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  1. Same here especially seeing that this carried over into the first regular season game. Lattimore wasn't just beaten at times, he was beaten badly. He didn't look anywhere near the player we saw his rookie year. Crawley was just as bad. My fingers are crossed, hoping this isn't a situation where the coaches aren't overthinking by changing up the corners techniques after what they did last season worked so well.
  2. It had to do with Lattimore trying to refine his technique. Lattimore is now working to refine his talent. That means introducing new techniques that might feel awkward for a while. Lattimore wouldn’t share what some of those things are, referring to them as his “secret sauce.” But once he masters them, they will help him take his game to a new level. Until then, that means letting people see you chasing in a video from time to time, but that’s what training camp is all about. “You've got to work it, because if you never work it, and you just continue to use old habits — because if it feels good, but it’s going to get you beat sometimes, you’re not doing any good,” secondary coach Aaron Glenn said. “You might get beat on a couple plays, but you got to focus on what we are trying to work on. What is the goal here? Is the goal here to change it and make sure we’re dominant, doing the things we’re trying to do, or just revert back to your old techniques, and you’re not really sound in the things we’re trying to teach?” The question becomes why would you want to change something that was so successful in his rookie year? We're going to have to trust Aaron Glenn & Marshon Lattimore here. Trust that Glenn is trying to mold Lattimore's technique where it pays off for years to come. Trust that Lattimore has the ability & work ethic to master what he is being taught. If not, it's going to be a "sophomore slump" that may keep the team from reaching their offseason goals. Hopefully Lattimore can clean this up quickly.
  3. This is an awesome story!
  4. At there were some positives from this loss.
  5. I don't understand what is going on with FSU right now. It just looks like the players are just going through the motions because no one wants to be there.
  6. We missed having you around for the early games bro. Trubisky is not the answer for the Bears. I saw a QB who was afraid to throw into windows where receivers were open. Also, if a pass calls for touch for it to be completed, Trubisky will throw a bullet that ends up high or wide or he won't throw it all. I saw that several times tonight. I'm with you too that Rodgers is more hurt than he is admitting. He may not have torn an ACL but he very well could have damaged his MCL. His mobility & ability to push off that knee was severely limited. You have to give him credit for gutting that one out. I know the Bears lost but once Khalil Mack gets a chemistry with his teammates, that defense will be scary. That front 7 is as good as any in the NFL. So much speed & athleticism.
  7. I don't get throwing a player out there without one preseason snap with the team. Hey, I get it. There had to be some level of concern revolving around Scott's ability in pass pro but c'mon. You have to give him a chance. Gillislee had earned nothing prior to deserve any touches or to be active over Scott.
  8. Mike Thomas also set a Saints record with 180 receiving yards in a game. Brees was masterful yet Thomas had a huge mistake with his fumble.
  9. I called 40 + throws by Brees earlier this week because I felt Payton would put this game on the shoulders of Brees due to the running back situation but I never saw this defensive ineptitude coming. Fans will point at the personnel first & foremost but that was an awful game plan from a schematical standpoint. I will use the last Fitzpatrick scramble for a first down as an example. Why on earth would you use a stunt on that 3rd down when Fitzpatrick has hurt you all game long with his legs on 3rd down. When you stunt like that, you leave a void in your defense & that is exactly where Fitzpatrick ran to.
  10. Every season it seems like Cam is beat up & battling an array of injuries. You would think that the Carolina front office would have figured out that trying to win in the NFL on a week to week basis with an injured QB isn't the way to go about trying to accomplish those goals. Usually head coaches who come from defensive back grounds, love to be strong upfront on both sides of the ball. The current state of the Panthers & Seahawks just make you wonder though. Have Pete Carroll & Ron Rivera simply placed a low emphasis on offensive line play or are both franchises severely lacking when it comes to scouting & development of offensive linemen?
