Sark - the honeymoon is officially over

Discussion in 'On The Field' started by GV Longhorn, Oct 9, 2021.

  1. lovevb

    lovevb < 25 Posts

    I believe Coach Sark is an excellent coach and the right man for the job. I also love his demeanor, straightforwardness, and professionalism when addressing the media. While it was disappointing to lose the way we have the last couple of games, success, and culture take time to develop...so does mental toughness and true confidence in one's own ability and the abilities of teammates. I believe success will happen; it just takes time and continued hard work on the field as well as on the recruiting trail. Success, as much as we would all like it to, doesn't happen overnight. It is a slow-building step-by-step process, exciting at times and so frustrating at times. I do believe we have the right coach in place to turn our program around.
     
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  2. MajorRules00

    MajorRules00 500+ Posts

    Logically, if we played well against OU (until the collapse), then we should be able to play at least as well, if not better, against teams who aren't as good as OU.

    So the question isn't if Texas can win. We have the ability to win against anyone in the B12. But we haven't learned to harness that ability yet. Namely, by closing the deal. And that's what the remainder of this season hinges on.

    Based on the remaining schedule, I'd estimate that Baylor would give us the biggest challenge. I haven't seen anything from the other 4 teams to suggest that they are as athletic or talented as what we've faced so far.
     
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  3. horninchicago

    horninchicago 10,000+ Posts

    I'm on call until midnight, so it looks like you have a real big head start on the drinking.
     
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  4. MajorRules00

    MajorRules00 500+ Posts

    Nah, I'm a musician. I don't party nearly as hard as pilots.
     
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  5. horninchicago

    horninchicago 10,000+ Posts

    Are you allowed to manipulate your musical instrument(s) within 8 hours of consuming alcohol or with a BAC of greater than 0.04%?
     
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  6. RainH2burntO

    RainH2burntO 2,500+ Posts

    Only one post for this moment...

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. RainH2burntO

    RainH2burntO 2,500+ Posts

    Hehe..hehe....
    Ugghhhhh...
    He said "manipulate your instruments"
     
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  8. horninchicago

    horninchicago 10,000+ Posts

    Musical*
     
  9. MajorRules00

    MajorRules00 500+ Posts

    LOL. It's actually encouraged. I played my first show stone cold sober. And it was a nightmare. My tuner wouldn't work and I felt like Card at Arkansas. Ever since then, I've made it a point to loosen up before playing. And it's helped tremendously.
     
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  10. RainH2burntO

    RainH2burntO 2,500+ Posts

    asterisks no asterisks
    Pick 6 no pick 6
    66 yrd qb sneak for td
    No 66 yd qb sneak for td
    ...insignificant, minor details
     
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  11. horninchicago

    horninchicago 10,000+ Posts

    That seems funny for some reason, so I gave you a "Funny".
     
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  12. RainH2burntO

    RainH2burntO 2,500+ Posts

    I support Sark and the team...will keep rooting (and sniffing glue)....
    But I will leave you with these sobering realities...quotes from a piece today:

    "Texas’ season, for all intents and purposes, if effectively over." (Unless you get excited about another trip to the Alamo Bowl)

    "The final score will reflect a defense that allowed 25 points, but that number is likely cut in half had the Texas offense not completely collapsed and forced the defense to spend so much time on the field."

    "Then, after a lone successful drive on their first possession of the second half, spearheaded by none other than Bijan Robinson, the offense completely stalled, producing an almost-laughable two yards on the next four drives, going three-and-out each time."


    "The recruiting impact could be frustrating. It remains to be seen just how much of an impact this has on Texas’ recruiting efforts, but this largely, boring display capped by an all-out offensive collapse took place on Texas’ biggest recruiting weekend of the season, with elite targets like Arch Manning, Evan Stewart, Malik Agbo, Ernest Greene and many others on hand to witness it. A win, especially a convincing one as it appeared Texas was headed for early, could have done wonders with prospect who could become game-changers in Austin. Instead, they watched another embarrassing loss for the Longhorns."


