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Santa v. Graham
It seemed appropriate for this to have its own thread.

Santa made some bad decisions today, as did Graham against BC. Anyone that says both did not make some bad decisions simply is not giving an honest evaluation.

Graham’s 41% completion rate against BC was the result of horrible accuracy; throwing at receiver’s feet, over them, to the sides, etc. It had nothing to do with the quality of the defense. While it is possible that Santa’s percentage rate against EIU today was helped by the quality of the defense, he was accurate all day. Not once did I say who was he throwing to or that was a horrible pass like I did way too often with Graham.

I will go with the big play potential of Santa, and I liked the offensive flow today versus Graham during the BC game; Graham killed drives with his accuracy. As Santa gets experience he should make better decisions; I don’t see how Graham will get more accurate – what you see is what you get with Graham. Who gives us the better chance to move the ball, score and win games; IMO it is Santa, and I don't even see it as that close!
09-09-2017 07:28 PM
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RE: Santa v. Graham
(09-09-2017 07:28 PM)NILAW Wrote:  It seemed appropriate for this to have its own thread.

Santa made some bad decisions today, as did Graham against BC. Anyone that says both did not make some bad decisions simply is not giving an honest evaluation.

Graham’s 41% completion rate against BC was the result of horrible accuracy; throwing at receiver’s feet, over them, to the sides, etc. It had nothing to do with the quality of the defense. While it is possible that Santa’s percentage rate against EIU today was helped by the quality of the defense, he was accurate all day. Not once did I say who was he throwing to or that was a horrible pass like I did way too often with Graham.

I will go with the big play potential of Santa, and I liked the offensive flow today versus Graham during the BC game; Graham killed drives with his accuracy. As Santa gets experience he should make better decisions; I don’t see how Graham will get more accurate – what you see is what you get with Graham. Who gives us the better chance to move the ball, score and win games; IMO it is Santa, and I don't even see it as that close!

Santa has to get better with those bubble screens in both accuracy and quickness of release Other than that I agree, have to go with Santa
09-09-2017 07:35 PM
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RE: Santa v. Graham
Santa threw at least one ball at a WRs feet (could have been more), threw a few inaccurate screens and on pass threw a pass where I had literally no idea who it was going to (I think there was miscommunication).

If you're going to try to analyze something don't let your bias get in the way of facts.

Santa was better today than Graham was last week, but don't sit here and say santa didn't throw anything inaccurate because that's not true.
09-09-2017 07:42 PM
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RE: Santa v. Graham
Santa threw 1 pick and so did graham and both had another that should have been picked. I saw one pass well short of the wr by santa today. He hit the longer passes perfectly though
09-09-2017 08:09 PM
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RE: Santa v. Graham
I'm liking Santa right now. I think he has a much bigger upside than Ryan Graham. Our hope should be that with more experience he will limit the number of bad decisions. I just like his swagger much more than Graham and the offense just seems to flow better with Santa running the controls.

Call it as you want but I liked watching Childers in his limited action today too. Potential.
09-09-2017 08:14 PM
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RE: Santa v. Graham
(09-09-2017 07:42 PM)7 Wrote:  Santa threw at least one ball at a WRs feet (could have been more), threw a few inaccurate screens and on pass threw a pass where I had literally no idea who it was going to (I think there was miscommunication).

If you're going to try to analyze something don't let your bias get in the way of facts.

Santa was better today than Graham was last week, but don't sit here and say santa didn't throw anything inaccurate because that's not true.

Its more about the passes he made. A couple of big time throws. To Tears and Brown. Graham rarely makes those. Santa seems to have a knack for it, though limited evidence. An analogy would be Graham is Bouagnon and Santa is Huff. It's about the upside. The playmaking, game changing ability.
09-09-2017 08:15 PM
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Santa>Graham. If Santa started against BC I think we win that game.
09-09-2017 08:45 PM
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RE: Santa v. Graham
Graham's weakness is accuracy, Santa's is decision making. Santa did a great job today minus a couple of throws. He seems to have a knack for making plays as others have said. Nebraska next week will be an excellent test for him, we can see how far he's come.

BC was a bad loss. They're going to win like 3 games this year. I was thinking yesterday about how we thought Maddie was going to get a sixth year. With Maddie we beat BC by three touchdowns.
09-09-2017 09:02 PM
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RE: Santa v. Graham
I don't think they beat BC by 3 TDs...but I've told numerous people that they would've​ won by 10+ with even a slightly above average college QB
09-09-2017 09:07 PM
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RE: Santa v. Graham
The one roll out Santa made and then hit I think it was Dj brown was a thing of beauty. Yes this is one game but upside all day is with Santa. I said this earlier in a thread, but the first TD Graham wouldn't have been able to make in 5 tries. Offense reminded me of when we actually had some real good flow today where as Graham was no where close. It's night and day with arm strength. Don't think it takes a genius to see Graham is a great practice player but when you put the opposing team out there he's a different player.
09-09-2017 09:08 PM
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