After the heartbreak in Death Valley, he hoped a return to Alumni Stadium with a cheering crowd would give BC the boost it needed to beat NC State and kick-start its ACC campaign. Well, the first two were on Saturday night, the rest…
I’ve talked about how this bc team isn’t going to shut anyone out and they would need big plays on defense and special teams, and one or two big plays on offense to win games. none of those things happened last night for bc. and they actually happened… for the state of north carolina. The Wolf Pack got the blocked punt, the deflected interception, two lucky holds from Devin Carter and Thayer Thomas, and the safety. they were all the kind of plays bc needed to make.
nc state is a good football team and we knew their defense was going to be tough, but we also knew the wolf pack wasn’t exceptional at rushing the quarterback. This puts some light on Dennis Grosel and his limitations. bc couldn’t get the running game going, which meant there was no passing game. Blackcurrant had to sit in the pocket and read the defense and make more than one or two tough shots and he couldn’t do that.
That leaves Jeff Hafley with a choice. Does BC continue with the current offensive game plan? or does bc make a change and test someone else in qb? I imagine that the current offensive strategy is the most optimal for bc with grosel as the starter, and grosel is the most optimal qb for that strategy. if the eagles change schemes, it is likely that they will also change qbs.
bc you can certainly win ball games with the game plan you’ve been using. they beat mizzou and should have beaten clemson after all but it still takes a lot to go the bc way and that’s not how football works. there’s also the problem that teams have probably caught on to bc’s strategy and will continue to force grosel to win games with his arm. we all remember, all too well, that this was addazio’s biggest problem: a total refusal to adapt and anticipate. we know and bc he can win games with the running game, gooseberry doesn’t lose games, and defense and special teams put up big plays, and I wanted to believe that that was enough to win and maybe even win the acc. Frankly, last night’s game was a harsh wake-up call. The ACC may be wide open, but there are still good teams out there, with solid defenses and coaches who know how to watch movies. i can’t say that changing qbs will mean bc win more games than gooseberry, it could mean they lose more, after all this is a very inexperienced qb room. however, is it better to take a risk, even take a risk, than to play it safe?
See also: Willie Taggart
we’ve heard jeff hafley in interviews and it sounds like he wants to do big things at bc. Well, the important things aren’t happening with Dennis Grosel. i know it, you know it, and jeff hafley probably knows it. bc he can play it safe to stay with gooseberry maybe win 3, 4 or 5 more games. Do you know who did not take a risk? addazio. addazio did what he was good at and never changed and is on his way to another .500 season at colorado state.
maybe playing it safe is the right decision. 7-5 or 8-4 for a team that lost their starter in week 2 is, what some would say, the best bc could hope for and they are probably right. I think there’s a part of me that just wants me to go broke for once. maybe they take that risk and it blows up in their face? that’s fair, but isn’t there at least some pride in saying, “we took chances and failed”.
That feels better to me than just settling for another season over .500, but I’ll put that question in the comments section. Do you prefer to play it safe and stick with currant? or take a chance on one of bc’s other qbs?