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It is neither entitlement nor arrogance.

From my perspective, it is a fundamental disagreement about the wisdom of running a "System," particularly when the "system" is touted as be-all, end-all, where we will run our opponents into the ground, all the time, no matter what.
Here are the dangers:
1. Easily susceptible to tactics that render it impotent. Teams learned to slow the pace, or make 22, 35, and 6 chase all over the field on defense, invert their middies etc.
2. It is extremely dangerous. When you get a team to buy-in to a new and "transforming" system that tells them, if you train harder than ever, it will produce the result that our opponents will be gassed at the end of games, it had better produce those results or you will lose the team. The team knew that the "System" was not working long before either the fans or even the coaches did. That is why they collapsed at the end of the year. They realized that it was they that were gassed. Look at 22, or 6, or 35 at the end of games. They were spent.
That is why Coach Tiffany took his foot off the gas after the UNC game. He realized that he was beating an injured horse. The season WAS over!
It has a long term, even permanent effect on their psyche when a team continuously blows big leads at the end of games.
Whether you wish to believe it or not, from the players perspective, when they create a big lead toward the end of a game, you EXPECT, or TRUST, your coach to protect that lead with strategies and tactics, and substitutions and time-outs that will allow you to win the game.
Last week, I went back and re-watched the first Penn, Syracuse, Hopkins, and Notre Dame games.
Against Syracuse, UVA held a 5 goal lead with under 5 minutes left in the 3rd Quarter. Against Hopkins, UVA held a 5 goal lead with under 5 minutes left in the 3rd Quarter. Clearly, UVA was the better team in all 4 of those games! All that was required was to coach smart. It is accepted wisdom that when engaging an opponent, one should never do what the opponent most hopes that you will do. After the Hopkins game, Petro told the press that when they were down 13-8 late; he told his team not to give up because he was certain that UVA would NOT change tactics and that UVA's run and gun mantra would produce the turnovers that Hopkins needed to get back in the game.
UVA has the players to win now!

[Post edited by vonmisian at 10/09/2017 4:46PM]

(In response to this post by malkmus)

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 4:41PM


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  The whole can't know anything if you did not play in college -- GreenBottleNight 10/11/2017 5:24PM
  It is neither entitlement nor arrogance. -- vonmisian 10/09/2017 4:41PM
  Am I guilty of heresy or blasphemy? -- vonmisian 10/09/2017 11:25PM
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