IF you’re anything like me, you’ve grown tired of hearing about potential.
Very soon will come the time when we’ll be discussing production, or the lack thereof.
The Texas Longhorns are loaded talentwise, but that won’t amount to a hill of Bevos if they don’t live up to that talent. It’s basically like ordering a loaded baked potato and realizing they forgot to put it in the oven for an hour.
The real onus is on Texas’ defense, particularly the secondary, which had its problems with tackling last season. One writer asked Mack Brown on Monday whether he was the good cop or the bad cop during tackling drills this spring and summer.
“I’m usually the bad cop,” Brown said. “The coach has to live with them every day. At the end of the stretch when we were working on it, I was really hard on the defensive coaches and the players about tackling. “
For the umpteenth time this offseason, Brown mentioned that he still hasn’t figured why the Horns tackled so well last offseason but regressed as the year wore on.
Hopefully he won’t have that problem. If so, any thoughts of a season somewhat better than 2012 will go away in rapid fashion.
Nothing worse than an uncooked tater with all the fixins.
MAJOR Applewhite has a reputation as a smart football mind, and his first Monday interview session did nothing to dispel that notion.
Regarding quarterback David Ash and his occasional bouts with inconsistency — particularly in the spring game — Applewhite gave us the type of honesty we need from an offensive coordinator.
Ash “would make some great decisions; then all of a sudden, you would be like, ‘Where did that come from? Where is that decision-making coming from, because I haven’t seen it,’ ” Applewhite said. “He’s gotten much better with that.”
Applewhite doesn’t mind engaging the media, and the fan base will get behind him as the offensive coordinator because he’s already a beloved son, that off-the-field stuff aside. It will be interesting to see if Texas’ high-tempo offense takes off with him calling the shots.
LOVE the attitude from second-team running back Malcolm Brown, who has battled injuries after coming to Texas two years ago as the premier high school running back in the country out of Cibolo Steele.
When asked about being listed behind Johnathan Gray on the depth chart for the opener, Brown wasn’t snarky. Instead, he gave a great answer.
“You just have to play ball,” Brown said. “When you get your chance, you have to take it. We’re pulling for each other out there.”
You read here that Gray should run for 1,300 yards in this up-tempo attack. Brown isn’t getting as many headlines, but he’s plenty talented enough to produce 1,000 yards of total offense. That is, if he stays healthy for a full season for the first time in his college career.
STEP Three of Vince Young’s reclamation plan is right on schedule.
The first was to get NFL coaches’ attention, which he did in his second Pro Timing Day this spring. The second was to get a free agent invite.
Young has all but sewn up a spot in Green Bay as Aaron Rodgers’ backup after the Packers released Graham Harrell over the weekend. Young completed 6 of 7 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown and flashed that scrambling ability with 39 yards on only three carries in a 17-10 loss to Seattle.
“I just really felt like the things that the defense did (give) me opportunities to use my legs a little bit,” Young told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley said this about his former Texas teammate: “That’s my Texas boy, so I’m not going to say anything bad about him, but I thought he looked great tonight. He got his feet wet and I can’t wait to see what he does next week.”
WHILE Young appears safe in Green Bay, Colt McCoy may have nailed down the backup job behind Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco.
Coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters, “I feel real good about Colt as the backup quarterback” after McCoy completed 11 of 15 passes for 109 yards with no touchdowns and an interception against Minnesota. Problem was, those comments came a few days after the team signed veteran Seneca Wallace, bringing the number of quarterbacks on the roster to three.
McCoy told reporters that he and Harbaugh “talked and met a lot” the past week and “I think we figured each other out a lot better.” He reportedly restructured his contract to the more backup-friendly veteran minimum of $630,000 with incentives, an indication that the Niners are sold on him as the second-stringer.
The San Francisco offense fits his skill set. Here’s hoping he’s found a home there after three forgettable seasons in Cleveland.