A Rapid Reaction to Florida State’s 18-14 Comeback Win over Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl
Posted by Steve Herring on December 29, 2011
Are you a die-hard Notre Dame football fan? Are you pissed off right now? Well, you should be. Two full years in Brian Kelly’s offensive system and a complete lack of consistency from the QB position at any point during this tenure. Their performances against anything resembling a quality defense teeters on the brink of embarrassing. All three interceptions were of the “slap your forehead, punch the wall, defensive player standing directly in front of you where you threw the ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” variety. It was complete ineptitude.
Educated fans knew this was a very big, athletic, and well coached Florida State defense. If the Seminoles simply stuffed the run, provided fantastic coverage, and made a lucky turnover we could chalk it up to a superior opponent. When we lose by 4 points and our quarterback throws two high school freshman level interceptions inside the opponents end zone, then we should refuse to believe we did anything but beat ourselves…again.
Much like the disaster that was the Stanford finale, the bowl game took a bright yellow highlighter on the 2011 season and marked up the performance issues in front of our grimacing eyes. The QBs found no rhythm, the defensive backs refused to play the ball in the air, and the defense couldn’t muster enough for multiple 4th quarter stops.
It was the first time in many moons that found Bob Diaco’s unit outcoached for the majority of the 2nd half. Linemen that were attacking before halftime remained in standstill for too many big passing plays and when FSU had to run the ball and wind the clock – they lined up and did just that. Manti TAY-OHHH played his ass off and looked refreshingly healthy; same goes for Jamoris Slaughter. Problem again was an entire defensive backfield that continued to refuse to believe that turning around to make a play on the ball is good football. The Seminoles biggest plays came in instances where a precariously thrown ball whizzed over a defenders head who played the man and not the pigskin. It was no surprise, but none less frustrating.
- Andrew Hendrix certainly did little to make his fan club pound their chests…Tommy Rees did even less.
- Michael Floyd dropped the most perfectly thrown pass he’d seen in 2011…maybe it was too shocking.
- Cierre Wood looked a half step slower and shied from contact on multiple plays.
- We better hope that wasn’t a preview of 2012 without Floyd. The receiving cast was MIA outside the two future NFL’ers.
- Lynch, Nix, and Tuitt looked unblockable at times. Most of those times came before halftime.
- That was not a catch. Period. He gained control of the football with his entire shoulder clearly touching white.
- Riddick looked better at back – quick, aggressive, determined. He was sorely missed in the open field on the receiving end.
- Most of Rees sacks saw 1-2 receivers breaking open as he plopped to the turf defeated.
- Everett Golson is starting in Ireland on September 1, 2012.
What Were YOUR Thoughts?!?!?!?!
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