October 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm #11689
Lehigh is leading but, for the most part, the quality of play is uneven and unimpressive. Away from the pass game to Kurfis, the offensive is mediocre and the running game is subpar to poor. Sherman is ok as an inside runner but he cannot turn the corner.
The defense is weak against the run and the team continues to make too many errors including dropped passes.
It will not be a surprise if Lehigh loses this game based on the quality of their play and the rest of the season is going to be even more challenging than expected.
The only saving grace is that we are playing Columbia.October 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm #11690
team did not seem focused but looking at the box score, shows domination, however a few lapses made the score much closer than it should have been. And we were lucky on some calls and fumbles recovered.
as to running game, thought it was respectable with Sherman at 4/carry and Farrell at 6/carry, Sodeke needs to ride the pine, where are the soph RBs?
good stuff: saw Lambert on STs; Knott getting more touches, his speed makes him a weapon against league D’s; Kurfis is a beast but are we wearing him out?
not so good: Rickie Hill seems to always be chasing big plays, D line still being handled, BB hammy again? did not look to be moving 100%, uncharacterisitc penalties at bad timesOctober 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm #11691
On point van. An embarrassing effort. OL out of sorts,too many penalties..
D did well on 3rd down but most stos today wer CU ‘s misplays. D lne manhandled again. LBs did as well as can be expected having to fight off CU’s OL. Great to see LaQuan back on the field. He will be a force. Also,Bougeois was rotated in at ILB at 240 gives us some presence inside. PL will not be a cakewalk if we keep playing down to our competition.October 13, 2013 at 12:39 am #11692
Bourgeois was in 3 pt stance I thought, not at LB? Will check my tape and see. He looks to be bigger than 240October 13, 2013 at 2:25 am #11694
Did not see him til he broke thru line,so may be so. If so play him. Remington played pretty well. Individually Newton,and he did well. NG still a problem. Caslow,Robb alos impressed. Hill not so much.He is caught out of position too often. .I am glad we heldCU to 10 pts but they did more to stop themselves than we did until late in the game.October 13, 2013 at 4:02 am #11695
Lehigh has been playing down/up to competition all year. This should have been a laugher.
We were lucky not to pay for mistakes and lucky that the Columbia coaching staff made some extremely bizarre/conservatives play calling on O.
BB was off — wind, hammy? Who knows? (Hard to say that with his numbers, but he started 11 of 11.)
Lack of a consistent run game against a team like this is scary. Sodeke was absolutely awful for second week in a row. Lucky not to have a turnover on an odd D-holding call on a run. Where are soph. and fresh. RBs/FBs?
Anyone who thinks running the PL will be a cakewalk — despite teams’ weaknesses so far — is crazy. This race is wide open; anything can happen. After looking at the numbers Holy Cross put up, I’m REALLY worried about them, too, and I saw them play early in the year.
Too many drops, penalties, poorly thrown passes — I could go on. Stats looked way better than game, in case you missed it.
BTW: My guess is Kurfis could have had close to 20 catches if passes were better … BB hung him and another receiver out to dry (to get smashed upon a catch) at least twice.
Nice recovery by Paris after muffing another punt. Hopefully he’ll be safe w/the ball.
Wind a factor? Looked bad on TV.October 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm #11697
wind was a huge factor, probably hurt Lions more than us as their passing game is quite mediocre
I am getting more convinced that D problems are coaches, kinda reminds me of our O problems a few years ago until coach Chick arrived,
coach K – please come backOctober 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm #11698
Same feeling van for the D.DCs did expand DL rotation and dialed up more blitzes but we still run a very vanilla D with soft coverage. I get bend dont break.Never liked it but it can work if DL can get some pressure. So far not somuch. Newton is a pass rusher not a run stopper. As we have been all year,very porous with runs up the gut. DL cannot protect LBs so Ward and Hill have to make tackle.
DCs are position coaches but so far out of their depth at DC. Cant say whose faukt it is theirs,inexperience,lack of DL talent or a combo of all of the above.October 15, 2013 at 2:33 am #11721
I think we are somewhat hamstrung by the type of talent and size of D. Somewhat undersized on the DL, though quickness seems to be there. LB’s seem impressive for the future. Some inexperience showing, but great effort. Secondary still puzzling. Experience is there, but we’re playing so soft. Not enough confidence to man up? Of course, we’ve gotten burned even in soft coverage. Athleticsm seems to be there, but it seems they are not reacting quick enough; not seeing plays develop and are reacting.October 15, 2013 at 2:51 am #11722
You and me both. I have no idea why 2ndary is so jumbled. Adequate experience,good speed and superior athleticism. Hill seems lost ,yet he was not so tentative last yr.Jarvis has shown shaky skills at run stopping. My suspicion is that this has more to do with coaching. Wilcher a very good 2ndary coach,is DC slot detracting from that?October 15, 2013 at 3:12 am #11724
I agree. I’ve watched most of our games either live or on video. Secondary plays a lot of zone and well off the line. Receivers take one jab step forward and our backs retreat even further which allows an easy under the seam pass. We even do it on 3rd and short.
Against Columbia, we were playing a relatively poor passing attack in a stiff wind. I would have loved to see us challenge them to throw deep.
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