Everyone slows down on the freeway to look at a car accident. It always irritates me. I think to myself, "everybody stop slowing down to look at the mess." But, sure as the sun when I get there I turn, slow down, and check out the damage.
The Zags imploded, rolled across lanes, and ran into a telephone poll. (15 to 25) All the Zag faithful want to drive by, and keep going but we can't. We just cant look down the road and speed up. As I drive by I am asking myself a few questions. 1. Are there any fatalities? 2. Is this car able to be repaired? 3. Will they be able to put the fire out?
Ok so the metaphor is over. What is this going to do to the psyche of our team? Will they rebound? This is a young team and clearly they buckled under the pressure. Now they know what it feels like. They have now excelled under pressure (Michigan State, Wisconsin, Cincinnati) and melted down under pressure (Duke). We all know this team is better than that, and I expect them all to move forward with a chip on their shoulders. But what caused this accident?
My diagnosis of the meltdown:
Bouldin is out of it, keep him on the bench until he can spell his name. Gray looks either half dead or on fire- bench him until he puts in some effort. Stick with your diaper dandies until you see some consistent fire. Tough defense and driving it straight down their throats was working- when we started running our pass it around the top turnover offense they started taking us apart. Man to man was keeping things slow and ugly (in our favor) when we switched to zone defense they ate us up for lunch. Then, Few didn't see the wheels coming off, he didn't call a timeout and adjust his strategy like he did in the Wake game (a game we almost won due to great adjustments) For some reason in these big games it seems like Few gets stuck on a strategy and doesn't adjust. Thats how I saw it, what do you think?