Five New Year's Resolutions for Navy Football
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Five New Year's Resolutions for Navy Football

With the dawning of a new year it is time to lay out some resolutions for the Mids football program in 2013. For this to be effective the goals have to be achievable and quantifiable, so no wild claims that the National Title will be coming to Navy. Instead here are five realistic ways in which the team can improve over the next twelve months.

With the dawning of a new year it is time to lay out some resolutions for the Mids football program in 2013. For this to be effective the goals have to be achievable and quantifiable, so no wild claims that the National Title will be coming to Navy. Instead here are five realistic ways in which the team can improve over the next twelve months.

1) Defend the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy

The number one goal for the Navy football program every year is to beat Air Force and Army for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. This season the Mids snatched the trophy back after it took a two year sabbatical on the Falcons campus in Colorado. With another year of seasoning for Kennan Reynolds and big questions surrounding the quarterbacking situations at both other Academies there is no reason at all that Navy shouldn't keep the hardware in Annapolis for the foreseeable future.

2) Win a Bowl Game

A bowl game win is less of a priority to the Midshipmen than most other programs in the country, but it is always good to end the year on a winning note. With the Mids going 1-5 in the last six bowl trips however it is not a luxury the team has had very often. Though I think that the team got the worst possible bowl draw in 2012 against a red hot Arizona State team, Ken Niumatalolo needs to find a more adequate balance between the bowl being a reward and the team putting forward a performance which leads to a win.

3) Beat Notre Dame

From 2007 to 2012 the Mids were 3-1 against the Irish. That feels like a long, long time ago. After consecutive 50 point whippings it is time for the Midshipmen to stand up and give the Irish a proper game again. It will be interesting to see how the Irish react to the demolition job at the hands of Alabama in the National Title game, not to mention the loss of Manti T'eo. If there is a hangover throughout 2013 Navy has to strike.

4) Start the season hot

Though the start of the 2012 season was both frontloaded and truncated with travel, no one at the Academy can be happy with the way the first four games went. In 2013 Navy replaces a start against Notre Dame and Penn State with the likes of Indiana, Delaware and Western Kentucky. A reversal of the 1-3 start to 3-1 at the worst should be expected and in truth the Mids should be 4-0 before a trip to Duke.

5) Get out of the Big East mess

The warning lights are going off all over the country. Get out of the deal to join this fast sinking ship right now.