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bethlehempard

Holy Cross

The spread will be interesting.

4:45 PM ET
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Jack Heneghan passed for 240 yards and one touchdown and Dartmouth's defense forced four turnovers in a 35-10 win over Holy Cross on Saturday.

Holy Cross took a 7-0 lead on the first possession of the game, but Hunter Hagdorn answered with a 10-yard TD run on the ensuing possession for Dartmouth (2-0) to tie it. After forcing a Holy Cross fumble, the Big Green went 61 yards in three plays, with Miles Smith ripping off a 35-yard scoring run to give Dartmouth a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter.

Just before the half, Holy Cross (1-3) punter A.J. Wells couldn't handle the snap in his own end zone, and Dart Darius George fell on it to give Dartmouth a 14-point lead.

Ryder Stone's 4-yard run capped Dartmouth's 28-point spree, and Heneghan's 10-yard pass to Cameron Skaff rounded out the Big Green scoring.
artanis

Unlikely as a win would have been, Lafayette was in the game. Best shots for w's remain Cross, Bison. Need to stop giving up gifts and field position. George town for real. Big three (LU, CU, FU) daunting.
BillS

artanis wrote:
Unlikely as a win would have been, Lafayette was in the game. Best shots for w's remain Cross, Bison. Need to stop giving up gifts and field position. George town for real. Big three (LU, CU, FU) daunting.
Is 3 wins enough for Frank to receive a new contract?
bethlehempard

Massey ratings:
1-NDSU
23-Villanova*
29-Fordham*
38-Colgate*
48-Lehigh*
49-Delaware*
65-Holy Cross*
66-Princeton*
68-Georgetown*
87-Bucknell*
90-Columbia (lowest Ivy)
92-Campbell
93-Lafayette
94-Abilene Christian
105-Central Connecticut*
125th and last-Mississippi Valley State

*2016 opponent. Army is 85th in the FBS.

Notable (?) teams below Lafayette: URI, Wagner, Robert Morris. Squad ranked below Leopards are again mainly from the MEAC, PFL, SWAC and NEC.
bethlehempard

.[/quote]Is 3 wins enough for Frank to receive a new contract?[/quote]

Three wins, maybe; four, probably, and five would merit a Frank Tavani statue at the stadium entrance.
SixtyEighter

It's time to clean house.Sorry if that offends any pollyannas out there. It has been time for several years. Only Lafayette would tolerate this torrent of losing.I don't think it's the players ; it's the coaching . The repeated errors and turnovers week after week should be eliminated by good coaching.Every week we score for the other guys. Although Delaware and Villanova are a level above us we should be competitive after 5 years of scholarships. But we have actually become worse relative to the teams on the schedule.There is no reason why we can't compete with the Ivies except for Harvard which could compete for the CAA conference title every year. Princeton is on our level this year and we gave them the game.Just like we did for Delaware and Villanova. And just like we did all season last year. We have been on a precipitous decline. In the past we beat or played tough with Penn, William and Mary and Liberty and others but not recently.
The Maroon

The last extension was a travesty. But Frank will get to name his own departure date. He doesn't need to win another game.

And if we can't get one this weekend - that theory may well be put to the test.
bethlehempard

I have seen media and fan comments that Lafayette has a tough schedule for a team that is trying to build something.
It's tough schedule, but what are we building? What are we building up from except our own incompetence?
It's not as if we moved up from D3 or to a tougher league, or didn't win a title (while going 5-6) a few years ago.
Every scholarship league team has used free rides to improve.
We have gotten worse. We are ranked below teams that casual fans have never heard of: Incarnate Word. Kennesaw. South Carolina State. Gardner Webb.
We put about $300,000 in merit aid on the field every game. Is that "investment" being made and managed well?

2016 NO EXCUSES!
killaBee

Over all the Leopards are looking up going into conference play.

Holy Cross should get thumped coming into Fisher Stadium next week.

I've said in the pass, Defense needs to score and Special Teams needs to produce.. That is where Villanova beat us.  However, I believe we will awesome going into league play.

We are just as talented as any team we have faced this year.. We just need to execute in the 3rd quarter, and everyone has to concentrate and do their jobs on every play going into the 4th quarter.  Learn how to win!

Replay each game and notice the 3rd quarter is where we have our mental breakdowns, which does not allow us to win the game.  

They say the games is played with arms , legs and shoulders but mostly played from the neck up.

The Leopards will shock some teams, beginning with the beat down of Holy Cross.....

Gooooooo Leopardsssssss
flyfisher

I agree with Killa. we are better than last year and more competitive. I think we win this week.

as to the housecleaning comments, needed in some areas but will not happen where it is needed most..
BillS

killaBee wrote:
Over all the Leopards are looking up going into conference play.

Holy Cross should get thumped coming into Fisher Stadium next week.

I've said in the pass, Defense needs to score and Special Teams needs to produce.. That is where Villanova beat us.  However, I believe we will awesome going into league play.

We are just as talented as any team we have faced this year.. We just need to execute in the 3rd quarter, and everyone has to concentrate and do their jobs on every play going into the 4th quarter.  Learn how to win!

Replay each game and notice the 3rd quarter is where we have our mental breakdowns, which does not allow us to win the game.  NO MORE EXCUSES!!!

They say the games is played with arms , legs and shoulders but mostly played from the neck up.

The Leopards will shock some teams, beginning with the beat down of Holy Cross.....

Gooooooo Leopardsssssss
BillS

killaBee wrote:
Over all the Leopards are looking up going into conference play.

Holy Cross should get thumped coming into Fisher Stadium next week.

I've said in the pass, Defense needs to score and Special Teams needs to produce.. That is where Villanova beat us.  However, I believe we will awesome going into league play.

We are just as talented as any team we have faced this year.. We just need to execute in the 3rd quarter, and everyone has to concentrate and do their jobs on every play going into the 4th quarter.  Learn how to win!

Replay each game and notice the 3rd quarter is where we have our mental breakdowns, which does not allow us to win the game.  NO MORE EXCUSES!!!

They say the games is played with arms , legs and shoulders but mostly played from the neck up.

The Leopards will shock some teams, beginning with the beat down of Holy Cross.....

Gooooooo Leopardsssssss
No more excuses!!!
bison137

Looks like Pujals, who apparently suffered a significant injury, won't play.  If that is the case, LC becomes a definite favorite.  As most if you know, Pujals is regarded as the league's top QB.
NewXbo

bethlehempard wrote:
.
Is 3 wins enough for Frank to receive a new contract?[/quote]

Three wins, maybe; four, probably, and five would merit a Frank Tavani statue at the stadium entrance.[/quote]

AND FRANK SAID YOU WOULD PAY FOR THE STATUE.
bethlehempard

Excellent. I will put up my share for the statue if it's a retirement tribute.
I have a dream ... in 20 years, the little Easton/Braden airstrip has been converted to Marquis Estates and Retirement Villas.  We are all wheeled into the Craft, Bingo and Activity Room to watch a game, a loss, and somebody mumbles, "Dammit that was Weiss's fault!"
Whatever section the posters are all in might be called Sourpuss Way.
***Note to day trippers: Jim Thorpe is beautiful at this time of year. The Harry Packer Mansion (next to the Asa Packer Mansion) serves drinks on the veranda which has a great view, Lehigh connection or no.
Also St. Mark's Episcopal Church, partly endowed by the Packer family, is remarkable. It's like visiting a tiny European village such as St. Mere Eglise (not really obscure as it is featured in The Longest Day but it's tiny) and finding something incredible. St. Mere Eglise has a fascinating church with a plastic parachute guy hanging on top.
I've been to the town before but hadn't seen the church. Well worth it when open. Some great Tiffany glass, carved altar and backdrop and a minor mechanical marvel of a baptismal font. Also a small chapel.
Courtesy of the people who brought us ... Lehigh. They weren't all bad!
pardfan

BillS wrote:
artanis wrote:
Unlikely as a win would have been, Lafayette was in the game. Best shots for w's remain Cross, Bison. Need to stop giving up gifts and field position. George town for real. Big three (LU, CU, FU) daunting.
Is 3 wins enough for Frank to receive a new contract?


