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Michigan State's weakest link

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07:35 AM ET 10.25 | To run, or not to run -- that is the question for Michigan State's Connor Cook. Both [Mark Dantonio] and QB coach Brad Salem have indicated Cook simply doesn't know how good he can be running the football. But they keep playing him, which sends the message that it's OK if Cook doesn't take their coaching, muster the courage, and find the hunger to run with the football. The truth is, it's not OK, and there's a team of Michigan State defenders and a group of 18 seniors that would agree. ... That's a lot of pressure for a redshirt sophomore, but Dantonio has turned Michigan State into a contender, and such expectations come with the territory at quarterback. ... Cook's reluctance -- or inability to accept what the coaches tell him, as far as running with the football -- is holding back the entire football team.

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October 25, 2013  08:01 AM ET

This is easy:
Michigan State's weakest link: >>>>>>>>>>>>>Michigan

October 25, 2013  08:23 AM ET

This is a poor analysis of the Spartans' offensive problems. Cook's biggest problem is inconsistent accuracy on pass plays. Fix that, and plenty of openings for running the ball, either by the tailback or the qb will be available. Personnally, I prefer to not run the qb, but I'm kind of old school that way.

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October 25, 2013  08:25 AM ET

For Pete's sake...how tough can it be for a Sparty RB? See hole, hit hole, run north-south, run to daylight, ball security, finish off run when tackled. Simple.

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October 25, 2013  08:30 AM ET
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... Personally, I prefer to not run the qb, but I'm kind of old school that way.

Mornin', DS! I got Cook mixed up as a RB instead of QB. That said, today's CFB game does put a premium on the QB being mobile enough to be the X-factor in the backfield. Being a simple drop-back pocket passer is definitely old-school.

October 25, 2013  08:31 AM ET
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Bucks weakest link:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Michi gan

Oooooh that was below the belt Colonel. Right in the nads.

October 25, 2013  08:32 AM ET
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Bucks weakest link:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Michi gan

Awful feisty this early in the day, Sir.

<Salutes>

October 25, 2013  08:33 AM ET
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Mornin', DS! I got Cook mixed up as a RB instead of QB. That said, today's CFB game does put a premium on the QB being mobile enough to be the X-factor in the backfield. Being a simple drop-back pocket passer is definitely old-school.

Works for Satan.

October 25, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Let me come back on topic here for DS and the other Spartan fans. I think you are the second best team in B1G. I also think you will win out and play the Bucks in Indy. Your D is formidable and as the yr has worn on the O has found ways to win.

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October 25, 2013  08:39 AM ET
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Personnally, I prefer to not run the qb, but I'm kind of old that way.

FIFY Sparts.

October 25, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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Morning Harley n BB9, Sirs! <salute>

Morning Colonel. Hey you know there is a bball thread on here that could use some "decorating". I seem to recall that you were a pretty good interior designer back in the day. Eh?

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October 25, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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This is a poor analysis of the Spartans' offensive problems. Cook's biggest problem is inconsistent accuracy on pass plays. Fix that, and plenty of openings for running the ball, either by the tailback or the qb will be available.

Um, the source is the Detroit Free Press.

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October 25, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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They better have a football team this year, won't have much of a BB team this year after we get through with em.

Kentucky b'ball team will go 38-2 this year. First loss on Nov. 12th in Chicago, when we whip 'em, and the second loss when we knock 'em out of the NCAA tourney.

 
October 25, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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Mornin', DS! I got Cook mixed up as a RB instead of QB. That said, today's CFB game does put a premium on the QB being mobile enough to be the X-factor in the backfield. Being a simple drop-back pocket passer is definitely old-school.

I'd much prefer that as long as Dantonio wants to play pound and ground, that MSU develop enough running plays for the fullback to help keep the defense honest. Woody once told Bo that the reason he had so many different running plays where the fullback might get the ball was that it drove defensive cooridnators crazy. In his words, "they're always thinking, I can't stop the fullback".

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