Congrats to the team on the victory vs Georgetown after falling so far behind. Finishing 5-6 is not what I expected but it is an improvement over last year’s record. With this in mind, provide your evaluation of the 2018 season.
Head Coach-B. Like the leadership and enthusiasm, getting acclimated and should get good recruits down the pike. OC-D-. Offense was predictable, not dynamic. Athletic ability wasted-see receivers, didn’t use Oliver enough in tough yardage situations.Need change. DC-B. I thought the D performed pretty well given they were often in untenable situations. Expect continued improvement. Keep tight receiver coverage and tough D line. Special teams- B+. Thought they performed very well, sometimes a weapon with the blocks, fakes and good punting. Overall grade- C+. Could have won vs Harvard and Bucknell to push us to a winning season. Expect Chesney to get good recruits and improve game strategy/game management. Overall, looking good for the future!
Last Edit: Nov 18, 2018 13:20:02 GMT -5 by joutshc77
Interesting exercise and would really like to see the opinions/grades of some of our more expert posters. Would probably also help to let some time pass to gain some objectivity and dispassion but here goes mine:
Head Coach-B. Like the leadership and enthusiasm, getting acclimated and should get good recruits down the pike. Agree a "B." Had we won either Harvard and Bucknell, we would have beaten my optimistic 6 win prediction but met my 5 win pessimistic expectation. A 6 win season and he'd get a "B+" from me. A 7 win season and he'd get at least an "A-" or possibly an "A".
OC-C-. Offense was predictable, not dynamic. Athletic ability wasted-see receivers, didn’t use Oliver enough in tough yardage situations.Need change. Agree but think your C- is a very generous grade. Spotting opponents almost every game lots of points, usually double digits because the offense can't get untracked out of the starting gate is inexcusable and put the defense in an untenable position. If not for special teams and the defense, our record would be worse. The only reason our first play from scrimmage today wasn't a handoff to Domenic Cozier, like virtually every other game, was because he was hurt in the last game and barely played today. So, what play did we call? A handoff to Miles Alexander. You know the definition of insanity, right? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. These offensive players are a lot better than the results. Oliver is the power runner we've wanted for years (well, KY and me anyway) and Dorsey will be in the NFL. Blaise Bell was underutilized as was TE Mountain. My grade: "F."
DC-B. I thought the D performed pretty well given they were often in untenable situations. Expect continued improvement. Keep tight receiver coverage and tough D line. Agree with most of your comments and my grade would be either a "B" or possibly a "B+." Our starting lineup shows 4 defensive down linemen and when we played 4 down, we invariably put more pressure on the opposing QB and if a sack or TFL didn't happen, often rushed the QB into bad throws. Our 3 man rush, when we didn't blitz, was an invitation to throw as opposing QBs had simply too much time to pick apart our secondary. That said, our D often bent but rarely broke, especially after offensive turnovers deep in our territory. Brady and Capsis were monsters and we will miss them.
Special teams- B+. Thought they performed very well, sometimes a weapon with the blocks, fakes and good punting. Here you are being too stingy. If special teams doesn't deserve an "A," who ever will? Often special teams scored as many or more points than our offense (14 points on blocked punts just today and against BC too). How many onside kicks did Wilkinson boot perfectly?
Overall grade- C+. Could have won vs Harvard and Bucknell to push us to a winning season. Expect Chesney to get good recruits and improve game strategy/game management. Overall, looking good for the future! Agree with your points and probably your grade but I might have stretched it to a "B-" if I had a good night's sleep before I wrote this.
Post by Non Alum Dave on Nov 18, 2018 4:45:40 GMT -5
Shouldn't there be a rating for intangibles/ culture, not just X's and O's? For that, I give the staff an A-. For a program that had been stuck in a "here we go again mode", I think what they accomplished was fairly remarkable.
To me, A & B represent exceeding expectations, D & F not meeting expectations, and C meets expectations. For Year 1, getting the program pointed in the right direction is more important than the record, imho. Considering a third of the roster was freshmen, and they were replacing one of the best QBs in PL history, I have to say they met the expectations I had.
Post by bringbackcaro on Nov 18, 2018 10:29:25 GMT -5
OC: F- DC: B+ - I was pleasantly surprised with the defense, and think we will only continue to improve when we start bringing in recruits that better fit the system and also have an offense that doesn’t constantly put the D in difficult positions ST: A Strength & Conditioning: A- - Hiring a new coach to be dedicated to football and who Chesney has been on the same page with from Assumption is a huge benefit for the program. Looking forward to seeing continued progress here as guys have multiple years in the new program.
Chesney: Incomplete. I am holding this grade until the OC situation is (hopefully) fixed. I will give him the benefit of the doubt because he did not hire Murphy as his first choice, but now he has the opportunity to press the reset button.
Adjusted my grade for the OC to D-. I guess I was trying to not be too harsh after the elation of the victory. Anyway, as stated by me and others, Oliver was not used enough and in appropriate situations. The receiver corps, which is very good, was wasted, very good talent here. CBC has to make the decision which will impact the program going forward.
Post by Pakachoag Phreek on Nov 18, 2018 14:17:49 GMT -5
I agree with most of the grades. I'll give the OC a D, if only because statistics wise, the offense played quite well in the majority of the games..
But a third of the season was 'wasted' in an attempt to pound square pegs into round holes. Maybe the transition to 'spread 'em and shred 'em' looked great in spring practice and fall camp, but any such perception proved delusional. So the weeks that might have been spent on timing and routes were largely lost. The HC's grade gets taken down from a B to a C+ for the reasons just stated.
Two other points: (1) there were posters who explained away the losses in the first half-season as the result of FCTG leaving a bare cupboard. As was seen in the second half of the season, that was not the case. (2) the team was blessed in having few injuries to key players. That good fortune was not present in previous years.
OC: D DC: B- ST: B+ Might have deserved an A-, except for the repeated poor-decisions in deciding to run back kickoffs. HC: C+ Mostly for poor first half game planning, which was not entirely the fault of the OC. e.g., deferring to get the wind, then doing nothing with that advantage. Posters are lauding the impressive fourth quarter comebacks by HC, yet are silent about the number of points piled up on HC in the first two quarters
Whatever the grade, if we can come up with a fair to good QB next season, whether that’s Wade for a fifth year or someone else who doesn’t need a whole season to cuts his teeth, we’ll win the PL and at least split the OOC for winning record and a trip to the playoffs. Had we gone with Wade from week one, his experience would led to a win vs Colgate and achieved these goals this year.
Main errors this season were that the wrong QB started the season, and we waited too long to make the switch. There was an analogous problem with offensive game planning. Defensive was good, special teams very good, attitude and spirit exceptional. Judging by the last 4 weeks, Chesney is quickly learning how to win at this level and turn the tide of this program.
Hard to give it a grade. Under 500 is a C- season but if there were a category for how this season portends for future success, it’s a A.
Some may think differently (i.e., that the grade should be limited to the 11 games played this season), but I think it is premature. The results of recruiting and the number of players who sign LOI's in the December signing period will also be important.
Consider: the final 2-deep (for the Georgetown game) shows 7 seniors starting on offense and 7 seniors starting on defense. Yes, there are underclassmen who are ready to step up, but having sufficient depth will depend on a quality recruiting class during the early signing period in December. Success next year will require more than good QB play (although good QB play will be an essential part of it).