Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Miserable Performance

I arose at 0415 yesterday to drive to Charlottesville to meet with the other members of the 25th Reunion Giving Committee for planning/discussions.  Got home after the game last night at 2330--sorry for no blogging in between.

What did happen in between was ridiculous.  Virginia's football team lost to the University of Southern Misssissippi, 30-24.  We were pretty much outplayed, out-athleted, and out-coached from wire to wire.  A couple of real concerns manifested themselves:

1.  Tackling.  Like most UVA teams, this one tackles poorly.  I wish I knew why that is, but it is a perennial problem there.

2.  Defensive backfield.  We have a freshman starting at cornerback, and he's been targeted successfully by our last two opponents.  They picked him apart yesterday. If he's the best we have, than he needs help.  If someone is sitting on the bench who doesn't give up the big play like he does, that guy ought to be on the field.

3.  Big plays.  We gave up 3rd and longs with startling regularity--including a back-breaking 3rd and 24 when the score was 27-24 in the fourth quarter.

4.  Special teams.  Two huge gaffes yesterday.  USM pulled off a ballsy fake punt deep in their own side of the field--not a single guy on our team paid any real attention.  Additionally, when we scored a touchdown/2pt conversion deep in the 4th--momentum was on our side--you could feel it.  At kickoff?  Our kicker kicked it out of bounds, giving USM great field position.  You've got a field 50 yards wide to kick into--why OOB?

5.  Offensive line.  Really poor blocking for the run game.

Bottom line?  We're better than last year, but we're not good. 

1 comment:

"The Hammer" said...

Apart from Ga. Tech, Clemson and Va. Tech (at least so far) the ACC stinks on ice. Maryland, UVA, State, Duke, Wake and B.C. (Yankee drunken Irish Catholic bastards); they all reek. Carolina, if not for their lying and cheating ways would be a top ten caliber team based on their talent, but they are who they are, liars and cheats.

There was a piece in the N&O about how all our football talent goes out of state. Now admittedly we aren't even close to in terms of highschool talent to say a
Florida or Ohio or Texas, but gee, it would be nice to hang on to the little bit we do have.

But is there any doubt just about any SEC or Big 10 team would destroy just about any ACC team? Those guys are just better top to bottom. Russell Wilson must think he's died and gone to Heaven.

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