Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Can One Player Change a Team?


In my short lifetime I have witnessed one player change the course of a season for an entire team. Usually that one player is the QB when talking about a football team. This was evident when Utah State knocked off Fresno State two weeks ago. Utah State brought in a new QB which seemed to energize the team leading them to a very important win over Fresno State. Do I believe Sean Norton is capable of the same type of energy towards the Bulldogs? Yes, I do feel he brings an entirely different aspect of football to this team and will change the overall outlook of the Bulldogs a whole. Do I feel Fresno State will win most of their games with Norton at QB? No, because the defense is still terrible and unfortunately Norton has nothing to do with the defense. However there is a side effect that the defense will see if the offense is more productive. If Norton comes into the game and can give the Dogs 4-5 scoring drives a night they will end up with somewhere between 28-35 points or so. That in turn means our defense will not be on the field as long, nor will they be counted on to hold the opposing offense to such a low scoring output. The upcoming game against LSU will be a perfect opportunity for a guy like Norton to show if he is ready to play against the big time teams of the college football. Will he succeed? I have no idea but you have to figure he is going to have to be ready because his first two games are going to be against nationally ranked Boise State and LSU.

Norton does change our offense and gives us the opportunity to run the option as well as throw downfield. Hopefully in the end this will all work out for the better and he will be able to stay healthy. The Dogs are a much better team on offense with Norton in, but their defense is just as bad and that will not change anytime soon. I wrote about what I thought needed to be changed on defense, what does everyone else think we should do to make the defense better overall or is it even fixable at this point? If you can leave comments, the more the better as opinions are always welcome here. We are all Bulldog fans and we all want to see the team win. Here's to a great game between Fresno State and LSU this Saturday.

8 comments:

ChrisDog said...

It's never going to happen and we don't have time to change the offense this year but if Norton succedes the rest of the season I think we should run the option next year. Smallish QB with good speed and good scrambling ability. A tight end with great hands and stable of very good new WR's and RB's. If done right we wouldn't have to worry about Norton's height. His stature could be regarded as an advantage with the option and by would it be FUN to watch!!

formerdog said...

When under Pat Hill has FSU had a powerhouse defense?....NEVER... There are TOO many problems with the Bulldogs and they ALL start at the top.

I don't care how long they have known each other, Dan Brown STINKS!!!! He HAS to go!

Our defense is an ABSOLUTE JOKE!

The Baltimore Ravens just fired their offensive coordinator today and they are 4-2 !!!!!...talk about a working for a tough boss.

This is BUSINESS...and FSU is in the business of LOSING (we average 5 losses EACH year under Pat Hill and Down Brown). It is now at a all-time low.

FIRE DAN BROWN, FIRE THE NEW O. COORDINATOR too!!!

FIRE PAT HILL ....if he refuses to change!!!!!!!!!

As for Norton starting - YES, but he to will fail UNLESS we change the offensive playcalling and PASS more on 1st and 2nd downs. Open up the offense.

Q: Did anyone see Matt Leinart last night vs. the Bears? In the first half, he was crushing the almighty Bears D with short, presise passes (a lot of 1st and 2nd down passes) then James would give them good yards on the ground (1st half ONLY).

The Cardinals lost because they didn't stick with this in the 2nd half, but the point is that this 1st half performance is EXACTLY what FSU NEEDS and CAN do to pou up points. I will NOT say win beacuse the D is just that bad.

Anonymous said...

If the QB was the only problem on our team then one player can change a team but our defense is so bad we still might not win another game.

Remember, Dilfer and Volek were option QB's out of high school and they did well in Fresno's system so you can't completely change your offensive philosophy just because you have a QB that can run but i do think there should be some option plays and designed runs for Norton to keep defenses honest because with his ability he might take a couple to the house.

Anonymous said...

At this point the defense is playing so poorly that a win against Boise or LSU is laughable.

I'm not going to single out any individual players on this because they have all made mistakes. However, I think all would agree that Defensive coordinator should be replaced first and foremost.

If the Dogs don't get pressure on the QB with some more effective rushers or blitzing then defense will not improve. Also the whole defense must start hitting and wrapping low, not just going for bit hits and letting the receiver continue on his way down the field.

It's great if SN plays well and leads the team like a QB should [You can already tell from watching the game that SN took charge and commanded at the line much better, with more confidence than TB], it still won't matter w/ a defensive unit playing as bad as we have this season. But at least there is some positivity here. PH needs to really shake things up come this off season.

formerdog said...

ACCOUNTABILITY!!! Where's yours Pat Hill?

I love Raven's coach Brian Billick, today he FIRED his offensive coordinator (and friend) Jim Fassel. Listen to this quote from Billick...

"Clearly, in order for us to expand on our 4-2 start, we have to have more offensive productivity," coach Brian Billick said. "It was my opinion going forward, in order to bring about the level of production that we need offensively, to get where we want to go, that I needed to step back in on a day-to-day basis."

Wait, there's more...

The Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green ALSO FIRED his offensive coordinator Keith Rowen. Here's Greens' quote:...

"I've known Keith for a long time. I have the utmost respect for him," Green said. "We are not scoring enough points."

