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Is Syracuse’s Loss to Cincinnati the Low Point of the Doug Marrone Era?

Why is the Orange creating more questions than solutions this late in the season?

This is the low point of the Doug Marrone Era. Forget the 4-8 first season, the brutal home losses last year or many other tough moments. On Senior Day, after 15 days off to stew on a three-game losing streak, Syracuse was embarrassed by a guy named Munchie and yet another unproven quarterback running all over it. The final score of 30-13 doesn’t even begin to describe how much of a blowout it actually was.

Dougie seems to have lost at least some of his grip on the team. Like the team’s play on the field, Marrone’s postgame comments reflected defeat as well. The pain was evident on his face during his now famous words.

“I guarantee you don’t have any idea how I feel and how I’ve been feeling. I can’t believe I’ve disappointed the fans, the people, everyone. It’s my responsibility and that’s why I don’t think people can understand.”

It’s hard to believe. Just five weeks earlier, The Dougie proudly stood at that very podium with his team 5-2 and coming off a blowout win against a ranked West Virginia team on national television. It has all come crashing down for the Orange in every possible way. From Ryan Nassib’s regression, to a rash of injuries, lethargic losses, the suspension and possible defection of Phillip Thomas, the team has collapsed.

The loss to Cincinnati personified so many of Syracuse’s problems. The Orange once again failed to tackle as Isiah Pead made several defenders miss seemingly every play. To highlight the special teams woes, Pead also gained more yardage on punt returns in one afternoon than Syracuse has all year. The aerial attack was completely ineffective despite playing one of the worst pass defenses in the country. Worst of all was seeing yet another middling quarterback succeed against SU, this time Jordan Luallen.

It’s impossible to believe Syracuse would quit on Senior Day, but it was far from SU’s best effort. The Orange seemed to be going through the motions and accepting defeat by the 2nd half, even while Cincy continually tried to let SU back in the game.

An Orange team with potentially just one game left in the season will likely be left home from the bowl party. And it’s sickening how many pieces seem to be broken at this point of the season. Good teams are finding solutions after 11 games, not creating problems. Marrone:

“We have a lot of issues right now.”

That may be an understatement as the season has seemingly slipped away from this team. SU has one final chance to salvage its season, but it seems as though the Orange is destined to be home for bowl season.

Posted: Alex Plavin


9 Comments on this Post

  1. Problem is a lack of playmakers on both sides of ball. Only recruiting and player development will cure this. The former is the issue, can they recruit playmakers?

  2. I thought Marrone improved our team speed? Syracuse looks slow and steps behind in the games vs. L-ville, USF and Cincy.

  3. He needs to stop taking all the blame and start putting some responsibility back on his players. He has to keep players accountable, and that means not protecting them in front of the media. Talk about who didn’t play well and what they need to do to improve. Show that you’re in control and that you keep your players accountable for how they perform on game day.

    I still believe he’s a good coach, but he needs to put some of this back on the players so that they show up next time and actually want to do better because right now they suck. The whole team sucks.

    I don’t buy that they don’t have the talent. They dominated a talented, dominant WVU team. If you can do it once, you can do it again.

    Oh, and he should fire Hackett next week. The whole offense has choked hard since the WVU game and play calling has been terrible all season.

  4. DJ Orange

    I think DM is the right guy and I agree that the talent is decent enough right now. HCDM seems to have mellowed out a lot. Year 1 he had to be the ultimate hardass, last year he still was hammering guys and yelling on the sideline. This year he seems too calm, like he is self-conscious of his sideline demeanor. We have a ton of young guys on this team they need to grow up or get out, there seems to be a lot of turmoil within the team. I never thought I would see this with a DM team

  5. Showmen77

    There is some good talent on the team. Unfortunately HCDM believes Nassib is. He hesitates prior to throwing. Play calling is atricious. When the fans know the next play the opposing coach & players know as well. Maybe give Loab or Kinder a shot. There seems no emotion from coaches to players.

  6. There is nothing wrong with the team… Its Nassib missing passes that are easy to complete, and him not trying to leave the pocket when it is collapsing… next year this will be a much better team because we might find a more consistent QB

  7. i thought su looked great

    am just glad they didnt play like this against wake/ri/toledo because they would’ve lost all those games.

    has anyone ever asked marrone how bad the other qbs on the roster are?

    i mean they can’t even get a snap in garbage time

  8. saltine44

    this team lacks confidence and it shows in their body language. They expect to lose but how can you not after giving away the RU and UConn games. This broke their confidence. This week the coaches should back off, build a basic game plan, let the kids have fun and just go out and play. I would guarantee you will see a much different team on the field. Also, they should let Jerome Smith bruise the defense a little. He is a punishing runner and would be a great 1,2 punch with Antwon. Hackett needs to roll the pocket with Nassib, he gets way too nervous sitting inside – probably doesn’t trust his line or backs to pick up blitzes.

  9. Ryan is not the whole problem. There’s nothing behind him who can play now. Bailey is a disaster. WR’s can’t catch the ball and they get touched and fall down. OL is below average. DL really showed little. DB’s are….. enough said about them. But the real problem is coaching. HCDM has no real experience at HC before he got here. This calm attitude of his on the sidelines is really working. Yeah right!!! Anyone who ever played organized football want their coach challenging the players as well as the refs on the right situations. The players body language all year was really down. This year more than most they needed HCDM to fight for this team. HCDM style is just not that. He’ll get fired for that and we are at beginning again of a new coach. We are getting tired of that. Enough already!!!

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