Monday, January 11, 2016
Lessons from the National Championship Game
I think BC is a long way from winning a National Champion in Football, but there are still plenty that BC and Addazio can learn from new Champions Alabama and the ACC's Clemson.
-- In-game coaching matters and so does being aggressive. Saban is great at many aspects of coaching, but he's a very good game manager. Calling the onside kick was gutsy and pressed his advantage. But it wasn't just a gutsy call, it was also well planned. They saw Clemson leave that side of the field open and caught them by surprise.
-- Depth matters. You can only play 11 guys at once, but because of their recruiting momentum, Alabama has incredible talent all over their second and even third teams. That allows them to rotate fresh players. It allows them to overcome injury. And it means an afterthought like O.J. Howard can dominate as soon as he is given the ball. BC cannot recruit the same type of player as Alabama, but BC can upgrade its roster. Every guy on scholarship should be able to play. Addazio has improved the talent level, but he needs to do more.
-- The ACC's belongs in the Power 5. Unfortunately perception still matters in College Football and the media would love to dismiss the ACC. But Florida State's win two years ago and Clemson's showing this season, reinforces that the ACC has great talent.