Point of Comparison

One key item I use to identify a well-coached team is situational awareness and execution. Today, I saw the perfect microcosm of what kind of smart, disciplined football I want to see – and it made NC State’s end of half/game management (BC miracle notwithstanding) look abyssmal by comparison.

Maryland makes a first down at the Clemson 12, down by 2, 0:22 left, no timeouts. But, as I mentally noted – the Terps are on the hash. Tough kick. Fridge signals his QB, and he and his line calmly and in near-unison line up for a quick snap. Hollenbach goes back a yard and kneels in the dead center of the field. Calmly and efficiently once again (with no formation or movement penalty), the line gets ready, Hollenbach patiently waits to be sure the line is set, and kills the clock with 0:03 left. No wasted movement, and no panic. You don’t often see professional teams execute that smoothly. It was clear that the Terps had practiced this drill before – and it paid off with a 13-12 win (meaning that the worst replay overturn I’ve ever seen didn’t give Clemson an undeserved victory).

No further commentary is really necessary, is it? I’m off to C-F.

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12 Responses to Point of Comparison

  1. Woof Wolf 11/04/2006 at 5:28 PM #

    I absolutelyy agree with everything you said except, ‘No further commentary is really necessary, is it?

    Unless those replay officials have some pictures that we didn’t see, the should be fired. And it delayed the game for over five minutes.

    It was a very good game. I watched most of it.

  2. Micky McCarthy 11/04/2006 at 6:54 PM #

    Clearly the worst overturn in the brief history of college football replay. ACC officials are an utter disgrace. Fortunately, MD pulled it out (can’t believe I said that…)

  3. IrishPackFan 11/04/2006 at 8:12 PM #

    I’m going to be anxious to see the on-the-field-call-being-overturned-by-replay percentage for this year. Last year it was around 50%. Abysmal. This year it seems like they are overkilling the replays at every unwaranted chance they get to make themselves look like their getting it right on the field. Do you have to be a ‘tard to get a job as a zebra? There is a thing in football called “flow” and when you review a play that obviously doesn’t need reviewing; you are essentially killing any kind of momentum a team has. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; these ACC “officials” are the worst bunch of refs in the whole NC-double-A!!

  4. BladenWolf 11/04/2006 at 8:32 PM #

    SFN –
    What a perceptive analysis. The Pack’s coaching staff would not have even thought of the right set of plays, let alone practiced them, mastered them, and then pull them off in quick succession like Fridge’s team quite beauitfully illustrated.
    The comparison is stark indeed.

  5. dthompson44 11/04/2006 at 8:53 PM #

    Amen to all comments above–I was outraged by the overturn when it happened even as a disinterested observer.
    Reviews should be on a strict 3-minute stopwatch; anything taking longer cannot be “indisputable evidence”. The call stands and the game goes on. Period.

  6. choppack1 11/05/2006 at 1:59 AM #

    Stark contrast to our end of game situation where they can’t decide whether or not to Blackman on the field. They decide not to and tech downs it on our 7 yard line.

  7. class of 74 11/05/2006 at 7:13 AM #

    We have a coach who thinks 99% of coaching is recruiting better athletes.

  8. waxhaw 11/05/2006 at 8:31 AM #

    ^ He could try tossing his notebook that he writes down penalties, turnovers, etc and try somthing different. Note to self, every game comes down to a couple of key plays, turnovers and mistakes. Writing them down doesn’t prove anything. Especially if you keep falling on the wrong side of those mistakes.

    So close and yet so far away.

  9. BladenWolf 11/05/2006 at 8:32 AM #

    Now we face an angry Clemson team next week and our coach is still happy about our guys “playing their tails off”…

    Lord have mercy on our souls when we enter Death Valley.

    Now it even looks like the holes and the rednecks have a chance the last two games. How pathetic.

  10. Packaholic1 11/05/2006 at 3:25 PM #

    Last year, Fridge was on the ropes (according to some “experts”). Now he’s a wizard (again).

    If they’re really so well-coached and disciplined, how did they only beat lowly State by 6 at home? Or is your example more aberration than consistent?

  11. highstick 11/05/2006 at 11:27 PM #

    Ho-Hum, the “imagined” Clempson Dynasty has fallen! Again, and again, and just might collapse one more time before the year is over.

  12. packpigskinfan23 11/06/2006 at 10:32 AM #

    wow… acc football REALLY is bad.

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