As for the breakdowns, some of the balls that have gotten behind MD this year have of course been inexcusable, coverage be damned, and put them in tough spots. Mainly in that first half against SJC that everyone is focusing in.
But let’s also consider some context. MD gave up a score to maybe the best senior WR in the United States (Rakim Jarrett) and had a coverage bust on a wheel route that led to another TD, both thrown by the best QB they’ve faced this year by far (BYU committed QB Sol Jay Maiava). Maiava’s extension of plays in that game was as much of a factor as anything the secondary did or didn’t do. But let’s not forget to recognize that the D then gave up only 3 points in the second half and completely shut Maiava and the Cadets down.
I already acknowledged the boom or bust nature of the Monarchs stud soph CB Domani Jackson above, so I’m well aware there have been some coverage busts this year.
But Jackson and company have also made a bunch of great plays in coverage, including Jackson returning a pick six last week against OLu right after one of Bryce’s interceptions. That was an aggressive game changing play made in press coverage. Also, maybe I missed a moment that you all have seen, but I haven’t seen anyone “get behind” Jaylin Davies all year. In fact, he absolutely put the clamps on the best two WRs he faced this year in Gary Bryant of Corona Centennial and Jarrett of St Johns.
And let’s tell the full story: several of the deep balls that MD has given up have been in inconsequential moments (i.e. - up big on Centennial, or St Frances, or the OLu game mentioned above).
If DJ is salivating over watching THIS MD defense and secondary, he must be watching all the blooper clips, or a different overall set of tape than I’ve seen, because the defense he’s going to face in a couple weeks is not some Mililani/Don Bosco Swiss cheese outfit.
But maybe we should send that message along to EJ and Frank McManus so they can let the boys know that DJ think they are the weak spot and is going to exploit them on Oct 25.