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Moving Forward

Postby youngterrier on Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:38 pm

As frustrating as this game was to watch, I'm not really mad at any person. We just got out played. It happens, but for us it happens pretty rarely. NDSU is the first FCS team, in my opinion, to just dominate on both sides of the ball. This game was worse than the Halloween 2008 game, even if the deficit was worse in that one.

I think our problems advancing past the quarterfinals involve philosophy as opposed to coaching ability or personnel. I think we have comparable talent to any team in the country. I just think our philosophy reflects a program that still thinks it doesn't.

The problem with the option is that it's dependent on deception and execution. We play a game not trying to score a lot of points it seems. I don't think it's the right philosophy.

To be clear, I'm not saying "fire anyone." I think our coaches are good coaches and our players good players. I just think the system we have in place isn't going to win a national title because it has too many vulnerabilities that great teams can exploit (as NDSU did today).
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Re: Moving Forward

Postby Eyes of Old Main on Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:08 pm

I don't think the option is the problem. I think we just need to evolve to meet the ability of the players we now have. I believe that we have become slower and more methodical in what we do and our offensive output has decreased (can't deny that with the fewer yards and points generated). We were less dependent on trick plays this year which I think is a positive, but ever since the Breitenstein years we have become too content to grind it out. I think we should look to exploit the fantastic athletes that we have by becoming a more dynamic option much like what Georgia Southern used to run. Three yards and a cloud of dust works, but if all these close games have taught us anything it should be that it's much better to put a game away early and not risk a single mistake costing us a game.
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Re: Moving Forward

Postby lawdog on Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:34 pm

Don't knock a timely trick play now and again; it has been crucial to our success on occasion and notably absent in a grind it out loss.
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Re: Moving Forward

Postby Eyes of Old Main on Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:15 pm

lawdog wrote:Don't knock a timely trick play now and again; it has been crucial to our success on occasion and notably absent in a grind it out loss.


Point taken. I was mostly referring to the double reverse pass that takes way too long to develop and fools almost no one. Most everything else is fine by me.
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