Man, it’s so hard to figure out what the main cause of last night’s poor play was.
I mean, on the one hand, you’ve got the destructive effect of Deandre Baker selfishly taking his talents to the next level after being forced to come back and play his senior season in Athens and Luke Ford’s equally selfish decision to consider possibly playing for one particular school closer to home so that his ailing grandfather has an easier chance to see him play.
On the other hand, you’ve got the players who knew what they were doing wrong, but couldn’t quite put their fingers on why.
Inside linebacker Monty Rice said the main issue he saw was the number of missed tackles, and defensive back Richard LeCounte agreed. But neither could pinpoint one specific reason as to why there were so many.
“I don’t really know what it was,” LeCounte said. “Our focus wasn’t really there. That’s what really contributed to all the different things that we did.”
Execution played a major role in the team’s tackling ability, and Rice attributed the lack of “wrapping up” the ball carrier and Ehlinger as another factor.
It’s a complete mystery to me. Maybe if Baker had swallowed his foolish pride and played, Richard LeCounte would have tackled better. What do you guys think?