Friday, September 30, 2011

9/30/11--Keys to the Game vs. Wake Forest

Fresh off our our most recent latest meaningful only win, we hope to ride the good vibe over the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest.

Below, Wesley and I take a shot at what needs to happen for our Eagles to get the W.


1Mike) For the love of God, make adjustments on D

Spaz was out-coached by Pat Fitzgerald, George O’Leary, and to a lesser extent David Cutcliffe. What did all of these coaches do? They tested different things vs. us and whenthey found something that worked, they repeated it on offense, daring our defense to change or adjust. As Eagles fans are all to keen to, we did not make any adjustments on defense and allowed whatever was hurting us to be replicated ad naseum. You might not be a huge Jim Grobe fan—but I promise youthis. If he finds something that’s working, he’s going to wear it out. Our staff needs to be proactive in changing to defend what is working for our opponent instead of laying back in our soft zone assuming that eventually they’ll throw an interception deep.

2Wesley) Forced Turnovers

Last week was a nice win, although it was against UMASS. But a big item of the win was the forced turnovers a plenty. 2 Fumbles and 2 Interceptions makes a win come a lot easier.

3M) Feed Montel

Last year vs. WakeForest, Montel ripped of nearly 200 yards and had three TD runs. Yes, it’s his first game back as the “starter” officially and I know we want to handle him with kid gloves to make sure he doesn’t get hurt again, but Montel has a great knack of not taking the full shot and rarely ever gets truly hit by an opponent. If he believes he’s ready to go, we need to rely on him and feed him the ball early and often—and don’t let up until he’s put up similar numbers to last year.

4W) Kuechly be Kuechly

Mike, I am sure I am like you and I am very excited to see Montel back in the starting role, and see him doing what he does best.

Unfortunately I see BC vs Wake being a VERY close game, and that pains me, but it is going to take something special to win. I think Kuechly's ability to take over a game is going to be what pushes this over the top

5M) O-Line run blocking

Wesley I agree with you—this game is likely going to be a close one. Given how the two close games we’ve played turned out, I’m not exactly excited about that. Hopefully you are right and Keeks will have an opportunity to make a game-changing play.

Our line played much better last week, although it was against a much smaller, undermanned UMass squad. The first three games against FCS squads didn’t go nearly as well for us. Our O-Line needs to ride the positive wave from the Minutemen game and execute up front giving Montel space to operate. They also pass-blocked well last week for Chase, I’d like to see them do it against a team that plays in the D-1.

6W) Rattle Tanner Price

So far Tanner Price has put up some impressive numbers as a Sophomore, he is 61 of 98 and has only thrown one pick this year to 6 Tds, which are some numbers as BC fans I think we envy. We need the Defensive line to show different schemes to get to the QB, I personally have liked the LB zone blitz that I have seen that sends KPL in. As our Ends basically try to just hold contain this gives a good shot up the middle although it opens up a hole for a slant or similar to a TE, but I like the look. We need more plays that get into the Qbs head, and more push up the middle.

7M) Continue to use the Tight Ends

I have to say I agree with you again here, Wesley—just like how last week I suggested mixing it up by bringing LB’s/DB’s/anyone with a helmet to create pressure since our front four haven’t been able to generate any, it was nice to see us selectively do it vs. UMass last week.

Speaking of suggestions last week, we finally got our TE’s involved early. What did that do? Well it opened up the field and allowed Chase to have his first three TD performance of the year. When the TE’s are in play, that makes the Safeties play honest and that gives us mismatches at various places on the field given the routes. If the TE’s can be ignored, it makes the game that much tougher for both Chase and our WR’s who have struggled to get open early on. We use the TE’s, it opens it up for all. We need to hit them early and often again.

8W) Build on the mo'

Yes it was just Umass, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't worried about the game last week. The team has some mojo now, build on it, be confident, and go forward. As the schedule increasingly gets more difficult, Wake is an ideal opponent at this point in our schedule.

9M) Play for all 60

In our first three FCS games we clearly were gassed by the 4th quarter. We know our games with Wake traditionally go down to the wire and that means the 4th quarter is going to be when the game is decided. We need to be playing for a full 60 if we want to walk out of Alumni with our second straight win.

10W) Offensive Game Calling

Mike I don't know about you, but I have really liked the offensive game calls (majority) over the past two games. I felt like we utilized a deep threat, slowly getting the TE's involved a bit more and are spelling out a run. Offensive line being the biggest area needed of improvement at this time, but as I have cussed the play calling in the past I have to say that this is better than what I have seen.

