.

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i hear what you guys are saying-- and understand your attitude and that this would be unusual for charlie to remain in the box -- but let me speak to your points--- first black irish "unless he has another surgery"---- well he is going to have another the big one is coming i believe sometime after the feb 13 presser-- that is a full knee replacement---- some of us love charlie some like em some dislike em-- but we all agree on one thing-- charlies health is not very good--his weight has balooned and these surgeries are NO HELP--as far as PATHETIC goes -- i understand that only the fossil paterno went up under duress--but to me it was pathetic watching charlie STRUGGLING physically on the sideline after the ryan injury-- limping turned to crutches-- the pained look on his face-- his inability to even move out of a frozen position on the sideline--his weight growing- he looked dazed half the time and IMO most of that was physical and not cause we were stinking it up---if you have experienced a period of chronic pain-- you understand IT IS DISTRACTING-- IT IS HARD TO FOCUS--up in the box charlie looked confortable- relaxed- and to observers of the hawaii game noone thought it PATHETIC-- in fact the opposite-- he looked like the mastermind-- the offensive guru we hired-- not a man struggling to walk and move and keep up---- charlie himself said it was easier to call the plays he said it was because of the view but IMO he didnt tell the whole truth -- it was also because he didnt have to struggle physically and that helped him focus---I WISH charlie had lost 50 90 pounds last year but he didint-- he got serious knee problems instead-- this is not a TOUGH IT OUT- ITS MINOR thing for many people whats happening to charlie is LIFE CHANGING----Common Sense tells me if we want a coach that can maximize his abilities then put the OC up in the box-- it wont be pathetic it will be unique and if we have success it will be cool--- RATHER then watch the team afraid to get riled up on the sidelines for fear of bumping charlie-- to see the FACE of our team in pain and physically weak i dont like it at all---alford and verducci are fiery guys-- and one more thing the playcalling was the best-- the performance the best-- the attitude of the team the best-- ALL WHEN CHARIE WAS IN THE BOOTH-- syracuse had no pass defense either but it didnt work our for us--- I HOPE and actually expect him to be in the booth-- even if he doesnt want to-- im afraid MOTHER NATURE wont allow 4 hours standing on the sideline--- and a guy following him around with a chair isnt the answer-- aloha

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look, if he's still recovering from surgery and has to be up in the both for nevada, fine. but that's it.

 

head coaches stay on the sideline barring some extreme physical aliment preventing them from doing so. there is no other argument to be made. and i think it's quite likely that CW will be recovered by late august. so this really is, as i stated before, a dead issue.

 

now, i'd be happy to discuss any of the other 9 things you listed. it's more fun*and*fruitful.

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Ok, lets talk about HUGHES then. I would love to see him fully embrace the role as either a full time or part time fullback. If he became comfortable with the position he could become a truly deadly weapon. I know he envisions himself as a halfback, but i believe he is selfless enough to take on the challenge. Plus we had that one FB that might end up being an NFL hall of fame RB, number 6 I think it was.

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I disagree Island. I think lining up Hughes at fullback would be a mistake. He was our featured back in the Hawaii game and the ground game looked better. I really think this will be the year he takes the reigns as a featured back and Armando becomes the change of pace guy.

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i guess redshirting cierre would be playing according to hoyle--- but charlie has played every Rb as a freshman-- even aldridge who was recovering-- and prince who wasnt ready-- he doesnt like to redshirt backs---plus he made a point to refer to cierre as a DYNAMIC KICK RETURNER--i remeber dj hord back there as a frosh-- walls and allen as frosh-- and jonas could easily of redshirted instead on the handful of carries and yet charlie played him---- everything is on the line for charlie this year--- he recruited a great back -- i think charlie will do EVERYTHING he can to maximize his chances for wins this year-- so i really expect armando and cierre as the tandem from the get go

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I disagree Island. I think lining up Hughes at fullback would be a mistake. He was our featured back in the Hawaii game and the ground game looked better. I really think this will be the year he takes the reigns as a featured back and Armando becomes the change of pace guy.

 

I firmly believe Hughes was hurt much worse during the SDSU game than they let on. Our running game looks far better with Hughes because he is the perfect zone scheme RB.

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i have posted that ray and belive it very much that hughes got a real nice little sprain on that horrible looking twist--- when i saw him walking i was AMAZED-- i mean that looked like surgery city-- hes a tough fella-- i think it slowed him down most of the year-- and ina few games he rested completely-- charlie is so closed mouth about who is hurting--- hughes looked real frisky though after the long rest for the hawaii game--- i guess i just love hughes cathcing passes out of the backfield-- and in charlies offense if you drift out from the fullback position-- assuming you can actually catch and run!!-- thier is some big plays just sitting there------- and WAVE i agree and am a little guilty-- i never gave up on charlie and never called for his firing-- but i did feel like slapping him around a little after the CUSE game----anyhow the good news WAVE-- i truly dont think he will need anyones patience this year-- he has a real racehorse in the barn-- if he brings the beasts training around correctly -- that horse will fire out of the gate and wont look back!!

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Hawaii, your "Goodman-Wildcat" idea is awesome. I really like that just to mix things up a bit and keep teams honest. They think they can send everyone constantly and torch us- pull a little trickeration ourselves and have Goodman shoot up the middle for a good 20-yard gain :D

 

Also, I'd like to see us not be so stubborn on third-and-shorts...I can remember times when the other team would STACK the box so much that it was insane to even think about running, but they knew we would. Would be nice to see some play-action passes in those scenarios.

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I firmly believe Hughes was hurt much worse during the SDSU game than they let on. Our running game looks far better with Hughes because he is the perfect zone scheme RB.

 

+1, co-sign.

 

hughes was never the same back after that SDSU game. well, at least til the bowl game. look for him to bounce back big, IMO...

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Wildcat….yawn!!! That’s old news. Next year we will install the “drunken Irish man”.

 

Stockton will be our slot receiver. You see that ball skills that kid showed at the AA game??? A semi-heavy slot receiver if you ask me.

 

Let's stick to the offense charlie knows. The last time we experimented, it blew up in our face. Then, again, we realized we should go steal Tenuta.

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My only change is that our fans find some freaking patience with Charlie. Where were the chicken littles, yesterday? Celebrating... That's where.

 

Nobody has denied that CW can recruit Wave. But, IMHO, it is very fair to be skeptical about his ability as a HC. This is his "tie break" year, so he better make it a good one.

 

That being said, having two 5* guys and one 4* guy already on board for the 2010 cycle might have bought CW a loss. For example, Swarbrick's number might have gone from 9-8 or 8-7 wins. 7 wins for ND in 09 will not only be a complete failure, but a total disaster for the direction of the program. Welcome to the pressure of ND Charlie.

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