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Saw the game over the internet… we have a lot about which to be excited; however, we played sloppy at times and got several penalties that were not acceptable.
Our offense is still struggling at times.
It seems like this was a trap game… Arky State is a decent team and has some talent, but they had nothing to lose. We needed a solid day but something that did not lull us into a false sense of being better than we are. That game was a lot closer than the score suggests.
Coach Gustav will have the boys ready to play the Bulldogs, but if we play sloppy again, I don’t think State will squander any chance to take advantage of it.
For the 2nd straight week I only missed the AU score by a field goal in my prognostications…but I missed the ASU score by a mile (I predicted 41-36 AU winning). Holding ASU to 3 FGs is testament to a number of things – some obvious, some not. He are playing a lot of folks on D with no real drop off in production. That was huge b/c their time of possession would have worn us down if this game had been played last year. This time around it wasn’t up to Adams to be the lone beast up front. And while we had no picks tonight there were fewer blown coverages…I only noticed one (I’m counting the one where Mincy fell down…he was in position then slipped). Other key factor in holding them to 9 – better tackling. This group is making the other team earn their way down the field. Finally, schematically we are managing to take away the deep ball to a great degree while still covering short routes.
Rounding out the positives, Marshall had time to throw consistently, also racked up 301 yards rushing…which is a QB’s best friend. Speaking of which, Marshall made some nice reads on the read option and was slick with his ball handling except for the grievous fumble.
OK, now for the negatives – Marshall’s accuracy is a problem. There’s no way to sugar coat it. I fully expect every team we play from here on out to go 8 men in the box….a lot. We will be facing teams that will dare Marshall to beat them with his arm. That will be a problem unless he finds some way to adjust his mechanics and/or confidence. The shots are there – he simply has to deliver catchable balls. This is what teams tried to do with Cam…fortunately for us in 2010, he had no problem lighting teams up with his arm or legs. If Marshall ever developed an accurate arm this offense could be something special.
Final negative – whole lotta penalties on offense…too many if you want to set an up pace tempo. The other team can substitute their entire defense before the next snap if the ref is walking off yardage.
The team improved significantly. Now we’ll see if they can do it v. Dan Mullen’s dogs in a game that could be pivotal for the season as a whole…win it and you’ve set a new floor for expectations (i.e., if we can beat MSU the only ones that would still be considered an uphill climb would be LSU, TAM, UGA and UA). But, if you lose to MSU, then the easily losable games rise to 6…which could spell 5-7.
You know what made me a happy girl? Having an amazing stable of backs to wear down that D. I haven’t seen that in a few years. If we can get rid of dumb penalties and attack with that fast paced O/running back attack, it will be lethal. It was great seeing Tre get up field. Did he put on weight? I always knew he’d be good, but now he’s more of a bruiser.
Wallace is very inconsistent, but he did improve, so he’s becoming consistently less inconsistent? ;)
Our D needed that. After the hot mess of the last few years, they needed that. And to paraphrase Seabiscuit, he was broken and forgot what it was to just be a horse again–our guys have been so beat up, they just needed to play football again and have fun. Next week should be interesting….die cowbells!!!!
It just seems like a team that wants to break out and kick some butt, but the stupid mistakes and Marshalls arm holds them back. I do like the future though. Finally, the 3,4 and 5 star athletes are exposed with our good coaching and discipline…AND, WE HAVE SOME SPEED !!
Good play on D. I’m feeling more and more confident in them. I agree with Spencer, if Marshall could fine tune his accuracy it would help tremendously. As for the penalties, every time we gained a large chunk of positive yardage, I just started to expect a holding call. We have to get that fixed. That could kill us vs. an SEC team. I’ll be there next weekend cheering them on to an SEC victory!
This team has potential. I’m sure there are a number of losses on our schedule ahead of us, but there is definitely a lot to be happy with. If we can clean up the penalties and tune that accuracy, as many of you have noticed, then the offense should definitely start clicking. And I’ve loved the way the defense has played. Still some work to be done there, as well, but the D-line went from questionable last week to being a FORCE, this week. I think we’ll discover that WSU wasn’t a bad team, at all. That win is going to look better and better as the season goes along. Lots of promise, particularly in the young players. I’m looking forward to welcoming CLANGA into town this weekend and sending Mullen away crying.
One other unsolicited and completely random positive…our perimeter blocking (especially from the wideouts) is as good as I’ve seen it as a group since Ben Obumanu / Devin Aromashadu / Anthony Mix. Not sure who gets the credit (Dameyune Craig is the WR Coach, so most likely him), but the long runs we’ve had have come from locking up guys in the open field…the hardest blocks to make on the field.
Two more thoughts…1. Is it me or does that Holland just seem to be over his head out there ? Deer in the headlights comes to mind…anybody else agree?, 2. What the heck was the ref looking at on one of the last passes deep and didn’t call interference on our guy ? So obvious…good lord, the ASU guy almost took his head off !
Yet more randomness (and might I add awesomeness considering I played on the offensive line….don’t laugh I haven’t always had the build of an accountant) lol In all honesty, we could SO run this play…we have some highly athletic big men and WHO is going to bother “covering” them downfield?
I love fat men touchdowns. And JC in FLA, that late throw to Ricardo Louis was BLATANT pass interference. You can see it even better in a video TheWarEagleReader posted on Twitter, which can be found here: https://vine.co/v/hJYAdjWKiq9
Holland has played much better this year, but it’s obvious the main reason he’s playing is that he knows the defense better. He’s got a good head for knowing how to be the “QB” of the defense. I just wish we had someone a bit more skilled at actually playing. But he’s been injured most of his career, and has been doing much better this year.
Ft Worth John, I think our punt team allowed only 4 punt returns the whole of last season. So I think this year is about average for them. :)
Holland is like the QB that did not pan out in college /NFL but became an exceptional coach. OR Like a brilliant student who “tests” bad. Knows what he is supposed to do pre-snap, but can not adjust post snap.
MCT, that was what I played b/c I had a quick, flawless snap of the ball and could engage the D line almost instantly. Back then you didn’t have to be a big ox to play on the line – just physical and smart. I got by on technique and quickness. Plus we’re talking youth football…I wasn’t going against 300 pounders. lol
Holland is healthier this year (and even added some size…he’s listed around 240). He’s a smart kid just not quick enough to cover in the flat and has some bad habits in not being able to shed blockers. In big time college football these flaws will be magnified b/c bad pursuit angles or just guessing wrong on which way the play is headed frequently spells embarrassment. We are painfully thin at LB and have been for as long as I can remember. Why? I do not know…
You guys are already onto the bad no call on Ricardo Louis’ deep ball from Marshall. To be perfectly honest, I think the league gave us guys that had a free evening from calling high school games and wanted something to do.
Time eventually treats all of us cruelly but has anyone seen Terry Bowden lately? I saw a photo of him on Coaches Hot Seat. Time has not been kind to him. He always had a youthful baby face. It’s easy to forget that coaching at the less successful schools can be really stressful.