    Have a good night.....
    :)
     
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  13. yelladawgdem

    yelladawgdem 2,500+ Posts

    For reasons, both professional and personal, I believe Sark is the guy. If he is left alone to do his job, a historical impossibility on the Forty, I believe he will be a generational hire.

    I also think that despite all of the film that he watched and all the team meetings that he had, that when it came time for Spring Practice, he was absolutely stunned at level of talent, the lack of depth, the lack of leadership and the lack of attitude that was basically "Coach, I will do anything to be as good and as successful as you can make me, "TURN ME INTO A CHAMPION. PLEASE COACH!!", I didn't come here to drown in an ocean of 7 years of Missouri Valley leadership from a pair of Group of Five coaches whose claims to fame were beating a really good Florida team in the Sugar Bowl while at UL, and beating teams with Kevin Sumlin recruits at UH.

    I think what Sark has done is remarkable. So many of the just ******* stupid, no one is running the store, (penalties, special teams, apparent ignorance of the rules) have been cut dramatically. Still far too many, but the number is clearly lower. That didn't just magically happen. The offense, while a major over haul of a scheme is always ugly, is far more productive and less predictable than since Mack's first 4 years. And he gets everything out of it that he can as soon as he can, because he has no depth stock piled and OL that is horrible. Which is why, against good teams, the O is outta gas in the 4th. The look on his face when OSU blew up the 4th down, when he just closed his eyes and dropped his chin to his chest, said it all. He had exactly the play he wanted against OSU's defense, they swere spread sideline to sideline, the gaps were huge, there was only one way the play could not work. And OSU blew up the lineman two yards behind the line and crushed Casey to the ground. The O had nothing left. Outta gas. No depth. You can't fake that. And BTW, 48 points should win any game on the floor of the Cotton Bowl. I don't care when you score the damn points. It's still 48 damn points.

    As for the defense, frankly holding OSU to one TD from scrimmage until the final minutes is pretty good. Because the defense is horrible. Not just horrible. Big 12 horrible. Everyone kidded themselves for 15 years that scores in this league were so out of sight because the offenses were so great. Uhuh. That's why OU averages giving up 41.6 points a game in the CFP. And only TCU, Texas and OSU were competitive in bowl games. It will take at least three great recruiting classes to get an average defense and sadly we won't be playing the Kansas schools then.

    Everyone likes to flop it out on the table and measure it against OU, and people are bent because Sark's team faded and lost a gut punch game (for me, the worst since 14-3). Because of the overlap of Riley as OC before taking over as head coach, OU has been running, coaching, recruiting and teaching the same offensive scheme for 22 years. Sark has been on campus 10 months. It was a one TD game. Today, Casey doesn't throw the INT to make it 17-10, it's likely a different game. We got the best defensive effort of the season until, the O was outta gas. If the INT isn't a 10 or 14 point swing, it likely doesnt matter that we are outta gas.

    I think that Baylor, ISU and KSU are all dangerous. We gave the guy a middle of the pack program from a conference that without it's two flagship schools, is barely the AAC. This didn't just happen. Look at the last dozen years and our record against KSU, TCU and the Oklahoma schools. It's not pretty.

    Nick Saban didn't turn his offense over to this guy, just for the hell of it. He has plenty of honeymoon left. If not, there are plenty of other Group of Five coaches out there that can finish driving the program into the ground.

    :cowrose:
     
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  14. MeatHeadHorn

    MeatHeadHorn 250+ Posts

    I am more than happy to let him do his thing. These gut punches/nut kick losses that we should be winning when we need these wins now for recruiting sake and our future conference competition really really suck.
     
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  15. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Dawg,

    Outstanding post.

    Not being very bright, it dawned on me on the drive home that I do not believe that Sark has ever had to coach with so little talent - certainly not at USC, probably not at Washington, and again definitely not in Tuscaloosa. I said last week that several of our OL should be paying tuition. On one play, four of them were standing around watching intently as Casey got mobbed.

    I am concerned that K's defense is as predictable *** Greg Davis' offense was. Texas gets you in third and long, K calls a soft zone, so soft that Stevie Wonder could find the open spots.

    S&C seems to be another trouble spot, but not yet as bad as Puppy Dog Madden has us in.

