Only one way to go


And that’s up.

At 5 p.m., Mississippi State returns to the practice fields for its second practice, one Sylvester Croom hopes is better than the first. Why so late? Summer school exams are scheduled for today and tomorrow.

The Bulldogs will practice again at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, then arise early Wednesday for a 7 a.m. workout.

As I mentioned last night following practice, Croom wasn’t very pleased with Sunday’s opening practice, particularly the offense.

“I didn’t see anything today that was impressive at all,” he said. “ “We’ve got a lot of guys who’ve played in SEC games that didn’t act like it today.”

As for the offense, he added, “The offense didn’t pick up some things that are elementary. Blitz pick-up was terrible.”


17 Responses to “Only one way to go”

  1. msudogsrule Says:

    I bet that if you go and look through the archives of the last five years, he pretty much says the same thing for every first practice.

  2. db33 Says:

    That’s true, and prophetic. How has our offense performed in each of those years??

    My hope is that IF our offense stinks it up AGAIN, I hope it doesn’t because I’m SICK of embarrassingly bad, boring, unimaginative, stone age, offense, but IF it does it again, that Croom will have the guts to do what needs to be done. And, that’s overhaul the entire thing with a new modern scheme. And, if he doesn’t have the guts?

    Then, we’ll see if Greg Byrne does.

  3. jcdawgman18 Says:

    We’ll be fine. Anyone who has ever played football knows that you have to keep an even keel, not ride the roller coaster. No matter how hard you try, you will have bad practices sometimes. It is unavoidable. We’ll get it right in the next couple of days, and things will get back to normal.
    Nobody needs to get their undies in a wad over the first day of practice.

  4. rwriffe Says:

    Nobody but the Head Coach that is:)

  5. jcdawgman18 Says:

    I bet he’s got it under control 8)

  6. carwwest Says:

    i dont take too much away from the very first practice….the o-line has changed a lot so it is going to take a few practices for them to gel and get in cink with each other…..i do agree however with db is that if we struggle again, croom will have no choice but to get rid of his buddy…..lets face it, defense wins championships but you cant win if you dont score at all…..croom is actually doing a really great job right now recruiting but if the playcalling doesnt change then the offense wont either….i dont care if tom brady and randy moss are out there, the playcalling is the key, especially when the teams are so evenly matched in the sec….but another thing i would like to hear about is the d-line….who if anybody is looking good, bad, or indifferent??

  7. Gregg Ellis Says:

    I don’t necessarily buy into the notion defense wins championships. The best teams usually win championships. Sometimes, it is the defense. At others, it’s the offense.

    Just my take.

  8. farley662 Says:

    I’ve got a feeling we are in for a rough year. I don’t know why, I just do. I’m hoping that Croom is the coach the media has anointed him to be not they guy we’ve seen the last 4 years.

  9. chrisfromcorinth Says:

    CC has said the same thing every year. I’m not going to be too concerned about the first practice. And get ready folks he’ll probably say a lot of the same thing about once or twice a week.

  10. theconquistador2 Says:

    Here is College Football News’ preview of State for those of you who haven’t seen it.

  11. db33 Says:

    Defense wins championships is yesterday’s football. Today you better bring it with offensive innovation. In fact, if you field a powerful wide open offense you can even get by with an average defense. But, field a strong defense with a bad offense and you better hope for some punt returns for six, Int’s/fumbles for six, you know, what we got last year.

    Obviously you hope to be great on both sides of the ball. But, if you are going to pick a side, in today’s football it needs to be OFFENSE.

  12. topdog58 Says:

    db and GG are absolutely correct.

    It is hard to have a top ranked defense every year. Too many variables have to fall into place. But, it is not that hard to have a decent offense that can score 24-30 points per game and put up 350-400 yards (unless you are MSU).

    I dont think any reasonable MSU fans are asking for an offense that throws up 60 points per game, but wouldn’t it be nice to not have to sweat victories against lesser opponents like Gardner Webb and UAB rather than to REQUIRE a defensive TD to provide a comfortable margin of victory?

  13. db33 Says:


    Here’s a “Did you know” for you:

    Did you know that 55 of the 119 division 1-a teams put an offense on the field that gained over FOUR HUNDRED YARDS per game? For those of you ‘cipherin at home, that’s 46.2% of college football. And, that’s not over 300 yds/gm folks, that’s over 400 yds/gm.

    Meanwhile, only 7 teams in the country, or 5.8%, gained less than 300 yds/gm.

    Guess which group the Bulldogs landed in?

    You are right, as 55 teams showed us, it’s not that hard to have a good offense. All it takes is the right SCHEME and some CREATIVE offensive play calling.

  14. topdog58 Says:


    Be careful with those facts, you may offend those that believe that Croom’s offense is doing alright.

    Remember, as many MSU faithful have preached to us, a good productive offense = a gimmick offense.

  15. Braves Dawg Says:

    We talkin’ ’bout practice?

  16. bigdraws Says:

    That’s right db. Remeber we are all “sheep” and have absolutely no idea what we are talking about. Even if we are saying the same thing top dog is.

  17. topdog58 Says:


    No, the flock are the ones that act like asking our offense to produce 300+ yards per game is like landing on the moon. I think many MSU fans are reasonable, but we have a very vocal minority of “old school” fans that cringe whenever fans want results. Like I’ve said many a time, asking a former NFL COACH to produce a decent NCAA offense is not asking too much, but with the reactions and excuses some of the MSU flock give, you would think it to be an impossible task.

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