The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: November 7th

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original-double-t I hit submit yesterday morning around 6 in the morning and my pug had her nightmare that ended up waking up both of he boys and we start getting ready for church, while my wife wakes up and is feeling terrible. So I end up taking the kiddos to church while the wife stays at home. We get home and the wife is still sleeping and not feeling much better (it was a stomach bug) but we’re bringing my father-in-law dinner as he just had surgery on his shoulder, he tripped over a bag and tore his rotator cuff as well as the muscles that connect the arm to the shoulder. It was a bad deal.

So, I get home from church and immediately start cooking dinner, thank you step-by-step instructions from Pioneer Woman. I get done around noon, take a break for lunch and then start working on The Primer as well as The Big 12 Report for the week because I may not have time to write when I get home later this evening (I didn’t). I also got some work done that I had brought home with me that took about an hour.

The point of all of this is that I haven’t had time to read the comments from yesterday’s Ten Things and I look forward to sitting down and doing that tonight. The other point is that the grind never stops, at least not for three more games. I feel better than I did yesterday, but Kingsbury and this team need to make a move. I feel pretty certain about that.

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original-double-t Connor Dyer has retired as a result of too many injuries. This is the second lineman to retire this year, the other being Cody Wheeler. Be your best Connor.

original-double-tLAJ’s Don Williams writes about how he thinks Patrick Mahomes should come back for his senior season:

There’s much to work on fundamentally, even beyond the usual Air Raid quarterback knock of not having operated under center and not having perfected three- , five- and seven-stop drops.

Even Mahomes acknowledged it Saturday, maybe more so than usual.

“I think it’s more my footwork being off, especially near the end of the game,” Mahomes said when asked to explain his struggles. “I talked with coach Kingsbury about it right before the game, trying to be consistent. I feel like near the end of the game, my footwork gets sloppy, whereas at the beginning I’m a little bit more on point, and I think that’s related to the accuracy.”

original-double-tLAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes that under Kingsbury, this team hasn’t had enough moxie to rally to win games:

Since Kliff Kingsbury took over four years ago, the Red Raider are 1-21 when trailing at the half.

The Red Raiders have no moxie.

They can’t rally.

They can’t pull off a miraculous comeback.

Heck, they can’t even come back from a one-point deficit against an a decidedly average Texas team (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) that had not won on the road all season.

“That’s something that’s got to be learned,” Kingsbury said. “You’ve got to get over the hump and win, and you’ve got to have that success, and you can look back on that when you get in those situations, but we haven’t had a lot of success thus far.”

Four years.

original-double-tLAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes about how the Texas Tech defense is better, but that doesn’t even mean that it’s average:

The Red Raiders came in ranked 126th out of 128 FBS teams in total defense. It didn’t improve its ranking Saturday.

But, at least it wasn’t the 854 the Red Raiders (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) surrendered to Oklahoma.

But, good? No, this defense still isn’t even below average.

It just isn’t awful.

Sadly, after the last two seasons, even that is a step in the right direction.


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