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IMO you are wrong when you blamed a singular play on the ability of one (perhaps two) to execute a play. I don't understand how you blame the drop pass of a player on a single play.
Because it's so much more than a single play. It's the job of the coaches to put the players and team in a position to succeed. I'd argue that in the 2nd half they didn't do that at all.
Tell me why when we run quick slant patters over the middle we constantly get 8 yards or more (including giving players like Corey Fuller room to run after the catch like he did today), but we only run those plays maybe 3-4 times per game. Instead the coaching staff decides to run WR screens that are painfully obvious (and one should have been taken for a pick-6 today) when our WR's on the outside are soft and refuse to hold blocks. Those screens have shown almost no success all season - why do we keep trying to force those instead of going with a play that puts our playmakers in good positions to work?
Also - see the Demetri Knowles screen on 2nd and 20 in the 3rd quarter for another example of that. Clemson was either expecting a pass or a draw play there probably. Screens work best when the defense has committed to a blitz, not when they drop seven into coverage. Was that a smart decision? Even if the pass had been better, Clemson was going to smother Knowles.
Or we could go on ad nauseum about the fourth quarter play with Marcus Davis throwing across the field. Instead of giving the ball to your 6'6 monster of a QB that had just led Tech down the field for a touchdown on the previous drive, O'Cain/Stinespring decided on a WR pass deep in VT's territory while trailing by 14 points on an obvious passing situation. The defense was already dropping back expecting a pass, but instead we gifted them a duck of a ball from our WR instead of a bullet from our QB. Is the coaching staff putting our players in good positions to make plays?
Our players aren't free from criticism today, because there were A LOT of ugly moments today. However, you're deluding yourself if you think the coaches called a good game today.
Am I the only one who Google'd the word refute? :)
I think these comments from Heather Dinich's article is worse than what was posted:
“You just keep playing,” quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain said. “The great thing is we come to work every day with a great group of young men who are fighting their butts off. They’re not always playing the best, but they are fighting and giving us a chance to be successful. You work with a good group of people, you work with a good head coach, and you know in this profession that there are going to be some games, some years where things don’t exactly go right, and you just keep going. That’s what you preach to the young men.”
No, admit that youre not doing youre best; that youre not putting your own players in a position to be successful...you keep trying these jet sweeps and they keep getting stuffed...you keep trying these end arounds (I thought knowles was on his way out of the stadium on that one that last like 10 years) that aren't working...clemson is too fast for that...
See post above about cherry-picking and not refuting me.
no probs. i'll wait.
What are you 12?
Bro, don't let him rile you up. I'm about 70% sure he's a Hoo effing w/ us.
The ignore function works nicely. AXD is the only guy I've used it on.
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