Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dartmouth 37 Columbia 0 final

A thoroughly embarrassing loss for the Lions as they go down in Hanover.

Yes, Sean Brackett was injured but the offense looked completely lost without him.

That's coaching.

And that's why I made what is becoming the less and less controversial call to let Norries Wilson go immediately and see what can be salvaged for our fine young players.

There are four games to go and any one of them would be a great win if Columbia can pull it off.

Time for new management NOW!


At Sun Oct 23, 03:26:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are entirely correct that it is time to salvage something for our fine young men who have given the game their best. If we use a business analogy for this coaching performance--the board would be challenged in a proxy fight for keeping non-performing executive management and hunkering down instead of fixing the problem. How can one of the best schools in the United States put up with this?

At Sun Oct 23, 03:52:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What some of you fail to realize is that Jake, as well as other posters who oppose Norries, is that we care about the players and the program deeply. To blindly endorse Norries "for the sake of the players" is a cop-out! Norries is a cancer on this program! I would have far greater respect for him if he just resigns and we try and salvage the season from here.

Several comments noted that Norries was not "coaching" on the sidelines prior to the Penn/Home Coming game. At the HC game we saw a more animated Norries. Now, at Dartmouth, we are back to the lost coach on the sidelines. Clearly, he was just playing to the alums. What a joke!

I say DIVEST in this program! DO NOT waste your money and support this disaster. Sending money to the football program is an endorsement of Norries. The player will NOT be short of anything. This will be the only thing that the administration will understand!

At Sun Oct 23, 03:54:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You seem to be talking about an immediate change. What good would that do except confuse things more and make the season worse even for the players?
You're certainly not going to hire a new coach over the weekend. Do you want to make a statement by firing Wilson and and letting an assistant finish out the season? Not sure what good that does.
Why not finish the season, then make the changes that no doubt would occur--a new HC plus his choices for assistants.
If it would make anyone feel better, the search for a new coach could be organized now so it could be done not just expeditiously but with the best possible result for once, instead of the usual pin the tail on the donkey. But for the final games, why make everyone feel even worse than they do now?

At Sun Oct 23, 03:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Columbia's defense, Dartmouth totally didn't show up and got humliated on the road against a conference foe following a heartbreaking loss to Penn as well. Hope Brackett is ok.

At Sun Oct 23, 04:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I watched the game this afternoon, I just simply saw too many problems all over the board and it just seems like as if the most basic of football fundamentals are not only lacking but simply non existant. Now, I am not saying that I would do a better job as the head coach and neither do I question the effort that these players but into the game, but I just see a lack of heart and passion for the game sometimes.

1. Running Game - We can not run the ball between the tackles and we can not run the ball outside of the tackles. We have Garret who is still playing even though we can see he is clearly hurt...why not put someone else in maybe Gerst or Chao? And is it a lack of skill on the o-line that prevents us from running the ball? or is it a lack of a decent offensive scheme?
2. Passing Game - Yes, every now and then we can complete some beautiful catches but just too often I see catchable balls being dropped. Part of being a good team is being able to achieve perfection when the pressure is on. Being able to catch balls in double coverage and being able to deliver the ball to your receivers exactly on the dot. Now, at this point I'm not asking for perfection, I'm just asking as for why we really dont kill teams with any sort of air attack what so ever?!
3. Run Defense - It sucks. Plain out and simple. I am tired of always watching our players have their numbers ont he ground as running backs demolish them. We can't tackle and we never seem to punish backs the way they need to get punished. On top of that, the DC needs to do a better job of lining players up in the right spots so that it is easier for them to make plays
4. Pass Defense - This is even worse! Bubble screens! Need I say more? How can we not stop a screen after several different teams use it against us? And teams just throw passes for large gains in the miiddle of random holes in our defense?

At Sun Oct 23, 04:07:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was not able to come from out of state or even listen to the game today. I am so upset for these fine young men who give their heart and soul. Who want to play football, and have got to be so discouraged by this.I especially feel bad for the seniors. Something has to be done, and now,who really cares if it is in med-season at this point.I hope someone who has any influence is reading this blog and will make changes NOW. GO LIONS

At Sun Oct 23, 04:38:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the post about divesting in the program. Don't be a hypocrite on one hand (and say you want change with Norries), and then send money to the football program. The ONLY thing that may get affected by the lacl of contributions is that the Hot Dog Committee may have to use Turkey Dogs, as opposed to real beef.

I wish that the Hot Dog Committee would send out an e-mail blast to football alums and tell us what they think? Or at least tell us what they think when Bill tells them what to say. Diane and the HDC are basically marionettes and Bill is pulling the strings. Unless there is some sort of immediate action here (announcing that Norries will NOT be retained by the end of the year) then I think that they are all equally responsible here!

