Columbia needs to rev the engine sooner
Don’t forget that tonight is the first of two special shopping nights for Columbia athletics at Fairway Market.
Getting it Going
Something Columbia needs to do this coming season is find a way to get the offense warmed up a little sooner.
In ten games in 2010, the Lions scored a total of 17 points.
The second quarter wasn’t much better, with a total of 55 points scored in all of the ten second frames combined.
The third quarter was the best for Columbia last season, with 78 points scored, and the fourth quarter was also better overall with 72 points notched in the final stanza.
But the late-starting Lion offense cost the team dearly many times, especially in the losses to close losses to Yale and Fordham and the loss to Harvard which was closer than it appeared.
Points and game results don’t even tell the whole story. The stark difference in the way the Lion offense performed in the second half compared to the first half of most games was remarkable. Very often, Columbia went from a team that could move the ball to one that started to bulldoze through opposing defenses on drives that rarely even saw a third down challenge.
A lot of this is GOOD. You want a team that gets stronger down the stretch. And it proves that Columbia’s coaches DID make adjustments with their play calling, despite a lot of fans who say otherwise.
But you don’t want to start so far behind the 8-ball every time.
Also remember that a lot of the top skill players for the Lions last year were either underclassmen or very new at their positions.
Sean Brackett was a sophomore in 2010, as was Nick Gerst. Kurt Williams was playing WR for the first time at the collegiate level, despite being a junior. And veteran WR Mike Stephens was injured just about the entire season.
A little more experience, a little less injury, and this Lion offense is likely to show more consistency and overall punch in 2011.
But that’s just my take. Why do you think we were so punchless in the first half in 2010 and what can we do to fix it this fall?