Pass the Kool-Aid, as I am not worried about our DBs
The big news Monday was the unexpected dismissal of Junior Safety Okechukwu Okoroha. I may be getting lost in preseason excitement, but I don't think this is a big deal. Okoraha was serviceable, but not a game changer. Although he started some games last year, he was often sharing snaps with Jim Noel. Plus, as much as I often question his results as a Recruiting Coordinator, Mike Siravo has done a good job getting our DBs ready. Given our scheme, speed and man coverage ability is not as important as tackling or reading the offense. I predict we will be okay.
My only concern about the incident is the timing. You have to expect attrition, but the timing -- just like the timing of Shakim Phillips leaving -- is curious. What is going on around the program that guys are leaving inexplicably like this so close to the season? I want to make sure Spaz and his staff have a good feel for the team moods and behavior. The behavior balance around any team is always tenuous. Off the field stuff can undermine on the field success and conversely a poor season can spill over into off the field behavior. Spaz needs to make sure he has things under control.
I really don't trust Spaz, but there are many, many things that have me thinking BC will surprise people. At this point, losing one middling DB won't change that. As long as one of the young guys steps up we will be fine.