Rudolph didn’t really look like he wanted to be out there.— John Helsley (@jjhelsley) November 29, 2015“Obviously Mason (Rudolph) wasn’t 100 percent so we had to do what is best for the team, and J.W. (Walsh) being 100 percent was our best shot today and that’s what we decided to do,” added Mike Yurcich. As for why he switched back to No. 2 in the second quarter.“At that part of the game we needed a spark, and we felt like he could do that,” said Yurcich. “We talked with Mason (Rudolph), and he said he felt good and he’s an ultra-competitive guy. He gave it his go and obviously we had to evaluate that situation and did what was best for the team after that.”So a wounded Rudolph was there to be the spark. To do Walsh’s job for Walsh. My question is actually, why was he even suited up? And if he was suited up, why didn’t he start? Oh, because you thought he couldn’t protect himself.Look, either he can go or he can’t. And if you’re going to roll him out there (and you almost literally had to roll him out there), why are you having him throw long four-yard outs to the other side of the field coming in cold? That series was a complete disaster and essentially ended the game.I don’t want to be Mr. “I’m going to question every move that doesn’t work retrospectively” guy, but that one deserved questioning at the time. Especially if you’re the people who have been around Rudolph all week watching him try to move around. Especially when you thought he couldn’t protect himself!And Walsh wasn’t necessarily the issue a gimpy Rudolph could have solved. It was more the run defense and special teams up to that point. The worst part was that OU didn’t even have to deliver the dagger to OSU’s season. Rudolph, by no fault of his own, did it for them.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! One of the first things I noticed on Saturday at the game is the shoes Mason Rudolph was wearing. I got made fun of by my buddies I was sitting with but apparently the kicks were specially made for No. 2 to help take the pressure off the broken bone in his foot. They clearly didn’t work as Rudolph came in for one series and threw a pick six.And Rudolph clearly wasn’t working. So why did Mike & Mike even roll him out there?“We didn’t really feel that Mason [Rudolph] was healthy enough to play the game at full speed and protect himself,” said Mike Gundy after the game. No kidding.“We gave J.W. most of the reps, and we felt like that was the best way to go. Then we tried to make a little change there, and in my opinion, Mason wasn’t really that comfortable with throwing the football. It didn’t work out for us.”No, no it did not. I agree with John Helsley too.
Marcus Rashford will be examined by England’s medical staff on Wednesday to assess whether there are any doubts about his involvement in the team’s opening game of the World Cup finals, against Tunisia.Rashford hurt a knee during a training game at St George’s Park on Tuesday and the Manchester United striker was still complaining about soreness when the squad arrived in Repino, outside St Petersburg, for their first look at the training base for the tournament.Gareth Southgate’s players are due to have their first training session at Zelenogorsk, a village six miles away, on Thursday but Rashford’s involvement is uncertain, with the priority being to make sure there is no serious risk of him missing England’s opening game of Group G in Volgograd on Monday. “Marcus took a slight knock, but nothing too serious,” the manager said. “We’ll look at that ahead of tomorrow’s session.” England Danny Rose news World Cup England World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions Reuse this content England have an injury-free squad otherwise and before the flight to St Petersburg two of their 11 black or mixed‑race players – the highest number the nation has taken to a major tournament – tried to play down fears that the competition might be tarnished by racism.Danny Rose had revealed last week that he had asked his family to stay at home because he felt the risk was too significant, but the Tottenham defender appears to be the only member of the squad who has taken that course of action.“I’ve got no concerns at all,” said Ashley Young, Rose’s competitor for the left wing-back position. “I’ve got a family that is going. The FA have spoken to us security-wise and I’ve every confidence in them.”Danny Welbeck delivered a similar message, noting that he had been to Russia without any problems when Arsenal played CSKA Moscow in the Europa League towards the end of last season.Welbeck said: “I am looking forward to it. I went there a couple of months ago with Arsenal and things were fine. There were no troubles or worries whatsoever … I can’t wait to get back there.” Topics Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Marcus Rashford Share on Pinterest World Cup 2018 Danny Welbeck Ashley Young