Saturday, October 24, 2009

In-game comments post: Notre Dame

Another road test for Spaz's squad. Let's hope the Irish bring out the best in the boys.


I will not be online during the game. Leave your thoughts and comments below.

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BCNorCal07 said...

WE ARE! BC!

I'm hoping the guys come out strong and fast and get some push on the line early. The first quarter is definitely going to set the tone for the whole game.

Elsewhere in the ACC, GT beat UVA, which hopefully will deflate the Cavs' balloons a little before we head down there.

mod34b said...

12 minutes before kick off and it remains a complete mystery how this game will go.

We know ND is not great, but can we beat them??? I have no clue!

Emil said...

Took BC in the +8.5 spread. Let's hope they can at least keep it close. Beat ND!!

Deacon Drake said...

I would not be surprised if they came out Bazooka. It is the best way to get the ball rolling for Shinske, who struggled when they let him throw early at Tech.

We know that the D isn't going to blitz, but they have to at least shut down the run and force them to be one dimensional. Nobody has really stopped Golden Tate, so the 4 deep shell will at least be effective preventing the big play. The way to keep them off balance would be to stagger the coverage to keep Clausen from getting a pre-snap read.

BC is WAY undersized on the D-line, especially at end... that wasn't a problem last season with the pressure coming up the middle.

I don't there is a matchup for Rudolph. That and special teams are big in ND's favor.

The first two road games were Robocop and Zombieland type carnage. I don't want From Dusk Till Dawn... Run the friggin ball.

eagleboston said...

Wow, Alex Flanagan is hot.

eagleboston said...

Sister Ba-ba-ba....Ba-ba-barba Anne

BCNorCal07 said...

You mean Skeletor?

BCNorCal07 said...

First defensive play: not a good sign.

eagleinexile said...

I'm back, for those that missed me, and yes Afghanistan is lousy all year long.

Go Eagles, I caught a few games while overseas, unfortunately one of them was VT.

I am loving the Dropkick Murphy's highlight reel, reminds me of a reel that was on this link from the 2007 season, anybody still got that one.

BCNorCal07 said...

Eerie, eerie flashback happening right now.

eagleboston said...

10 yards per play absolutely cannot continue or the prognosticators are right...this will be a blowout

Not liking what I am seeing at all.

BCNorCal07 said...

Oh Jesus Christ.

eagleboston said...

Blatant, blatant holding on that 3rd down pass play.

eagleinexile said...

Are you kidding no Holding call on that? Oh that's right, it's 11 on 16 when you play in South Bend.

Bravesbill said...

There is no excuse why he should get so wide open. Play man defense and give some help. Screw the zone.

BCNorCal07 said...

Beautiful play there by Wes. Great break-up. And Donnie did a very nice job on the fade the play before, too. We are very, very lucky to end this drive giving up only three.

eagleboston said...

We're lucky they just got a field goal.

Upset alert: Iowa State just beat Nebraska in Lincoln....without its starting QB and running back.

Deacon Drake said...

Yeah, that looked a little too much like Tech.

The offense will have to carry the load.

Deacon Drake said...

Interesting first play...

BCNorCal07 said...

Where is this arm strength that we keep hearing about with Dave? That was a TD if it was thrown past the DB.

Eagle1 said...

Too short, Uncle Dave. C'mon.

eagleboston said...

So much for the Notre Dame defense being terrible. They look pretty damn good to me.

BC better wake up fast or they are going to Irish stew.

Deacon Drake said...

Nightmare start.

mod34b said...

imaginative, but shakey start

BCNorCal07 said...

Gutsy first play-call, but Dave looks uncomfortable so far. Hope he settles down. Hope the D does, too.

BCNorCal07 said...

Our D-line sucks.

eagleboston said...

I thought Parris blew his knee out last week against USC. Nice to see him playing.

eagleboston said...

Crap, Albright is hurt. We don't have anyone else on the line.

Was he the victim of the clip?

BCNorCal07 said...

Oh, the return of the Charlie Weis face.

BCNorCal07 said...

Yeah, it was Albright that got clipped . . . downfield . . . away from the play.

BCNorCal07 said...

SAFETY!

mod34b said...

3-2 yahooo

AO said...

Claussen! You can't hide your cowardice against the Eagles baby

eagleboston said...

Me likey the safety!!!!

We got a baseball game now. Defense looked much better that series.

Bravesbill said...

Wow, that's a pretty sad road stat.

eagleinexile said...

Oh sweet Referee revenge, but yeah Clausen's good enough to play on Sunday, sure just like BQ.

BCNorCal07 said...

