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I think we did underperform, as I've said elsewhere.
However, on the development side, trying to develop 3 freshmen big guys is a huge task, and one in which I think all of us underestimated the degree of difficulty.
I said in the pre season prediction thread that Arizona was LOADED. And they are. Ashley, for one just seems to be edging up to his freshmen potential. In retrospect, having to deal with all the variables probably was expected. What was unknown was how each individual would react to each other.
Throw Lyons into the mix and there was 4 new guys in a 6-7 man rotation. Add in Parrom who didn't have a full season last year either.
All in all, Miller had a lot to deal with, so I don't think the case can be made that he is learning on the job.
We may have underperformed this year and last year, but we absolutely over performed the 2 years prior. In my book it's a wash and this season still has some meat on the bone, a little pizza left in the box if you will. Time to eat time to eat!
A fine point Beerman. Or was last year what washed out from two years ago?
"Arizona has no tradition" - Bill Walsh
"We have a tradition of kicking Bill Walsh's ass" - Teddy Bruschi
Agree here about the Lyons Syndrome...it is confusing.
Getting back to original point, Miller might or might not be overrated as a coach, more time will time but, he has never told the team to cheat like Lane Kiffin. I resent the comparison. He's not telling anyone to switch jerseys, or take the air out of balls, or encourage late hits, or show up an hour late for post season events. oh, and i forgot, not letting the other team in the building for a walk through. All this in just one year. Miller is not Shady Lane.
A Rose Bowl before I die Please!!!!
he's not overrated.
Yeah Sorry Ben J. I didn't mean to put words in your mouth. I was kind of responding to your comment and another sentiment in one paragraph there. My bad. I actually agree with you 100% on your assessments.
My only point of contention with Miller is the so called Lyons Syndrom... which has resulted in an offensive pace or flow if you will that I hate... I think a quicker hook, earlier in the P12 season, would have sent a message to Mark... That would have gotten us into a better offensive flow... It seems like CSM finally began to pull Lyons at UCLA in Pauley... In CSM defense, Lyons was our only option to begin the season... He must of felt that he would eventually bring Lyons around to play like a PG... Either way we would not have had as much success as we have had without Lyons... We all knew it was a one year band aid... Too bad Josiah flamed out so bad... or we would not even be having this discussion...So it is a damned if you do and you're fired if you don't...
That being said the last 3 games our offense has shown signs of life again... I also think York should have averaged about 5 mins a game...
Other than that I think he is just dealing with the situation at hand...
As for the rest of this season, we are the team that we are (Denny Green quote for you) We can analyze and criticize all we want in the off-season... Right now it is kick hell out of BELMONT... and on to the lobos...
But NO Miller is not Lame Kitten and should NOT be compared...
BEAR DOWN boys... The best is yet to come....
I'm not sure if every player has improved since the start of the season. Everyone was talking about Jerrett, Zeus and Ashley all possible one and done candidates. Zeus is the only one that I've seen true improvement on. Ashley had some good games early but disappeared in a lot of games usually against better teams. Jerrett knows his role as a spot up shooter and in the pick and pop. I don't know if that makes him better. It would be nice for any of those 3 to have developed ONE post move throughout the season. I think those three have made less than 10 total back-to-the-basket moves for a bucket this year. I'm concerned that our coaches just aren't good with big men in the post.
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