BCMike drafted: Make adjustments on D, Feed Montel, O Line run blocking, TE usage, play 60
Wesley drafted: Forced turnovers, Keeks being Keeks, rattle Tanner Price, buld on Mo, Offensive play calling

9-30-11 Draft: Keys vs. Wake Forest
BCMike: Make adjustments on D, Feed Montel, O Line run blocking, TE usage, play 60
Wesley: Forced turnovers, Keeks being Keeks, rattle Tanner Price, buld on Mo, Offensive play calling free polls

Monday, September 26, 2011

Week 5 Ballot (draft)

Here's a draft of our week five ballot. Let us know your thoughts and what needs to be fixed!

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

BCDraft Ballot - Week 5

Rank Team Delta
1 LSU Tigers Arrow_up 1
2 Alabama Crimson Tide Arrow_up 2
3 Oklahoma Sooners Arrow_down -2
4 Boise St. Broncos Arrow_down -1
5 Oklahoma St. Cowboys Arrow_up 4
6 Wisconsin Badgers Arrow_down -1
7 Stanford Cardinal Arrow_down -1
8 Virginia Tech Hokies Arrow_down -1
9 Nebraska Cornhuskers Arrow_down -1
10 Clemson Tigers Arrow_up 3
11 South Florida Bulls Arrow_up 1
12 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Arrow_up 2
13 Oregon Ducks Arrow_down -2
14 South Carolina Gamecocks Arrow_up 1
15 Florida Gators Arrow_up 2
16 Baylor Bears --
17 Michigan Wolverines Arrow_up 4
18 Texas Longhorns Arrow_up 4
19 Illinois Fighting Illini --
20 Michigan St. Spartans Arrow_up 5
21 TCU Horned Frogs --
22 Iowa St. Cyclones Arrow_up 2
23 Texas Tech Red Raiders --
24 Houston Cougars --
25 Louisiana Ragin Cajuns --
Dropouts: Florida St. Seminoles, West Virginia Mountaineers, Texas A&M Aggies, Fla. International Golden Panthers, Arkansas Razorbacks, Penn St. Nittany Lions

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hey! We won! I don't care if it was against UMass, UMalaysia, or U-Haul, a win is a win is a win at this point.

Wesley and I joyfully give you our first "best of the best" post in 2011, long overdue as most would agree. Here we go...


1Wesley) KPL TD

UMass was driving and looking like it was about to score, believe it
was Max Holloway that this the UMass QB and put the ball up for grabs,
when KPL grabbed it and took it back for a TD.

2BCMike) Chase to Lars

Getting the TE involved for the first passing TD of the
year was a
great way for Chase to get the monkey off his back and show we weren't
scared to pass in the red zone.

Many BC fans were nervous before this game started, including yours
truly...but after this play I knew we were going to win.

3W) Montel back

Just having Montel back is a good feeling , although he didn¹t take all
the snaps, and looked like he still needed to shake some rust off, I am
glad to see him on the field.

4M) 37 yards, Chase to Larmond, Jr.

Beauty of a pass, great to watch Colin burn someone
deep and get his
first score since the 2010 season.

5W) Hampton Hughes Pick

I guess I coulda just said Hughes pick, but I like the formality of his

NFL in his genes, and the heart of a walk on , its hard not to
root for Hampton. This was the first pass of the game, and Hampton Hughes
did a great and athletic job of getting in front of the receiver in the
last minute to grab it.

6M) Montel 4th down carry

Montel's first action of 2011 came on a 4th down with the Eagles needing one yard. The first defender had Montel dead to rights in the backfield but as he's so often done, he found the space to get through and get the first inside the five.

If we get stonewalled there it could have been a major boost for the Minutemen but instead it allowed our Eagles to score three plays later.

7W) Freese being perfect

You know when your kicker starts missing "normal" kicks you are headed
down a slippery slope , and a potential point of no return that BC fans
are all to familiar with.

But Freese being able to beat the funk was huge,
although the game didn’t depend on his kicks, getting his mojo back was
huge, hopefully he can keep it

8M) Keeping aggressive in the 2nd half

Great to see us put a boot on the neck when they
were down instead of playing conservatively and allowing them back in it.

9W) Kimble extension

Kimble did a great job of extending out for
what seemed like almost three yards on what looked like a play that was going nowhere ended up being 6

10M) Keeks getting to ten plus

Keeks only had four tackles in the first half, so it was great to see him get to 11 for the game and keep the streak of double digit tackles going at 26.

