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State of the Defense


We are now 5 games into the season, and the defense has been non-existent in 4 of them (they have only "showed up" against an anemic Ohio St. offense). Yes, even in a game where we won by 31 points to an FCS school, the D was not impressive. We continue to get shredded by our opponents' rushing attacks, no matter how vanilla the play calling is or how poor their offensive linemen play. Please help me understand why..

We cannot make a tackle. Is it that hard to tackle these running backs for Tech or is the talent just not there? Also how about those safeties....is it that hard to cover a tight-end making an out route on a play action when this tight-end is the only receiver on your side of the field? I understand biting on a play action when a team is running the ball all over the field on you, but you have to have a better football IQ than that. I mean the receiver leaking out was the only responsibility on that side of the field and no one was 15 yards near him. Are these guys that stupid?

 

It is not just our players that are underperforming either. D'Onofrio has come up with no answers with whatever product he has on the field. People were optimistic after the Maryland game because our offense played really well and we were "getting our talent back on D." Why do the defensive schemes look worse? At least in the Maryland game, players were in a position to be successful. Yesterday, on the Thomas backbreaking run, how the heck do you call a play where your backers are flushing the outside lanes? The outside lanes? On 3rd and 1? On your end of the field? Up 3? With a minute left? There is literally 1000 things wrong with that play call. If D'Onofrio has Spence hitting the center gap instead of "spying" wide and then having to recover we win the game.

 

I don't mean to get on our guys but we could easily be 4-1 and 2-0 on the ACC and I am just frustrated. Go Canes.....

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