Second viewing thoughts and grade report: Florida State
Sadly the highlight of watching this back was Rece Davis talking about Kevin Rogers. He used the term "mysterious" to describe the departure. I guess it is the most we will get on the incident since we are so bad and so far under the radar, that frankly people don't care. We won't become a story again until we make a coaching change. (Which I fear won't come this season.) As for did this rewatch make me feel better or worse: the answer was much worse. We have coaching issues, talent issues and based on the Bordner situation, we have gotten to the "throw shit up against the wall and see what sticks" portion of the offensive gameplan.
I guess I am in the Rettig apologist camp. Despite his stagnant progress, I still think he shows glimpses of something better. But I sort of understand why they tried Bordner, but I thought Rettig was making decent decisions and decent throws prior to that. After they started the rotation I felt Rettig lost some of his momentum. Bordner showed me a lot with his running. Who knew he would be that strong? His first throw was nice. His second throw was terrible and a terrible decision. If we continue to use both QBs, I think it has to be defined in the first half and whoever has the hot hand in the second.
Finch's fumble was a killer. Last week's was acceptable. This week wasn't. He had a few decent runs outside of it. I am glad he bounced back. We didn't really use a FB this week.
Larmond did alright. I know he is trying to make something out of nothing but he's got get first downs and know where the marker is. Swigert had some nice catches but also had a drop he should have pulled in. The TEs were used mostly as blockers.
The offensive line played one of their worst games of the Spaz era. False starts, holding penalties, bad snaps, it was all there. I guess Ian White had the best game. Clearly was pretty good but as I said, had the penalties. Wetzel really struggled. Vardaro was not as good as he's been lately. Spinney wasn't great. Gallik had the problem with the snap but was otherwise okay.
I thought the play calling was terrible. We ran way too much, especially as the game started getting away from us. I liked the idea of Bordner as a change of pace, but hated the in and out with the QBs. Overall Brock has now been calling our plays for seven games and I don't feel confident in our approach or our ability to adapt.
This was not Holloway's best game. He missed some tackles and lost contain a few times Edebali wason the field but not a big factor. Ricci played and so did Appiah. They both have looked like good freshmen but didn't make a difference Thursday. Mihalik didn't play as much. I was really disappointed in Quinn and O'Neal. They were non factors.
Kuechly had his best game in weeks. He was covering tons of ground. He was shedding blockers with ease and he made some big plays. Duggan was good too. My problem with him is that e still loses contain. Clancy didn't get major snaps, but made some nice tackles. Divitto made some nice, hard hitting tackles. He is still not great is coverage. Keyes didn't play as much.
Asprilla allowed the early touchdown in part because he didn't get help from Rositano. Sylvia was good in support but didn't make any big plays in passing. Fletcher was also removed from the action. ALJ and/or Kuechly screwed on O's big pass reception. Hughes missed some tackles.
I was impressed by the aggressiveness of the initial gameplan. The corner blitz and the blitz from Divitto were effective. We didn't use much of the 3-4. But then we went more base. I don't know why. If anything FSU were getting their biggest plays when we weren't taking risks. The gameplan had the feel of us throwing some wrinkles and then Spaz saying to McGovern: "alright, that's enough."
Special Teams: C
Quigley -- who I really like -- had some clunky punts. Our kick returns weren't as strong as they've been.
Sometimes when I get to this section with Spaz, I question if I should even bother writing anything. So much of what he does and what's he's done frustrates me. These are all the nitpicky things that start to bother me when we are getting blown out:
-- the mumbling swears to himself that that camera catches
-- overreacting with anger after BC has good plays
-- underreacting when we have bad plays
-- taking off the headset when we are on offense
-- looking beyond defeated in halftime interviews
-- punting with three minutes left in a blowout
Throw in the strategic issues listed previously and you have a recipe for a two win season.
I've seen bad seasons at BC before. When we lost with Henning there were certainly questions of management and strategy, but you never got the sense Dan expected to lose. When TOB lost in his early years, you at least saw progression and player improvement. Now we are absolutely rudderless. We may rally against NC State or Notre Dame. Bordner or a healthy Andre Williams might provide some sort of spark that lifts the whole team. I don't know. But what I do know is that any temporary spark is not enough.