Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Being aggressive when you have a great Defense
Beyond what the statistics say about conversions and clock, there is another way in which Addazio's game management is too conservative. He never calls surprise plays on Special Teams. As we've struggled to score, we haven't seen a fake field goal, a fake punt, or an onside kick. Where are these plays? If a Coach truly believes in his defense, he would roll the dice more often.
In 2008 Jags pulled out every trick in the book, but other BC coaches took more risks than Daz. TOB used fake field goals and an onside kick. I even remember Dan Henning calling a perfectly timed fake field goal against Notre Dame (when Jim Reid was his DC). If you have a great Defense, those sorts of risks need to be taken. Whatever you lose in scoring or field position, you trust your D to protect you.
The only glimpse that Addazio might be saving something, is that he has Jeff Smith holding on Field Goals. Smith is our best athlete and can throw. I hope that BC is spending time on something special with him. If not, we are just wasting another asset.