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Ghosts of Defense Past

While the obvious atrocity of a Groobers defense isn’t all that surprising, Coach P’s defensive meltdown on Sunday was.

Friday, The Fizz brought you inside the worries of the Maize-and-Blue. Which ironically, used to be the worries of the Orange-and-Blue.

Groobers has once again fallen into that pesky pattern of coaching like Groobers.

The Michigan pass defense has been shaky all season, rendering the Wolverines another disappointing season in the Big 10.

However, for any college football fan who wasn’t paying close enough attention, Penn State hung the neon lights outside Groobers’ coaching office.

The Nittany Lions racked up nearly 400 yards of offense at the Big Housein a 35-10 win on Saturday, including a four-touchdown, zero-interception game for Darryl Clark. PSU averaged almost six yards per play and tallied over 160 yards on the ground.

The natives? Restless.

From¬†the Bleacher Report:¬†“I thought the biggest problem was on defense. The game plan and execution were just terrible. Even Daryl Clark, Penn State’s QB thought the Michigan defense looked confused and had trouble lining up. This is on Greg Robinson. I know Michigan has young players and depth issues on defense, but they looked like Spring Ball instead of mid season. I still don’t understand why the Michigan CB’s play so far off the line of scrimmage.”

While the obvious atrocity of a Groobers defense isn’t all that surprising (Spring Ball in October? Yep, we know all about that), Coach P’s defensive meltdown on Sunday was.

The Dolphins held a 24-3 lead over the Saints at home and ended up getting shredded through the final three quarters to win 46-34. New Orleans attack went on a staggering 43-10 run in the final thirty minutes of football.

While Fins Fans might be pointing to a head-scratching decision by Tony Sparano, the¬†blame falls on Coach P’s unit.

“Miami’s meltdown went far beyond one bad decision. Tackling and pass coverage, two recurring problems, were an issue for the defense in the second half. Sparano was less forgiving of the way the Dolphins played in the fourth quarter, when they were outscored 22-0 and gave up 188 yards.”

The Syracuse defense has also had its share of struggles (to put it mildly) this season. But it looks like it wouldn’t have been much better with either of the previous Carrier Dome ghosts of defense past.

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.


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