What's wrong with this picture when it comes to FSU? Let me tell you...

Pat Hill has NO accountability for his lousy performance as head coach at FSU. If you count loosing five games EVERY year (this is a fact over Pat's 10 years) as being a good coach and accountable, then stop reading now and go back and bury your head in the sand and wish for the 'miracle' dream season when FSU beats every BCS team and goes undefeated.

Billick and Green are pis*ed off and are DOING something about it! How about you Pat Hill? These two coaches have my utter most respect. They have two dangling cantelopes between their legs, Pat Hill has two dried up peas. When are you EVER going to man up Pat Hill.

Your team is pathetic! You have some desent players currently on this 2006 squad. However, they WILL go down as the WORST TEAM EVER IN FSU HISTORY! Why, because Pat Hill has no accountability for the lack of coaching on his staff. Hill continually allows his coaches to 'breeze by' with half-hearted performances by his players, horrible play calling and offensive schemes, and defense packages that NEVER work and HAVEN'T worked at FSU in ten years.

It's the same song-and-dance EVERY SINGLE year. You talk a great game, but NEVER back it up. Enough is Enough. I have been preaching this all year long to the Bulldog faithful. Your way has to go. It hasn't worked and now all your credibility is ERASED.

Pat, I believe that you CAN restore order to this team and bring back that 'tough guy' mantra, however your inability to change is your downfall. No one cares about games we 'almost' won against the USC's of the land -- THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS WINNING.

I am so sick and tired of loosing EVERY year, and five losses a year is TOO many.

Get rid of 'Anyone Anywhere Anytime' it needs to be 'Shut Your Mouth and Just Win'.

Every team and pollsters now laugh at FSU. Your players have given up because their leader IS NOT TOUGH ENOUGH.

Somebody please bring back the 'old' Pat Hill. Pat, you need to change your goals for this program. Be accountable for the misstakes that YOU have allowed this year and start cleaning house NOW.

I am tired of loosing when we COULD be winning!

formerdog said...

ACCOUNTABILITY!!! Where's yours Pat Hill?

I love Raven's coach Brian Billick, today he FIRED his offensive coordinator (and friend) Jim Fassel. Listen to this quote from Billick...

"Clearly, in order for us to expand on our 4-2 start, we have to have more offensive productivity," coach Brian Billick said. "It was my opinion going forward, in order to bring about the level of production that we need offensively, to get where we want to go, that I needed to step back in on a day-to-day basis."

Wait, there's more...

The Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green ALSO FIRED his offensive coordinator Keith Rowen. Here's Greens' quote:...

"I've known Keith for a long time. I have the utmost respect for him," Green said. "We are not scoring enough points."

What's wrong with this picture when it comes to FSU? Let me tell you...

Pat Hill has NO accountability for his lousy performance as head coach at FSU. If you count loosing five games EVERY year (this is a fact over Pat's 10 years) as being a good coach and accountable, then stop reading now and go back and bury your head in the sand and wish for the 'miracle' dream season when FSU beats every BCS team and goes undefeated.

Billick and Green are pis*ed off and are DOING something about it! How about you Pat Hill? These two coaches have my utter most respect. They have two dangling cantelopes between their legs, Pat Hill has two dried up peas. When are you EVER going to man up Pat Hill.

Your team is pathetic! You have some desent players currently on this 2006 squad. However, they WILL go down as the WORST TEAM EVER IN FSU HISTORY! Why, because Pat Hill has no accountability for the lack of coaching on his staff. Hill continually allows his coaches to 'breeze by' with half-hearted performances by his players, horrible play calling and offensive schemes, and defense packages that NEVER work and HAVEN'T worked at FSU in ten years.

It's the same song-and-dance EVERY SINGLE year. You talk a great game, but NEVER back it up. Enough is Enough. I have been preaching this all year long to the Bulldog faithful. Your way has to go. It hasn't worked and now all your credibility is ERASED.

Pat, I believe that you CAN restore order to this team and bring back that 'tough guy' mantra, however your inability to change is your downfall. No one cares about games we 'almost' won against the USC's of the land -- THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS WINNING.

I am so sick and tired of loosing EVERY year, and five losses a year is TOO many.

Get rid of 'Anyone Anywhere Anytime' it needs to be 'Shut Your Mouth and Just Win'.

Every team and pollsters now laugh at FSU. Your players have given up because their leader IS NOT TOUGH ENOUGH.

Somebody please bring back the 'old' Pat Hill. Pat, you need to change your goals for this program. Be accountable for the misstakes that YOU have allowed this year and start cleaning house NOW.

I am tired of loosing when we COULD be winning!

Anonymous said...

Formerdog is exactly right. Just got through watching the past three games, defense only. The bulldog defense is horrible. They can't hit,can't tackle and they can't react because they are too slow. #4 Mays makes one tackle on the Hawaii sidlines and start taunting them. What a clown!! where was he the rest of the game and the also the prior games? Dan Brown and a few others on the defensive staff must go!! Hill must take action because watching that defense is embarrassing. That is not a D-1A defense out there I can assure you. A total embarrassment to fresno St. football!! A total embarrassment to college football!!

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