SYRACUSE 19, WEST VIRGINIA 14
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Goodbye EPIC FAIL GERG, Syracuse football is back!
but good to see them taking steps in the right direction. Or rather, the rest of the conference beginning to play down to their level.
First WVU is a decent football team
Second, Syracuse had 5 sacks and 3 picks along with numerous QB hurries and "held" Devine to 120 yds.
Third, Syracuse might have one of the best punters in the country in Rob Long.
All this being said, I don't think the talent on Syracuse's D is that much different from the talent on Michigan, however I would have loved to have seen Schafer get 1 more year instead of GERG
But they, like the rest of the Big East, have all taken a step back. Most years I think the Big East hate is not justified. This year it is.
That said, I won't disagree if someone says West Virginia is about as good as we are. But if the top team from the Big East would be in the middle of any other major conference, then it's safe to say that the Big East is having a down year.
No disagreement here, the BE is terrible at foosball this year.
Im thinking the football recruiting impact of playing for a "non-national" conference is starting to take its toll, and compound that with the cold weather and it's got to be difficult to sell a BE school to a talented recruit not from north of the mason-dixon.
This being said, their basketball conference is downright ferocious... I'll be very interested to see how exactly this whole football conference thing plays out....Expansions by major conferences are not done and it seems, only a matter of time until the BE loses 1 or 2 teams to a "power conference" (my guess being the ACC or the B10) It wouldn't surprise me a bit if Syracuse and Pitt end up in the B10.
GERG against UCONN?!
Obviously Shafer wasn't the problem at Michigan. I think it has to do more with players lack of talent than lack of coaching.
Let's not kid ourselves, there were issues with players taking to the new coaching staff in 2008 and 2009. See: Trent, Morgan.
That couldn't have been helped by the Shafer/Gibson + others antagonism.
antagonize guys who are giving 100% and worrying about the team more than their draft status.
I'm talking about coaches antagonism towards each other affecting players buying in. Not antagonizing players.
Are you insinuating too many cocks of the walk on M's staff, who have received their comeuppance?
You know, when the coaches don't buy into the other coaches (i.e. when Rodriguez wouldn't let Shafer run Shafer's defense), then I can't really blame the players for not buying into the coaches.
A big part of coaching is setting an example. There were definitely some failures on the coaching staff's part in '08 and '09.
I've heard that Shafer wasn't able to play defense the way he wanted to play defense while at Michigan. Its an interesting claim.
Especially considering that GERG has never run the 3-3-5 before coming to Michigan... coincidence?
Is not true.
GERG has never run the 3-3-5 as his base defense.
GERG has run everything. You can complain about some other things, but this one is a red herring.
Gerg is like DOUG FM, he plays everything!
I guess Gerg was lying when he said he had run basically the same defense before.
IMHO it's pretty much proven. The head coached ordered midseason change to 3-3-5 prior to Purdue basically proved RR is heavily involved in defensive operations. You can debate the merits of it, but really RR has a commitment to installing the 3-3-5.
proved RR is heavily involved in defensive operations
Remember that the next time someone claims RR doesn't spend any time on the defense.
might want to ask the defensive players that basically resisted the defensive staffs coaching
Is it even a question anymore?
There has been a lot of talk that the 08 seniors on defense never connected with the coaching, including Rich and the assistants. You see that a lot with transitions. Coach Carr and his style was very popular among the players and these guys choose a coach as front and center when choosing a school.
It is way easier to come in when you aren't replacing a winning regime and get the holdover player's attention and loyalty.
Shafer would have done fine here given time.
for the '08 squad, but I don't know how much better things would be if he were still here. I think Coach Schafer can get things done, but he had some decent talent on defense in '08 and they couldn't make it work; he had his shot, he missed, he was released, we moved on...
Syracuse also got pasted by Pitt last week 45-14 last week. Not saying Shafer is a bad coach, but clearly nobody missed him last week.
That was on the offense and the special teams. They sold the D down the river.
Did the offense and special teams sell them down the river when they let up 41 points and 500 yards of total offense to Washington earlier in the year too?
The question was about the Pitt game.
The Washington game just sucked.
I'll take that lapse over GERG's constant EPIC FAIL.
I guess Shafer is amazing then. He held WVU to 14 points. Maybe we should try him out as our defensive coordinator.
After what Greg Robinson did to my football program, yes, Scott Shafer is amazing.
I feel like Syracuse ended up with the better end of the Shafer-GERG trade. Anyone care to disagree?
GERG recruited the Syracuse team that won today. He left talent there given their record. I will 100% disagree this time next year when he returns a D with some experience. GERG always says the D is only as strong as its weakest link. I'll reserve my judgement when we are not playing true frosh and new starting WRs-oops i mean D-backs- in the secondary.
We gave RR this year, and clearly the O is much improved. I expect the same from GERG next year.
Paraphrased interview with Troy Woolfolk:
On 2008 defense: Executed well, defensive schemes not suited to properly defend offensive sets.
On 2009 defense: Proper schemes, lack of execution.
I think he's got a better idea of football reality than any of us.
Given that, what is wrong this year? It seems like there is plenty of evidence that it is both scheme and execution.
Execution is the main problem. This point was emphasized more during the Iowa game, when Demens performed so much better than Ezeh while being coached by the same person and told to do the same things (I assume).
The UFR shows that several of our players and units finish games with disgustingly negative numbers, yet the RPS has only been truly alarming for one game. This says to me that GERG is calling the right defensive plays for the most part and the players either miss their assignments or aren't capable of making the play.
This defense was never going to be good. Read the three-part Decimated Defense by Misopogon.
I swear, there should be required reading to join MGoBlog.
There should be an exam on the decimated defense which you must pass in order to join mgoblog. :)
Yes, let's make damn sure everyone here follows the company line on why the defense is where it is.
Company line? Please. It's reality. We have converted WR's, true freshmen, and a walk on playing in the secondary.
There isn't any talent back there. Period.
Kovacs is a good player. If you're telling me that James Rodgers and JT Floyd use outstretched arms to give the illusion of attempting to make a tackle, Mouton over pursues religously, Cam Gordon diregards his limbs while attempting to make a tackle, and Obi Ezeh started 5 games because they're so untalented, then you have a case.
The talent is there in the secondary but young. Just like the offense plays slowly until they understand the schemes and what they're doing, the same goes on D. These guys are trying to think out there since they got thrust into action.
Position switches happen all the time since WRs play a lot in the secondary in high school as well. I will go with the company line of "give them time to learn the system" though.
I think every week we should pine for the DC whose team played the best defense to come in and replace Greg Robinson
With that reputation as a coordinator.