Chat with Sean Adams
Welcome to HornsNation! On Friday, writer Sean Adams stops by to chat about the Longhorns and everything else Texas.
Adams joined ESPN.com in 2012 after covering the University of Texas and national college football since 2001, most recently for Rivals. Each afternoon he hosts the top-rated show "The Adams Theory" on 104.9 The Horn - ESPN Austin. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send your questions now and join Adams Friday at noon ET/11 a.m. CT!
Rolando (Austin, TX)
Sean, If Kansas puts up at least 30 points on us, can we officially say that our defense is legitimately terrible?
Sean Adams (12:08 PM)
I don't know how you can't say they are aren't moderately terrible now. Anytime a defensive ranking is in triple digits, then it's pretty awful. They have the one thing that most teams ranked that low don't have -- talent. I suspect the defense will end up somewhere around the 60s or 70s. I would also be shocked if Kansas put up 30.
Please explain to me why every time Texas looks like it's going to press, they never get physical with the WR. Look back vs Baylor or West Virgina or OU when the Texas corners show press they never hit the WR. If you want proof just go back and watch the games. It wont take long to see what I'm talking about.
Sean Adams (12:14 PM)
I've seen that as well. Diggs does press more than any of them, but the bigger issue is that Byndom is not playing with confidence right now. No CB wants to be in press-man if they are not playing with confidence. The default is to keep things in front of you to insure that you don't get beat deep. It is a defensive posture but that's where they are right now. They have played some really good receivers in the last three games as well, so that plays a part. Couple that with some struggles with the play at safety, and you get a passive defense that does not press.
Is Texas A
Sean Adams (12:17 PM)
I think A&M is that good. They would be very competitive in the Big 12. I do not think they are better than Kansas State or Oklahoma, but I would love to see how crazy Johnny Football would drive the meager defenses of the conference.
Why is Johhny Football getting all of the hype when David Ash has stats that are just as good without the turnovers. Stats being pass %, QB rating, etc. I understand that he has about 300 less yds.
Sean Adams (12:21 PM)
Simple, he is viewed by most as more dynamic to his team and his team's success. He is also seen as doing it against better defenses in the SEC, and I agree with that one. I laugh when I think about what he would do to the defenses in the Big 12. With that said, he did not play well against LSU and still has Alabama left on the schedule. He ain't out of the woods yet.
Does Mack Brown survive another 7-5 regular season? This defense is an embarrassment. It was supposed to be a team strength.
Sean Adams (12:27 PM)
Even if he goes 7-5, I do not believe he will be fired by the University of Texas. He has earned more than this season.
Which Manny Diaz is the real one; last year's phenom or this year's bust? How does he go from being the next great defensive head coaching prospect to the spot he's in now? Is it lack of talent, lack of experience, poor defensive philosophy, etc...?
Sean Adams (12:32 PM)
He has the talent. I honestly, can't put my finger on what it is. There are details that are not being handled. There is discipline that is not being offered. There is even some predictability when it comes to blitz packages, but that comes with a defenseive coordinator. I think he is smart, hard-working and going to be a great coach, but the word you bring up with experience might be hurting him in this conference because he's never had to face these types of offenses in his previous gigs.
Todd (Ft Worth)
So have your ideas changed on how good the Texas program can be in 2013 and 2014?
Sean Adams (12:37 PM)
As crazy as this sounds, no. Think about the offense and what they bring back on the line, at QB, at WR and at RB. The defense will lose Vacarro and Okafor and both of those are huge, but they will still be bringing back a large group of seasoned players. None of it matters if they don't figure out the details, fix the attitude and reshape their confidence. I like them on paper a lot. But I liked them this year, too. With that said, they are 5-2, and should be 6-2 after Saturday with pretty good goals in front of them.
Lance (Brady, TX)
You seem to be more high on Ash now, what happens when Swoopes gets on campus?
Sean Adams (12:41 PM)
Nothing. I believe right now that Ash will end up starting 3.5 years at Texas and have a pretty good career with all things considered. He's only going to get better. Swoopes has a long way to go as far as playing quarterback. He is not growing as much as he would like to right now, so he will have to get all of his growth once he hits campus.
Omar (Edinburg, TX)
Sean,With the high quality of offenses in the Big 12, how many teams do you think make it to bowl games from the conference, and where does Texas lie in that mix?
Sean Adams (12:48 PM)
With Texas it could go all the way from the Cotton Bowl to the toilet bowl. The Big 12 has a shot to have every team in the conference bowl eligible save for Kansas and maybe Iowa State. The Cyclones would have to close on a huge note to get qualified.
David (Sugar Land)
Hey Sean do you think this weekend will be a good time to get J. Gray and Daje a bunch of in game touches? Probably can sit Joe B down in the second half and let the young fellas do work, Hills could actually maybe get a carry(my guess is they will stick w the screen for him and everyone will know it's coming)
Sean Adams (12:52 PM)
Johanathan Gray and Daje Johnson should get the ball early and often in this game. Texas wants to run the ball anyway and the weather will not lend itself to the passing game. Joe Bergeron will be able to have a light load this weekend. Regardless of what people think about his role on the team Texas needs Bergeron healthy and able to wear down defenses.
Clara (Austin, TX)
I have been hearing shows talking about Nick Saban coming to Texas, is there anything to that and would you like that choice if Mack Brown were to retire?
Sean Adams (12:58 PM)
You would be hard pressed to find any coach in America that you can say is a better overall CFB coach in the last five years or maybe longer. I would assume that Saban would be at the top of most fans' lists for any school in the country. I'm saying all that to say that Saban would be an awesome choice to approach were Mack Brown to retire. Texas takes a back seat to nobody, so most coaches approached would at least listen. I just personally think that we are a long way off from that. Mack Brown has been successful and is very proud. He wants to get back to the mountain top. He thinks 2013 and 2014 are the years that he can do it. A coaching change, in my mind, is not even part of my thought process right now. You have to wait until the season plays out.
If the Longhorns only lose 1 more game the rest of the season, how will the season be looked at? I hate to keep going back to the OU game, but I still feel like we got the wind knocked out of us and made me a lot less confident that next year is supposed to be a national championship year. Thoughts?
Sean Adams (1:04 PM)
That's a fair way of looking at it. If they only lose one more, they finish the year 9-3. They win the Cotton or Holiday Bowl and finish 10-3. I mean, rageadless of how you feel about Oklahoma or West Virginia how could you be THAT mad? The progression would go from 5-7 to 8-5 to 10-3. They would still have a ton coming back and a shot at large-level success in 2013 and 2014. The Oklahoma blowout would have to be filed in the back of the mind with the rest of them as unexplainable and sad. You started that question with 'IF' and that is a big if!
Sean Adams (1:06 PM)
Great questions this week. See you good folks next week. Enjoy a great weekend of sports.