Listen, all you ridiculous over-reacting emotional fans out there.Â CALM THE F DOWN.Â Last week, I tried using the dude.Â Clearly, this didn’t work.Â This isn’t a post for everyone, but it’s a post for you some.Â You know who you are.
The same ‘fans’ that were talking about going 11-0 into USC are now damning the players, coaches and entire program bc of a single loss!Â Did you seriously think we’d go undefeated this year?Â Did you think we’d go from 3 and freaking 9 to amazing in a year???Â What does improvement mean to you people?
Look, MSU is a decent team.Â Are they great? Nope.Â Are they better than SDSU and UM (sucks), yes.Â They’re a upper-mid Big Televen squad and we were 9 point dogs.Â Â They’re much more experienced than we are.Â We start a 2nd year player at QB.Â Their guy is a 5th year.Â Their RB tutored under a pretty solid starter for a few years, and played a bunch of downs, and is now the #1 back in the country.Â Our guys are 2nd years and haven’t had the experience he has, after a year of getting butchered last year.Â I could do this all day.Â Point is, we played a decent team, we didn’t play great, and therefore we lost.Â Against SDSU and UM (sucks), which are a mess, okay was good enough. Today it wasn’t.Â Why are you crying like the sky is falling?Â I’ll tell you why – you have ZERO perspective.
You think turnarounds happen in 1 off-season. You think going from Davingham to NC’s happens quickly.Â It. Does. Not.Â You have to look at a bigger picture to get this folks, and a lot of you do not (thank the Lord for those of you that do).Â
Today’s game wasn’t some shellacking.Â ND, despite screwing things up left and right, kept in this game.Â If but forÂ 5 plays, this game would’ve been totally different.Â Those plays?
1)Â The Jimmy fade for no reason into double coverage pass.Â Â Jimmy will learn to check this off at some point.Â Today, he hasn’t learned it yet.Â We get 3 here and the game is different.Â We get 7 and I’m very confident we win.
2) Missed FG #1.Â While the 2nd shanked FG hurt, this one changes the complexion of the game.Â
3)Â Floyd’s fumble.Â We take MSU 3 and out and then drive ~60 yards just to turn the ball over on the 10.Â UGH.Â We go in for 6 here and everything changes.
4) The stop on 3rd and goal where there was NOT interference. That was a BS call, and it gave MSU 3 more chances at the end zone.Â That was not PI.Â That was not 6.Â A no-call there changes the game, as MSU takes 3 and we stick in it.Â Not to mention, it took them ANOTHER 3 downs to get in, and it was barely there (our red zone D is solid)
5) The other 3rd and short where they BARELY got in. I’m not sure if he was in on this one.Â We stop them for 3 there and this is a different game.
What’s the point?Â Point is, we’re on the road.Â We’re a young team and a re-developing program and we’re in a dogfight with MSU. ANY ONE OF THESE PLAYS goes differently, and the game is different.Â Not all of them.Â Not a few of them.Â ONE of them.Â We were THIS close to taking this game, despite those mistakes and errors.Â That means we’ve improved.Â The same types of mistakes last year lead to a 30-point-plus crushing.Â This year was different. That is a good thing.
It’s not like this wasÂ a steamrolling.Â This team didn’t look hapless or confused or inept. It looked like we played okay, but made a few mistakes that lost us the game.Â Calling for players/coaches heads after a hard fought loss where we just couldn’t overcome our own mistakes is simply foolish.Â One or 2 plays change, and the outcome is different and you’re all singing the team’s praises and talking about a return to glory.Â Can I puh-lease get some perspective here, andÂ a little patience? ‘Course not.Â But I’m going to ask for it anyway.
Is mediocrity okay at ND? No.Â Should we always be in the NC hunt?Â Yes.Â Are idiotic fans that call for coaches’ heads every week okay? NO.Â But poor teams (last year) don’t become NC teams in a year.Â It’s a process, and asking for/wishing for anything else is justÂ a pipe dream.Â That’s why it’s a PROCESS.
For me, nothing has changed.Â This is still a 7-5 team, that gradually improves as the year goes on.Â Recruiting continues to be amazing and the talent gap shrinks and is reversed, and we’re in the NC hunt in 2010.Â People, it’s not 2010 yet. Slow your roll.
That is all.