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Re: Low expectations next yr
I blame the D for those close losses. Thompson's defensive schemes just couldn't stop anyone. The best thing Caragher can do is get an innovative DC that can adjust to what the opposition is doing. Thompson failed miserably when it came to countering the opposition's shredding of the Spartan D. I was most obvious in the Navy game. After the Spartans were first to score the Spartans couldn't hold Navy to a field goal. The reason was that they were worn down to the "bone." Look at the film: Kieth Smith was positioned about 7-8 yards off the line and inline with the Center. How in the world do you stop an offense that runs edge-to-edge with your best player having to run sideline-to-sideline from the center of the field. If you see the very last touchdown that Navy scored you can see that Kieth was cut-down without any sort of resistance, leaving the QB to run untouched for the final TD. That was heartbreaking to watch. GET RID OF THOMPSON! The would be how the team would make the best improvement in the off-season.
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