Wesley drafted: KPL 96 yd td, Montel back, Hampton Hughes INT, Freese perfect, Kimble extension
BCMike drafted: Chase to Lars, Chase to Larmond, Montel 4th and 1, Keeping aggressive, Keeks ten plus

9/25/11 Draft: Best of the Best vs. UMass
Wesley: KPL 96 yd td, Montel back, Hampton Hughes INT, Freese perfect, Kimble extension
BCMike: Chase to Lars, Chase to Larmond, Montel 4th and 1, Keeping aggressive, Keeks ten plus free polls

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Draft 9-24 Keys to the Game vs. UMass

Keys to the Game vs. UMass

1W) Forget that it is UMASS

If we focus on it just being UMASS, we will lose, but if we focus on

Them being the opponent of the week, and address them accordingly we will

should win.

2M) Play for Pride

0-3 start means barring something miraculous, the bowl streak is over.

We¹re currently the laughing stock of football along with Oregon State.

Let¹s be driven by personal pride and take it out on the Minutemen.

3W) Do the little things right

Do the little things right, the rest will happen. Make the field goals,

wrap up well. You are the more talented team, but that doesn¹t mean you

cannot be beat ( by any means) Do the small things, the win will follow

4M) Impose your Will

Our O-Line has been far from the BC tradition of O-Line-U, but

here¹s a chance to get ourselves on the right track vs. a comparatively smaller

UMass front four. They¹re athletic and no pushovers, but we should be

able to overpower them. Let¹s get our confidence back, let¹s get

O-Line U back.

5W) Half time adjustments

Make them if needed. It really is that simple, so far this year I

haven't seen any when they were needed, so we haven't been able to score much in

the second half, and our opponents have, unfortunately it really is that


6M) Be Aggressive

Playing conservatively has gotten us nowhere. We play this one close to

the vest, we will be in a close game in the 4th quarter which is

Exactly what UMass wants.

7W)Make the Kicks

Mike I agree, lets put it all out there for 60.. There is nothing to

really lose. Freese has been a version of Dr.Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde. He shows that he

Has the ability to drain them from long, but has missed some very standard

ones. Freese needs to show he is the man.

8M) Use our TE's (both) early and often

One of the more bewildering occurrences is the lack of usage of one of

our strengths, our great TE's. UMass may be able to selectively match

up, but won't be with two TE's on the field.

9W) Donnie Fletcher

Mike I think we mention the TE's every week, although we saw them in some

spot plays last week , I think neither of us are satisfied with the amount

of action that they have received. Donnie, this is your game to shine, you came back to finish your career at

the heights, and show that you have NFL abilities.

Injuries have slowed this course a bit, but here is your opportunity for a

highlight reel. LeeGOOOOOO!

10M) Don't coach this game as if your job depends on it

Coach the game because your job *does* depend on it. You lose this one, Spaz---you're out. No question.


Wesley: Forget its UMass, little things, half-time adjustments, Kicks, Fletch

BCMike: Pride, Be Aggressive, Impose Will, TEs, Coach

Draft 9-24 Keys to the Game vs. UMass
Wesley: Forget its UMass, little things, half-time adjustments, Kicks, Fletch
BCMike: Pride, Be Aggressive, Impose Will, TEs, Coach free polls

Friday, September 23, 2011

9/23/11 -- Worst of the Worst vs. Duke

So sue us. We're a little on the depressed side, if you haven't noticed. Here's the worst of the worst from the Duke loss.

1Mike) Freese missing the XP

Missing an extra point is just something that never seems to go unpenalized. Sure, you can put the blame on Freese for missing the chip-shot at the end to win it, but let’s be clear here—we wouldn’t have lost had he missed that kick, we would still have been tied. That would have had us playing things differently from the get-go.

2Wesley) The same play

Bubble Screen was used about 2,264 times from Duke, and the worst thing is we didn’t do anything to stop it.

3M) Not centering the ball

If you decide that you’re going to kick for the win, take the play before to CENTER the ball. Kicking from that close in using the far hashes in CFB does not make that an easy kick. Yes, he could have made it and should have, but at that tight of an angle, I firmly believe that if that ball was centered, Freese makes that kick and we’re all collectively complaining how we barely beat Duke vs. wallowing in the new fact that we are one of only two winless BCS AQ teams.

4W) The deep tosses

Mike, I agree the ball should have been centered, but it wasn’t really what caused the loss, and it really shouldn’t have ever gotten to that point in my mind.

As much as I hated those dink and dunks, you had to know they were going to toss a couple deep, well they did.. And they were successful , and it was intensely painful to watch our DB's whiff on defending them.

5W) The FG miss

It’s not often you’re afforded the opportunity to correct a mistake in a game. Freese missed the XP earlier which put BC in this situation, and he had the opportunity to give the Eagles the first win of the year. The kick wasn’t super duper easy, but a scholarship players in a BCS AQ conference needs to hit that kick.

