Sunday, November 12, 2017

Second viewing thoughts and grades: NC State

This is the type of game that reinforces my belief that Addazio will never be a great coach. The way he manages and prepares for a game limits his upside. There won't be a season where everything goes way because much like TOB, he will make in game decisions that limit BC's ability to win. This was one of those games. There was plenty of bad luck -- like losing Brown -- but ultimately Addazio's approach cost the team. Watching it back was very frustrating.

Offense: C

I know Wade has not had consistent playing time, but how can his feel for pressure still be so bad? The game should be slowing down for him at this point. Not the other way around. I don't think the staff put him in good position to win, but he looked lost and unsure in the pocket. It was not pretty. Brown was okay before he got hurt. He got greedy on the INT pass. He was running well prior to getting hurt.

Dillon was very good again. Beyond pushing the pile or shrugging off tacklers, he is getting better at finding holes and reading blocks. This will lead to more and more big runs. Hilliman was not as good. If he is going to be in on passing downs, he needs to do a better job blocking. Levy had a nice catch. Maybe he should get a shot on passing downs.

Considering they were going against a great DLine, the Oline played well. They got good push most of the day. The sacks were mostly because Wade didn't get rid of the ball quickly enough or Hilliman didn't help. Lindstrom struggled he most, but also had the toughest assignment.

The WRs and tight ends blocked well. Sweeney had some nice catches. Thadd Smith's run was great. Jeff Smith made a tough catch in traffic. White was okay.

Where was the play calling from the Florida State game? This time it was Dillon, Dillon and then pray the QBs don't screw it up. Most frustrating was that when Wade came in, they didn't adjust to his strengths. Why have him sit in the pocket so many times? Why not do more of what worked against Louisville? And how could he looked so ill prepared? I usually don't want more jet sweeps, but there were so many that could have worked. NC State was not respecting the play and Thadd and Jeff Smith should have gotten more touches. I also don't know what was going on with the final possession, but get into that more in the Addazio section below.

Defense: B

The DLine played well. Allen had a big game. Merritt was also really disruptive. I was surprised by how many times they were blowing over NC State guys or worse getting tackled by a desperate NC State lineman. There should have been about four or five holding calls that weren't called. Ray was good. Smith played well too.

Schwab was great again. He is playing his best football right at the end of his career. He made good tackles and the INT was a nice heads up play. Lamont was really good too. He is reading plays well. Bletzer had some trouble in coverage, but his fumble pick up was nice.

Moore played well before the injury. Denis and Harris both missed some tackles. Yiadom played very well and was acknowledged repeatedly by Huard. Cheevers, Torres and McClary were fine as replacements.

I know the score was okay, but I didn't love the strategy. We brought plenty of pressure -- some as a blitz and some as just the front four. But the blitzing seemed to almost enable Finley. He handled it and converted too many 3rd downs. The D was good, but given the offense it needed to be perfect.

Special Teams: B

Knoll punted very well and placed the ball within the 20.

Walker bobbled on kick return but looked good on another.

The kickoffs were not as good. I assume the cold was an issue. The kick and punt coverage was ok. Not great.

Overall: C-

Aside from not adjusting when Wade went in, here are some of the really questionable approaches.

1. The jump pass from Hilliman. This was Addazio trying to be Urban Meyer and falling flat on his face. The reason is worked with Tim Tebow twice was in part because Tebow was enough of a passer that he could adjust and flip it midair. It also worked because Tebow was enough of a threat that no DBs stayed home. Hilliman is not that same guy. The NC State safety read the play right away and Hilliman never looked like he was trying to run for the first down. It was a terrible play on many levels. I would have preferred a FG, but if the weather had you worried about the FG attempt, why not run it with Dillon? Instead you put in a liability and run a trick play. Ugly and dumb.

2. The clock management before the first half. In general, I am against wasting possessions. However, you could sort of rationalize killing clock when you have your back up in the game. But once Doeren starts using his timeouts, you have to adjust your plan. Addazio didn't. On third down you need to call a bootleg with Wade and tell him don't throw an interception and down throw the ball away. Wade needs to roll, use a few more seconds and hopefully hit an open TE or WR. Instead we ran it right into their DL and let Doeren stop the clock. NC State's ensuing points were the difference and Addazio bungled another two minute situation.

3. Not using Dillon in the final drive. You have three minutes. That is an eternity in college football. Why is your most dynamic player on the bench? There was still time to run Dillon. Also, if he is on the field, NC State is focused on him and maybe that opens up another player or area of the field.

Doeren made some equally head scratching decisions. He nearly gave the game away, only Addazio wouldn't take it from him.

I am frustrated. For a few weeks it looked like we might have enough pieces to overcome Addazio's limitations. Now it doesn't seem that way. He's going to need a lot more talent to overcome how he manages close games.

UConn should be an easy win. If he blows this one, then a coaching change comes back into discussion.


Bravesbill said...

Don't know how special teams gets a B. There was a blocked punt and a botched snap on the game tying field goal attempt. Knoll's punts didn't have much distance and BC was called for a costly illegal formation penalty on a punt that was downed inside the 5. That has an F grade written all over it......again.

