0-2. We are not a good football team. After our loss to Boise State the Frankinator said he believed we would become a good football team, and that a team makes their biggest improvement from week one to week two. Well, there are only ten games left to
turn this boat around bail the water off the deck and we played worse against JMU than Boise State. I'm not optimistic after what I saw today.
- We cannot tackle in space. It's embarrassing.
- The linebackers are even more embarrassing, because they're asked to tackle and cover and they do both poorly. Even though Bruce Taylor was such a highly regarded recruit he's not ready to play. From my count Bruce missed four open-field tackles and had a devastating holding on 3rd and goal while back in pass protection.
- The JMU offensive line worked, straight up worked our D-line.
- For the love of God and all that is holy can we run more bootlegs? We have an athletic, accurate on the move, mobile, senior quarterback and we do everything we can to let him live inside the pocket to limit his abilities.
- Going back to the Boise State game Darren Evans has been holding the ball too far away from his chest and today it bit us in the ass.
- We need to start converting 3rd and 4th downs inside of the red zone. We do far too much settling for field goals inside the twenties. In year's past this worked fine because our defense produced three and outs. This year, not so much.
- We need to stop running half our rushing attack out of the shotgun. Yes, every once in a while it produces a big gain, but we cannot sustain a drive that way. Rotate those trio of backs in the I and start pounding the rock.
And for anyone who's blindly muttering, "Fire Byran Stinespring", because it's convenient and lazy, watch the games. This isn't 2007 or 2008. Yes, the second and third down calls on the second to last drive against Boise State are beyond comprehension and are inexcusable and he had a couple of questionable decisions against today. But, Stinespring isn't fumbling the ball, missing field goals, missing blocks, missing tackles, impersonating a leaking dike in pass protection, allowing blocked punts, whiffing on coverage in the secondary, etc, ... My point being, it's a team game, and he most certainly is part of the problem and should be accountable, but right now every coach, player, graduate assistant and water boy is too. As an intelligent football fan, you're better than that.
With all that said, against my better judgement, I'll still keep believing we'll get it done because hope is all I have left.