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Actually I read a couple years ago IIRC that Hamani requested to be switched to the DL or that he prefered DL, just after he came back from his mission. Coach Wood obviously would not OK it then, and would not go for it now.
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Bair would play SDE IMO. Don't seem him at NG unless theirs a depth issue. Same position that his brother play if I remember correctly.
Believe me when I say that I'm not trying to incite an argument (really, truly...I'm simply trying to understand your take), but you say that Azz couldn't recruit in one portion of your sentence then follow it up with the reason Azz was successful was due to the fact he had the talent to succeed...On the surface, that seems a little contradictory, but perhaps I'm misinterpreting something. Could you clarify?
Not to incite anything either, but to questions Maitai's train of thought is like asking the village drunk to explain quantum physics. While the explanation may be amusing, it won't provide the information you were looking for. Regardless of the topic in the last month Maitai has somehow been able to twist the topic into Azz's inability to bring EV to Oregon. That is apparently the singular item that is all consuming to Maitai. Out of one side of his mouth he will extol how talented Balducci, Armstead and Buckner are, and then proceed to go on about how Azz can't recruit, never seeming to realize those statements are contradictory. I don't think he has it all sorted out in his head, but we're are all pretty clear that he is pissed about missing on EV.
This post was edited by Duckwad 14 months ago
You beat me to it. You can say what you want about how Azz handled the recruitment of EV, but he is in all sincerity one of the best coaches to ever be at Oregon. There's a reason why he was the one guy that Chip really wanted to bring to Philly. In the end, I think his coaching style is better fitted for the NFL but he's a HUGE reason why the Ducks have been better on D. And like Chris points out, whether he was the main recruiter for all those kids or not, kids don't come to play for a coach that they don't like or respect. The D lineman would run through a wall for Azz and they all just rave about him as a coach. And I'm pretty positive that Bair has played both NG and DE. Why would you say that you wouldn't believe a word he has to say? Have you ever had a conversation with him? I'm not trying to play the moral police by any stretch but IMO it's tough to judge someones character from a post on a website. I think Aiken was a hell of a hire, but make no mistake he has some huge shoes to fill. And the players love and respect Coach Al, but the players also know that Azz has basically been the DC for the last 4 seasons. If you want an honest opinion of a coach, ask the guys who played for him
"Azz has basically been the DC for the last 4 seasons" if this is true then we might be in trouble.
Not so cuz azz was studying what aikins was doing with arizonas front 7. Alliotti imo fits better with the new system rather than what he did under bellotti. Plus playing with a lead and forcing teams to be one dimensional helps with dialing up the pressure.
Aiken > Azz
My take is that Coach Azz and Coach Al had a great working relationship. Azz being in the position to enable Al to do what he wanted. Having a great D-line through good talent and good coaching is the foundation for any defense to succeed. Just look at the SEC if you don't think so. The SEC depends on superiority on the line of scrimmage and builds every thing from there. Last I heard the have been fairly successful down there.
This. Azz watched a bunch of Cards' film since he's been at Oregon. I'm pretty sure that this is where he got the idea to do more "radar" stuff upfront, with no one having a hand in the dirt. Great point about forcing a team to be one dimensional, I would have said the same thing. But if anyone could replace Azz it's Coach Aiken. They are very different as coaches in style and personality but both can really coach D line. I'm telling you, i have heard some really good things about Aiken already, he's making a lot of fans on the staff and with the D line
Guys like Chip and Azz can ruffle feathers because of their abrasive personalities but still get respect because they really know their stuff. From what you say Aiken knows his stuff and has a more easy going personality, still don't think he will take any guff from players.
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