Ah, America, land of opportunity. And there’s nothing more opportunistic than separating rubes from their money.
Anyone spending twenty bucks on that has a lot more money than sense.
But I never see anyone explain why that matters.
Look, both schools make far more off of their football programs than either spent this postseason, so it’s not like they don’t have the scratch to cover the shortfall. If the schools aren’t making the taxpayers fork over money for the expenses and there’s no fraud involved, I’m not getting the point to the attention. Especially in Auburn’s case – it’s not as if a school plays for a national title every day. Let ‘em live a little.
One thing that struck me about Todd Grantham very early on after his hire is that he has very definite ideas about what he wants his defense to be able to do. And about what he wants his players to do in the framework of that defense. So I wasn’t too surprised listening to his thoughts about some of the key personnel decisions announced yesterday.
… The most notable move revealed was Ogletree.
The 6-foot-3, 224-pound Newnan native started four games at safety last year as the Bulldogs’ highest-profile true freshman.
“He’s a tall guy, he’s got good size, he can run, he can hit, he’s physical,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said Thursday when the move was announced. “I feel like moving him closer to the ball is going to allow him to make more plays and be productive for us.”
Ogletree tied for 10th in the team in tackles with 34 last season, including 10 against Auburn, but he was also beaten twice in coverage for touchdowns in that game.
“Just watching the way he runs, he closes on people,” Grantham said, “the way he can blitz, I think he can be a unique player at that position.
… Grantham says he’s also excited about the move because it allows Jarvis Jones to play outside linebacker. Jones worked at inside linebacker during bowl practices, but which linebacker spot he would man was uncertain.
The moves get Ogletree and Jones “around the action a little bit more,” Grantham said.
Jones sat out last season after transferring from Southern California.
“I think it will free up Jarvis to really be aggressive,” Grantham said. “It’s going to allow him to be really productive. It gives us flexibility because he can cover tight ends, he can cover backs. That will be something we can add to what we do.”
What should we take from all of what we heard yesterday? Well, since you asked, it’s all about speed and aggressiveness, but what defensive coordinator doesn’t have those as goals? More particularly, here are a few guesses on my part: