October 7, 2015 at 1:04 am #22429
I’m sorry if you are having trouble understanding this.
If the 2010 team had a terrible defense, they would have lost the majority of their games. Who would you have blamed, the offense? Would you have benched Lum…I hope not. Would you have fired Cecchini…I hope not. You would have missed an amazing 2011. This offense is every bit as good as the 2010 team. Both are averaging 23 ppg. Find the parts that don’t work and begin fixing it. You are wasting far too much time trying to fix things that aren’t broken.
Football requires chemistry. Chemistry requires consistency. I wonder how many people wanted Kevin Higgins fired. After all, he started out 5-5-1, 8-3, 5-6, 4-7. You must have been livid. Then they got a new defensive coordinator….you’ll never guess who and the team went 12-1, 10-2, 12-1.
Pete Lembo was the FCS Coach of the Year but that didn’t stop these boards from lighting up calling for his ouster. Were you one of them too? He then proceeded to turn around very bad bad Elon and Ball State programs before falling on some recent hard times. He was rewarded with a 5 year contract, making him the highest paid coach in the MAC.
All I’m asking for is patience and putting your focus where it belongs.
Just a reminder,we are playing Bucknell this week. Do think we might have beaten Yale game,our coaches and most of our players,not to mention a few posters, into bloody lifeless pulps.:-)
Can we now move on to the next game???October 7, 2015 at 1:10 am #22430
OK…..Bucknell with a great defense. It will be a challenge for our offense. Their offense is not that good, at least scoring points. Hopefully, that doesn’t change this week.October 7, 2015 at 1:16 am #22431
Hope you’re right about THIS offense. The 2010 team had 7 all league players on offense. Yes maybe we would have had a losing season if LUM , not Clark had never seen the field. Chemistry is exactly what happened at Harvard in 2010……….glad you remembered.October 7, 2015 at 1:21 am #22432
Nice gry TMH :). Carter will be the key. Now over to Bucknell thread.October 7, 2015 at 1:48 am #22434
Great stuff, TMH:
More perspective on offense:
2010: 345 yards per game (including playoffs); 2015: 439 ypg
How did we get that offense:
2010: 241 ypg 2015: 283 ypg
2010: 104 ypg 2015: 156 ypg
# of plays per game
2010: 67 2015: 73
Purely by the numbers, this year’s offense is better — so far —
The 2010 numbers including games against three ranked teams and a 31-10 loss against UNH
One comparison that stands out.
In 2010, our QB averaged 4.7 rushes per game
In 2015, our QB averages 17.2 rushes per game
In 2010: 48 percent of our plays were rushing
In 2015: 55 percent of our plays have been rushing
Yes, the big difference is defense:
2010: 345 ypg
2015: 475 ypg (but we get more plays per game)
Is it wise to have our now star QB run so much? He’s a great player; I just hope he can physically handle such a workload over 11 games.October 7, 2015 at 3:32 am #22441
The stats show that the offense is capable. But for stupid ass mistakes, we’d be 4-1. Should have put up 30 on Yale. Turnovers killed us at Princeton…despite the dreadful defense.
The focus on righting the ship is on defense. It always starts with defense. Until that is corrected we will be mediocre. Very much akin to the Hank Small era.October 7, 2015 at 4:01 am #22445
The upsude with Hank was fhe games were exciting,even if rdcord was not. D seems closer to functioning well enuf. Need to get all 3 levels to pla on Sat.October 11, 2015 at 1:31 pm #22582
Perception: Final Chapter
Prior to the Bucknell game, the Lehigh offense averaged 438 ypg and 23 ppg. In response the mob wanted to bench the QB, fire the AC.
In the Bucknell game , we scored 21 points and rolled up 421 yards. Sudenly, the comments center on how good they looked.
It’s amazing how good an offense can look when the defense plays really well. Now hopefully we can move on and enjoy the rest of the season.
Hint: Don’t expect to see the same defensive performance against Fordham in 2 weeks. It’s all about perception.October 11, 2015 at 1:56 pm #22583
Good points TMH. Think we may see the same D show up at Fordham. Dont expect the same success :). Rams have a much better QB and Edmonds. Rams D is not quite a chinese fire drill but not very good. Could be a Hank shoot out.October 13, 2015 at 2:24 am #22618
I think the focus will have to be on defensive frontal pressure in order to slow down Edmonds and pressue the QB. Defensive front will need to attack in all different directions causing penetration into the backfield to disrupt the running game. There will have to be some risk taking which could lead to some long gainers, but keeping the Ram O at 30 points or less will be key.October 13, 2015 at 2:29 am #22619
A laudable goal. If we get that a good chance to win.October 13, 2015 at 5:36 am #22620
Agreed, ngineer, RichH. Big game at key time.
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