Expand on your SJB prediction vs DLS. That is a wild assessment. Even before the "easily" statement.MDDad wrote:I agree completely, observer. I don't know how many posters in this thread were actually in attendance, but this may have been the weakest De La Salle team I've ever seen. They have absolutely no passing game, not a lot of team speed, and they committed more penalties last night than they used to in an entire season. The one ability they still have is to absolutely take full advantage of every mistake made by their opponents.
Servite lost because of mistakes and penalties, not because they were dominated by a grossly superior team. St. John Bosco would easily defeat the Spartan team I saw last night.
FYI it was Angel Stadium in the rain...ExRep wrote:The DLS I saw last night was no where near the DLS I saw grind away an excellent, unprepared Servite team on that dismal rainy night at Home Depot stadium several years ago.
Those wide splits are commonly seen on teams that run the spread. It helps create running lanes. With the spread, defenses can only line up in a few different ways. It helps to simplify things for the offense. Look at Texas Tech, Corona C., Washington State, Oregon. The big disadvantage is that defenders can shoot gaps and potentially make some big plays. The spread offense is pretty basic.
I understand – I think – the basic purpose behind the wide splits. I was more interested in why Coach Gass introduced them this year. Is it simply because he likes that as a generic formation, or was there something about Servite's personnel that made him think it was better suited to them?
To me, that offense that Servite runs – and I only saw a few plays in the second half so I may be misjudging – is the worst of both worlds. I can't stand the pistol because the running plays develop so slowly and there is little deception. And I don't like wide splits because I believe a really quick defensive team is more likely going to kick your ass given all those open lanes. I think you're exactly right about Mater Dei blitzing next week. And if not them, somebody is likely to do it very effectively.
We probably don't agree on the definition of the term "common" because while there are certainly plenty of teams that use the spread, I see standard O line splits for more often than I do the wide splits such as employed by Servite.
Nonetheless, it may be the best thing for them this year. I was just curious if anybody knew specifically why Coach Gass had instituted it.....................Luca
Servite also looked helpless in short yardage offense. No jumbo package and every play from shotgun. Love Loppi, but he isnt the hammer they could use to pick up critical yardage inside the tackles.
I get that they were outclassed/outcoached by DLS, but these things may need to be addressed fort the TL.
They are a very good football team but not the world beaters they once were. Their defense was a little slow especially on the outside and their passing game non existent. Their run game was their strong point, but Servite"s D line is a little small. So let's see what unfolds in the rain on Friday.
SM is over rated and shouldn't be getting as much love. I see them missing the playoffs.
hit the lights
I didn't go to the game the first time they played for state 2 years ago and I didn't go this time.
I take full responsibility.