In our MS football league, each team has 2 games of 7 that don’t count. 6 teams. Each team plays 2 teams twice, first game vs those 2 teams doesn’t count for record towards championship.
We dropped our first game on the road 26-0 after having high hopes in our first 2 weeks of practice. Our starting RB took a helmet to his knee in the first quarter and played til the mid 3rd qrt before his knee just couldn’t go anymore (bruised knee). Our other RB, only a 7th grader, fumbled three times that game.
Week 2, our RB played sparingly with a bum knee and covid/flu symptoms as we tried to work in other kids into the offense. We moved our 7th grade RB from week 1 to QB among other changes. This game counted as it was our only time to face that opponent (a weaker opponent that’s been destroyed each game they played) and we beat them only 28-12. Gained a little confidence.
We played the same team in week 3 that we played week one with our RB finally healthy, which was the game that counts against who we thought was the 2nd best team to this point. We beat them 20 to 12 after losing 26-0 2 weeks prior. Confidence continued to grow.
Fast forward to this past weekend we played what everybody had marked as the best team in the league so far and we beat them 13 to 12. But as coaches we cannot let the players think that they’re the best team only midway through the season. They haven’t to earned anything until hoisting the trophy after the championship game. Before that they must take care of business this week, and each week after. And now we have a target on our backs so they better bring it each week by playing like the underdogs we were the last two weeks. Focus and film study to continue to clean up mistakes and keep these kids humble. After all, we’re by far the smallest school in this league.
lose 1 out of 2 games and all of a sudden you turn on the coaches !? we still have 15 more games to play , the season isn’t over tomorrow our PLAYERS fumbled the ball, threw a pick 6 , and turned the ball over 3 times -dropped a sure pass for a TD, we got to Geno ONE TIME , other than that he had a clean pocket all game AND our players started dropping like flies to injury,but we took Seattle to OT and damn near won anyway. It was a tough loss to swallow . you know what I blame on our coaches?—it’s jogging Montgomery’s ass out so damn much until he got hurt ! He’s not fully an “every down back” you can play all game. and with our OTHER O guys to use—it should-have never happened . They gave him the monster part of the PT and Gibby was used 12% of the game ! why didn’t we see any two back sets? or mix it up? these things bugger me .
I agree with this. And I fear we have a similar situation to what Caldwell experienced where our head coach has overachieved in such a huge way that fans expectations get warped and start blaming the coaches more than the lack of talent.
But our iDL and WRs are just not good enough. And the injuries are not helping especially on the O-line
You are comparing apples and oranges son. Let’s look at the ranking at mid season. And at the end of the season. The Lions just played 2 of the better offenses in the NFL. KC is considered extremely good and Seattle’s is solid.
I have zero respect or fear of the Riddler. If your QB sucks in the NFL you will lose to good teams and you will lose most of your away games. This is an Away game for Atlanta and the Lions are good. So I have zero concern this week. Literally zero.