I don't see Temple taking a step back in this video at all.
When I listen to an opinion, I usually consider the source and break it down into three levels of credibility:
Those who know a lot.
Those who know a little.
Those who know nothing.
You can put practically the entire MAC into the second and third category when talking about Temple University's football team.
The notion that "Temple will take a step back without Al Golden" is widely regarded as gospel in the MAC community. Temple fans know a different reality.Of the 14 MAC websites, including numerous blogs, only eight people picked Temple to beat Villanova and most of those who picked the Owls said it would be a "tight game."
One of the guys said "since Temple lost a ton of talent on defense" and "had a new system" that the Owls would lose to Villanova.
I chalk this up to MAC haters. More specifically, Temple haters in the MAC.
Temple did lose some talent, but not a "ton" and the Owls returned nine of 11 guys who started AT LEAST ONE GAME on defense last year. One of the guys who started three games as a DE, promising left end Sean Daniels, is now a backup. Not due to any fault of his own but because Temple moved tight end Morkeith Brown, a born leader, to the DE slot. Temple's defensive line is bigger, stronger, deeper and faster overall despite losing a first-round draft pick.
Another returner, Steven Johnson, beat out one of the guys who went into an NFL camp for a cup of coffee at middle linebacker.
Yeah, a new and improved system that does something the other system did not do, especially on offense _ put the Owls' explosive players into the best position to explode. That is, establish the run with first-round NFL pick Bernard Pierce behind a massive offensive line (averaging 6-5, 320, the Eagles just wish they had that size) and then throwing play-action to talented receivers and tight ends.
The notion that "Temple will take a step back without Al Golden" is widely regarded as gospel in the MAC community. Temple fans know a different reality.
Did anyone notice that "Saint Al Golden" fielded a Miami team that committed nine penalties, including a false start and two illegal substitutions in a 32-24 loss at Maryland tonight? Does it sound familiar?
I thought so.
Look, one thing Al Golden did was bring in a ton of talent and it is still here but I maintain it's coached better now. Al was a charismatic guy who was universally loved by mothers whose sons he recruited.
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