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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:08 pm  Reply with quote
The Future
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For sure a rough couple of weeks.

A few bright spots:
Cerra is a very good punter. Might be having the best season ever for a Colgate punter.

Kicking game is perfect on PAT's and FG's.

Diaco is a big time talent. The catch he made was incredibly athletic and the move he made after was impressive. Think you want to try to get that kid the ball.

Think having the ball in Daramy's hands is also a good idea.

The D is giving up under 100 yards rushing a game. Seems to be coming at too great of a cost. Wonder about Castillo at safety. Kid sees the field well and is a ball hawk.

Passing game averaged over 10 yards an attempt--which is great but need to keep the chains moving with completions.

Coaches made a point of learning how to start games fast when Hunt took over. Seems like there needs to be a reevaluation of what is happening at halftime. Team starts the second half flat too often.  

Hope these guys figure it out and get to 6-4 and have Lehigh lose a couple...

Stranger things have happened.

Go 'gate!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:22 am Reply with quote
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Richmond.  Cornell. Lehigh. By the 27 minute mark of each game we had all observers and media commentators validly complimenting every aspect of our Red Raider's performance, from run defense domination to offensive balance to attention to detail on special teams. At that juncture, each week, we were inside each opponent's ten yard line appearing to be on the immediate verge of a killer- instinctive, gracefully-inflicted fatal "coupe de grace" touchdown. Instead, we either failed to hit paydirt or settled for 3. But of greater significance, with time fleeting away at the end of each of those first halfs, each opponent marched downfield (virtually at will) and scored momentous game-shifting touchdowns that were built upon to defeat us in the second thirty minutes.    An initial thought (with no slam intended to any player) : James Holland . Check out his career efficiency with TD's when called upon in the red zone. Second thought: patterns have to be recognized and addressed. Absent some unlikely inter-league upsets, our focus has now shifted to having a winning season and permanently patching leaks.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 8:10 am Reply with quote
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We beat Fordham, Fordham beats Lehigh, three way tie, then tiebreakers. Just saying.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 8:54 am Reply with quote
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There were two players missed in this game. Hardegree is SS. He has done a fine job. He got hurt the first few minutes in 3rd at Cornell game and has been out. Kid was number 5 last season in tackles. Need him back. And of course Holland, as everyone knows. These two players would have made game changing plays. Second half def doesn't look like the team we had last year who finished second half with a win every PL game. I had more hope a few games back. Now, we have to win every game, so lets DO IT!
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Pass defense
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:50 am Reply with quote
the last indian
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I agree with many of the above comments, but I still want to point out our chronic pass defense problem.  There always seem to be big holes downfield for opponent's receivers.  The contrast with LU's coverage could not have been more plain.  Several time they knocked the ball out of the hands of our receiver, we were rarely close enough to do the same.  
And the zone is a disaster for containing the short passing game.  
We had opportunities in this game, but left them on the table.  Lehigh, on the other hand capitalized on them.  They deserved the "W".
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:59 am Reply with quote
The Future
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Agree with all of these posts. JB, you're absolutely right about the last drive before the half. I think the team this team wants to be is there for the first 27 minutes and then things slip away. Also agree that there is a lot of season left. It could still be a great year for these guys. I think they have the players and I think they have the coaches. Just have to figure out how to get the W's.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:14 am Reply with quote
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Had thought about a 3-way tie, but don't want to think too far ahead.  If ppg is a deciding factor, Lehigh or Fordham will battle it out.  There is reason to be optimistic vs Fordham after holding Edmonds to a career low last year, but this time we are on the road.  All focus must be on him...and of course those lateral passes that we cannot cover and everyone knows it.

Would appreciate some info on Holland.  What was his injury, when did it happen, and is he a redshirt?  Seems we should have more than 1 backup RB, which has always been our bread and butter.  Lehigh's backup QB had 500+ yards at Yale, but HC used 3 QBs yesterday and lost at home to Bucknell.  Who knows.

Just want to reiterate that only 4 home games absolutely, positively sucks.  Cornell was a surprise, but G'town and Lafayette do not make for an intense home schedule.

Let's Go 'Gate!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:21 am Reply with quote
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Bucknell's defense will be one of the best Colgate sees this year.

Edmonds rushed for 359 yards on 17 carries yesterday against Lafayette.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:53 pm Reply with quote
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Ives - looks like a great receiver. Got to get him the ball more. In fact spread it around. Greenawalt is another guy who doesn't get his share. Didn't use Maddaluna III at all yesterday after he sets record the week before. What's up? Was he just a decoy?

Agree with most posts. Game plan too conservative; DBs still not effective against opponent's passing game; O-line not getting to the QB - maybe rethink that whole strategy; agree - let other QBs in the game when we are guaranteed of a L or W; yes, where are the stud RBs we recruit, Washington is good but not a power runner; could we use more fullback plays to open up the opponents D?

Lots olf question marks, but the guys are trying and there's no reason they can't reset and still have a winning season (..and maybe even part of the PL title).
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:19 pm Reply with quote
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Andy Coen's a nice man. Lots of head coaches would have worked harder to score a final TD at the end of the game.

Now go beat Fordham!

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