Saturday, September 5, 2015

Quick Thoughts on the Fordham Game

Coach Monken has been saying all off-season that the defense is ahead of the offense, and then we have this. Army's triple-option looks great under QB Ahmad Bradshaw, especially running to the left, and the team has found a way to use its slot backs, for once, but even when they score 37 points, it's not nearly enough.  Ugh.  This does not bode well for the season.

Army's safeties were a liability last year, and despite putting Xavier Moss back there, it's hard to say there was any improvement over the offseason. Fordham made big play after big play in the middle, both running and passing. If Army can't get that corrected, time now, this team is literally not going to beat anyone.  No team can win games giving up that many long plays on busted coverage. It's just not going to happen. Plus, the only time Army got any pressure was with a corner blitz. That's not going to get it done, and this was against an FCS school with an undersized O-Line.

My buddy Chris and I saw trouble with Army's special teams at the summer scrimmage. Kick and coverage teams did well, but WR Edgar Poe dropped a punt that went for a safety in a game that Army ultimately lost by two points. 

Are there reasons to hope?  Of course there are. Bradshaw is a yearling, SB Jordan Asberry is a plebe, and many of Army's best players are new starters.  For that matter, Fordham's offense may well be better than UConn's or Eastern Michigan's.  However, any team with a decent passing game in the middle of the field is going to rip this Army team--again--and that really sucks.  Plus, it's not like you can blame the new guys.  Fordham started a bunch of new kids, too, including a new quarterback, and they made their share of mistakes.  Army just made more.

Upside: Army's liable to be in shoot-outs all season. Downside: this team probably won't win more than two of those, and that's being optimistic. 

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