By Jon Becker
Thursday, May 28th, 2009 at 12:40 pm in Uncategorized.
Join Jonathan Okanes today from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. for a live chat on Cal Bears football.
Live chat: Bear Talk football, Thursday, May 28
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Is anyone in serious academic trouble? Any career threatening injury situations?
Thanks J.O. and interrogators for an informative and enjoyable chat. Regarding Jahvid Best returning kickoffs and the Maryland loss last year, I thought that they were related. After Best returned the opening kickoff, he was set on the bench for the first down, and the Bears went three and out. And likewise on several subsequent kickoffs, Best got a blow after the return, and our offense had a hard time getting positive yardage on first down and suffered from Best not being on the field from the beginning of each offensive series. I think that his absences due to kickoffs had as much or more negative influence on the outcome of the game than whatever the effects of the flight to the East Coast were. I think that running Best on kickoffs will be a mistake and that we instead need him on the field on every offensive down as either a runner, receiver, or decoy.