Black Helmets and Dual Threats

Only Cherry and White helmets here and it should remain that way.

Somebody up there must not like black helmets on Temple football players.

What happened against USF—a 44-23 stunner—was just another reminder that nothing good happens when Temple football players wear black helmets. From the loss to Navy in 90-degree temperatures in 2014 and last year’s USF disaster and even some awful play against winless UCF, black helmets and Temple football do not mix. It’s just bad Karma. Temple is blessed with two great colors, Cherry and White, and the Owls should count those blessings. Counting to two should not be that hard.

Quinton Flowers, South Florida football,

Quinton Flowers

Putting the black helmets away should be the first thing on the 2016 Unfinished Business agenda, and the easiest. The next thing could be the biggest key: stopping dual-threat quarterbacks.

For all of the talk about position changes, recruiting and surprises coming out of Temple football’s 2016 spring camp, the real key for the Owls this season will be stopping Greg Ward and Quinton Flowers.

South Florida’s Flowers is on the regular-season home schedule and Houston’s Ward could play against the Owls in the AAC championship game and they better devise a method for stopping them or their expectations of a great season could be dashed. Quite likely, the Owls will have to beat Flowers to get to Ward, so today is not too early to devising a plan to stop one to get to the other.

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Flowers posted 320 total yards, passing for 230 and running for 90 with three total TDs (two passing, one rushing) in the Bulls’ 44-23 win over Temple in November. Those numbers were unacceptable because the Owls insisted on playing their base defense against Flowers with no tweaks designed to slow him down. That was pretty much their approach in two other losses to dual-threat quarterbacks. The Owls lost four games a year ago and three of them were to dual-threat quarterbacks—Flowers, Ward and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. The other loss was to a conventional drop back quarterback with functional mobility, Toledo’s Phillip Ely.

So what happens in the defensive war room at the team’s practice facility between now and the start of the season is just as important as any personnel developments along the way. Defensive coordinator Phil Snow could have tipped his hand this spring that help is on the way when he moved his best cornerback, Sean Chandler, to safety. Having the speedy and sure-tackling Chandler spy Flowers could cause USF problems because Flowers won’t have the time to see the field and make plays.

At least that should be the plan. Executing it will go a long way toward unlocking a great season for Temple.

Saturday: Opponents Spring Games

Monday: 5 Temple Players Who Will Be Drafted

Wednesday: One Play Away

Friday: Millennials and Dust Devils

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12 thoughts on “Black Helmets and Dual Threats

  1. Incorporating changes when making game plans for your competition week by week and during a game, seems like a gimme, but we’ll see this coming season. It didn’t happen in those 4 loses last year.

  2. Maryland, a very average team and certainly a lot worse than Temple, held Flowers in check last year and blew USF out. They spied Flowers with their best linebacker and those looks downfield he had against us were sacks and hurries into mistakes. Sometimes, I think the Temple coaches don’t even look at what successful teams do against TU opponents and rely too much on “the process.”

  3. Agree: Game plan prep needs to factor in what worked with other teams. Look at baseball advance scouting.

    Will you be making an entry on the fabulous APR results that came out for the program? Was noted on RollBamaRoll, including the TU tweet about all 11 programs across the land who achieved high percentages. That started with Al Golden and has continued through Addazio and now with MR. Definitely has changed the attitude of faculty regarding the program.

    • yes, we are definitely wearing the white hats in the classroom. mind-blogging from going from the worst in the country (and getting penalized from the NCAA) in apr to the top.

      • Also funny how it correlates with success on the field. A wise old man once said “winning is an attitude”.

  4. for robby anderson to go from flunking out of school to three a’s last summer is a tribute to him and his advisor.

  5. stopping the dual-threat QB and getting increased effectiveness from our own QB position are seemingly unrelated goals but share something very important.., what is the true nature of talent under center?

    dual threat QBs are great athletes who come from the football heritage of putting your best athlete under center….., as noted, the Temple D has challenges with QBs who can walk and chew gum..,

    we have a guy who is capable of putting the same type of pressure on opposing defenses and exposing weaknesses…., dropping straight back all the time when you are 6’1″ results in being the 9th rated QB out of 12 teams.., Flowers and Ward were rated 4 and 5 respectively and will certainly move up this year

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/conferences/statistics/player/_/stat/passing/sort/collegeQuarterbackRating/id/151/american-athletic-conference

    I am not advocating we abandon the run first approach…, but more diversity and taking advantage of athletic ability of the players you put on the field seems like common sense…..,

    the talk is our guy will have a great senior year.., the reality is in the system he is in now, how could he get any worse? he has to get better if only by attrition..,

    the argument is well great game management and avoiding turnovers…, but Ward (5’11”) and Flowers (6’0″) had the same number of INTs as our guy

  6. I just read an interesting article on 247 that states Temple has a slight inside track on a 3* QB out of Virginia named Alex Faniel. He’s class of 2017 and the article states one reason he’s attracted to the Owls is they don’t have a QB commit from that class.

    The kid is big and a highly rated dual threat QB. Its getting crowded and interesting for the owls at QB.

    • We’re getting to be like the Eagles; too many quarterbacks. Probably should get at least 1 guy at every position per year, including specialists, which brings us to 24 of the 25 available schollies. Maybe they are stopping at two QBs.

      • recruit a complete team every year has success written all over it

      • This is a good problem to have. While I’d love to recruit like Alabama and pick the players and the positions we had quite a stretch after ADM where we would have killed for this problem. My guess is having Matt Ryan’s QB coach as our OC is helping in this regard.

  7. That was AG’s philosophy … recruit an entire team every year. that way you build depth and are never short at any position.

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