  11. Russell Wilson proved just how good & valuable of a QB he is last season. Without Wilson, the Seahawks would have been drafting behind the Browns. Wilson would be absolutely scary behind a good offensive line & better talent at WR. The Seahawks put way too much on the shoulders of Wilson. Wilson will use his athleticism to buy time while still looking to push the ball downfield. He only takes off running out of necessity & is very smart when it comes to protecting himself while running. When Cam feels pressure, his eyes immediately come off receivers while he starts looking for running lanes. Up until now, he was able to get away with it because of his size & speed. All those years of previous hits & collisions will soon take their toll. Wilson is also insanely accurate while on the move. Cam on the other hand is not. He knows that which is another reason he tucks & runs so much. This is why so many of feel it won't be pretty for Cam once his running ability begins to erode away.
  12. Yeah they just found out they have lost Pro Bowl safety Keanu Neal for the season due to a torn ACL.
  13. I got a call from my buddy Andrew Sunday night. When I saw his name pop up as the caller, I already knew what he was going to say. We've had several prior discussions regarding Nick Brossette. Andrew knows him fairly well being that his brother Adrian played with Nick at U-High. We both knew about the story of Nick losing his brother Mendel in 2015 & the effect it had on him. During our discussions we often wondered if Nick would ever bounce back mentally from the tragic loss of his brother. The LSU family had been there for Nick & his family the whole time. Leonard Fournette & Derrius Guice played the big brother role to Nick, pushing him & telling him to remain strong because he time would come where he would be the number one back at LSU especially after Nick tore his ACL later on 2015. The article below touches on Fournette's role a bit of being that big brother. The article touches on Brossette's fumble his freshman year against South Carolina but what it doesn't mention is then RB coach Frank Wilson ripping into Nick right before the cameras caught him in tears on the bench. Frank Wilson didn't tolerate fumbles & he let Nick know about it. At that time though, I'm not sure an ass chewing was the right way to reach the kid with everything he had been through. The article doesn't mention Guice though. Word has it that it was Guice who secretly convinced RB coach Tommie Robinson to start Brossette against Troy last year. When Nick fumbled his first carry that Troy ended up recovering, it knocked his already fragile confidence down another notch. There was another home game later on, (I can't remember the opponent but Guice was out because of injury) where Nick picked up a 1st down on a 3rd down carry to seal the game. When Nick went to the sideline, it was Guice who met up him first & had a joyous reaction from the play, congratulating Brossette on icing the game. That play has seemed to catapult Nick into the 2018 season. You could see he was running aggressively against Miami last Sunday. The cut he made off Garrett Brumfield's (his fellow U-High alum) block, sprung him into the open field on 50 yard TD run against the Canes. Right then & there, you could see that his confidence was back. It's been a long journey for him & every Tiger fan should be proud once they hear his story. Once grieving, now thriving: LSU's Nick Brossette runs in memory of late brother L to R: Rita Brossette, Nick Brossette and Mendel Ensault on Nick's Senior Day at University Lab (Photo courtesy of Nick Brossette) After his first touchdown, his teammates celebrated with him. After his second, LSU running back Nick Brossette went to the sideline and plopped himself on the metal bench at AT&T Stadium. He smiled. And he remembered. The Baton Rouge native remembered the early morning hours of April 19, 2015. That's when Brossette's world flipped upside-down. Rita Brossette screamed. She ran and banged on her son Nick's door. Something was wrong with Nick's big brother. Mendel Ensault's alarm was going off so he could wake up and go to his job at Dow Chemical in Plaquemine. But he hadn't turned it off and Rita thought that was odd. So, she went to check on her oldest son. She touched his shoulder, she knew something wasn't right. He was cold. She nudged his head and it dropped slowly off the pillow. Blood trickled out of his mouth. Rita called for her other two sons, Nick and younger brother Jaylen Ensault, to come to the room. They ran in as fast as they could. Jaylen lifted him by the arms and Nick held him by the legs. They laid him on the floor as their mother frantically spoke with 911. But nothing worked. "We tried everything," Nick said. "But he had already passed away." Mendel Esnault had a seizure during his sleep. After that, a heart attack killed him. It shook the family. Rita Brossette remembers the hours after as people started pouring into the family's home. Family, friends, police officers. Then-LSU coach Les Miles, whose son Manny played with Nick at University Lab, showed up. U-High coach Chad Mahaffey was there. "Every time I blinked, someone new was there," Rita said. Kathy Miles took Rita to a hotel where the family stayed for a while. Manny Miles spent time with Nick, who had already signed with LSU. The school received permission from the NCAA to start a fund to help the family with essential living expenses since Mendel was helping provide for the family since Rita had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare cancer she'd been dealing with since 2013. Nick had trouble processing what happened. He says he still feels as if his big brother is on a vacation. "I just feel like he's gone somewhere or out of town," Nick said. "Right now, I didn't know how to deal with it coming into LSU. Now I'm embracing it." LSU running backs Leonard Fournette (7) and Nick Brossette (4) during warm up before LSU took on the Mississippi Rebels in Baton Rouge on Saturday, October 22, 2016. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune) Rita remembers when Nick didn't know how to deal with the death -- or her cancer diagnosis. She said while Mendel and Jaylen and her daughter Jessica would be active with her during her treatment, Nick wouldn't ask questions. She said it got to the point he wouldn't even ask her how she was doing. But he wasn't being a bad son. Not at all. "I asked him one day why and he said 'You've always been okay. And I know you're going to be okay. So I don't need to ask,'" Rita recalled. So for her, she knew what was wrong when she saw her son breaking down on the sidelines after fumbling away a ball during his freshman year against South Carolina. Many thought he was upset because of the fumble -- which LSU recovered. But she knew different. Rita said everything hit him in that moment. That's why Leonard Fournette walked over and consoled him. He knew everything Nick had been through. "I was just wishing they got the cameras out his face," Rita said. After that game, Rita said she remembers not being able to find Nick. That night, she went to the cemetery to Mendel's grave. That's when Nick called her. He asked where she was and she told him. His answer? He had just left the same spot. Slowly but surely, Nick began to accept what happened in his life. "He was my father figure," Nick said of Mendel who was 10 years his senior. "He was everything. Any decision I had, he was there to support it. I went to him for advice and everything." Brossette remembers his brother every way he can. His header photo on his Twitter profile is of him and his brother. And if he ever forgets, he can just look down on his left forearm. He got Mendel's name tattooed on his wrist soon after he passed away. That summer, he added a rose. By Christmas time, Mendel's face was there. LSU running back Nick Brossette (4) fumbles the ball during first half action against the Troy Trojans in Baton Rouge on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune) It was his way of remembering his brother but it also allowed him to focus on the field and playing running back for LSU. "That's his dream," Jaylen said. "He talked about playing for LSU before he even went to U-High and we were kids and we'd play in the yard. We'd watch LSU games on TV and he'd say 'Mom, I'm gonna play for them, watch!'" Oddly enough, the one game Rita wasn't able to watch in person is when Nick's freshman season ended prematurely. It was going to be a cold November game in Oxford, Mississippi, as the Tigers traveled to take on Ole Miss. Nick didn't want his mother, still in treatment at the time, to sit in the elements for hours on end so he never ordered her tickets for the game. Instead, Rita stayed at home. And Nick just happened to tear his ACL. He got surgery and was a full-go for the 2016 season as he played in all 12 games but had to bide his time behind Fournette and Derrius Guice. In 2017, Nick again had to wait his turn behind Guice and Darrel Williams. But after the BYU game, he went to LSU coach Ed Orgeron and for the first time, thought about transferring. "I talked to him," Nick said. "He said he wasn't going to let me leave. He told me I had stuff to prove. I just couldn't do it." Later that month, Nick hit his low as an LSU running back. On the first play