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1  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Should Coach Breiner be on the "Hot Seat" on: Today at 08:27:13 am
Of course the coach is on the hot seat given this slide, but in reality, the real heat should be focused on Roach right now, not on this young coach.

On the heels of several playoff appearances and top 25 rankings, the AD decided not to do any search whatsoever and simply hand over the reigns to a 31 y/o guy with extremely light credentials. This one is on the AD. 

There was very little if any discussion here at the time of the hire. Anyone have more info on how it went down? Was this a power play, like Breiner would leave and go with Moorehead?  I cant imagine that this was approved so quickly up the line.

And the AD must have known that JM was going to leave for at least a year, just not when. He was a hot commodity, he wasn't staying on RH for the rest of his career. It couldn't have been a surprise. AD's keep a list of possible replacements and coaches to keep their eyes on. Was AB always the plan?

You're right. It would be interesting to know what actually happened.
2  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL PIck'em for Week 5 and Standings as of Week 4 on: Yesterday at 01:13:46 pm
Fordham

Wagner

Cornell

Holy Cross

Harvard

Bucknell
3  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Should Coach Breiner be on the "Hot Seat" on: Yesterday at 11:32:25 am
Serious Question for you... did the parents mention why they're tuning him out? He's not an outsider, many of these guys have known him for 4+ years. They won with him as an assistant coach and last year as a HC. What's the deal?

As a player I never bought into this type of crap. To me, that's more of an issue with the players than the coach. unless there is something more to it... sounds like we have some quitters on the squad.

Pure speculation here . . . I think if this is happening, it is due to losing (and I know there's a chicken/egg thing there) and style contrast from JM to AB. From what I understand, JM could be loud and talk up a storm, but he was the calm in the storm on the sidelines, especially when things were going sideways. In honesty I haven't seen the team close up except for the Bryant game, but when I saw AB pay attention to the players, it was pretty strident, quick bursts of exhortation, and walk away.

When he was the OC, he had one thing to concentrate on, and with that he had the brains behind it right there to back him up. Now he's got three phases to worry about, new staff on the D side, a serious injury situation, the focus on him.  I wouldn't be surprised if he is fraying a little and maybe the team is picking up on it.

When this type of thing is going on, I think it's less about X's and O's and mostly about leadership. That is usually a combination of getting people to do what they don't want to do, or showing them how to do what they do want to do.  AB may be a great HC on day. Right now we're seeing him on the learning curve.

p.s.  I didn't realize this, but it looks like aside from the HC, 9 out of a staff of 14 are new to the program this year.  So that adds to the HC's issues somewhat.
4  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Should Coach Breiner be on the "Hot Seat" on: Yesterday at 11:00:17 am
Until I saw for myself this weekend I would have considered any talk of dismissing AB premature.  This game against Bryant was appalling.  Saw the first half on the Fordham side, up close and personal.  No life on the bench, it appears that the strength and conditioning progress we made in recent years has lagged, a whole lot of pudgy middles and not just the pug uglies. Team is soft, defense is weak and the schemes are embarrassingly easy to fool.  LB's are the worst I can remember.  Spoke with several parents and alums at half time who stated the kids have tuned AB out.  Offense never gave up, commendable effort but the were betrayed constantly by the D.  P#ss poor tackling throughout the second half, way out of position and out hustled on the end around that Bryant took to the house.  Really disappointed.  If the Defense doesn't adjust, Peter Pujals of HC is going to be able to name his own score.  I think a shakeup is called for before league play, at the very least put the DC from Bucknell on notice....one and done if this keeps up.  Props to Kevin A, Cory C, and Zac D, but not many others.  My two cents and that's what its worth!

Pretty much saw the same, plus Roach, Ellwood, and Gray (none looking happy, as could be expected) on the sidelines away from the team (Jeff, BTW looks like he has been frequenting the buffet table . . .).

I will say this: Bryant looked like a pretty good football team. They certainly know how to move the ball.  They play UNH Saturday, should be an interesting result. I think UNH is less formidable than in the past.
5  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: SI article - Fordham facilities on: September 22, 2017, 10:16:03 am
A little follow-up story (with Moorhead/Fordham reference) relative to PSU's preparation for the upcoming game with Iowa:

UNIVERSITY PARK
Music from Iowa’s marching band blared at 98 decibels — essentially on repeat — during Wednesday’s practice at the Lasch Football Building.