Okay guys, let's see if we can get something going here. I want to see Montel get a couple carries and I'd love to a deep pass off the play-action.

A man can dream.

Deacon Drake said...

I'm not sure that Charlie Weis is "an optimal pooper"

Eagle1 said...

Not impressed with ND so far. We could take this if last week's offense shows up.

mmason said...

May I stop holding my breath since the opening kickoff? That safety was sweet music!

eagleboston said...

Interestingly, I think if Notre Dame sticks with the running game, they can move the ball on BC's depleted d-line. Weiss will likely out-scheme himself and have Clauseen throw 40 times.

mmason said...

Lord, our OC is so predictable...but was that pass interference or what?

Thomas said...

I hate how ND has players on both sides of the ball with the same number... I can't remember us ever doing that, but they dress like 120 players for every game too.

mod34b said...

greeat toss SHin...

BCNorCal07 said...

Whew. Nice completion there. Still not feeling Uncle Dave's pay thus far, but hopefully that will help him get his bearings.

Deacon Drake said...

Exhale... he won't finish 1-12 for 4 yards.

eagleboston said...

Wow, I don't think Harris could have done any more to protect the ball.

AO said...

Does anyone know what Tom Hammond's deal is? I know he tries to remain impartial but the fact that he announces all ND football games and just looks like a complete suit really make me dislike him.

Eagle1 said...

OMG. Looks like the O wants to give the ball away. Holy Christ.

BCNorCal07 said...

Shinskie looks like he doesn't have a clue how to throw.

eagleboston said...

Shinskie may not survive this game. He is getting hammered every play. Tenuta is just not going to let up with the blitz.

Bravesbill said...

Punting from the 35...ugh. Considering BC doesn't have a real kicker I guess that's the right call.

Eagle1 said...

This offense looks dazed and confused. Ugggh.

mmason said...

Well, that was a huge waste of great field position.

Thomas said...

I wonder if Tranquil knows what a screen pass or draw play is and what effect they can have on blitzes...

eagleinexile said...

this looks like the VT Shinskie, so far, but let's stay positive. We have got to get the run game going.

But right now, let's load up the box on D. Clausen will not drop into the end zone again

BCNorCal07 said...

Glad to see Albright back in.

EinE: I'm definitely hoping Shin turns it around and starts to make plays. The problem is, the receivers are open. He is not making plays. It's not that I'm being unduely pessimistic. I'm just describing what I see.

mod34b said...

shin got to get past the inital nerves, taht's all

BCNorCal07 said...

Nice stand there by the D. Loved the line-man shooting the gaps on the last couple run plays.

BCNorCal07 said...

Mod34, I hope so.

Thomas said...

on that 3rd down play we actually rushed 2 and dropped 9 into coverage... and it worked!

BCNorCal07 said...

What a catch by Gunnell!

Deacon Drake said...

The O-line just doesn't show up on the road... what gives there?

BCNorCal07 said...

Ugh.

Eagle1 said...

Defense is back. Offense sucks. WTF. Goddamnit.

Bravesbill said...

This is all in Shinskie's head now. He can't even make easy passes to wide open receivers that are all under 10 yards. Quigley is the Player of the Game so far.

mod34b said...

now shin is making me nervous...

BCNorCal07 said...

Here we go again.

Bravesbill said...

Oh Christ. BC is going to get shred with these 10+ yard cushions.

Big Jack Krack said...

Shinskie has to pick it up - he's locking on to one receiver. Also, no imagination in the offense - none - zip.

mmason said...

We need a friggin' turnover.

mod34b said...

not bad for 1Q

exceeding expections overall.

eagleinexile said...

BCNorCal, that suggestion to stay positive was more for me than anyone else. I judge no one on these boards because I live the biggest Glass Mansion on the block.

D looks good, especially Mclaughlin and the Secondary.

BCNorCal07 said...

Where's the wild-cat? Where's Finch? Something to serve as a change-up in the running game.

Eagle2012 said...

Shinskie's line is ugly: 2/9 for 37 years. And Harris hasn't shown anything today.

Furthermore, why didn't Spaz consider going for it on the 4th and 10 and the 4th and 7 we had inside their 40?
I want to see more aggressive play calling :/, or more accurate throws.

AO said...

I think we need to throw Haden in for a series, switch things up a bit. Or go wildcat with him and Montel.

BCNorCal07 said...

Oh goddamn, first well-thought up play of the game and we take a ten-yard penalty.

Big Jack Krack said...

Okay Shinskie - let's go, man.

Hey OC - give Montel a break - everyone in the stadium knows when he's going to get the handoff up the middle.

