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Date Posted: 09/24/15 12:09:36pm Thu
Author: Mark Murphy
Subject: Inability to "finish" or play "complete games" is on the coaching ?
In reply to: Raider Archivist 's message, "Well said; that is the crux of this game !" on 09/24/15 11:52:38am Thu

There's something missing !

>I really don't like to repeat what has been said
>repeatedly here. But, you have to wonder whether Young
>is up to the task of calling plays in game ?
>The predictability of our offense is a DC's dream. Is
>that going to be changed during the season ?
>>The winning streak in the 2014 fb season encompassing
>>the the 3rd thru 5th games ( Cornell, Holy Cross and
>>Princeton ) was the best string that I've seen so far
>>in the "Hunt-Melville-Young as OC era. The injury to
>>Melville for most of the remainder of 2014 and the
>>tough competition in 2015's first two games this year
>>made the 21-7 lead over Yale the clue that I was
>>hoping for. Was i thrown a sucker punch ? Can this
>>team finish games ? We've seen that since this winning
>>streak, Gate can put a few series of offense and
>>defense together, at times, to look promising. But,
>>can they play a complete game on both sides of the
>>ball whether they're ahead or behind ? Can they get
>>ahead or fall behind and summon what it takes to
>>control the outcome of the game ? A: Dunno.
>>Meanwhile, HC fans have seen things that bolster their
>>confidence that their demons of the past 3 dismal
>>seasons have finally been conquered. What I've seen of
>>the 8 quarters of 2015 Crusader football against a
>>mediocre Monmouth and a good-but-sporadic Towson State
>>is an HC team less prone to mistakes and capable of
>>staying in up-and-down-games. Precisely the opposite
>>of gate's performance with Yale.
>>The turnaround game against Princeton last year was
>>the last complete game that we've witnessed of gate
>>football. Barring a decisive margin in turnovers, HC
>>and gate are close enough in talent that the deciding
>>factor in the game can simply come down to consistency
>>and the ability to finish games. That said, based on
>>the evidence so far, I gotta give the edge to HC.

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