by Mike Coffey
Mike Royko never said “Some things you wonder, some things you think, and some things you just know”, but I bet he would have played single-safety yesterday.
I’m a well-known adversary to the “television screen in ND Stadium” movement. But I did find myself wishing there was a way to tell the crowd yesterday to STOP DOING THE FREAKING WAVE DURING A CLOSE GAME. If a TV screen can get that done, maybe I’ll bite the bullet.
How ’bout that Tarean Folston? As Mayock said during the broadcast, some things can’t be coached, and he’s got those things.
I know it was just Navy, but I really enjoyed the performance on offense. ND could have named its score. No negative-yardage plays, lots of punishing runs. You could tell in the fourth quarter Navy’s defense was completely demoralized and defeated. Had the defense stood up to its end of the bargain, my 45-20 OWHF prediction probably would have been closer to the actual result.
Bob Diaco’s befuddlement when it comes to the option really has to be addressed. I’m not sure why the same offense that was handled so well two out of the last four years could be such a problem the other two years, particularly when teams with significantly less talent seem to be able to deal with it. I realize Navy is sky-high every time they play ND, but given the physical advantages ND enjoys, that shouldn’t matter.
Not the best week to talk about “2010 will never be repeated”, methinks.
You have to feel bad for Nick Sloan. For the second time this season, a missed extra point affects the game’s outcome, as I’m sure Navy’s philosophy would have been a bit different in those last couple minutes if they knew they could tie with a field goal rather than needing a touchdown.
Having said that, it’s a good thing he missed. Can you imagine what overtime would have looked like? They’d still be playing.
Someone said Keenan Reynolds is only a sophomore. We’d better get him figured out.
Someone else said Navy had some kind of a run-in with Saturday’s officiating crew earlier in the season and had lodged some kind of complaint against them. I’m not usually a blame-the-officiating kind of guy, but when a team complains about the refs and suddenly goes an entire game on the road without having one penalty called against them, I scratch my head a little bit.
Lost in the howling about the poor performance of the defense is more howling about ND’s kickoff coverage. Navy averaged almost 30 yards a return, and on their last drive, when ND absolutely needed them to have the longest field possible, Marcus Thomas blew through the blue jerseys for 49 yards. I think it’s time for a full-time special teams coach, don’t you?
I mentioned Tarean Folston, right?