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The "Halftime Adjustments" cliche

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Buffnik, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Announcers love that one as a final comment to make as teams head into the locker room.

    I have posted a number of times that while MacIntyre and staff seem to draw up great game plans, they don't seem able to make in-game adjustments to counter the counter-punches.

    Yesterday, I heard Barnett on the radio talking about this "halftime adjustments" topic.

    To paraphrase:

    1. They almost never happen.
    2. A big reason is that assistants may suggest something but no head coach will go with anything they didn't practice.

    He's got a new book coming out in which he addresses this topic.

    In my experience, the in-game focus is on finding where guys are not reading something correctly or the coaches are identifying opportunities where a certain offensive or defensive play call the team has worked on is set up and could deliver a big play.

    Coaches don't alter game plans during games. They focus on improving execution of the game plan. They focus on making the best play calls within that game plan. The rest is on the players, their level of execution, their will to win, and whether they've got the talent to pull it off.
     
  2. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    interesting. linky?
     
  3. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    On the radio. I have no idea what station. I was just trying to avoid listening to more Broncos or Mumford and heard Barnett's voice as I was skipping around the dial. (I'm not even sure it was yesterday.)
     
  4. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    Damn. Need to find that radio station and get 1043 gone.
     
  5. leftybuff

    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

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    Interesting. I guess it depends on how you view adjustments . Commentators make it sound like a chess match. I really doubt much more than variations on the game plan take place. It was just HS ball, and 30 years ago, but our coaches made what I would call adjustments. But they were of the "if you see this alignment, we are automatically going to this type of alignment shift/ blitz" type. We didn't make wholesale changes, with one exception.
     
  6. AeroBuff99

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    "Half time adjustments" aka "next time we run that play, do it like we practiced and not the way you just executed it"
     
  7. buffedup

    buffedup Cooler than a Popsicle Stand. Club Member

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    Interesting.

    Wild idea that popped into my brain. With his previous connections to CU Football, do you think that Rick George would entertain the idea of re-hiring Gary Barnett to coach the CU Football team? It isn't unheard of for previous coaches to return to an institution, plus GB does have experience turning around tough scenarios (Northwestern). This is just a purely hypothetical question.

    Full disclosure: I fully support MM and staff, and hope that this kind of situation is never needed because MM will have CU kicking butt before long.
     
  8. leftybuff

    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

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    GB would be a pretty awesome choice for OC, don't you think?
     
  9. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    GB's already 68 years old and has been out of coaching for 9 years. I respect the hell out of his football mind, but (under your hypothetical)... if MacIntyre didn't get it done and RG made a change after the 2015 season I would lose all confidence if he went with a 69 year old coach who'd been out of the game for a decade. I think you can make those kinds of moves in the NFL where you're dealing with professionals, have personnel groups and a GM to pick players, and the most in-demand coordinator and assistant jobs you're hiring into. With college, you are the GM and the scout. You are relying on your own network to hire a staff. I just don't see it and would hope RG doesn't either.
     
  10. goalline

    goalline Club Member Club Member

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    Please, stop with the re-hire GB idea. You must not actually have lived in CO or Boulder during the scandal if you think that is a good idea. Regardless of the truth, or how you feel about what happened, his ability to recruit or encourage donations was completely compromised by that piece of CO history.
     
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    :yeahthat:

    If GB can't do it maybe we can get Slick Rick back.
     
  12. leftybuff

    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

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    Here's what we do:

    Hire GB as OC;
    Mac1 as DC;
    Tricky Ricky as QB coach;
    HaLk could wash the cars.
     
  13. Darian3Hagan

    Darian3Hagan '89 Player of the Year Club Member

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    "69 aint old!"

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  14. buffedup

    buffedup Cooler than a Popsicle Stand. Club Member

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    Get off of your high horse noob. What scandal? If you think a scandal occurred then you don't know CU Football. Not only did I live in Boulder during the witch hunt, I was attending school at the time. Every new attack on the football team felt personal to me.

    Who said I thought it was a good idea? Re-read my post. It was a sharing of my stream of consciousness. Plus one thing I do know is that time heals wounds. Geesh.
     
  15. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Clearly was a stream-of-consciousness post that was also thrown out there as a "wild idea".

    I don't think buffedup had any interest in this turning into the "Gary Barnett should be re-hired" thread with him carrying the torch.

    Come on, guys.
     
  16. Gramburglar

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    Did not read any posts in the thread but...

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    I Hate That Cliche!
     
  17. HUFset

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    Coaches don't alter game plans during games. They focus on improving execution of the game plan. They focus on making the best play calls within that game plan. The rest is on the players, their level of execution, their will to win, and whether they've got the talent to pull it off.[/QUOTE]

    In essence, they make adjustments.

    LOL ol' Barney!

    Good, smart teams can execute plays they rarely run and step outside the game plan.
     
  18. tsarbomba

    tsarbomba One Damn Dirty Ape Club Member

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    I have found a new respect for Hollywood Rick in his role as a commentator for the Pac-12 Network. It is obvious that he wants to get back into coaching. If CU could convince him to come in as, say, offensive coordinator, that might a lot of sense.
     
  19. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Rick needs to stay in broadcasting. He's a potential hall of famer as a sportscaster. It's his true calling. Even as a coach, working PR and the media was his greatest strength. He would have pulled off the Katie Hnida stunt and made it work if he'd stayed.
     
  20. White_Rabbit

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    wtf? Please no more Rick. He's cool as a commentator, not a good coach.
     
  21. Duff Man

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    I think we should bring back Hankwitz as DC.
     
  22. White_Rabbit

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    Ron Vanderlinden is coaching LBs at Air Force..

    Just sayin'
     
  23. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    Can I be a total asshole to the next person to suggest bringing back some old CU player or coach? Is that ok? Liver?
     
  24. 8Jah

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    With all due respect...how that supposed scandal was 'handled' by CU and the Boulder community was what killed CU football.

    What was the scandal...doing things that every other program does 10X more of? The administration thought they could have gentleman scholar athletes who were impossibly un-18 year old-like and still win bowl games every year. The very second they withdrew support for GB and then tied his hands is when our current drought started.
     
  25. 8Jah

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    It is well established that there isn't a half-time adjustment in high school or college football. There is a game plan that has (hopefully) built in adjustments...each of which has been (hopefully) well rehearsed. These 'adjustments' can happen at any time during a game. With all the shepharding and conversations a coach has, the half goes buy in a blink.
     
  26. Darian3Hagan

    Darian3Hagan '89 Player of the Year Club Member

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    Desperation is a stinky cologne.
     
  27. Eggon

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    Good points on what actually happens at halftime as opposed to the announcers proclaiming it.




    Per 104.3 Agreed. When I am bored enough to listen to chicken head and Big Al.... They are are right where I left em. BRONCOS and the "Soupa Bow".

    I like the Broncos, I like to hear about the Broncos..... But it is a 24hr loop with those two. I do like Sandy the best frankly and he will occasionally go into other topics. (sorry for thread detour)
     
  28. Highlander

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    GB was all good with his hands being tied because he could use it as an excuse to not recruit prima donnas and recruits with helicopter parents. It was a horrible vicious circle that collapsed on itself.

    I view GB as a fantastic coach who convinced himself he didn't need top shelf talent and the attitudes that come with it after the Ochs and Marcus Houston circus. He embraced the sanctions as an excuse to never go there again - to his own detriment.
     
  29. Liver

    Liver modded mod Club Member Junta Member

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    The guilt is eating at you at this point. It is ok. Just apologize to the board for being yourself and you'll feel better.

    Can we get les miles back? Lulz
     
  30. aik

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    But... but... have you SEEN what Bobby Hauck and John Wristen have done at the lower levels?
     

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