Don’t look, OK look. This should have been more than one guy putting pressure on QB.
Many of you are too young to remember Black Friday.
Phillies fans of a certain age remember it too well.
Phillies up, 5-3, two outs, two strikes on Davey Lopes in a key NLCS game on a Friday. Larry Bowa picks up a ball and throws out Lopes. Game over.
No, the Lopes is called safe (he was out), Phils lose game and series and the day will forever be known as Black Friday in Phillies history.
For a Temple football program that has had a lot of Black Saturdays, this was unquestionably the worst.
Call it the Blackest of Black Saturdays.
You can’t lose to Fordham after coming back from a 19-7 deficit to take a 29-24 lead.
You just can’t.
Walking out of the stadium –heck, even at halftime – I told my friend, Matt, “This is what happens when you let the players and parents hire the coach.”
Those kids and parents will be gone soon, but I and the thousands of long-suffering Temple fans will remain and have to, as Emperor Hirohito put it post two nukes, endure the unendurable.
I think I’d rather be nuked than go through another Bobby Wallace/Ron Dickerson/Jerry Berndt Error.
I was for Matt Rhule to get the NEXT head coaching job at Temple, not this one. My reasoning was simple as well as brutally logical. Have him go somewhere like Kent State and prove he can win (like Darrell Hazel did) and THEN he could come to Temple. Why did no other school consider Matt Rhule? I wanted Mike MacIntrye (now at Colorado) to be head coach or Dave Clawson (now at Bowling Green). The Owls could not have outbid Colorado for MacIntyre, a former Temple assistant, but they sure as hell could have gotten Clawson.
Helluva nice guy, Matt Rhule, but you know what Leo Durocher said about nice guys.
The coaching these first three games has been beyond underwhelming:
- How come Chris Coyer has yet to throw a pass off a fake?
- How come Coyer, who has Bernard Pierce-like instincts running the ball in the open field, has yet to get a carry? Mystifying.
- Why hasn’t Nick Visco kicked earlier, when the kid never missed an extra point in high school? A strong argument can be made that had Visco kicked from the jump, Temple would be 2-1 now instead of 0-3.
- How come 6-foot-6 Deon Miller doesn’t get a fade EVERY time the Owls get into the red zone (he got his first fade Saturday and it resulted in a pass interference).
- How come only one screen pass ALL YEAR to Zaire Williams, when it’s obvious no one can stop that play?
Crazy, stupid, stuff.
Memo to Marcus Satterfield: If you want to have a winning season, mix 20 Zaire Williams runs and 20 Connor Reilly passes with these six plays on a continuous loop. If you want to go 0-12, keep running your Tennessee-Chattanooga bullbleep plays.
When the Owls got a first down deep in the Fordham red zone late in the game, I was screaming at the TV in the concourse (I couldn’t bear to watch it live), “GIVE THE BALL TO KENNY HARPER FOUR TIMES!” Instead, they throw it to Chris Coyer and get the touchdown right away.
The gentleman who was standing next to me will vouch for what I said.
Hey, I like Temple touchdowns as much as the next guy, but giving it to Harper to kill some more clock was the right call. There’s no doubt in my mind Harper would have scored, maybe a play or two later, but he would have scored. When it comes to keeping the ball away from a Phil Snow-coached defense, that’s the only call.
The day Rhule hired Snow to be his defensive coordinator, I noted the only reason I could think of was because he was Rhule’s old buddy at UCLA. This is what a I wrote that day: “I’m all for hiring old buddies, but not old buddies who give up 38 points a game.”
That was against FBS competition.
Now he’s given up 30 points against FCS competition.
Heck, we all know Rhule is a nice guy but he may be too nice a guy and the hiring of Snow is a perfect example of that. Another example is sticking with Cooper after two missed FGs and an extra point against ND. Visco should have gotten the start against Houston, period, end of story.
Back to Snow:
If you guessed I’m not a fan of Phil Snow, you’ve guessed right.
Heck, you look at the entire Rhule staff and the only qualifications they have are they are all Rhule’s buddies.
This is why businesses, when they are looking for professionals to fill a key management position, go through a grueling selection and interview process and pick the best guy for the job.
The new boss doesn’t say, “Gee, a guy who helped me when I was 21 needs this job, I’ll go hire him.”
That’s what happened at Temple.
We already had a guy who WAS a great defensive coordinator at Temple, Nick Rapone, who was interested in the job and had the best recommendations from the people who should matter most (former Temple players) and he was given a brush off. Now Rapone is the DBs coach of the Arizona Cardinals, but he would have stayed at Temple had he been offered the job by Rhule because his daughter is a Temple student. Arizona head coach Bruce Arians loves him and called him the best DC in the country when Rapone was a 30-year-old DC at TU. Arians put his money where his mouth was by hiring Rapone. Rhule could have handed over the keys to the Temple defense to Rapone and would not have had to worry one minute of one day. Now Rhule has to take the keys back from Snow and do something and fix a vehicle that has been totaled and can only be used for scrap metal now.
I guarantee you the Temple defense would be 10x better off with Rapone as DC than Snow. Guarantee. So do these guys: