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    I just want to get this post out of the way now

    as to save some headaches this fall.

    The 2012 Iowa defense is going to approach 2000 levels. This group is in a rebuilding mode, not reloading. The attrition they have had up front is coming home to roost this year and it's going to be painful. That bill was going to come due, and this is the year of the payment.

    Iowa may have to be more aggressive on offense than Kirk typically likes to have a chance to win games this year, because the defense is not going to do it. I think after the 2012 season ends, we'll look back fondly at the 2011 numbers, which are the 'worst' of the KF era outside of 1999 and 2000.

    That said, I see a brighter 2013, where the DL starts to resemble its old self. Hopefully one of the young safeties can channel his inner Bob Sanders in run support next year, as Iowa is really, really going to need it.

    So, no calls for Phil Parker's head. You can see this train coming down the track in March. Heck, you could hear the whistle blowing back in January.

    In 2000, Iowa's defense allowed:

    440 yards per game. It will not be that bad. Was 378 in 2011
    27.50 points per game...I think it could be like that. It was 23.85 in 2011
    194 rushing yards per game...I could see 175+ in 2012. It was 156 in 2011
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    Re: I just want to get this post out of the way now

    Don't destroy my irrational optimism with facts please. Leave me to my fantasies.

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    I'm a little more optimistic, I'm excited to see what some of the young guys can do(nico, coop). If this does happen though, I'm sure the fan base will place the blame squarely on Phil Parker. I hope we don't turn him into the new okeefe and actually look at the situation.

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    unfortunately... I agree. I am hoping for a similar development schedule as the 2005 dline that was awful early and turned it on late. I think the difference is that those guys had hodge and greenway behind them.

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    I think Iowa's schedule is very favorable, and 5 wins is the low...but I can't find 8...and leaning more to 6 than 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhitUp View Post
    I'm a little more optimistic, I'm excited to see what some of the young guys can do(nico, coop). If this does happen though, I'm sure the fan base will place the blame squarely on Phil Parker. I hope we don't turn him into the new okeefe and actually look at the situation.
    Which is one of the reasons I am posting this now, and unfortunately will likely have to bump it up in October.

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    And so the excuses begin.

    Isn't it up to the coaching staff to go out and secure the talent to prevent this from happening? Were they just sleeping the last few years? Do you realize that the highest rated defensive player in the past 3 years was Anthony Ferguson at 3*?

    Bernstine, Ballard, Morrow, Daniel, Sash, Binns were all part of the last legit defensive recruiting class and that was in 2007.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye12345 View Post
    And so the excuses begin.

    Isn't it up to the coaching staff to go out and secure the talent to prevent this from happening? Were they just sleeping the last few years? Do you realize that the highest rated defensive player in the past 3 years was Anthony Ferguson at 3*?

    Bernstine, Ballard, Morrow, Daniel, Sash, Binns were all part of the last legit defensive recruiting class and that was in 2007.
    Iowa has had an attrition problem. That's an issue that I hope has been rectified with some staff changes, one who became the DL coach in...2007. If it continues then that is a bigger problem.

    As for the highest rate D player the last three years being Anthony Ferguson, I am pretty sure Cooper was a 4*...as were Johnson and Ekakitie

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    Nico was a 4 too

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye12345 View Post
    And so the excuses begin.
    Thank you. Hawk fans have wanted O'Keefe gone for years and they are building a litany of excuses to prepare for the inevitable - namely O'Keefe leaves and the team gets worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by okeefe4prez View Post
    Thank you. Hawk fans have wanted O'Keefe gone for years and they are building a litany of excuses to prepare for the inevitable - namely O'Keefe leaves and the team gets worse.
    Dude I never have any idea if your serious or not, it gets old to try to decipher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonDMiller View Post
    As for the highest rate D player the last three years being Anthony Ferguson, I am pretty sure Cooper was a 4*...as were Johnson and Ekakitie
    Might want to make sure those guys play a down before we get too far ahead of ourselves. I believe Kyle "Bonecrusher" Williams was perhaps the highest rated defensive player Kurt ever landed but he didn't even make it a week before getting run out. And now I believe he is a guest of either the State of Indiana or Illinois (can't remember where he actually went to trial).
    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the University of Iowa, and to the tradition for which it stands, one program, under God, indivisible, with winning and competitiveness sometimes.

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    Re: I just want to get this post out of the way now

    I didn't see any excuses in this post. I saw a pretty simple statement of fact: Iowa's D is going to struggle, so temper your expectations now. Seems hard to argue with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonDMiller View Post
    I think Iowa's schedule is very favorable, and 5 wins is the low...but I can't find 8...and leaning more to 6 than 7.
    This is so depressing with the schedule we face. To be expecting 5-7 wins...just disgusting. I certainly hope some of the young guys emerge next fall and we find a way to win 8+.

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    Re: I just want to get this post out of the way now

    Quote Originally Posted by okeefe4prez View Post
    Thank you. Hawk fans have wanted O'Keefe gone for years and they are building a litany of excuses to prepare for the inevitable - namely O'Keefe leaves and the team gets worse.
    .

    I'm not sure anyone knows what the inevitable is. Also not sure if Iowa should decline we could place this on the departure of KoK. Notwithstanding that you and I disagree on this, it isn't a fair assumption right now.

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