Some Mikey wisdom from the Edge board:
Show me another team in the nation that has faced an opponent coming off of a bye week for THREE consecutive weeks (back-to-back on the road)? I’ve been looking and can’t find a single school. While we have played every week of the season. Folks, it takes a toll on the players.
I’m disappointed about the loss, UVA was no more a 15th ranked team prior to going into Carter-Finley yesterday than Brittany Spear is the role model for responsible behavior in the country. That’s why I can’t figure out out all of the angst with this loss. They’ve been winning on guts and guile all year. The strength of this team is the defensive front and they ran out of gas after playing too many tough games for nine straight weeks. The lack of high-end effectiveness by the defensive front (and a good game plan of quick short passes by Obie/staff to neutralize them) [I guess he read my Q&A at Section Six] allowed State to penetrate one of the team’s weaknesses, our secondary. While the offense has just seen too much attrition with the loss of Peerman, Santi, Jackson, and then, losing Monroe, again, during the game, along with the Sewell injury late, not to mention a number of players who are slowed by wear ‘n tear, to do what was necessary. Even with this level of attrition, the offense had its best scoring output on the road this season and the most we’ve scored away from home, other than in generous Durham, since early ’05.
It is easy to nitpik what the staff could have done differently. But it was a struggle for a number of players to practice this week after a tough game against UMD. The key for the coaching staff and the players is to not permit this loss to become bigger than just being a single loss for one week!
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