and trying too hard can lead to silly penalties.-- da Coach
The lineman jumps early because he's trying to get a better angle on a defender, or winds up holding because he's been beaten off the ball. His job is to make the play and he'll try anything...
Randy Walker hinted in his press conference Monday that players may be trying to play their position and half of another guys'; they don't trust each other to come through in a pinch.
Senior Defensive Tackle Luis Castillo has been around the D-Line overacheivers at NU for 4 years - and he's also not sure the Cat's woes aren't due to players trying to help each other.I look around and everyone's doing as much as possible and sometimes it's just guys doing too uch." [The Daily Northwestern]During our game chats, there's been a fair amount of complaint about people missing tackles on the defense. In a few cases where I've been paying close attention, it seems that our guys are missing tackles [or making penalties] because they're trying to do the impossible. Somebody else should have made the stop but they tried to help and also missed.
Another thing: We played penalty free ball in our first two losses. The coaches asked the guys to step it up and they did. We had a few more penalties in our win over Kansas, and then came the Gophers; 9 yellow flags, 77 yards, loss #3.
The Cats have to keep playing with passion, but they also have to do just their job.
They have to trust, or is it believe, that the guy next to them will get it done too.
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