    I am concerned about today's crowd and their reaction in front of one of the greatest collection of recruits maybe ever in Memorial Stadium.
     
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  16. horninchicago

    horninchicago 10,000+ Posts

    Sabre, the crowd sounded very underwhelming on TV. I noticed on some rare good Texas stops, it sounded like a golf tournament had broken out.
     
  17. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 10,000+ Posts

    They did get loud, but who the hell knows with that obnoxious piece of **** in the South end zone blaring all the time. I wonder what the Mormons at teh game in Waco think of the Jumbotron.
     
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  18. OrangeShogun

    OrangeShogun 500+ Posts

    You're witnessing apathy metastasize throughout the Longhorn fan base. Since our players don't seem to give a sh*t, why should the lowly fans?
     
  19. horninchicago

    horninchicago 10,000+ Posts

    Because we are all truly blessed...
     
  20. AC

    AC 2,500+ Posts

    I’m disappointed too! But Sark is still the right man for the job. I think he can flat out coach offense and is a great play caller! We have NO depth! He coached this team to 6-1, but we ran out of gas completely in the 4th Qtr from NO depth. So we’re a 6-1 team that is 4-3 from hitting a wall late in two straight games. It’s obvious what Texas could be. But we need decent back ups at every position! TH ****** us good!
     
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  21. mchammer

    mchammer 10,000+ Posts

    I could not hear the band play Texas Fight after Texas scored today. Stark contrast to the TT and Rice games when I actually thought it appeared they were purposely dialing back the monstrosity.
     
  22. MajorRules00

    MajorRules00 500+ Posts

    Was there a period in the game where the monstrosity was quiet? More specifically, any stretches where it was just natural crowd/band?
     
  23. Horn2RunAgain

    Horn2RunAgain 1,000+ Posts

    Thing that sticks in my mind about sark the most is that deer in the headlights look when sasnakrA was killing our defense with basic runs in the last 50 minutes of the game. He truly looked like he didn't have a clue. The last 2 weeks (to me) confirmed he still hasn't caught up to speed
     
  24. yelladawgdem

    yelladawgdem 2,500+ Posts

    Sabre-

    Thanks. And with regard to both K's defense and the S&C issue, I sure do miss the days when the big ***** on Mack was "all he can do us recruit....that's why they call him Coach February". Of course we were also the winningest Power Five program of the decade. The point being, you can't make chicken salad out of chicken ****. Stock piling talent cures a lot of problems.

    "Great talent can almost always over come crappy coaching, but great coaching can seldom over come lousy talent". (My high school basketball coach that won 5 State Championships). He was a smart guy, he also told us "I can teach you how to play defense, hit free throws and to take a charge. I can't teach you height or speed".

    Feel free to quote me on the chicken salad.

    :texasflag:
     
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  25. LousianaHorn

    LousianaHorn Kabong

    yelladawg you nailed it............we are pathetic along the LOS and when the little talent we got gets gassed we are done............this wont be remedied quickly either as it will take at least 2 rec. cycles to begin to get the kind of depth we need.
     
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  26. Creek

    Creek 1,000+ Posts

    Sark is the same coach that sucked at USC and Washington. Unfortunately you are your record.
    He has turned us into a mediocre PAC 10 team in case you haven’t noticed. We brought him in, to change things and change them quick. Right now Herman would be 4-3 maybe 5-2.
     
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  27. txhorn_et

    txhorn_et 500+ Posts

    Knowing that the OL is not up to snuff, why does Sark continually keep the QB in drop back mode to take a beating. Get Casey on the move so he’s able to make something positive happen.
     
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  28. L4UT

    L4UT 100+ Posts

    not only does our talent level need an upgrade on both lines of scrimmage - we need numbers as well - we are very thin not on just talent but number of bodies - this will take time to correct, unfortunately - maybe the portal can help us in this area
     
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  29. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 10,000+ Posts

    :lmao:

    Herman would be 3-4 at best.
     
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  30. theiioftx

    theiioftx Sponsor Deputy

    Plus the team would be tweeting how hilarious it is at halftime. I’m as disappointed as anyone, but I think Sark will lead this program back.
     
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