Ok i was there. And maybe i should have known something was up. Maybe it was the shocker of the new england natives actually being nice. Everyone complimented my kids being cute in their cards outfits. With the night begging so well i thought it was going to be a good night for us. Little did i know that the greatest thing i would get out of this night was to see Mike Marra and his family and talk to his brother about Tats.
Ok i'm not sure what the announcers saw but since i was right there and felt like if i streched my hand close enough i cld touch a player i will tell you guys what i saw. You could tell our energy and mood wasnt great just watching warm ups. Siva sad face everytime he missed a jump shot. Everyone else just seemed like they had the attitude like we're here so i guess we gotta play. Angel Nunez warmed up as if he knew that he wasnt going to get in so this was his time to shine. I seen hit a couple nice crossvers and drain three over and over. And if i wasnt sure before i'm deff sure now that he should have been playing all season long and by now shld've established hisself as the person to run the offense trough. much like francisco but we will get to that later.
First thing that i beleive is wrong with the team is confidence/leadership. Chalie Strong made it evident that our football was lacking leadership that was the reason for us not maintaining leads or us not having players in teh right spots or getting called for silly penealties. I beleive the same thing is hppening here. We dont have that guy to say hey follow me its going to be ok!!! We dont have that guy who walks the walk and talks the talk. Thtats why guys point instead of talking on the court. Thats why u see guys not helping each other up. Thats why guys are hanging their heads. Because nobody is steeping up to say hey Siva its alright keep shoot you'll be fine. Or say Rock stop dribbling so much find me and i'll get it back to you!! There is nobody demanding that respect and i also think that the new players in some ways have detoured the players taht have been here. I dont think its a tema effort. Confidence is deff lacking. Siva in warms ups and in the game just seemed like he couldnt get it right and when he did something wrong he didnt seemed poised. He seem down on his self or frustrated. Maybe even with his team mates but didn't look like he wanted to play. That effects the whole team. So He as a captain not having confidence or seeming as though he is not all there makes the tema look and feel like that as well.
Secondly The offense as i've said forever has a missing piece that piece is Nunez. Isat there and watched and there never seemed to be a point. With offenses of old you got it. It was no secret teams knew what we were doing then too. Its just like Alabama football you know whats coming but can you stop it!. You knew we were going to get it to the high post with Padgett or Cisco. you couldnt play off them cause they would hurt you. You double and you leave a guy open. Like dean Smith. But this tema seems to screen and pass for no reason because teams are staying home and they aren't worried about siva, or russ really. If they score 20 or 30 they say hey we can live with that because nobody else is scoring. We simply need dare i say it a "STAR" an athlete who can get his own shot that wld opentthings up for everyone kyle chris russ siva's penetration. And deing and Chane in the post. Now The down side of that is to throw Nunez in there now i think would put too much pressure on him he might not be ready for. So to me that is the a coaching mistake. He should have been playing and thrown into the rotation since blackshear was hurt.
Thirdly Our Coach. He's and Strong are the different sides of the same coin. Strong will flat out tell you. This is what it is. There is no secret about it. Not Pitino's style. Strong willl play he's best palyers at the position that we need them to win. Like maudlin playing DE or the move of Brown to Running back. Or just leaving teddy in there to play. Again not pitino. He needs to realize that this game is changing. This isnt 1987. Your five has to be able to not only compete but score and play D. So for him to have not made the necessary changes when needed throws me off. Espcially in his own words he said he knew tat this tema would not score points. And i ask you why? Is is because they dont fit the the system? Or is it because you refuse to paly the mst talented offensive line up? Because of lack of D? There has to be some sort of healthy median right? I mean you didnt red shirt the Nunez so why waste his year. If i was him i would transfer especially knowing the fans want to see me play. I just dont want to feel like i'm being lied to everytime he speaks about the team. But there has to be some sort of message to them to get them to start playing together and like a team that loves one another. Because right now i simply dont see that.
This tema will have a bright future maybe next(if all the players we have stay till then) But i think we're all tired of hearing next year. And amybe when fans stop showing up, and money goes dwn. Jurich will get into pitino's ear about it