A familiar ring: Bruins will find out if Kahlil is irreplacea-BELL, as his suffering of a knee injury rings up his season, has Dorrell caught in the wringer, and has fans wringing their hands
Go ahead and keep believing that injuries shouldn’t change a team’s overall performance.
Bruin Starting Running Back Kahlil Bell is having season-ending surgery, to repair a ligament in his knee. UCLA will now have to rely on Chris Markey, who ran on Saturday like he had ligament damage too. Actually, Chris is battling a toe injury, that has him whittled down to a shadow of his former self. That leaves Chane Moline and Christian Ramirez, to lead a team that HAS to rush the ball to be successful.
They HAVE to take the pressure off of Pat Cowan, who can’t scramble due to HIS injuries, and can’t throw downfield, due to his lack of talent. And after the WSU joke, no one is claiming that the team plays hard whenever Cowan is in, so now, they HAVE to gain yards on the ground and shorten the game.
This week they are playing in Arizona, against the team whose late hit put Ben Olson on the shelf last year. Arizona’s QB passed for over 500 yards against Washington last week, so we aren’t kidding when we say that the Bruins HAVE to establish the Run, in order to keep Tuitama off the field. And with Brandon Breazell as 50-50 to play, it will be that much harder to get the Wildcats to respect the Pass. Karl might have to resort to a few gadget plays to loosen up the Arizona Defense. With all the criticism of Karl, at least we know that he is NOT adverse to throwing some trick plays into the mix.
If you are looking for more in-depth debating over Karl’s job, and OUR (lack of) position on the subject, check out the “Comments” sections of the past few articles — There are mini-novellas there explaining where we (don’t) stand (and why).
A few quick trojan notes worth sharing: Disgraced sc QB Mark Sanchez, whose two INT’s lost his Starting job in the loss at Oregon, said that he “went from Hero to Zero.” Truer words have never been spoken by a trojan. The only question is, will be be changing his jersey number from 6 to 0, to reflect his status as the World’s quickest “has-been?” Word is that Mitch Mustain will keep Sanchez from seeing the field next year, except during mop-up time — like when Oregon has them down by 4 TD’s.
And speaking of Zeroes, ex-trojan loser Mike Williams dropped a 4th Down pass at the end of Oakland’s game in Tennessee, costing Lane Kiffin’s Raiders the victory. The Raiders’ Defense was so bad, that they made LenDale White ook like he isn’t the NFL bust that he has appeared to be thus far in his Pro Career. And ex-trojan Carson Palmer led the Bengals to yet another loss, basically eliminating them from the Playoffs, ALREADY. Cinci Receiver T.J. Houshmenzadeh said that good teams score TD’s, but the Bengals kick Field Goals. That sounds like a shot at the hapless QB, who is apparently playing so bad, that he is destroying team chemistry, as well as their Playoff chances. Meanwhile, Jon Kitna, the man that Cinci blew off – AGAINST OUR ADVICE – in favor of Palmer, is leading the Detroit Lions to their best season in YEARS!! Nice thinking Cinci. We said it at the time, and it still rings true today: There is a REASON why Cinci is almost always on the outside looking in at Playoff time, and their confidence in Cornhole Carson is just another example.
Below are a few photos inspired by this rash of injuries that has hamstrung the playcalling, and snowballed into an epidemic, which the Depth that Karl has on hand is not enough to overcome.