Editor’s Note: If Fizzy, as loyal a long-time fan and season-ticket-holder as he is, says he won’t sit in the cold for the final two games (which he did in the last story), then you know our attendance is not going to approach the 30K average it has through the first five. His recap of USF starts here.
By Dave (Fizzy) Weinraub
How to Shoot Yourself in Both Feet Without a Gun
- The offense continually stops itself with penalties.
- The play calling in the red zone and at the goal line is atrocious. The first two play calls with first and goal are always up-the-gut. (Dairy Queen is introducing a new product, the Temple all-vanilla softy.)
- Twice when Russo got sacked, linemen inconceivably double-teamed, while the linebacker rushed freely.
- Continually on third and long, no roll-outs – no imagination.
- The offense scored 10 points.
- So far, Anthony Russo has had only one really good game. (It was the one with 7 drops.) In fact, he’s regressed a little since last season.
- Isaiah Wright has also gone downhill since last season.
Conclusion: The game should have been put away in the first half. Temple needs a new offensive coordinator.
- If the SF receiver doesn’t drop the wide-open deep pass in the fourth quarter, the games’ a nail biter. There were also two other SF barely overthrown deep passes to open receivers.
- Sometimes it’s tough to avoid a targeting call, especially when the receiver or ball carrier suddenly ducks. However, our outstanding linebacker (Chapelle Russell) had at least three steps before hitting the SF QB in the head with his helmet in the first quarter. Inexcusable!
- A really dumb roughing the kicker penalty negated a terrific stop of SF when the games was tied.
Conclusion: If it wasn’t for the outstanding performance by our defensive rushers and all their sacks, as well as the defensive touchdown, we’d have probably lost this game. This is the sloppiest 6 – 3 team I’ve ever seen. Oh yeah, the win was nice. We are now eligible to go to the White House Sub Shop Bowl in Atlantic City.
There are three important things in football – coaching, coaching, and coaching.
Tuesday: The Improving Scenarios