October 6, 2013 at 5:03 am #11571
Anyone have any thoughts?
— No doubt FU has a great team that made fewer key mistakes Saturday. Lots of penalties, though.
— It was a winnable game for LU. To me the two key mistakes were:
1) Muffed punt. Seems we have a problem with this in a key game every couple of years.
2) With about 4 minutes left in first half, LU was on march, methodically mixing short stuff, runs and passes (beautiful to watch) — momentum totally LU’s way. To me, key running out the clock and scoring. Instead, they go for a LONG pass (overthrown) on 2nd and 10, getting themselves in a tough 3rd and long. They did not make it and gave Fordham the ball back, to score.
Hard to knock defense too much; Fordham was best offense they’ve seen — by far, to me.
Still, DL and inside linebackers seem undersized; not typical LU team against run.
Offense played pretty well. BB seemed to overthrow some guys, but coverage was pretty good.
Sherman (and Farrell) looked great; not sure why Sherman can’t get more than 13-15 carries a game. Not sure what they’re going to do next year without those two at RB. Sodeke’s not bad, but is he the kind of hard runner needed?
Looks like they got a lot of new guys reps on D, which should bode well for PL play. Next week could be one to give guys rests and get others reps.
Interesting to see this week’s results. Gate, Lafayette and Holy Cross had outstanding weeks. PL championship will be a real challenge.
No gloating today for a change.October 6, 2013 at 11:28 am #11574
Credit to Rams, they are very good and may go undefeated. Game was winable until the muffed punt. If Paris catches the punt he goes for big yardage and momentum is all ours.
BB cannot throw the long ball with any accuracy, has missed open receivers deep all year.
D is a mess, and I am beginning to think it is coaching. Andy will need to address this.October 6, 2013 at 11:42 am #11575
FU deep balls were really brutal. I can’t tell if that was a scheme problem, blown coverages – or just a difference in athleticism between their wideouts and our dbs. Thoughts?October 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm #11578
FU a much better team.We needed a perfect game.Didnt get it.
O is good.OL very good. BB w/in his limits is fine.A system QB. Farrell awesome
D, a mess.Some bright spots,but not many.Partly due to FU talent.DL wiped by mid 4th,we only rotated 5,Why?
LBs were good kept us alive.Ward ,as usual,did well.CBs were outclassed totally.Not many passes were contested.I know we play behind WRs but this was ridiculous and ineffective as FU beat us long anyway.The 3 FU wrs had a field day.Hill at FS was toast,kept biting in leaving his side ooen for long passes.2ndary thought to be solid.Not so much.Some due to lack of pressure on QB.
D inexperience not only reason for this yr’s
Wilcher fine DB coach ,Roberts a good Dline coach.New coDCs.IMO,all 3 areas are suffering with this setup.October 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm #11580
Skewed as many were on STs.
Spme bright spots
Caslow and Ripanti Robb,Newton,Rigaud
The DL rotation has bothered me all season. It makes no sense.Even at home games Roberts does not substitute. Remington hurt? By late game ,DL is done. Even if backup is no more than a doorstop,get him in for some plays to give starters a blow.
The ineptitude of 2ndary due mostly to excellent talent this week of FU’s WRs but also to the system. Bend dont break only works if you get pressure.We dont this year so seems nuts to stick to that system . We didn’t contest short passes and could not cover slants. Wilcher has to nail Hill down to deep pattern first,run support 2nd.
Undersized. Certainlyon DL which is more suited to a 4-3setup. ILBs are much smaller than we are used to,but much quicker and more athletic.Since DL unableto protect them the lack of size is an issue.OLBs are very solid overall.October 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm #11593
At 6-3, 245 former star LB Mike Groome would be slightly undersized on this
Past LB standouts:
— Cohen: 6-1, 230
— Boyko: 6-2, 235
This year’s best LB: Nigel Muhammed: 6-0, 230
We could use a couple of taller DLs/LBs who can bat down some balls.October 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm #11594
The defensive scheme was hard to understand. We appeared outcoached and did not adjust. I cannot recall seeing the opposition’s receivers so uncovered.
And, yes, the defensive squad is small.October 6, 2013 at 11:01 pm #11595
Kotulski a master of 3-4,reason he was hired at Stanford. So we are a bit spoiled . Not sure tho that this co D system is feasible. Idont believe our DBs are as bad as they’ve looked this year. Didn’t expect much of DLine ,which is what we got. They are talented players Layton and Newton particularly . None of them are runstuffers. Nor are they adept atkeeping Ol off LBs on running plays. Roberts has them face up rather than gapping. 250-260 going up vs 300+ isnotgoing to stop many runs .
Coach K a master at designing run and pass blitzes, and calling games.Sofar neither has shown any ability in these areas. Iwouldn’t mind Coach Bott calling the D.He was a very good DC for us.October 6, 2013 at 11:13 pm #11596
Hill looks lost at safety, as does D Brown at CB, was glad to see Rigaud getting some reps, as to the DL, rotating more than 5 probably means we get smaller and smaller, no idea why they have not recruited that position, and our middle LBs are small too, saw Groome at last home game and asked if he had another year of eligibility, he chuckledOctober 7, 2013 at 12:04 am #11597
Other than Gonos and Kondas ILBs are 205,210 210, Strongside OLBs 230,230,240. Dont know why. Part of hole at cb is Lambert sitting out. By far best athlete. No idea here either academics,injury? Light ILBs fine if Dline keeps OL off them.No Chagani or similar, so by 2nd half the Sisters of the Poor could run inside on us.October 8, 2013 at 1:41 am #11618
There were about 156 plays run and it came down to 3.
1) The inexcusable TD pass with 13 seconds left in the half. No EVER lets anyone get behind them at any cost. I am still in disbelief.
2) The muffed punt. Paris should know better. He got a late jump on the ball, looking into the sun, should never have attempted. I understand he may have thought he had a nice lane for great return, …IF he caught in stride, but….discretion is the better part of valor.
3) The INT on the next possession after getting great field position on the KO with penalty help.
Yes, we got pushed around, but giving up yardage is not the end-all in this game. It’s preventing scoring. The secondary plays so soft, the 10 yard down and out is there all day. Maybe we aren’t athletic enough to match up on man. At the same time, no secondary can stay with receivers for 5 seconds or more–especially with a future NFL QB throwing.
Championships are won with defense. The offense is fun, and you need some points, but if we are to get the AQ this year, the D will need to step it up significantly.October 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm #11623
I thought the D had been improving from early in the season, now I am not so sure. When the O has to score on nearly every possession, can’t afford many mistakes.
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