At Sun Oct 23, 04:57:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching Nick Schwieger play just shows you how far behind we are in talent at RB. Please, enough about Gerst not getting enough touches to show what he can do. Nick Schwieger is potentially a Sunday player. I haven't seen talent like that since Keith Elias. Our defense continues to look undersized and slow. The O-Line mystifies me. How can they be that big and be that talentless? There may be hope against Cornell. I hope so!

At Sun Oct 23, 09:33:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all due respect to the last post, you could not be more wrong with regards to our running backs. Stats do not lie. Gerst averages 5.5 a carry. We have talent in the backfield. Schweiger is no doubt an excellent player in the right scheme. In our offense, the backs do not have a chance.

At Sun Oct 23, 09:42:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to wonder how much influence a coach actually had over a team. All you have to do is look at the SF 49ers. No key drafts, essentially the same team as last year with a very average quarterback - Wow what a different result!

At Sun Oct 23, 11:41:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schweiger play on Sundays...You are really are lost...He plays on a team that has a good offensive line against a below average Columbia D line with no coaching staff...Gerst plays with a bad hamstring averaging 5.5 yards every time he touches the ball and Garret is all banged up...Save your Schweiger nonsense for the Dartmouth website

At Mon Oct 24, 09:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schweiger is a Busnell Cup winner! Jonathan Reese doesn't compare to Schweiger either. And guess what, Reese actually played! Your boy Gerst was a good High School Player, but that's about it. Yes, Schweiger IS a Sunday Player and when he makes it, please send your apology to the Blog. Schweiger is durable, your guy is not. Again, not subjective, just facts. Gerst would be a good Div-III back, maybe. by the way, Gerst was an inch or more SHORTER when the teams shook hands after the game. That would make him 5'7" at best. Keep telling yourself otherwise and thanks for taking the basement slot.

At Wed Oct 26, 04:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...A Busnell Cup winner..He gets twice as many carries as any other kid in the the Great Ivy league level of football...Kids a good back like I said...Not going to lower myself and take personal shots at the kid as you did with Gerst...Did it make you feel better telling us how tall Gerst is...Little sick I'd say..Both Gerst and Garret are hurting...Gerst is trying to recover from a grade 3 hamstring pull and Garret has a high ankle sprain...But chances are you are just a another wanna be football player with a distorted sense of expertise who knows nothing about trying to recover from these types of injuries.. And by the way Dartmouth is going nowhere this year as well so I guess we do have something in common..

At Wed Oct 26, 08:46:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gerst has the logest three year hamstring injury in the history of football. You are the typical N'NJ misinformed Bergen Catholic over-hyped supporter. The Sandberg Kid at Penn was a better player, that never got hurt either (even during the semester he temporarily transferred to RU). I have NOTHING against Gerst. In he Penn game, he gave up his body on several occasions to save Bracket. My only point is that he's not a D-I player, or the savior. get over it. I mentioned his height (albeit in a spiteful way, you are right, I apologize) because he is too small to play at this level. The fact that he gets hurt this much is a testament to that.

At Wed Oct 26, 08:23:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing to get over my friend about saviors or whatever you are talking about..As I said if you ever played football grade 3 hamstring stains have ended professional careers and Garrets high ankle sprain can linger the entire year. As for Gerst he first pulled his hamstring last year...Her did not play as a feshman. I am told they are shutting him down so he can be rehabed properly...Go tell Woodhead, Ray Rice, Jones Drew etc..they are to small to play at the Great Ivy league level.

Instead of taking pot shots at the kid...pray for him and every other kid out there throwing their body around.

At some point you will hopefully get to see what Gerst can do when healthy. Who knows what 5.3 per carry will turn into when 100%..

Stay tuned.

I think I am going to pray for you as well

At Wed Oct 26, 09:37:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you are referring to the misdiagnosed hamstring by Gossett and Levine I take it. Fine, shut him down. There is no sense in playing him anyway, that much we can agree on. Gerst also made overtures about redshirting because he didn't play as a freshman. I look forward to him doing that. I would like nothing more to have been proven wrong! What you fail to see is that I hold nothing against the kid. What I find offensive, are people who think that a kid who can't put together three games in a row (for whatever reason) is our savior. Body and HYPE like Tarzan, but plays like Jane. Maybe he should play DB? When he was healthy, why didn't he return punts or KOs? Oh, and I saw Gerst in HS. So??? I also saw Sandberg, who was. Bait better and was offered a preferred walk-on slot at Duke. Look at he Penn, or PU backs; those kids hit the hole hard (no "happy feet) and go north and south. Garrett dances too much and here is no reason why Gerst, when healthy, should be running between the tackles (unless it is a draw). I will light a candle for Nick's health this Sunday (and on All Saint's day next week). He is a tough kid, and his peers say as much. I hope to be proven wrong.


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