BCAlum2000 said...

Very bad loss. NC State is not a good team. I have said this consistently and the game on Saturday proved it. Wade is a bad QB. There is no other way around it. I feel for the kid as he has been through a lot, but like Flutie and Fadule and these other guys that BC has played in recent years, he is not a DI caliber QB. He has zero pocket presence nor awareness. The sacks were 100% on him ... both holding it too long and not stepping up into the pocket. BC is screwed if Brown is done for the year. As for the coaching, it was terrible. I recognize the coaches must know how limited Wade is as a player and hence went back into their shell, but we will not win that way. The play calling was terrible. The clock management was terrible. NC St did all they could to give BC the game ... BC just decided they didnt want it.

BCAlum2000 said...

And special teams play was terrible.

John said...

Don't look now, but NC State has been elevated to the Top 20 after their close win over (lowly) Boston College.

BCAlum2000 said...

NC State was "elevated" by default. They won and they were only ranked #23 previously. A ton of teams ahead of them lost as well including #20, #21, #17, #16, and #12. They are 7-3 in the ACC. They would have been ranked in the top 20 regardless of who they beat this week.

Geezer eagle said...

Every year, Daz's poor coaching costs BC one or two games. Do his apologists in this blog still wish to give him one more year?

BCEagles2014 said...

Addazio's right, the injuries to key positions are killer. Once AB went down, BC looked like the hopeless team we've seen for the past few years. But the fact that in his 5 years, Addazio has been unable to find even a sufficient backup to these positions is a huge indictment of how he is as a coach. This just shows me he's poor at managing a team and gets tunnel vision with the players he likes as his "guys." As Bill Parcells once said, "you are what your record says you are." 1-13 against ranked teams, losing record in the ACC, average at best overall record.

Yeah we've had some tough breaks along the way, but let's not let a surprising 3 game win streak against average at best opponents distract us from Addazio's limitations as HC. 8 wins is our absolute ceiling with 6-6 and 7-5 being the norm. You hire an average coach, you get average results. Let's hope Martin Jarmond sees this and absolutely nails the next hire (whenever that is).

BCAlum2000 said...

Its become very tough. The fact that we are in year five of his tenure and dont even have a serviceable backup QB is damning. That said, look at what is happening at FSU and how they have tailspinned without their starting QB and it puts things into perspective. The fact that our leading passer, runner, and receiver are all freshmen and that our starting center is a freshman, is also a dichotomy of sorts. Its damning on Adazzio but also speaks to his recent recruiting. If we finish 1-1 and finish 6-6, without Brown, I think a lot will hinge on the bowl game. The perception between a winning and losing season is huge. That said, he now has a ready-made excuse and it might not be completely invalid. With Brown, I think BC would have run the table and finished 9-4 (depending on Bowl opponent) and ranked in the top 20. Barring Chip Kelly being locked down as a replacement, I think Adazzio is coming back ...

OB68 said...

I find it hard to believe that Dillon is on the bench for every 3rd and long situation. Without your best running back in the game, the defense has the opportunity to load up on the receivers and perhaps give some thought to Hilliman. At least have the sense to use Dillon as a decoy on play action in some 3rd down situations. Predictability is perhaps the greatest down side of the BC offense, always was, always will be.

mod34b said...

ATL, why do you think Daz is calling plays? I assume its Loeffler.

Also, given Wade's obvious limits, the play book shrank massively once he took over.

I'd give the D a B+/A-

and let's not forget, if BC did make that missed FG, and the game was tied, NCSU would have tried to kick a FG on the last drive.

But overall, the game was BC of old. Lots of coulda-shoulda-but-didn't stuff.

Daz will always be mediocre. Yet, If BC beats UConn (duh) He'll be back even if BC loses to Syr..

Knucklehead said...

Braves he kicked the ball inside the 3 yard line and it was called back. The snapper and blocking was weak. Not the kickers fault on Saturday.

John said...

At least we're not Rocky Top Tennessee. Those players all quit.

Our guys have fire in their bellies, and I just wish we could exploit their talents.

There's no question that when Dillon is summoned to the bench, the opposing defense can adjust to our limited options with Wade.

Our personnel packages tip off the defense and the announcers said as much. OB68 is correct IMHO.

Go BC - beat UCONN.

Figure out a strong offensive game plan and blow them out early.

The Tall One said...

A coaching change never left the discussion. It is just a question of when. The only question is whether it comes before or after a potential bowl game.

Knucklehead said...

My old boss went to Tennessee and Tennessee MBA. Absolute maniac for their programs planes down every football weekend etc. There is some sneaky money at that place. Between Nashville and the underground moonshine industry (that is a joke for the idiots).

Erik said...

I haven't re-watched anything, luckily, but in my gradebook BC would get a D- at best for Special Teams.

We had a punt blocked which led to a NCSU field goal. (we lost by 3)

We had an opportunity to kick a FG to tie at the end and we don't even get to attempt the kick because of a bad snap. (we lost by 3)

I don't recall any great punt returns or kick off returns. Far less than we typically have had this season.

I don't recall many punts pinning NCSU deep in their own territory. Just ones with penalties.

Knucklehead said...

The K says it all