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This is one of them yardstick games

I thought the State game was a yardstick game, but I didn't like the result.

Gardner Webb wasn't a yardstick game either, because if that's our yardstick, we should quit playing football altogether.

So, I'm now thinking Navy is our yardstick game. Defensively, it poses a huge challenge for us because it involves discipline and assignments, with misdirection, cut blocks and the occasional downfield pass thrown in, and discipline has not been the strong suit of the Pirates for a long, long time. Offensively, it's difficult to tell whether the Pirates were intentionally run-focused last week, or if that's a reflection of bigger issues in the passing game. I think it's a bit of both.

Ahlers gets an A for effort, week in and week out, and when he takes off running, particularly on a broken play, I like our chances. When it's a designed run, he seems to be less effective, and many of his passes have left something to be desired, particularly those that require touch. He'll get better at making quicker reads, by necessity. However, I'd say in 2 games, at least 10 passes that were right on the money have been just plain dropped. Had those been caught, and we sustained drives and lost to State 34-20, or something along those lines, I think many of us would feel better right now. Even 34-13 (with a score on the first drive) sounds like it was at least some semblance of a game.

Bottom line, it's game 3 against an opponent we've historically struggled with. The option has always been tough to defend, but Navy is rebuilding, and we're a new team with a coach who has a track record of winning a lot more than he loses.

The season is still young, and I'm optimistic we'll see some new wrinkles (positive ones) on Saturday. We'll see some reasons for optimism. Pirates win the yardstick game 36-31.

Posted: 09/10/2019 at 2:51PM


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This is one of them yardstick games -- '82Pirate 09/10/2019 2:51PM
  It is.. -- razor_one 09/10/2019 5:58PM
  You are indeed an optimist -- iPirate74 09/10/2019 3:08PM
  I dont see how you can call this a yardstick game. Horrible -- Cannonball Comin 09/10/2019 3:05PM

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