of LSU's loss to Troy, Brossette was tackled after getting a handoff and ended up fumbling the ball away. Troy recovered. After the game, Orgeron said he wasn't sure what happened on the play but said "our third-string running back" got the ball. Guice was sitting out the game with an injury and Williams was set to be the starter. Nick said the vision Orgeron had for him was a little harder to see after the game against Troy, but slowly it stared to come into focus. University Lab running back Nick Brossette hoists the state championship trophy on Friday, December 5, 2014. (Michael DeMocker, | The Times-Picayune) Fast forward to the offseason and Nick started to become his old self again. He was heading into his senior season at LSU and needed to get back to the "Old Nick." See, the "Old Nick" was the most prolific running back in Louisiana history. He rushed for 1,000 yards in five seasons -- even as an eighth grader -- and finished his career with 9,214 yards in his time with U-High. His touchdown mark is the state record with 163 - and if you take away the 22 he had as an eighth grader, he'd still own the state mark. The "Old Nick" was a four-star prospect coming out of high school and an All-American selection. When he was warming up on Sunday against Miami, Rita saw something she hadn't seen in years. The "Old Nick" was back. "I saw it in his eyes," she said. LSU and Miami were knotted up at 3 late in the first quarter. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow noticed the safety coming down for a blitz and called an audible for a run to the left side. Brossette hit the hole and dashed for the end zone -- and his first touchdown in an LSU uniform. Rita and the seven other family members in attendance at the game, including Nick's godfather and godbrother in from San Diego, went crazy. Rita said Jessica is usually the emotional one in the family but this time, it was Rita who had tears streaming down her face. "I looked at Jessica and say I know Mendel is jumping up and down in heaven," Rita said. "I know he's tearing it up." University Lab offensive tackle Garrett Brumfield (77) paves the way for running back Nick Brossette on Saturday, November 30, 2013. (Photo by Peter G. Forest) Then Rita realized who opened up the hole for Nick's touchdown -- left guard Garrett "Bruiser" Brumfield. The two current Tigers were teammates at U-High and like Nick, Brumfield had to wait his turn to start at LSU. He redshirted his first season and played sparingly in the following two seasons before finally becoming a starter in his fourth season. "Seeing him having to sit and wait, that's hard for anybody," Brumfield said. "But that's the definition of grit. He wouldn't quit. He had an undying pursuit of what he wanted to do and I'm just so happy for him." Brumfield also said he noticed the "Old Nick" on the field. "He's got his light back," Brumfield added. "He's definitely had his ups and downs. Now, I think it's the height of his up and I want him to keep climbing and shining and feeding off that energy that he has now." Miles, the LSU coach when Brossette arrived, remembers Nick as a "pudgy eighth grader" sleeping at the Miles family home and saw first-hand how he transformed in a college prospect. And ever since his U-High days, Miles says he always had confidence in what Nick could do on the football field. "I watched that game against Miami and that's what Nick Brossette is," Miles said. "That kind of back. I was thinking about his older brother in heaven watching that man run. I was just so happy for him, I can't even tell you." LSU running back Nick Brossette (4) runs for a 50-yard touchdown during the 2018 Advocare Classic between the Miami Hurricanes and LSU Tigers at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, September 2, 2018. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, | The Times-Picayune) In the second quarter, Brossette rushed for another touchdown from two yards out. He finished with 22 carries for 125 yards. The 22 carries were more than he'd had in any of his first three seasons. It was only after the second touchdown when he sat on the bench that he started thinking about it. He remembers seeing his mom in the stands and that's when it hit him. "Just looking at her, I was just like, 'Wow,'" Nick said. "I actually felt like myself." He said he just knew Mendel was in heaven, smiling down on him and dancing. He was finally able to relax and embrace his role as LSU's starting tailback -- which Orgeron called him on Tuesday. "This what I been waiting for," Nick said. "I got my opportunity. Now I'm ready to take full advantage. I just want to show out. "This is a dream come true."