The Nittany Lions’ only reprieve from the Hawkeyes’ fight song? Crowd noise, pumped in at 105 decibels.

Yep, Penn State is getting ready for Kinnick Stadium.

“Everyone around here understands what we have to get prepared for,” coach James Franklin said, when asked if the Nittany Lions had to have the sound approved by the university or township. (They didn’t.)

“I know coach (Joe) Moorhead told me a story, when he was at Fordham, their practice fields butted right up to a classroom, and a professor came out on the field and Joe told him, ‘I don’t tell you how to run your classroom, you don’t tell me how to run mine.’ I’m sure that went over really well. I probably won’t try that tactic.”

But the music isn’t going anywhere. Really, it’s been here all along.

From the start of camp, Franklin has implemented heavy-duty speakers into practice, placed in the end zone closest to Holuba Hall. The Nittany Lions purposefully ran their two-minute drill Wednesday going into that end zone.


. . .

Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/sports/college/penn-state-university/psu-football/article174507391.html#storylink=cpy
6  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: SI article - Fordham facilities on: September 21, 2017, 03:47:34 pm
you think  Notre Dame  is a possibility for Coach M ?     

http://www.coacheshotseat.com/CoachesHotSeatRanking.htm

 briefly looking at the hot seat rankings  --   Notre Dame, Boston College, Rutgers, Virginia   

  if any of these open at the end of the season I think Joe would get an interview/look.     

I am sure he will get looks. Hopefully he is very picky. I don't think any of those schools present him with a good situation. Expectations at ND are sky high and I do not think that they are set up to compete at the highest of highest levels anymore.

I think the other 3 are highly unattractive for varied reasons.

I thought the same Ace. Those are all tough places to win at. If things keep going well at PSU he may well have better opportunities
7  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: SI article - Fordham facilities on: September 21, 2017, 01:12:36 pm
I think Penn State wins BIIIIIG

This is a national championship caliber team in my opinion

Its also fantastic to see former asst coach Will Reimann on the sidelines with Moorhead - will is a great guy

It should be an interesting game, particularly at the start. From what I read the Iowa venue (particularly at their rare night games) is quite frenzied.  Iowa will be "adrenaline high" at the outset so it should be quite a scene.

In a side note, my in-laws live in Central Pennsylvania. Whenever I talk to them I'm sure to tell them: "you're welcome . . ."    Wink
8  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: SI article - Fordham facilities on: September 21, 2017, 08:47:41 am
PSU on the road at Iowa Saturday night. Both undefeated early in the season. Should be a spectacle.
9  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: DEFENSIVE AUTOPSY on: September 20, 2017, 01:03:40 pm
Scroll up... HKRam actually called for a coaching search thread. 

If you notice I said "almost everyone" and "very few."

While the discussion goes on in the town square, occasionally a vassal will stumble drunkenly out of the tavern raving and collapse in the mud.

I try to not pay attention to them . . .
10  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: DEFENSIVE AUTOPSY on: September 20, 2017, 12:07:08 pm
I think most of us want AB to succeed. Some of us are out for blood.

When we win its not by enough and when we lose it's time to whip out the pitchforks and torches...

I think almost everyone wants success for the football team; I think very few, if any, are out for blood.

Expectations of success have been heightened by success, and a thirst for a winning program by fans who have been wandering in the desert for quite a while.  A glimpse of the rarified air of the past 5 years brings disappointment at anything less.

Again, it's not the record that is raising eyebrows; I think most expected this is where we would be going into game 4. It is some of what has been seen on the field (and the flaws have already been enumerated; no need for further demonstration).

I think the concerns center around three things:

Even the casual observer knows that Breiner is replacing the best coach seen on Rose Hill in a generation if not longer.  A coach who was a known alum, likeable, smart, who brought an exciting style and W's.  That "Joe RPO" guy, he was pretty good.  Anyone else is going to suffer in comparison.

Breiner's resumé (no HC experience) puts a target on his back. That and the fact that he was seemingly elevated rather than selected after a search . . . that gives people pause.

