Posts Tagged ‘Phil Bennett’

TCU OPPONENT PREVIEW: Baylor Bears

Posted by    |    August 29th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

At long last– football season is upon us.  In mere days the Frogs travel to Waco to face the Bears in the last of a four-game series that begin in 2006.  Baylor is 0-3 so far in the series; below the jump is a position-by-position analysis of the 2011 Bears, including the Purple Wimple prediction for the game.

BAYLOR SET 55 OFFENSIVE school records last year, among them total offense (6,179 yards), passing yards (3,649), yards-per-rush (a very respectable 5.4) and total points (405).  Much of the machinery for that record-setting offense returns, giving it more than a leg up on the defense, which is not only learning new schemes, but replacing six of its top seven tacklers. (more…)

TCU 2011 Outlook– Schedule

Posted by    |    June 7th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Seventh time’s a charm; TCU tours the Mountain West one last time in 2011.

The Frogs open 2011 with a pair of very similar road games.  Both come against familiar foes—Baylor has played TCU three times since 2006, including last year’s “game” in Fort Worth.  Air Force has been a conference opponent for seven years running.  Both opponents feature senior quarterbacks, experienced skill players, and aggressive defenses, and both teams need to recover some dignity after suffering thorough beatdowns in Fort Worth last season.  TCU cannot afford a loss at either opponent if it wishes to play in a meaningful bowl, and needs to settle a lot of first-time starting jitters—without the benefit of a cupcake opponent at home.

The Frogs’ success in Waco and in Colorado Springs, perhaps more than its other opponents in the first half of the season, will hinge on how successfully Casey Pachall can leverage success on the ground into success in the air.  This was the formula by which Andy Dalton led TCU to the fore of the Mountain West, and will be the key to Pachall continuing the Frogs’ dominance in that conference for a final year.  So the question on this first pair of road games is going to be, after the threshold questions of basic competence about which Frogs fans have every reason to be confident, how well will the offensive line keep Baylor’s and Air Force’s pass-rush out of the pocket, and how well will the line blow open holes for TCU’s parade of talented tailbacks? (more…)

Baylor 2011 Outlook

Posted by    |    May 16th, 2011 at 10:46 am

All eyes will be on the defense, whose new mastermind is Phil Bennett, ex-SMU head coach, via a successful stint running Pitt’s defense.  Wacoans are on the bandwagon.  “Phil knows how he wants to coach and how to get it done,” head coach Art Briles said,

Phil Bennett takes the reins of the miserable Baylor defense.

not intending to up the pressure on his newest best friend in any way, surely.  Bennett inherits a defense that was, simply put, bad.  From 2009 to 2010, it got even worse in four of the seven defense statistical categories measured by the NCAA—pass defense, pass efficiency defense, scoring defense, and total defense.  In other words, your humble Wimple could have passed successfully against the Bears.  The improved categories?  In only one did the Bears improve to top 80th nationally— Baylor had the 79th best rush defense.  The weight of this legacy is not lost in Waco.  Bennett said, “I asked one of the kids if he had played on a great defense while he’s been at Baylor, and he said, ‘No.’” (more…)