BCNorCal07 said...

Isn't Josh still hurt?

Nice gain on the draw there.

BCNorCal07 said...

Good lord is Gunnell clutch!

mmason said...

GUNNY ROCKS!!

Deacon Drake said...

Damn Gunnell... suicide catch

mmason said...

Shinskie is throwing a really slow ball today...scary.

BCNorCal07 said...

Oh Jesus.

mmason said...

Was it the transfer or a bobble or what?

Deacon Drake said...

Honestly, Harris was going to be dropped for a five yard loss there... the blocking has been so bad tey have given him the yips.

Big Jack Krack said...

Oh Boy! Tighten up Defense - the Offense might come around yet.

Great job D - keep it up, lads!

Bravesbill said...

This play calling has been atrocious today outside of the first play of the game and the execution has been even worse. Spaz really needs to get Tranquil to shake things up or this game will be over shortly. It's only a matter of time before ND's offense wakes up.

mod34b said...

amen -- BJK!

Eagle1 said...

Holy shit. I think God does not want us to score on offense. There's no other rational explanation.

mod34b said...

Duke beat Maryland...nice

Deacon Drake said...

Great job showing blitz with Hughes in there.

Brablc said...

Is Haden healthy?

mmason said...

This soft cushion thing is just not working inside our 40. Where's the blitz?

mod34b said...

clemson up 7-3 on Miami

BCNorCal07 said...

Wow, when was the last time Duke won an ACC game as a *favorite*? Navy's up late on Wake, UVA got crushed, UNC lost a heartbreaker, and it's still early in Miami. Crazy day in the ACC.

BCNorCal07 said...

Awesome. We just keep shooting ourselves in the foot.

Bravesbill said...

Even the announcers realize there is way too much cushion.

BCNorCal07 said...

Luckiest penalty of all time. OF ALL TIME.

BCNorCal07 said...

Okay, we were lucky to only give three there. The offense needs to do something on this possession. The D needs a break and we needs points.

Bravesbill said...

Geez. Luckiest penalty ever. Maybe this is the way to stop ND though. Allow them to get inside the 10, then drop 8 guys into coverage allowing none of their receivers to find any open ground.

mod34b said...

of all time??....bit of the blarney, i think

eagleinexile said...

Netx drive is huge, need the run, a lot of clock killed and a score. If we get one of those, and they do not score before the half, I will be somewhat happy.

Big Jack Krack said...

Now would be a good time to go on a nice drive - and SCORE!

BCNorCal07 said...

Well, the all-caps should have given that away.

mmason said...

Atlast, a break. That fake was so Charlie it should be called the Cong play...he'll try anything to win and we have to get way more wild if we're going to win this thing.

BCNorCal07 said...

Gause looks pretty promising as a return-man.

Deacon Drake said...

Kick returns:

Gauze > Smith

more aggressive

BCNorCal07 said...

Oh crap. Harris cannot be hurt. Way to hang your back out to dry with the bobble, Dave.

Big Jack Krack said...

I think Haden is hurt.

Bravesbill said...

Everyone knew that run was coming. Blame Tranquil for that one.

BCNorCal07 said...

Hope he only had the wind knocked out of him.

mmason said...

Whooah...Montel can't be hurt. That would blow, for sure.

Deacon Drake said...

Great... the O-Line finally got Harris killed.

BCNorCal07 said...

Okay Dave, that was a nice throw. Try to do that twice in a row, now.

mmason said...

Shinskie needs to throw with some zip like that! Real pop!

BCNorCal07 said...

Yeah, McCluskey is not a tailback.

Bravesbill said...

Can Tranquil be any less imaginative on first down? If you're going to run it at least vary the play!

Thomas said...

WHAT THE F***???? GET MCCLUSKY THE F*** OUTTA THE GAME AS THE PRIMARY RUNNER!!!

mmason said...

JARRRRRRRVIS! Pretty...

BCNorCal07 said...

Oh wow, another dive. Surprise!

BCNorCal07 said...

HAHAHA!!! TRANQUIL IS UNPREDICTABLE!!! LOLOLOLOL!


/goddamn penalties

Bravesbill said...

A wildcat here would be nice

Thomas said...

Run to the middle of the field to set up a fg?

Deacon Drake said...

Brutal play by the line gets worse and Tranquill's creative response is to roll left... dumbass.

BCNorCal07 said...

GUNNELL!!! What a route!

Deacon Drake said...

YES

Thomas said...

Nice hold on the PAT by flutie! Great drive Eagles!!!

mmason said...

I BELIEVE IN BC...TD Boston College!1

Bravesbill said...

