We sat in the second row right behind the Cyclone sideline. I have to say that the players didn't seem to be that fired up or into it. A few noticeable exceptions were Taylor and Arnaud.
I sat right behind the team during the Iowa game and I don't think that's Arnaud's personality. However Taylor was scary into the game at the end. I said this other places but he reminded me of Captain in 300 when he sees his son's head get chopped off. Dude was bananas.
This a young team. Through four games last year ISU's offense averaged 19.25 pionts, this year is 32.0. That is already a drastic improvement in my opinion. The defense is giving up the same amount as last year at 24.0 ppg. Last year at this time ISU 1-3, now 2-2. I know we all were hoping for a better start to the season, record wise, but I wouldn't throw the coaches under the bus quit yet.
As for firing up the team, the coaches shouldn't have too. At some points, yes a little kick in the butt for an individual may be needed from a coach. But to get a team fired up for a game can't and shouldn't be placed in the coaches hands. Chiz has enough on his mind, he shouldnt have to be a cheerleader in the locker room. Getting fired up should be up to the team or team captains, if they can't get up for a game, then why are they playing?
"You gotta ******* dart in your neck"
"I like you...I like you buuuuuut urrrrrr crrrazyyy"
Let me put this simply, so that I make myself clear.
If the team hadn't come out flat, had played with the intensity they showed in the second half, it would have been something on the lines of a ISU 42 UNLV 17 score. That's what the coaching that you're moaning about did.Simple enough to calculate, just take the points in the second half, and double 'em. And that doesn't even count the touchdown with 1:34 left.
So stop nitpicking. This is an extremely young, inexperienced team. amazingly, young and inexperienced teams come out flat sometimes. It's part of the learning process. They will get better--indeed, they already have. Stop nitpicking on the coaches, the players, anything else that you wanna whine about. Stop it. You're wrong. Face the facts, and get it over with.
If you want, take what you can, and learn from it. First game on the road, not in a huge rivalry game to get the emotions pumped? Done. Gone. Over with. In the past. They'll learn from their mistakes. That's what's called "maturity". One thing that "young and experienced" teams have to acquire the hard way.
Now then. It's time to look forward to Kansas. Not just dwelling in the past, ripping our own guts out nagging at an imaginary flea. GO CYCLONES!
Key to the game... we came out scared and looked intimidated and flat. We need to get ready to go from snap #1. We didn't wake up until the 3rd quarter.
-year 1: 3-8
-year 2: 2-9
-year 3: 1-10
-0 Broyles Awards
-0 undeafeted seasons
-0 National Championships
-year 1: 3-9
-year 2: 2-2 so far
-year 3: ?
-1 Broyles Award as DC at AU
-2 undeafeted seasons as DC at AU and UT
-1 National Championship as DC at UT
There is more to coaching than just being a "rah rah guy". I'm betting that years 2, 3 and beyond of the Chizik era at ISU will far surpass anything McCarney did at ISU. Anyone willing to wager against me?
Coaching record vs. UNLV:
Dan McCarney: 4-0
Gene Chizik: 0-1
You have no idea who Dan McCarney is if you think he is just a "rah rah guy." Ask one of his former players, like Ben Bruns, to get educated. Please.
I'm no coaching expert, but it seemed to me that the team just didn't execute on offense or defense the first half. They simply weren't ready to play. I am always amazed at how much psychology plays a part in collge level sports. Maybe we need a team psyc in addition to the chaplin (I've forgotten what they call him to get around the campus atheists). Someone who can give a Gen Patton speach before gdames.
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