Sadly.  Yes.  Has to win two of Buck, HC, and G'town.  IMO, however, we're not playing well ENOUGH to do that.
sader87

You're catching the Saders at a very opportune time. Team is an absolute mess right now....Pujals and Bell (back-up) are hurt. Guild (RB) is out for the year, Flaherty (WR) is playing but not a 100%....the O-Line coach was fired last week, team was destroyed on Homecoming yesterday by Dartmouth etc etc etc

At the absolute best, we're looking at maybe 4 wins this year. I'd be very surprised if you'll see Tom Gilmore on the HC sideline in 2017.
Pards Rule

sader87 wrote:
You're catching the Saders at a very opportune time. Team is an absolute mess right now....Pujals and Bell (back-up) are hurt. Guild (RB) is out for the year, Flaherty (WR) is playing but not a 100%....the O-Line coach was fired last week, team was destroyed on Homecoming yesterday by Dartmouth etc etc etc

At the absolute best, we're looking at maybe 4 wins this year. I'd be very surprised if you'll see Tom Gilmore on the HC sideline in 2017.


Who was the O-line coach fired?
NE Leopard

Pards Rule wrote:
sader87 wrote:
You're catching the Saders at a very opportune time. Team is an absolute mess right now....Pujals and Bell (back-up) are hurt. Guild (RB) is out for the year, Flaherty (WR) is playing but not a 100%....the O-Line coach was fired last week, team was destroyed on Homecoming yesterday by Dartmouth etc etc etc

At the absolute best, we're looking at maybe 4 wins this year. I'd be very surprised if you'll see Tom Gilmore on the HC sideline in 2017.


Who was the O-line coach fired?


I think it was Bill Samko...he is not on the site anymore, but did start the 2016 season as the OLINE coach.
http://www.goholycross.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=210220431
NE Leopard

It appears Pujals is injured, not sure to what extent yet.

http://www.telegram.com/sports/20...-as-crusaders-lose-third-straight
SixtyEighter

The narrative for HC-Dartmouth reads like a story about our games except they were playing with a third team QB They have a similar record even before Pujals was injured.Dartmouth is impressive if only for beating NH.
Pards Rule

bison137 wrote:
Looks like Pujals, who apparently suffered a significant injury, won't play.  If that is the case, LC becomes a definite favorite.  As most if you know, Pujals is regarded as the league's top QB.


Yes. Is he a senior yet lol!! Hey Bison when do we play at Christy this year? Its still a good time to tee up at Bucknell Golf Club then?
Pards Rule

NE Leopard wrote:
Pards Rule wrote:
sader87 wrote:
You're catching the Saders at a very opportune time. Team is an absolute mess right now....Pujals and Bell (back-up) are hurt. Guild (RB) is out for the year, Flaherty (WR) is playing but not a 100%....the O-Line coach was fired last week, team was destroyed on Homecoming yesterday by Dartmouth etc etc etc

At the absolute best, we're looking at maybe 4 wins this year. I'd be very surprised if you'll see Tom Gilmore on the HC sideline in 2017.


Who was the O-line coach fired?


I think it was Bill Samko...he is not on the site anymore, but did start the 2016 season as the OLINE coach.
http://www.goholycross.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=210220431


OK I worked with a young lady in 2009 and one morning she saw my Lafayette shirt and said her fiance was a HC o-line coach. I think maybe back then a grad assistant?
Andy

I hope Frank doesn't get all teary-eyed over Gilmore's situation and their injuries. With 30 of our kids out with injury last year, Gilmore threw for 400 yards.  Payback, please.
ELB

Some Frankisms keep spinning through my head:
"If you can't line up against an opponent head to head and beat them you don't deserve to win." (Thus the scheme of run between the tackles twice and throw on 3rd and long).
"We play a tough out of conference schedule because it is just preseason for Patriot League play."
And my favorite one - not stated but certainly implied:  "Learn to win by losing."

Although I think none of this usually works, I think this team has talent and no quit, and I look forward to celebrating a win over the Saders!
zenator

killaBee wrote:
Over all the Leopards are looking up going into conference play.

Holy Cross should get thumped coming into Fisher Stadium next week.

I've said in the pass, Defense needs to score and Special Teams needs to produce.. That is where Villanova beat us.  However, I believe we will awesome going into league play.

We are just as talented as any team we have faced this year.. We just need to execute in the 3rd quarter, and everyone has to concentrate and do their jobs on every play going into the 4th quarter.  Learn how to win!

Replay each game and notice the 3rd quarter is where we have our mental breakdowns, which does not allow us to win the game.  

They say the games is played with arms , legs and shoulders but mostly played from the neck up.

The Leopards will shock some teams, beginning with the beat down of Holy Cross.....

Gooooooo Leopardsssssss


Having attended the past 2 games, I have been generally impressed with the D and unimpressed with the O.  However, I see talent on both sides of the ball.

On the offensive side,  I do not understanding why we are running the spread if we refuse to call plays suited to that formation. For example, one purpose of the spread is to prevent the D from over-loading the box. This is accomplished by using the short passing game to stretch the field horizontally. Example, if the Nova corner is man-up on your 6'4" spilt end without inside safety support throw a ******* slant.
bethlehempard

From our friends at Holy Cross:

http://www.goholycross.com/ViewAr...OEM_ID=33100&ATCLID=211191104

I have not seen anything about Pujals yet.
Bogus Megapardus

Week 5 Sportsbook:

Harvard (-22½) vs Georgetown o/u 51½

Brown (-12½) at Rhode Island o/u 59½

Princeton (-4½) at Columbia o/u 39½

Colgate (-13½) vs Cornell o/u 47½

Fordham (-8½) at Monmouth o/u 63½

Lehigh (-6½) at Yale o/u 65½

Holy Cross (-10½) at Lafayette o/u 57½

Dartmouth (-14½) vs Penn o/u 48½
killaBee

Andy wrote:
I hope Frank doesn't get all teary-eyed over Gilmore's situation and their injuries. With 30 of our kids out with injury last year, Gilmore threw for 400 yards.  Payback, please.


Andy, I concur!!  Last year they showed no mercy on us (not that were supposed to).  They continued to drill us until the end.  I hope we punish humility into the crusaders for the beat down they gave us last year.

I need the defense to become more aggressive and special teams to make plays.  We need 3 & 4 tacklers on each play and yards after the turnover. We need block punts and blocks to spring our returners for a TD.  We need to get down the field and tackle their returners deep for field position.  

We need points out of these two units in order to serve them an extra dose of leopard pie. This team needs to love each other more, and make plays for each other.

I don't want to win by 1, I want to win by 40, because at our lowest they kicked us until the clock read 00:00.
SIDELINER

It surely felt like HC was rubbing it in and rubbing it in, but the fact is all the points last year came in the first three quarters and on their only true fourth-quarter possession, they ate up 9:58 of clock with 16 plays,11 of them runs. They actually did have their foot kind of off the gas and they didn't try to pass on fourth down at the end of the drive. They were content to eat clock, and after three rough quarters, I'll bet the Lafayette players were ready for it to be over, too.

Wouldn't you love to see Lafayette put together a 10-minute drive? And, of course, score at the end of it. Now THAT would be real payback.
Andy

SIDELINER wrote:
It surely felt like HC was rubbing it in and rubbing it in, but the fact is all the points last year came in the first three quarters and on their only true fourth-quarter possession, they ate up 9:58 of clock with 16 plays,11 of them runs. They actually did have their foot kind of off the gas and they didn't try to pass on fourth down at the end of the drive. They were content to eat clock, and after three rough quarters, I'll bet the Lafayette players were ready for it to be over, too.

Wouldn't you love to see Lafayette put together a 10-minute drive? And, of course, score at the end of it. Now THAT would be real payback.


"10-minute drive?" I'd settle for some positive yardage on first down. Are we the worst offense in the nation on 1st down?

They were up 42-0 after 3 quarters so, yes, thanks for not going for 50.