Third (and perhaps most important) most everyone realizes that we had an advantage in the PL because of the scholarship head-start. Now the playing field is level. Wins will be harder to come by, so deficiencies (whether it's the D, special teams, communications) will be magnified and may not be overcome by overwhelming firepower on offense.

I think people's antennae are up because of what they seen in the games thus far. They don't want to slide back.

No pitchforks and torches yet. But, for the reasons mentioned, there is some conversation going on in the town square . . .
11  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ Bryant on: September 18, 2017, 11:45:47 am
In all seriousness, when was our last solid road win?  West Point 2015?

Depends on what you call "solid."  Did take care of a mediocre Bucknell team at the end of last season.
12  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL Pick'Em for Week 4 and Standings as of Week 3 on: September 18, 2017, 11:01:32 am
Fordham

Penn

Colgate

Princeton

Georgetown

Holy Cross

Sacred Heart


13  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ Bryant on: September 18, 2017, 10:59:32 am
. . .

Lay the points. Bryant is not Army or EWU.                  

I think the question is: "are they Central Connecticut?"

I think they will be a "tough out."  I don't know if Brown is any good but Bryant gave them all they could handle: controlled the clock, ran a 100 plays and put up almost 500 yards. Bryant lost because they gave up two big plays (95 yd kick return and a long run).

14  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Patriot league is now the worst fcs conf in the country on: September 17, 2017, 10:47:01 pm
Right now, let's worry about being competitive and winning the league.
15  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Eastern Washington @ Fordham on: September 17, 2017, 11:52:18 am
I hope they are not looking past Bryant who moved the ball well against Brown although they took a loss.  This is no layup next week.
16  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Eastern Washington @ Fordham on: September 15, 2017, 02:27:35 pm
Also, I think this may not be "your father's EWU" team. Their production seems down. Let's hope the Rams come out ready to play.

Let's hope that Chase (fingers crossed) or Davis can establish some run game. Without the ground game, at least as a threat, the RPO offense is playing with one hand tied behind its back, and Anderson takes it on himself. He has no fear seemingly, and that's got its downsides when it comes to sacrificing his body.
17  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 13, 2017, 06:10:04 pm
there's no question he's chewing them out behind closed doors. The media is no place for a coach to admonish his team, and neither is an email to alums.

I think it's perfectly OK to say "we need to value the ball more, we need to play better on special teams, we need to be ready before the first whistle, and we need to have the team better prepared."

There needs to be a clear, consistent message of expectations for the program, what is acceptable and what is not. That message should not vary from private to public. It won't (and shouldn't) be expressed in the same terms or at the same volume, and I'm not saying he should call out individuals.

But saying "I'm impressed" doesn't strike me as the message you want to send.

Players, family, and friends read the media. They see what he says.  There should be no mixed message.

It's a small thing, but I don't think it's insignificant.
18  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 13, 2017, 03:00:53 pm
If you are referring to the e-mail we received earlier this week, I agree 100%.  Replied in a respectful fashion but cited our non-show at Army and falling behind by 17 v CCSU.  Almost, but didn't, take exception to him lauding the team effort coming back from a 17 point deficit.  The "team" are the ones who got us into the deficit in the first place with some help from the coaches.  Hope I am wrong but Saturday could be very ugly.

Yes and this from post game (Hartford Courant):

"You had two teams who left it all out on the field today," said the 33-year-old, baby-faced Breiner, who went 8-3 in his first season after replacing Joe Moorhead. "We got the pick six at the end, and that was ultimately the difference but a testament to how special the game of football is. I'm incredibly proud of our young men and battling through some adversity, battling from being down and coming back. I'm really impressed by them and proud of them."

Now, I understand the power of positive thinking, but I like the idea (the necessity) of the coach setting the tone for the program. I think that it's great that he lauds the players for tenacity, but it would be entirely appropriate for him to say that the slow starts (and other negatives) in the first two games of the season are unacceptable.

Poor ball security, bad special teams play, blown assignments in the secondary. These need to be called out. Play like that in the league and they will be toast.
19  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 13, 2017, 01:44:38 pm
No, you get it.  And "it" is despite obvious preparation concerns evident at the start of our first two games, this coach has to date done what is expected of him, and should be allowed to work on these concerns without negativity from us.  I'm sure he's well aware that the team has not come onto the field adequately prepared and that he's working on that.