That sure did look like an obvious pick by Larmond but a score nonetheless. Nice drive and it finally looks like Shinskie has calmed down some.

Eagle1 said...

Eagles!!!!

Observer College just cracked open a bottle of Jack Daniels.

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Big Jack Krack said...

Sweet. We can beat these guys. Let's go D - you're doing great.

Thomas said...

For all the crap throws before this drive, Shin sure looked sharp and made some nice throws on that drive. Hopefully he can keep it up(the good throws).

BCNorCal07 said...

That drive was just what I (the future doctor) ordered. A bit of a time-eater, Shinskie made some nice throws and got in a bit of a rhythm, the receivers made some nice catches (I'm looking at you Justin!), and we took the lead. Hope the D appreciated the break is fired up!

mmason said...

Agreed, BravesB--Shinskie has settled down--now we need to tighten up on that cushion D.

Eagle1 said...

Cornerbacks playing too soft.

Bravesbill said...

They have been playing soft all game. Even the announcers have called them out for it. However, there have been no defensive adjustments made which is the most frustrating thing about the defense.

mmason said...

Again, we're playing prevent with the pass D...there's no sense to this. And Pat Haden is going to make my head explode. So much ND manlove mantra...ouch.

mod34b said...

NBC = NOtreDame Broadcast Club

BCNorCal07 said...

The DBs have really been playing off. Not like that's a surprise, though. That's been the scheme since, well, since I can remember (ie, at least 7 years). They have been more aggressive coming up to make the tackle on this drive.

Big Jack Krack said...

Too loose.

Bravesbill said...

This coverage gets ridiculous. If ND completes pass after pass for 10 years, why on earth has there been no adjustment?

BCNorCal07 said...

If you can get to the QB with 2, that's good (we just did). But if you can't stop a Jimmy Claussen run with a zone D? Yeah, that's bad.

eagleinexile said...

suckering them in on those 8 yd outs for the PICK-6.

Bravesbill said...

And isn't Claussen supposed to have a turf toe injury? He's looking pretty mobile. And what do you know, another pass completion against soft coverage. Ridiculous.

eagleinexile said...

Or not!

Deacon Drake said...

Worst blitz ever.

BCNorCal07 said...

Goddamnit. No, we cannot cover Tate. Also, we cannot get to Claussen quickly enough.

Bravesbill said...

Saw that TD pass coming from a mile away.

Big Jack Krack said...

Terrible - that defensive scheme was terrible.

mod34b said...

Defense is so uneven today..

Eagle1 said...

No pass rush kills us again. Weis could have made that throw.

Deacon Drake said...

Wow... almost a 2 hour first half. Thanks NBC.

Bravesbill said...

ND is not going to beat itself. It's offense and Clausen are too good. It will take those 10 yard passes every time and more likely than not will convert them into points. BC has to change things up, check them at the line of scrimmage and provide over the top help or ND will eat this secondary alive.

mmason said...

This pass defense is just a bad strategy...What's the point of giving them 8 yards per down to avoid a long TD. Jimmy gets his 1st TD pass vs. BC in history...and we just dfanced the 2 step polka w/ their receivers all the way down the field. This blows.

Big Jack Krack said...

Come on coaches - give these players a chance!!!

I'm sure the secondary would play differently if they called their own plays.

Bravesbill said...

Despite the wretched play by the offense for most of the first half and very uneven defense and coaching, BC is only down 4 at the half, which is would gladly take any day.

BCNorCal07 said...

I don't understand why the coaches don't trust our (very talented) DBs to cover tight (not necessarily man, though). Our safeties our starting twenty yards downfield, which also hurts in run-support. The corners are rarely closer than 10 yards and backpedal on the snap. Hard to jump routes when your coverage prescribes such a strategy. Bump the receivers, play tight zone, bring the safeties up, blitz LATE. There are so many things that can be changed to create a new look, but it seems like the coaches are afraid of mixing it up.

Bravesbill said...

The coaches have been like that all year esp. on defense. They hate to make any in-game adjustments. Much like Al Skinner actually.

Big Jack Krack said...

Al "Let em play" Skinner?

ChrisB said...

Screw it; I thought it would be worse...Weis just stated that they're attackig the soft coverage....Put Clausen in a wooden box

BCNorCal07 said...

Yeah, NBC, this is a COLLEGE football game. The NFL plays *tomorrow*. Save the NFL for *tomorrow*.

BCDoubleEagle said...

Let's go Eagles!

mmason said...

Spaz is the original architect of the soft cushion--we've played ND with this cushion for the last two years, but in those previous years we had a pass rush, Clausen was inaccurate and we had the lead...different vibe today. What should we do?

