Editor’s Note: I usually arrive five hours before the game and, at the Buffalo game, saw Fizzy drive in five minutes before the game. Hopefully, he’ll get there a few hours before the Oct. 6 ECU game and we can finally meet up. This first paragraph below is the reason I leave plenty of time to get to the games.
By Dave (Fizzy) Weinraub
I was driving to the stadium Thursday night, when I tapped this guy’s bumper in front of me. He got out to look at the damage and I really felt bad because he was a dwarf. When he looked at his bumper and saw a small dent, he said, “I’m not happy.” I replied, “Well, which one are you?”
OK sports fans, here we are again. If you were predicting Temple’s record at this juncture before the season began, you’d have probably said 3 – 1. So we’re 2 -2, but I’m not happy either.
I’m aware that I keep interjecting my football philosophy on Temple’s coaching staff, and that may or may not be constructive. So today, I’m just going to list some occurrences, and you make up your mind.
- Opening drive – Fourth and a half-yard for a first down at your 49-yard line. What would you do? (Temple punted, although it has a 350-pound tackle who scored a short-yardage touchdown the previous week. )
- Three second and tens on offense, what play would you call? (Temple went up-the gut.)
- With a third and eleven pinned against their goal line, Temple ran up-the-gut. What would you do?
- On a third and one in good field position near the end of the game, Temple threw a pass from a direct snap. What would you have done? (Hint: play action)
- Wright finally threw a pass from the Wildcat, but it was a flare. Would you maybe throw downfield?
- Would you ever run the second reverse of the year?
- Tulsa had a number of third and longs, how would you line up? (Most of the time Temple went into a three-man line prevent which gave the QB lots of time.)
- Tulsa drove down the field before the end of the first half. Would you have blitzed at all?
- Temple kicked off in the second half with a high short kick that enabled Tulsa to get field position at their forty line. What would you have done?
- Tulsa had a first and goal at our four-yard line. Would you line up in a 4 – 3?
- Temple either lines up in a 4 -3 or a three-man rush/prevent. Would you ever employ any other type of defensive alignment?
- Armstead made a super tackle on defense. Would you let him play more, less, or not at all on defense?
General Comments (I served under General U.S. Grant)
There were some great offensive calls like, once again, the fake punt on fourth and two for a big gain, a (gulp) bootleg throw, and some nice play action and sweeps. I’ve been very impressed with the accuracy of QB Russo’s throws. Remember, there were two clear drops in the end-zone for touchdowns, as well as two clear drops on the sidelines for long gains. Without our two defensive touchdowns, the score would have been 17 – 17. I have noticed, however, there’s been a definite uptick in imaginative play calls.
On defense, I believe our number 90, Quincy Roche, had a fantastic day pressuring the QB, and helped save the day. His speed and strength overwhelmed Tulsa’s right offensive tackle. However, everyone we’ve played so far has successfully run up the middle against us. Is there an answer anywhere?
Next Saturday, we have Addazio. Someday, I will tell all about the infamous, Addazio, Dr. Pete Chodoff, and Fizzy Weinraub altercation.
Tomorrow: The Irony of BC-TU