6W) The Stadium

One thing I would add is that I didn’t really mind the Offensive playcalling, outside of abandoning the run… no that’s not a segway, I am just trying to be somewhat positive.

When the internet was all nice and warmed up for me to watch the game ( yes that is pathetic) but the stands were barren. If we expect the product on the field to be somewhat decent, we should support the players accordingly.. I understand not everyone will appreciate the coaching or the end result, but we need to do a better job of supporting them

7M) The Gift TD

At least they were being aggressive, but our DB’s colliding into each other in a “Bad News Bears” style, gift-wrapping a Duke 50 yard touchdown throw to let them back into the game after BC started out10-0 was just brutal.

8W) The lack of halftime adjustments

Mike you stole my line, I was calling us the bad news bears all day long lol.. Good call

When we went into halftime, we were up, but Duke had recently scored. But we had plenty of time during the half to come back strong and make adjustments.

But Zero adjustments were made during the half, and the same things that were working against us in the first half continued to be successful in the second.

9M) The squib kick before halftime

Hey, if you’re in a game and the kick returner has already hurt you badly and there’s 10 seconds left on the clock—I get it. Squib kicking it is a good idea as you generally prevent any type of big return in exchange for giving your opponent cherry field position with what, maybe 4 seconds remaining. Doing this with over a minute and a half while your opponents have three timeouts left (and are unlikely to kneel down like we are) was borderline criminally stupid. Duke did what any team possessing a coach not fresh off a lobotomy would do, they aggressively marched down the field, judiciously using timeouts when necessary, and scored.

10W) The Spaz Half time show.

Am I being nit picky? Hmmm yeah I am. Let me say this, I think Spaz has a lot of passion, he gets after the guys as needed, shows some excitement during the game. BUT HE NEVER shows it to the media. Which is how he can interact with his audience. If Spaz wants to be all coach talk all the time, well he better start getting an unblemished record.

Not going to bother a poll for this one. We all lose.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Week 4 Blogpoll Top 25 (Results)

Here's the week 4 blogosphere Top 25 (our votes were counted! can you believe it?)

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 4

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Oklahoma Sooners (54) 24.68 2.33 Arrow_up 2
2 LSU Tigers (39) 24.26 2.19 --
3 Alabama Crimson Tide (11) 23.17 1.79 Arrow_down -2
4 Boise St. Broncos 21.46 0.41 --
5 Wisconsin Badgers 20.22 0.62 Arrow_up 2
6 Stanford Cardinal 20.13 1.49 Arrow_down -1
7 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 17.14 3.27 Arrow_up 1
8 Texas A&M Aggies 15.75 4.10 Arrow_up 1
9 Nebraska Cornhuskers 15.66 4.15 Arrow_up 2
10 South Carolina Gamecocks 13.99 3.89 --
11 Oregon Ducks 13.61 4.68 Arrow_up 2
12 Florida St. Seminoles 13.50 5.08 Arrow_down -6
13 Virginia Tech Hokies 12.89 3.69 Arrow_up 1
14 Arkansas Razorbacks 12.88 3.96 Arrow_down -2
15 Florida Gators 12.05 3.44 Arrow_up 1
16 West Virginia Mountaineers 9.70 3.21 Arrow_up 2
17 South Florida Bulls 8.77 4.13 Arrow_up 2
18 Baylor Bears 7.88 4.03 Arrow_up 2
19 Clemson Tigers 6.50 4.28 Arrow_up 20
20 Texas Longhorns 6.36 3.87 Arrow_up 3
21 Michigan Wolverines 4.54 4.19 Arrow_up 4
22 USC Trojans 4.53 4.81 Arrow_up 2
23 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 3.42 4.14 Arrow_up 10
24 Illinois Fighting Illini 3.40 3.93 Arrow_up 11
25 TCU Horned Frogs 2.87 2.84 Arrow_up 1
Others Receiving Votes: Iowa St. Cyclones | Houston Cougars | Fla. International Golden Panthers | North Carolina Tar Heels | Michigan St. Spartans | Vanderbilt Commodores | Miami Hurricanes | California Golden Bears | Maryland Terrapins | Missouri Tigers | Utah Utes | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Ohio Bobcats | San Diego St. Aztecs | Mississippi St. Bulldogs | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Ohio St. Buckeyes | Iowa Hawkeyes | Georgia Bulldogs | Pittsburgh Panthers | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | Auburn Tigers | Temple Owls | Texas Tech Red Raiders
Updated: Sep 20, 2011 6:32 AM PDT

SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Rankings 2011