Our run D has held them, but we're not scoring much on the 170th ranked defense in the country--though our last possession sent a message that we're bringin' it in the next half. It's going to be the pass defense that decides this game in the next stanzas, and turnovers...Go Eagles!!Hit the Irish!!

Eagle_Dave said...

Very odd game so far. The soft zone did a nice job for the most part, though they apparently forgot to tighten up in the red zone at the end of the half.

On the flip side, the offense has receivers running free all over the place. Shinskie finally settled late in the half and made the necessary throws. Good second half coming.

Related note: Donnie Fletcher I'm convinced is the worst cover corner in the country. /rant

Bravesbill said...

What a horrible commercial. Is ND finally advocating for socialism? Did Obama get to them during his commencement address?

BCNorCal07 said...

Here we go! 2nd half!

By the way, Gause looks awesome on returns. Hope he's convinced the coaches.

Big Jack Krack said...

NBC/ND is sickening.

BCNorCal07 said...

I do love Gunny!

Bravesbill said...

The same running play on first day yet again. Adjustments? Laughable.

BCNorCal07 said...

Gunny!

BCNorCal07 said...

Statement drive. Statement.

Big Jack Krack said...

Harris up the middle in 1st down - how's that working out for you, Tranq?

Pretty well. :-)

Pajamas said...

sideline reporter: "bc said they wanted to cut down on penalties, but they havent been able to do that, committing 3 penalties for 20 yards."

last time i checked 3 penalties for 20 yards isnt that much... i know nbc pays a lot of money to cover notre dame but the bias is killing me.

other than that gunnell has come up huge so far today! touchdown!

mmason said...

Well,well,well...That was a drive, and Shinskie was flawless,Gunny was golden, and the Montel did his thing. May we see that again, soon? Time for a stop an' pop.

mod34b said...

8th game in row to open second half with"

1st-10, BC44 14:53 M. Harris rushed to the left for 3 yard gain

Now that is tradition!!

where are you CT?

Bravesbill said...

Didn't Spaz say he wasn't going to play such soft coverage? BC's CBs are still playing at least 10 yards off the line of scrimmage.

eagleinexile said...

same problem with the pass-d scheme.

eagleinexile said...

Come'on O, time for the back breaking 92 YD drive capped off with an in their face TD!

campy said...

Scoreboard watching: Clemson leading Miami by 4 in the 3rd qtr.

Bravesbill said...

It's about time they break that out.

Deacon Drake said...

More OL brutality... argh

BCNorCal07 said...

Alrighty guys, nice little Bazooka Joe to open the drive. Keep it going!

Bravesbill said...

It could be 1st and 30 and BC would still run the ball up the middle on 1st down.

BCNorCal07 said...

Rich is having a GAME!

And Uncle Dave is looking real comfy.

mmason said...

That pass to Larmond was rock'n roll!

eagleinexile said...

Keep up the good protection, and kick those holes open for pete's sake!

Pajamas said...

tranquill's getting a lot of face time

BCNorCal07 said...

I hate Favre, but that pump-fake was Favre-esque.

Deacon Drake said...

POINTS!!! We need points!

Bravesbill said...

That hurts. Turning point of the game now.

Thomas said...

Someone rip those f***ing sleeves off harris! He can't hold the ball with them on!

BCNorCal07 said...

AWESOME! JUST WHAT I WANTED! SO GREAT!

Montel, yeah, I think you're going to be carrying the ball everywhere this week. Also, the passing game has driven our offense. Why not dance with the one that brought ya?

Bravesbill said...

That draw on second down was a good call. Now the first down dive up the middle.....

eagleinexile said...

truly unbelievable, talk about Jekyl and Hyde, I mean Harris!!!

Big Jack Krack said...

Great break for the Irish - let's get another safety here. Stuff em, BC.

Let's face this adversity.

BCNorCal07 said...

I don't have huge problem with the call. Montel is a very good player. However, we had had only sporadic success on the ground to that point and Dave has been throwing the ball pretty well. On top of that, Montel had already fumbled once while we were driving for points. So yeah, I don't have a big problem with the call. I do have a problem with Dave not getting a chance to throw once we got inside the ten.

mmason said...

That fumble hurts, but we can beat ND on the O side if we stop this easy love affair pass protection. We're making Clausen look good just letting him play catch. The pass rush needs to show up NOW with their backs pinned to the goal line. Damn!Go Eagles! Shake it off!

BCNorCal07 said...

Okay, zebras, call a hold. Any play. Just call one. Giles was held in the end-zone there. Shoulda been two.

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