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Time for some hard truths…
I know many of you don’t respect my opinion, but fellow Rocket fans, it’s time to speak the truth:

1) Our O line is just bad. Physically & mentally weak. You can’t even put lipstick on that pig.

2) Candle’s not head coaching material. The experiment, which was a lazy, misguided mistake by O’Brien to begin with, is over for all intents & purposes. Look at his record since the MAC championship—both overall & in MAC games.

3) No matter how much the D improved—and it did—NIU showed the perfect gameplay to beat Toledo (besides relying on the Rockets to beat themselves). Keep possession & pile up field goals. NIU had the ball for 40 minutes of the game today. 40. No D can keep up with that.

4) Bradley might be a decent QB somewhere else, but not in this offense with this O line. Time to let Finn be the guy full-time; let him practice more with the passing game so that maybe, in time, that improves.

5) Halfway point in the season…3-3…looking at the remaining schedule, I’m not confident I see 3 more wins the way we play.

6) Back to Candle: is he still calling the plays? Because most games now, win or lose, I find myself asking “I wonder what our game plan for today even was?”. This far into the season, why do we still have guys on offense who look lost on plays?

7) After that fake spike loss to WMU last season, you’d think the staff would have the players ready to focus on every play until the whistle…and then NIU converted on that 4th down trick play—half of our D had gotten out of their stance or started to clap their hands like they had done something great…when do we learn?
(This post was last modified: 10-09-2021 03:07 PM by bcunn3128.)
10-09-2021 03:06 PM
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RE: Time for some hard truths…
Candle is a joke. People have given me crap for constantly criticizing him, but he's a crappy head coach.
10-09-2021 03:17 PM
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7 for 7. Nailed it.
10-09-2021 03:19 PM
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RE: Time for some hard truths…
Candle is not a million dollar coach... Talking with some of the NIU parents of players they could not believe the $$$ discrepancy with what our HC gets, and what they pay T. Hammock...01-wingedeagle
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RE: Time for some hard truths…
(10-09-2021 03:25 PM)FMRocket Wrote:  Candle is not a million dollar coach... Talking with some of the NIU parents of players they could not believe the $$$ discrepancy with what our HC gets, and what they pay T. Hammock...01-wingedeagle

1. O'Brien was a fool to give Candle a long contract extension.
2. We should never pay a new coach more than $500K to start. There are plenty who would take that cash. Paying $1 million doesn't keep a coach from going to a P5 school, so what's the point?
3. Fire the OL coach today. Find some Rocket alum who played at a high level and bring him in for the rest of the year. Candle was forced to get better D coaches, he won't do anything unless O'Brien grows a pair.
4. The #1 thing the new AD has to do is raise money to buy Candle out.
5. Tell Candle he can't call the offensive plays anymore. Duh
10-09-2021 03:57 PM
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RE: Time for some hard truths…
3rd year straight, OL is still bad.

If it isn't the OL it's the QB's. If it isn't the QB's it's the WR's. 03-banghead

QB's. I really didn't think Finn threw the ball any better than Bradley. He is a year younger, though, I believe.

I give them credit for improving the defense, but the offense just keeps getting worse.
10-09-2021 04:21 PM
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RE: Time for some hard truths…
(10-09-2021 03:57 PM)DetroitRocket Wrote:  
(10-09-2021 03:25 PM)FMRocket Wrote:  Candle is not a million dollar coach... Talking with some of the NIU parents of players they could not believe the $$$ discrepancy with what our HC gets, and what they pay T. Hammock...01-wingedeagle

1. O'Brien was a fool to give Candle a long contract extension.
2. We should never pay a new coach more than $500K to start. There are plenty who would take that cash. Paying $1 million doesn't keep a coach from going to a P5 school, so what's the point?
3. Fire the OL coach today. Find some Rocket alum who played at a high level and bring him in for the rest of the year. Candle was forced to get better D coaches, he won't do anything unless O'Brien grows a pair.
4. The #1 thing the new AD has to do is raise money to buy Candle out.
5. Tell Candle he can't call the offensive plays anymore. Duh

Is the million an issue if there are at-risk clauses? MACC-Bowl Win, million. MACC 800,000, .. and something similar for this staff with a solid MAC level base. When it was first announced, I jumped on it and was poo-pooed by pretty much everyone. My contention, a "million" has a perception attached that even 900K does not. The contract was a mistake from the get-go for many reasons. As another has mentioned (sorry I forget who) a million is NOT going to stop a P5 from taking away any coach.

Candle is not at risk of being taken for an HC position. Kehres if he is committed to Candle probably is at risk of being hired away into a hire paying DC. Similar to Freeman from Cinci - ND. If Kehres first priority is his own path, even if Candle does get hired away, Kehres might do better going on the market.

And the easiest way to "get rid" of an employee is to find somewhere they wouldn't mind landing and land them there.
(This post was last modified: 10-09-2021 05:28 PM by eastisbest.)
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