Tom Herman isn’t ready to tell us if he will be calling plays this fall.
Come on, Tom. Spill los frijoles.
We can all learn from history, even Coach Mensa. Tim Beck could become a play-calling monster in his second season or the Horns boss could allow him to lead the way down a similar thorny path that chewed up the feet of his predecessor in his early tenure.
Charlie Strong stuck with playcaller Shawn Watson for far too long, and Texas mustered only 21.3 points per game and six wins in his first season, despite the presence of a half-dozen eventual NFL players on the roster. Strong eventually brought in Sterlin Gilbert, who revitalized the offense behind hard-charging running back D’Onta Foreman but by then the Vance-Bedford-led defenses of 2015 and 2016 had cratered, becoming the two worst statistical defenses in school history.
As far as the present day is concerned, Beck didn’t impress in his Texas debut, and Herman didn’t do much better when Texas totaled only 280 yards and 3.9 yards per play in the Texas Bowl win over Missouri with him calling plays. Unlike Strong in his second season, Herman has Todd Orlando, who is being mentioned as one of the top defensive coordinators in the country.
Either way, this decision could be the difference between a realistic run at a Big 12 title or a second straight above-average season that will generate zero buzz on a national level.
“We’re going to do whatever is best for the University of Texas and for our offense,” Herman said at Big 12 media days. “I have always been very intimately involved in the play calling on game day. There isn’t a play that’s called that I don’t have veto power of, and so, you know, I think the true measure of an offense and its efficiency is one, the talent that he is on the field, certainly.”
I agree. Talent is important but it’s also a factor in the coaching booth. Beck has ability but Herman has a better track record in this area. Surely Beck will have a leash if he’s back calling plays. But how long will it be?
What a wonderful gesture from San Francisco Giants all-star Brandon Belt to name his newborn son after his college coach, the late Augie Garrido.
August (Augie) Kyle Belt entered the world at 3:09 p.m. Friday to parents Brandon and Haylee. It’s their second son.
Belt, who played for the Garrido’s Longhorns for two seasons, was part of the 2009 Texas team that lost to LSU in the College World Series championship series.
“I’ll tell (my son) how Garrido always demanded the best out of you and usually got it,” Belt told the San Francisco Chronicle.” He was a guy you didn’t want to let down. The most important thing was that he cared about you.”
Belt’s decision was one of love, respect and legacy. I’ve said it many times before: we’re judged not by material possessions but by how many people we affected in a positive way during our time here.
Remember Johnny Manziel? Well, he’s on the move again, this time as the centerpiece in an eight-player deal involving Canadian Football League teams.
Perhaps it’s a small step back to the NFL or in simpler terms, back to playing time, something he hasn’t gotten this season.
The Texas A&M legend wasn’t ready for fame and his NFL career played out in sad, public fashion. The move to play in the CFL was thought to be a smart one but he spent the first part of this season languishing on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ bench behind Jeremiah Masoli, a CFL veteran who was known in college circles as the guy who threw away a chance to compete for a Heisman at Oregon after pleading guilty to burglarizing a frat house with a former teammate.
While Masoli has thrived this season for Hamilton, Johnny Football hasn’t played one down. That should change now that he has been reunited with Montreal coach Mike Sherman, who recruited him to A&M and coached him during his 2011 redshirt season.
While it’s far, far away from the chartered jets and luxury hotels he enjoyed during his 15-game NFL career, it’s a small step in the right direction. His NFL days are likely over but Manziel has a chance to become another undersized Heisman-winning QB to put up big numbers in the CFL. Doug Flutie spent eight seasons with three teams before returning to the NFL for the final seven seasons of his career.