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Some games are fun to watch on both sides of the ball. We played loose and free on both sides. We always tend to overrate our talent because we are prone to thinking they will always deliver their best shots regardless of enemy. We have seen them at their best and want to believe they can produce those same results in critical situations when opportunity offers chance. Sometimes outside influences prevent players from fulfilling responsibilities—sometimes they just slow down the warrior with sluggish teachings. We dominated because of solid preparation and fundamental assignments without second thoughts. We eliminated the what if”s. It showed. We played easy and nasty—that’s a good thing.
Most of the good stuff has been covered by Justin, Eric, Joe, Scipio, and Ian so I’m headed in the other direction. I think one of the most neglected aspects of our football team is just how good/important our two kickers are to our success on the field. I hate our kickoff coverage period. We tend to cover in waves which leaves two way cuts for the returners. Dicker the Kicker eliminates that negative with booming end zone bombs last night.
Did I mention Dicker has been seen drilling returners with contact shots when they did break a miss-hit?
It’s time Tom recognizes the young man—he makes fewer damn mistakes than the head ball coach. His name is Cameron by the way.
Ryan B. deserves the same tip of the cap. Separating a shoulder making a first down and punting from every angle imaginable is just part of his contribution to the team. Stalling every second before striking another high hanger gives our coverage bunch a better opportunity to make a play and reduces the chance of a missed assignment. Learn their names. These guys are good.
The good news on defense was the play of former walk-on Cort Jaquess at LB and Joseph Ossai as a weak nine technique. The bad news is Cort never scrimmaged a down in the second half but returned to special teams duty. We were smart enough to leave Ossai alone but whoever made the decision to effectively “bench” Cort took a large part of our successful execution out of the equation. He may not be fast enough. He may not be agile enough. He doesn’t even look the part. The fact that he makes plays, doesn’t bust assignments, and attacks with passion evidently isn’t enough to keep him on the field. Having seen a belly-full of what his replacements have done this year I feel placing this decision in the wtf? file merits my kind of justice.
Good game to watch. Lots of quality morsels to digest. Definitely positive energy. Here are the grades: