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NewXbo

What's next?

www.lehighvalleylive.com/lafayette/index.ssf/2015/11/whats_next_for_lafayette_footb.html#incart_river_index
NE Leopard

Re: What's next?

NewXbo wrote:
lehighvalleylive.com/lafayette/index.ssf/2015/11/whats_next_for_lafayette_footb.html#incart_river_index


A one-sided reflection on the 2015 season. There is one Pard family that doesn't have their son home for Thanksgiving (and never will). As BW mentions, one can never underestimate the impact that loss had on this team.

No matter what our record says or what we did and didn't do on the field this year, we need to give thanks for what we do have, and look positively towards next season.

Happy Thanksgiving to all in the Lafayette community!
Andy

Found that article to be a "turkey" with no stuffing. He went on and on about how bad we were, we know thanks, and never answered the question he raised.  Never addressed coaching change. No quotes. Not much to be thankful for in the season or that Wilson effort.
BillS

Andy wrote:
Found that article to be a "turkey" with no stuffing. He went on and on about how bad we were, we know thanks, and never answered the question he raised.  Never addressed coaching change. No quotes. Not much to be thankful for in the season or that Wilson effort.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone I'm feeling thankful for our one victory this season because it could've been worse  Wink
Andy

BillS wrote:
Happy Thanksgiving everyone I'm feeling thankful for our one victory this season because it could've been worse  Wink


Same to you, LeopardMan!

Yes, glad I made the trip to Staten Island to see that win. Beautiful day windy, cold, but with a great view of the VZ Bridge. Add a parking space that George Costanzo would've been proud of and meeting a few our our newer board contributors was icing.  Get 'em  next year Warrior and Bee!
flyfisher

The article is dead on. More on that later.

I don't think you can over estimate what the loss of Brian Keller meant to the team. Most of these kids have never dealt with death, much less a player on their team. He was not only a captain to be but he as the spiritual leader on and off the field. Drew Reed was rooming with him the rest of the summer and this year. He was leader of the boys at Chi Phi. He provided discipline among the players when required, and we needed some of that this year. Even many parents took a long time to deal with this and some still are. I did not know the family really well yet I still think of them several times a week. Just think what the boys are feeling. And they had to deal with it all semester and most still are.

Wilson is correct when he says we will have smaller rosters and less depth now that we have scholarships. Since any academic money counts as athletic or scholarship aid we will have less players and probably less quality walk one. If a kid is a good walk on he is probably good enough to get some aid somewhere else. IF you find a kid with outstanding test scores and grades you can't fear academic money without it counting against your athletic pool. And while this goes for all PL schools, it doesn't go for all the other conferences. We may keep up with our PL members but we will POSSIBLY lose ground to other conferences like the Ivy and CAA.

All the injuries brought some other challenges. Not only were practices not as effective as normal just due to sheer numbers, but you don't have kids pushing each other. Most kids are self motivated but nothing pushes a person like sme competition trying to take their spot. We didn't have that competition. And as you can imagine we had a few that did not push themselves because they didn't have to. There was no one behind them to speak of. Combine that with a few players who would show up late for a meeting or practice and it hurts the culture (this happens everywhere before you go blaming someone). Some of you will say, "if I was coach I would bench those guys". So would I. That's easy to say with a full roster. But when you don't even have enough to practice you have to tolerate some of this crap. Personally I don't feel that is just on the coaches. The players have to set the tone. Unfortunately not only were we missing Keller but we were missing two of our three defensive leaders in Brockman and Wright. These guys were the type guys that would have dealt with it.

Wilson raise a good point on player development. We have held our own with recruiting but you could reach a conclusion that we have not developed our players as much as ther PL teams. There are many reasons. Coaching, S&C, injuries, lack of effort from layers, you can keep the list going with reasons. The question becomes what will the team do about it? No use to cry about history.

As to "what's next", Wilson says more of the same. Maybe, maybe not. The Sr and Jr classes have some huge responsibilities ahead of them when it comes to leadership and culture. We need a monster off season when it comes to S&C. We need less injuries. That comes with improved S&C (not all on the coaches, it's the players as well) and hopefully a field resurfacing since it is 3 years past due.

Going forward we have 3 main phases of improvement in my opinion.
1. What can the existing coaches and players do differently to change the direction? And there are opportunities.
2. Team leadership, from head coach through assistants, to players. I will leave that discussion up to you guys.
3. Commitment from the College. The kids even recognize what the college does provide that other programs do. They know how much FofF and the Maroon club provides. They know all the college really cares about is making sure the grades are good and athletic achieve the is simply an added benefit. There are several other signals the college sends that the players recognize as shortcomings. It will take a long time and effort by selected alumni to change this. More on this later.
Warrior56

Andy wrote:
BillS wrote:
Happy Thanksgiving everyone I'm feeling thankful for our one victory this season because it could've been worse  Wink


Same to you, LeopardMan!

Yes, glad I made the trip to Staten Island to see that win. Beautiful day windy, cold, but with a great view of the VZ Bridge. Add a parking space that George Costanzo would've been proud of and meeting a few our our newer board contributors was icing.  Get 'em  next year Warrior and Bee!


Yes always next year Andy. Great to meet you at the Wagner game! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Need players to step up in all areas, better coaching and all areas playing well together at the same time. Offense was flat when defense played well and finally when the offense got going somewhat, the defense struggled. Need to win games where you jump out to 13-0 and 14-0 leads, they need to learn how to finish games like that.
SixtyEighter

I am with Fly 100 %. On another note you you might say that I am really fired up today. In reflection I have to say that I am. Attending the basketball debacle at Princeton pushed me over the edge. I am generally disgusted by the state of athletics at our alma mater but after the past 10 days I have become enraged.There has been an unprecedented Tsunami of losses even for OUR  athletic teams.What has me most despondent is the lack of concern by the college about this. Am I the only one to notice that over the last 10-14 days our teams have gone 1-9 with the only win a collapse saved by a series of improbable misplays by the opponent in overtime ? And  topped off by the record breaking loss at Princeton which I had the misfortune to witness in person.The malaise in the football program is simply another symptom of the disease permeating the entire athletic department.All this losing is continuing apace and it's business as usual at the offices in Kirby Field House or wherever the Athletic Department 's HQ is located.

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