The Poert report

Here’s Jared’s preview of the Indiana-Central Michigan game. With the Hoosiers coming off a win, somehow I doubt this one will match the 80 reader comments on Jared’s preview last week.

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  • sports ramblings says:

    80 reader comments is a rather impressive number. Is that a record? I did notice there were quite a few comments on his last post.

  • Juan Blanco says:

    Come on! Only 78 to go… I sure wish we knew who is starting at QB. IU’s offense should go off this week.

  • Mike P says:

    If Kellen can go, Lynch will probably kiss his ass and put him in there.

    On a side note, did anyone realize Lewis is close to being a daddy? There are pictures of him and his very pregnant girl friend on Facebook right now.

    I am not saying there is anything wrong with that, he looks like he is happy and excited in the pictures.

    I just wonder how much of a distraction a pregnancy has been to him this season? I know when my ex-wife was pregnant, my #1 concern was her and my unborn child. If I would have been playing at the time, it would have been a major distraction for me.

  • Aruss says:

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but I agree with Mike P about Lynch and Lewis. If I was a player, Lynch would have lost my respect by letting Lewis back on the team and starting after all the stuff he pulled.

    I think this offense is better suited for Chap and sticking with one go to running back like Payton or McCrary than Lewis’ improv. Imagine how much better the offense would look now had Chap started at the beginning of the season and got experience under his belt.

  • J Pat says:

    wow mike, spitting the venom huh?? While I agree with what you are saying about the distraction and I have heard the same thing from multiple sources…I will keep my opinions about that off the blog. I had troubles in college too that I would not want discussed on a blog but I do know where you are coming from. I for one hope that Chappel starts QB and Lewis plays wideout.

  • Mike P says:

    J Pat,

    I have heard the rumors, and had not said anything prior to this.

    There are now pictures out there, these were done by a professional studio. I am not slinging things out there, it is obvious he is not trying to hide this and is embracing becoming a father. That in itself makes me think more of him than anything he could ever accomplish on a football field.

    I am just stating mine, and asking others honest opinion about the situation and how much of a distraction you think may be to him right now?

    I don’t feel I am spitting any venom toward Lewis. Now if you are talking about my comment about Lynch, then yes, I am toward him. His decision making regarding the starting roster this year has been horrible!

  • Come on guys…79 more to go…

    Regarding Kellen becoming a father soon, that is very difficult to say if and how much of a distraction that has been. Only those who have been in the position of having a wife/girlfriend pregnant can say how much that weighs on the mind, and an even smaller amount can correlate that with their football career and the effects. I haven’t been in that position yet, so it would be completely unfair for me to say if its been a distraction or not.

    A source of mine on campus close to Lewis says the baby is due around November 22nd.


  • Juan Blanco says:

    Congrats to Kellen. He is gonna be a busy dude when that kid arrives…
    I would like to see Ben continue to start. Kellen make me a nervous wreck.

  • Mike P says:

    I can tell you this, when I was becoming a daddy, I was working full time and coaching part time. My dedication to coaching suffered. I didn’t put in the 3 and 4 hours after practice watching films and the other stuff that goes on behind the scenes.

    I became focused on my family, after I became a father I stepped away from coaching all together for a couple years. Have been back and forth since.

    Football is great, and has been very good to me, but nothing is as great as being a father.

    I wish Kellen nothing but the best, and hope that he figures out just how to handle all the added pressure of life.

  • J Pat says:

    Mike, I agree that is most likely a huge distraction mentally during the day and maybe in practice sometimes. I have coached football and played at a somewhat high level and when it is gametime, all of the personal crap goes out the is gametime. I do not think that the baby is what is affecting his poor play on the field. The coaching staff and what has gone on has given him heck and the injuries have not helped either. Just my opinion though. With that said, I think Chap gives IU the best chance to win this weekend.

  • J Pat says:

    Jared, good thoughts. Being the father of a 4 year old and an almost 3 year old, it is huge. My wife and I have a true partnership and respect for one another so it makes it easier, sometimes anyway. We had both of our children during our masters programs, crazy! I will say that I have not coached since shortly after having kids.

  • Mike P says:

    J Pat,

    I agree, when it is game time, personal stuff does go out the window, but you should know as well as anyone (having coached and played) that you play the way you prepare.

    If you are distracted in your preparation, you are distracted in your game plan.

    I agree, Chappell is who we need running the offense, and should have from day 1.

  • J Pat says:

    I can agree with that to a certain extent but he is a good enough athlete to improvise with his feet. Also, if he is embracing it like you say I would think it has not been a distraction in prep for the games.

    I was joking about the “venom” comment because you said A$$. Blogs are tough that way, but I was joking.
    Mike, being objective, do you really feel Chap should have started from day 1? Also, any word on Finch? I was listening to Dakich and Fish on the radio and they were talking subs at the safety spot and did not even mention Finch. I read nothing on his injury anywhere.

  • Mike P says:

    I can tell you nothing on Finch, other than he needs to be at FS instead of SS and allowed to play his game.

    Being objective, yes I think Chappell should have been the starter. With the modifications done to this offense, and that Ben spent the spring and first 2 weeks of actual practice with the number 1’s while Lewis tried to work out the rust with the 2’s, it is a no brainer who should have got the job.

    You can’t tell me that Lewis knew how to run this offense as efficient as Chappell, when Lewis had 4 weeks as compared to 4+ months by Chappell.

  • J Pat says:

    I am sure Lewis could not have run it as efficently as Chap but Lewis should have started anyway in my opinion. He earned it last year!!! I watched a couple of practices this summer and I felt Lewis gave IU the best opportunity to win from the get go. Plus, Lewis was and I say WAS the one returning stud and he was our QB. He accepted responsiblity for his actions and busted his tail to get back into it. You do not lose your starting job for one screw up or to injury unless the guy playing for you is a stud, which Chap is not. Chaps reads are quicker now and his decision making is better so I think at this point in the season he should start. If I am Lynch, I start Chap and give him a short leash but it will most likely be the opposite with Lewis starting.

  • peegs_anti_reverse_pick_pocket says:

    I disagree. Lewis is our best threat. Hopefully his head is clear, and he is 100% healthy. When he is, I really think he gives us the best chance to win. Chappell got one win, and the def really won the game. Lets see what lynch does with his options here. This is a game that we should win without a doubt.

  • Kevin K says:

    StartChappell and Payton. Keep Lewis in reserve and find a way to work Thigpen in, and get him the ball in the open field. Everytime we run the ball up the middle for -3, an assistant coach should have to leave the sidelines!!!

    Go Hoosiers!

  • J Pat says:

    Now that was funny Kevin!

  • Mike P. says:

    J Pat,

    I could care less what a player done for us last year. Last years stats don’t when football games. Honestly, I don’t care what you done last week. Once that game is in the books, I move forward. If you are doing anything that is hurting my team, you can sit your behind on the bench. If you get hurt or suspended and your replacement is doing as good or better than you were, you might be out of a job.

    Honestly, if I was coaching, Lewis might not be in uniform this year for his off season antics. If he wanted to be part of my team, he could prove it and spend a year running the scout team.

    If he worked that hard to get back on the team, then he would understand the reason why I would have started Chappell in the first 2 games. Of course Chappell would be on a short leash, just like Lewis would be.

    I’m easier on my kids now, cause they are younger, but I am a hard ass to play for. Ask my son.

  • J Pat says:

    Mike, I have read everything you have written for a long time and I wonder just how objective you are with the QB position at IU because of your relationship with Chappell. You are sour on Lewis and that is your opinion so that is cool. Sorry and no disrespect at all, just my take. I am the guy that was reprimanded for kicking kids off of the team that had discipilne problems when I coached. However, these were multiple problems. If coaches do things the way you say, almost NO kid would be treated fairly because in this life…CRAP happens! So Chap does bad this week and then we start Kellen and then Chap and then Kellen. The method you speak of would not work at any position because nobody would ever find a rhythm and too many GOOD kids would be left behind, good athletes…good hearted kids. I agreed with the Sampson hire because it was a second chance, a chance for him to start over. It did not turn out well but you never know. I applaud you for being hard, we need more coaches like you but we have to be realistic at the same time. We can agree to disagree! GO HOOSIERS!!!

  • Juan Blanco says:

    Will the real Mike P. please stand up?? I think someone is stealing his name because Mike has never written a post so poorly.

  • peegs_anti_reverse_pick_pocket says:

    I agree, that isnt the real Mike P. he usually has his email address in there as well. im sure jared and the tech guys can determine the real one with the Ip in the posting.

  • Mike P says:


    Sorry, that was me, but I didn’t express what I meant. I am on a strong pain killer for a back injury, and apparently what sounds good on them is pretty idiotic when they have worn off.

    Let me explain my thinking. Kellen was a stud (as J Pat puts it) last season. In the off season he made some mistakes, those mistakes made him miss all of spring practice and summer workouts. During spring practice, Chappell stepped in and started running a new style of the offense. Kellen rejoined the team when camp officialy started a month prior to the opening game.

    If I was coaching, he would not have started the first couple games. What he did last year no longer matters. I am looking at my team for this year, and as you said, building the rythem you spoke about. That is something that had went on since the spring with a different QB than Lewis.

    If Chappell bombed in either of the first 2 game, Lewis would be put back in, and possibly elevated back to his starting spot, depending on his level of play. However, if his play was hurting us, I would pull him and try something different, not just leave him in there and let him keep spiraling down.

    Say I replaced him with Evans, and the team fought back and won the game. That would be great. Though come Monday, what happened in that game is forgot. My starter the prior game would still be my starter. If Evans played great, he would see more time with the two’s.

    Come game time on Saturday, it would be the same thing. If the starter is off, making bad choices, or turning the ball over and making the defense have to work extra hard, then I am looking at someone different on the side line.

    If 2 weeks in a row I had to make a change, and the change proved to be a better option, then come Monday we would have an open spot for starter at QB.

    Whoever was named starter would hold that position, but as I said, I am not going to leave him in there to crash and burn if that is what is happening.

    I’ve done that before, it is amazing how it works. You find out a lot about your “stud” at that point. He will either step up and prove he deserves to be the starter, or he will break under the pressure and you move forward with your program.

    To sum it up, starting Lewis was the wrong choice, regardless of who was taking the snaps. As I feel it is now. Lewis should play, but not as a QB, unless it is using him like we did Evans last week.

    Hope that makes more sense.

  • peegs_anti_reverse_pick_pocket says:

    good to know its you. btw, what did Kellen do? any post on peegs gets deleted so who knows what he really did??? this is why I love this forum, its not all censored like peegs, and its free!

  • Juan Blanco says:

    I gots to get me some of those pillz!!!

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