FWIW, it would b great to hear words to that effect from the coach's post game remarks.
20  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Chasing Greatness Documentary on: September 13, 2017, 09:58:54 am
Frankly, I'm more concerned that his leg is OK.
21  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 11, 2017, 10:55:41 pm
Just one other thought on the CCSU game.  It actually may have looked worse than it was.

We were down 17-0 after the first few minutes of the game because we allowed a 95 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a fumble on offense which set up a 32 yard field goal and a fumble on offense which was returned for a touchdown.  Really, really bad.....2 fumbles and bad kickoff coverage in the first few minutes.

However, after that, we outscored CCSU by 38-14, not great, but not bad, considering that Chase had gone out by the third quarter with his injury.

Those initial mistakes really made us look bad and it does look bad for a team to do that, but in totality, after our mistakes, we weren't that bad and our defense came through for us at the end.

I'm hoping for no mistakes against EWU and our defense to hold up.  Apparently, their defense is no great shakes either (although they did play two really good teams to start).


Richie, there were two instances later in the game when CCSU receivers were wide open in the secondary. Wide open.

EWU will make us pay for that.
22  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 11, 2017, 03:14:13 pm
Here's why I think some folks are getting worried. Losing big to Army was to be expected. OK.  And losing by 50+? not good, but whatever.  However, imbedded in that loss was some bad, inexcusable football. (I am still trying to get past taking a delay of game penalty on the FIRST PLAY OF THE SEASON!).

However.

The real issue lies in the fact that when everyone saw the schedule for this year, I am sure that every single one of us looked at CCSU and said "W".  There was speculation that it would give the team time to recover from the physical beating that everyone (rightly) expected from Army.  

We were fortunate to beat CCSU.  CCSU.  A couple of picks at the end of the game gave us the win.  We should have never been in that position.

To see continued bad football is worrisome.  It's too soon to call for the coach's head, but is certainly appropriate to wonder why things don't seem to be going in the right direction.
23  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 11, 2017, 11:32:01 am
Anderson is not a player and a half. He's a solid qb, not worth RAVING about, but by no means worth bashing/questioning whether he should start.

. . .
  Just hoping that he doesn't get himself killed the way he throws his body around.

Sometimes it's good to slide . . .
24  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: PL Pick'em Week 3 and Standings for Week 2 on: September 11, 2017, 11:28:21 am
Fordham (don't really believe it, but I never pick against the Rams)

Yale

Buffalo

Villanova

Georgetown

UNH

Bucknell
25  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 10, 2017, 11:53:11 am
Yesterday showed us that every game that we play this year is going to be a dog fight. Going forward every game remaining on our schedule is not a guaranteed W.  In the past 5 years we could circle 5 guaranteed wins.  Not this year.  Zero.  We couldn't even guarantee a W this year against those Commie's from Columbia if they were on our schedule.

It would seem that way based on the past two weeks. But teams can/do develop week to week, so let's hope they get this thing going.

BTW, your last comment is the type of thing that gives Commies a bad name . . .   Wink
26  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 09, 2017, 03:20:50 pm
It ends 38 to 31, Fordham wins.

If this team continues to perform the way it has in the first two games (and Edmonds is seriously injured), we could be looking at a sub .500 season.

If it wasn't for the 4th Q offense provided by Frosh Zak Davis we probably wouldn't have won.  

This team has issues.
27  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 09, 2017, 03:13:12 pm
After CCSU blocked a Fordham FG attempt, the Rams pick off a pass attempt and take it in for a touchdown to take the lead 38 to 31.  0:53 left
28  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 09, 2017, 02:54:40 pm
Tied at 31 with 4:43 left in the game.
29  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 09, 2017, 02:45:40 pm
It's 31 to 28 with CCSU in the lead.
30  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Fordham @ CCSU on: September 09, 2017, 02:32:59 pm
Horrendous coaching, this team is constantly looking to sideline, confused, players in and out and too much movement, line up and snap the flipping ball!

That's the scheme. I don't like it, but that's the scheme.
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