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2019 Season Review

Discussion in 'West Virginia Mountaineers' started by Mac_Bridger, Dec 4, 2019 at 8:46 PM.

  1. Mac_Bridger

    Mac_Bridger Well-Known Member

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    Now that 2019 is over, and Neal Brown has a season under his belt, what are your thoughts? Did this season meet your expectations? What are our strengths and weaknesses headed into next year?

    For me, I wasn't sure what to expect. With Dana, and everyone returning, this was a 6 win team at best. Dana left, as did many players who would have filled starting roles. Expectations were no longer existent. I then had only "hopes" for wins. 5 wins pretty much exceeded those hopes. I was happy to see most players progress and improve throughout the year. Despite the obvious struggles on the O-line, the unit did improve. I'm not saying they were good, or anywhere near where they need to be. I'm just saying that the unit was better in game 12 than in game 1.

    So what about next year?

    We lose three starters from our defense. Washington, Bailey and Donahue are all graduating. Everyone else is back on a pretty good defensive unit. Dante Stills should step in nicely for Donahue. The secondary is harder to judge, but with how well they were coached and played this year, I think we're going to be ok there.

    On Offense we lose two starters in Wickline and McKivitz. These two are huge losses. This line is undoubted our biggest questionmark and/or weakness heading into next year. We have plenty of young talent everywhere else. If we can get something of a line pieced together, this should be a very good unit.

    This was a very young team guys. With everyone who's coming back, I can't see anything less than 8 wins next year. If Neal is the real deal, 10 wins is not out of the question. I think it's all going to hinge on what kind of offensive line he can cobble together in the off season.

    So what do you guys think?
     



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    I think 8 wins is overly optimistic at least at this juncture, we still do not know how many more kids will decide to enter the transfer portal, how the recruiting class ends up shaping up or how many kids HCNB gets from the JUCO route.

    This team IMHO is still incredibly thin in several key areas including skilled positions..just like you believe Wv will be better next year, so will the entire Big12 conference with the exception of possibly OU ...they lose a lot. I believe this program needs two more years to turn it into what HCNB is looking for.


    For the year candidly what I witnessed at the Spring Game which was a total disaster especially on offense really didn't see much improvement as the year went on...some bright spots like #13 but overall...Meh...and finishing 118 in total offense and #113 in scoring supports my view....HEY DAD ...DANA no matter what would have NEVER finished this abysmal with this team...

    The Special Teams...not really so special this year....seems that no matter who Coaches these units it never gets any better...


    The Defense was the highlight....I loved how they improved and evolved each week...VK did exactly what you would hope...get the best talent on the field, coach up the #2's and re-mold or re-shape the schemes every week...literally going from a 3-2 defense to a 4-3 by years end....AWESOME STUFF...

    BBW asked me what is Wv going forward...IMHO I think they are going to look like TCU a few years back...WV becomes a DEFENSE first identity....