How did the Owls allow this to happen and not be able to do it themselves, with a more athletic tight end like Romond DeLoatch? Good question.
As you can see in the comments in one of the posts below, I was having a little back and forth with a well-known TV news anchor who also happens to be a fellow Temple grad.
We both interpreted Matt Rhule’s “I won’t coach tight” comment the same way: That Rhule would use everything in his bag of tricks to beat Notre Dame on Saturday.
I didn’t see a bag of tricks.
I didn’t even see a trick.
TO ME, if you have a former quarterback on your team who was good enough to be a bowl game MVP at the position playing H back now, you’ve got to use his unique talent to try at least how many halfback passes or flea flickers?
I’d say three.
Otherwise, you are letting Brian Kelly off the hook.
Who knows if Chris Coyer could have thrown one, two or three touchdown passes off pitch outs or quick outs behind the line of scrimmage from Connor Reilly? I would have liked to have seen him try, at least I know that. I wish I could give all of our receivers Ryan Alderman’s hands and Khalif Herbin’s speed and Deon Miller’s size, too.
AT least three trick plays early of some kind would have shown Notre Dame you came to win, not just play. How many trick plays did Toledo hit on to beat Temple in 2011? If you guessed three, you’d be correct.
If you have a wide receiver who was the starting QUARTERBACK in the BIG 33 game, you’d try at least how many throwback passes?
I’d say one, maybe two, but I’ll settle for one. Notre Dame has a lot of great athletes, but it also has an over pursuing defense and the way to score against those kinds of defenses is to catch the pursuit going the other way.
WE all have to realize who Temple played on Saturday, but that’s also why the game plan thinking should have been outside the box. This team that Temple played might be good enough to beat Michigan next week, a team that hung 59 points on Central Michigan today.
Still, you play the game to win as Herman Edwards says, not to keep it close. I guess if you are a gambler who bet on Temple you are more than satisfied with a 28-6 loss. Closer-than-expected losses do nothing for me. Nothing.
As far as Connor Reilly goes, I liked what I saw as far as poise, but not points. To me, the most impressive stat a quarterback can produce, other than wins, is touchdown passes. I want to see a lot of touchdown passes from Connor Reilly going forward. Don’t care that much about yards between the 20s. If the Notre Dame quarterback can do it, so should the Temple quarterback.
On defense, kudos to Phil Snow for keeping Notre Dame to under 38 points _ that was Snow’s average yield per game for two of the last three years as defensive coordinator at Eastern Michigan. If Snow was brought here to clean up Temple’s penchant for giving up the big play, he failed three times on Saturday. THAT just can’t happen against Houston. It just can’t. How the heck was a 275-pound tight end able to outrun faster Temple safeties and cornerbacks for a touchdown?
While Temple covered the spread, I’m not a happy Owl camper (I never bet on a Temple game and I never will because covering these large point spreads bring me no satisfaction). This was a big chance for a marquee win on a national stage and I would have just like to see the Owls pull out all the stops.
That they didn’t pull out any stop was confusing, perplexing and bewildering.
There are 11 more games left and many stops left to be pulled. I don’t want to have to pull them, but when you have to pull them, they need to be pulled.
TODAY, above all days, they needed to be pulled.