Their 10 minute drive and 400 yards passing, let's not forget, was against a defense without it's starting DE (Wright), starting DT and the backup (Mercado, Labudev), starting strike LB (Brockman), starting FS and the backup (James, Butler), and starting CB and the backup (Smalley, Simmons). So, congrats to HC.
bethlehempard

The NCAA ranks Lafayette 118th of 122 in rushing offense.

http://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/fcs/current/team/23/p3

Massey lists 125 FCS teams; the difference probably reflects teams in the process of moving up or down.
Shafnisky is the No. 3 passer in yards, and Pujals is No. 7. Drew Reed is No. 13.  

We are 109th (in the bad direction) in being tackled for loss. That happens when you start five yards back and two seconds late.
The NCAA provides a wealth of statistics but for Lafayette, it's a beggars banquet. I can't look anymore.
Run .... run .... run
Pard4Life

Of course the issue is coaching... what else can it be when you see the same issues every year with different players?

No question the offensive staff need to be cleaned house. Inconsistency. No run game. O-line never seems to develop.  Injuries never help but come on.. what success have we had aside from a few games in 2013?
Pards Rule

Pard4Life wrote:
Of course the issue is coaching... what else can it be when you see the same issues every year with different players?

No question the offensive staff need to be cleaned house. Inconsistency. No run game. O-line never seems to develop.  Injuries never help but come on.. what success have we had aside from a few games in 2013?


Welcome back P4L!! We could use you as Oline coach!
Bogus Megapardus

For purposes of this game (at least) can we have Charlotte McKinney as our new leopard-clad muse?


bison137

SIDELINER wrote:
It surely felt like HC was rubbing it in and rubbing it in, but the fact is all the points last year came in the first three quarters and on their only true fourth-quarter possession, they ate up 9:58 of clock with 16 plays,11 of them runs. They actually did have their foot kind of off the gas and they didn't try to pass on fourth down at the end of the drive. They were content to eat clock, and after three rough quarters, I'll bet the Lafayette players were ready for it to be over, too.




True.   And fwiw, HC didn't use Pujals and some other key starters for the last 20+ minutes.
SIDELINER

Here are a couple of stories from Tuesday's luncheon. Featuring Rob Hinchen and Desean Brown.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/l...llows_fam.html#incart_river_index

http://www.mcall.com/sports/colle...ball-luncheon-20160927-story.html
Andy

bison137 wrote:
SIDELINER wrote:
It surely felt like HC was rubbing it in and rubbing it in, but the fact is all the points last year came in the first three quarters and on their only true fourth-quarter possession, they ate up 9:58 of clock with 16 plays,11 of them runs. They actually did have their foot kind of off the gas and they didn't try to pass on fourth down at the end of the drive. They were content to eat clock, and after three rough quarters, I'll bet the Lafayette players were ready for it to be over, too.




True.   And fwiw, HC didn't use Pujals and some other key starters for the last 20+ minutes.


Coach T:

"You want to play people at their strength, but they put a severe spanking on us a year ago when we were as depleted as any team I’ve ever been around and everybody knew it. They knew it. We were down 42-0 and blitzes were still coming. That’s a little bit of interesting  motivation. We’ll be back."

Payback time.

Paul R -  http://ramblingsfromthebench.blogspot.com
killaBee

The Leopards will shock those on Saturday, who don't believe.  This team has been challenged, and they have fought.  They are hungry (EAAT) and I believe this will be the game they will begin.

No more of the 3rd quarter breakdown, we push into the 4th quarter with victory on our minds.

Let's start the season 1-0..  and hopefully set a precedence, for all the other Patriot League teams to witness.  

Oct. 1st, down goes Holy Cross..
LeopardBall10

killaBee wrote:
The Leopards will shock those on Saturday, who don't believe.


