New regimes take time, so maybe the Kansas Jayhawks 2012 will be more of just a build towards 2013? Can’t be worse than the 2-10, 0-8 in conference 2011 campaign?
Charlie Weis comes in to take over the college football program, and you know what that means? Weis, front butt and all sandwiches Turner Gill with Mark Mangino as the last three KU coaches. When you have one normal sized guy sandwiched between two 400-pounders, it’s not really a sandwich it’s more like that disgusting artery clogging monstrosity they serve at the Indiana state fair: a pound of hamburger meat stuck between two grilled cheeses for bread and macaroni and cheese.
You had a heart attack just reading about it, and I’m guessing the sandwich must be a staple of the Mangino-Weis diet. And oh yeah, don’t expect KU to be very good at football this year.
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2011 was: pretty bad, If that’s really over for good now, then perhaps the rebuilding can truly begin. The team ranked DEAD LAST in the nation in total defense and scoring defense and HAD ZERO PASS RUSH
2012 will go smoothly if: the new coaching staff, and new blood on D finds a way to improve their WRETCHEDLY HORRIBLE defense: passing (110th overall), rushing 117th, scoring (120th) and total defense (108th). They also couldn’t score on offense, ranking 95th, 106th in passing and 106th in total offensive output. With the new QB in place, they’ll score this year. Crist brings should some balance to an O that will have to be a juggernaut in order to bail out a no show defense.
2012 will be rough if: Crist can’t find WRs Kale Pick and D.J. Beshears early and often, as Weis tries to play ball control. The luster is off the rotund coach now as his 35-27 record is largely pedestrian.
BMOCs Dayne Crist, who Weis originally recruited to Notre Dame is the new signal caller; he’ll have a stud OL to work with, led by LT Tanner Hawkinson. The running back situation is decent led by Tony Pierson.
Bottom Line: There are too many issues in the secondary, linebackers and defensive skill positions for this team to matter. They’ll probably lose a lot of games 45-41 or thereabouts. You only have four returning starters on defense, but the d was horrible last year, so maybe that’s a good thing. Four wins would be pushing it, especially with this monster schedule. At least college basketball season and the promise it always brings soon follows. Sure they lose Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor, but they do have Perry Ellis coming in.
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