I don't think anyone on this board (or just about anywhere) would think it a shock for the leopards to pull this one out. TBH this is probably one of the games where the leopards should win, playing an HC team with internal turmoil and without their starting QB.
bethlehempard

If beating a 1-3 Patriot League team would be a shock, we are in trouble.
The season is on the line in Easton this Saturday.
zenator

IMO, the D has generally played well, but has gotten worn down by being constantly on the field. The D appears talented, plays with heart and appears well coached. In particular, the D-line, despite injuries, appears really to have benefited from the new D-line coach from Nebraska whose name I forget. I also appreciate the willingness to hold players accountable and to take risks, such as inserting a freshman DB as a starter.

The O appears to have talent, but remains a work in progress.  I have my doubts about the wisdom of using a zone blocking scheme for the running game, which appears ill-suited for the personnel on the O-line.I do not understand the run-first, play calling, which constantly forces the O to deal with 3rd and long.

That stated, this year's team appears way better than last year's, an admittedly low bar. We are a  young team. The past two recruiting classes look really talented so I am not ready to panic or demand a complete house-cleaning. Beating HC would be great though.
killaBee

bethlehempard wrote:
If beating a 1-3 Patriot League team would be a shock, we are in trouble.
The season is on the line in Easton this Saturday.


Just considering last year we lost to a Patriot League team who had NO Patriot League wins, and one which had only 1 Patriot League win..

So,, to some it may shock.  You are thinking like I am, and we believe that this team can win.....so its no shock to us.. but there are some non believers especially other teams in our conference, tha'ts who I am mainly referring about....Fodham, Colgate, G-Town, Lehigh, Bucknell ,  and good ole Holy Cross....and therefore the Leopards will shock some so people.

Like I said earlier, I would like to make a statement and build more confidence in the team heading into Fordham, and I believe the momentum will show positive results.
LeopardBall10

zenator wrote:
The past two recruiting classes look really talented so I am not ready to panic or demand a complete house-cleaning. Beating HC would be great though.


Shoot, after the last 6 years I would even take a little tidying up.
1990honda

The fact that the bookie is showing HC as a 10 point favorite, lets you know some people will be shocked. We better prepare like we are playing a full strength HC. Colgate was 1-3 last year before winning the conference.
BillS

1990honda wrote:
The fact that the bookie is showing HC as a 10 point favorite, lets you know some people will be shocked. We better prepare like we are playing a full strength HC. Colgate was 1-3 last year before winning the conference.
A reminder to everyone that this is a (NO EXCUSES YEAR) so you can be optimistic all you want but in the end all that counts is a winning season!
1990honda

Winning a championship is what matters most to me. A winning season without a championship is a second. Getting better is more important than winning non-conference games. Is it no excuses because we have 4 years of scholarships? The team is better and getting better. You assess the games to find ways to improve. If you can not find any reasons for a loss, what do you do to refocus the team? [/i]
edge29

I think we'd all be happy with a W.  But I'll be very worried if...

1 - Pujals is out and we don't win by 3 TD's or more.
2 - Pujals plays (but his dangerous mobility is very limited) and we don't win by  2TDs or more.[/i]
Bogus Megapardus

I'm confident the Pards will win.  It will be tough, and it will be close, but we'll win.  On top of that, I think we'll have at least 130 yards rushing from the tailbacks.  So there. Cool
LeopardBall10

The HC board is an interesting read. Seems like they consider this game a must win, which probably isn't wrong for either team if there are any real considerations for the league title.

They also seem to think that both the 1st and 2nd QBs might be injured. I don't think I beleive the 3rd QB will start, especially because he is a young kid with only practice reps. But if you have a hobbled starter pressure will be key.
killaBee

If you recall, last year a hobbled Pujals torched us while wearing a brace.  Pressure is definitely the key.


Right now, the record is 0 - 0.  

The race is on... Patriot League title!!!!!
Gate alum

Weaknesses in H.C. fb program revealed when Pujals injured o

Pujals is a great athlete and is perhaps the sole reason H.C. appeared to be in the PL arms race coming into the fourth season of fb scholies. Underlying his heroics and the dependence of the H.C. program are scant other recruiting success stories. IMHO, the H.C. board's argument that their future schedules,an indoor facility and continued commitment to scholly fb makes them a magnet for revival of the 'glory days' is suspect. They continuosly fail to snag quality running backs and to assemble a group of consistently tough defenders. If Head Coach Gilmore is let go, I doubt that they'll find a miracle worker who can turn the program around in time to avoid major embarrassment in the schedules they've put together. That kind of embarrassment may begin on Saturday if Pujals is absent.
SIDELINER

LeopardBall10 wrote:
The HC board is an interesting read. Seems like they consider this game a must win, which probably isn't wrong for either team if there are any real considerations for the league title.

They also seem to think that both the 1st and 2nd QBs might be injured. I don't think I beleive the 3rd QB will start, especially because he is a young kid with only practice reps. But if you have a hobbled starter pressure will be key.


Regarding that "pressure will be key" comment, Paul Reinhard asked Coach Tavani about that very thing on Tuesday at the media lunch. Coach's answer is at www.ramblingsfromthebench.blogspot.com
LeopardBall10

SIDELINER wrote:
Regarding that "pressure will be key" comment, Paul Reinhard asked Coach Tavani about that very thing on Tuesday at the media lunch. Coach's answer is at www.ramblingsfromthebench.blogspot.com


Its funny to me that Coach T mentions their veteran OL, because well... they don't have a coach. I wonder who they are meeting with right now? Are the QBs and OL meeting together? Or maybe the RBs and OL? Is a young part timer running the show?

I don't care how veteran you are, if your coach gets fired it is going to severely disrupt the way you prepare. Especially on the OL where blocking schemes change every week based on opponent, and film study focused on things no other position cares to watch. I would be bringing pressure all day.
SIDELINER

LeopardBall10 wrote:
SIDELINER wrote:
Regarding that "pressure will be key" comment, Paul Reinhard asked Coach Tavani about that very thing on Tuesday at the media lunch. Coach's answer is at www.ramblingsfromthebench.blogspot.com


Its funny to me that Coach T mentions their veteran OL, because well... they don't have a coach. I wonder who they are meeting with right now? Are the QBs and OL meeting together? Or maybe the RBs and OL? Is a young part timer running the show?

I don't care how veteran you are, if your coach gets fired it is going to severely disrupt the way you prepare. Especially on the OL where blocking schemes change every week based on opponent, and film study focused on things no other position cares to watch. I would be bringing pressure all day.


In that same blog is this quote from Tom Gilmore about the line situation: "We were fortunate enough to have people on staff, myself included, that have extensive backgrounds in that area so we were able to weather that storm and it hasn’t created the kind of situations it may in most situations.”   So, I assumer they are NOT being coached by some no-nothing. And, remember, they are all seniors.
Bogus Megapardus

The drama on Mount Saint James is palpable. Hobbled or absent Pujals . . . fired OL coach . . . possibly Gilmore's swan song season . . . and they're 1-3 just as we are. The thinking in Worcester has to be that Lafayette is a must-win for them. Otherwise the only winnable games remaining are Georgetown or Bucknell . . . which is the same for us, I suppose, if we lose tomorrow afternoon.

Keep in mind that HC put up 28 points on Albany. That's the most the undefeated Danes have allowed by any team this season, including FBS Buffalo.
flyfisher

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
The drama on Mount Saint James is palpable. Hobbled or absent Pujals . . . fired OL coach . . . possibly Gilmore's swan song season . . . and they're 1-3 just as we are. The thinking in Worcester has to be that Lafayette is a must-win for them. Otherwise the only winnable games remaining are Georgetown or Bucknell . . . which is the same for us, I suppose, if we lose tomorrow afternoon.

Keep in mind that HC put up 28 points on Albany. That's the most the undefeated Danes have allowed by any team this season, including FBS Buffalo.


This turmoil at HC helps us and I think we win tomorrow.

Not without any issues. Our offense is very easy to read and scout. Our O line is in a hole from the start. Not very dynamic and struggle to execute the blocking schemes we use. Biggest problem is many of our plays are easy to read.
pardfan

Connecting dots here:  
Lehigh mauls Penn     Penn absolutely destroys Dartmouth (game was over at halftime)  Dartmouth outclasses HC  and we're ten-point underdogs to HC.
A loss today will mark the end of the Tavani era.

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