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So we're gonna This weekend was rough, Steve.
Yesterday was a rough day.
E I love how this is literally a change where there's no possible segue for its Just like we have to pivot, there's no yeah, we'll start happy and then we're kind of we're in here were swerving right into the skin because there is nothing else to do in Syracuse punch slightly intended on.
Do we have to talk about a loss to Duke that on paper looks bad? With any ****ysis, it looks worse.
And let's start with the actual game footage, which, actually, I do want to take a time out on that because that statement could be misconstrued slightly.
It looks bad on paper, and it looks worse in reality, not just like not for the fact of what happened on the field, like what happened on the field could have happened on the field.
But it looks worse in the sense of the grand season for the Orange, because it's not this this game, cause not in acute issue.
It caused a shock wave through out what's going on the rest of the year.
And let's start with the on the field shockwave, which is the fact that Tony whites, 335 which I've been a big proponent of.
You've been a big fan of.
We've talked a lot about how it's done, a lot of good things.
But one thing it hasn't been great at has been stopping the run.
And Duke showed, Oh, no, it just can't stop the run period when you know exactly how to attack it.
Duke averaged over five yards a carry.
They had 200 yard rushers in a game, something that Syracuse hasn't had in eons.
I can't even if we're going back to again, not to throw it back to P T G Antoine Bailey days, but like that's probably the last time that Syracuse had a game with 200 yard rushers and they had 200 yard rusher in the first half.
Yeah, it's they do have over 400 yards of offense in the first half.
Most of that was on the ground Chase.
Bryce was not good in this game at all, and yet Duke was still destroying Syracuse offensively because they could just run the ball at will and it wasn't even a situation.
I want to ask you a little bit more about this from the offensive because you come from the offensive line standpoint, which the running game is almost entirely predicated on having a good push.
Winning most trench battles.
Duke didn't just run what BC did last year where they just ran a gap gap.
Flip them based off of whatever you felt like Duke was running inside.
They were running outside.
They were running counters.
They were running speed options.
No matter how they decided to run the ball, they were successful.
And that is the most worrying aspect of this whole dilemma.
Yeah, that was a bit of a conundrum.
Andi, I think, um, not Thio.
Not to dumb it down too far, but because there's gonna be to break down how the run got out of hand that much in this game, it's kind of a layers upon layers thing because you have a young, inexperienced line back in court who, like literally outside Michael Jones.
Nobody that was out there had any snaps last year.
Yeah, well paid, but technically, because he was he was in a little towards the end of last year.
But you know Jeff Kent Marcu starting middle linebacker, no snaps gets injured, comes back in gets injured again.
Marlowe Wax. True freshman.
Uh, Steve Linton.
Uh, Stefan Thompson.
Anybody under the sun? If you would like to name a linebacker, uh, 12.
Richards was injured, so he didn't come.
So there goes that experience.
It was overall, like there's there's not a lot of experience there and a lot of game time experience.
That causes some very odd issues as faras reading and reacting.
Um, especially when you're kind of in the 335 year kind of test with plugging those gaps, Um, that aren't being plugged by Bear who's on two gap duty, which against the run is also very difficult.
Um, there's There's also the fact that Andre Cisco and Eric Holy were injured.
Eso you have two solid safety is to come up and stop the run or at least read and react to what's going on that we're not there.
Um, there's there's a lot that went on, and that's without even talking about Josh Black.
Uh, McKinley Williams and Kings of Jonathan who? Yeah, I was gonna move on to these guys because I think one of the things that they and again it's it's crazy to say.
But Syracuse open the season against the team that is now number five in the country, with most of the country playing football and the front three.
Those three guys handle that offensive line like approach.
They did the same thing against the pit team.
That's pretty solid.
And then against Georgia Tech, they just absolutely dominated.
And so we finally saw a team figure out how to handle those three and need.
Both of us have admitted that we haven't done a rewatch yet.
We haven't really dug into what Duke did to neutralize those three, but ultimately, that was going to happen at some point in time.
Because all due respect to them, none of them are NFL prospects to the level that Robinson was last year.
None of them are NFL prospects to, they expect to the level of Chandler Jones, a player who kind of did the same thing of it.
Doesn't really matter who you match me up with.
It doesn't matter how many people you match me up with.
I'm going to get through.
They really work as a unit and Duke figured out how as a front five with their offensive line.
How to neutralize that unit.
And the results were We're covering a lot of holes for us early in the season.
And to be fair, they actually Aziz Domas, This is going to sound.
They covered a lot of holes in the Duke game like Josh Black had a great game.
I thought, um, they pressure Chase Price was under pressure for most of the game, which is again insane.
Yeah, Bear played perfectly fine.
Um, I want to say I want to say Pff wise.
There wasn't there wasn't anybody on the line that graded out lower than, like a 65 for run defense.
The big the big flag for run defense was not so much the run defense, but the tackling grade.
Which kind of you know, you could be in the right spot all you want, But when you hit and don't rep or, in the case of Kantar, qu hit.
Don't wrap and bounce the guy out of the pursuit angles of Camp Jonas and God, whoever with the other there there was another safety as well.
There might have been It wasn't a safety was Garret Williams So? So like his hit bounced like the two guys were coming in.
His hit actually found them out of their pursuit angles and sent Duke for a touchdown right towards the What was that third quarter? Uh, and it's like you can't even buy a bucket in old NBA jam parlance.
But like tackling wise, uh, now have Pff up.
Um, yeah, so Black Graded out is like in 83 salad.
Everybody else in the line The worst worst lineman's grade was that the worst line? That's great.
They got a good bit of time was, Let's see 64.
So eso solid performance but tackling wise a lot.
A lot of red Show eso, um fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals.
Yeah, yeah, there's no real way to talk about No, And it's just so frustrating because I said something in our in our news magician slack.
That, I think is really just frustrating for a lot of fans is that this game felt like every defensive critique that we've had over Syracuse in the last 10 years.
Rolled up into one game and in the Marone teams, it waas Ah, lack of that.
There was so much of the, um not necessarily being able to stop what you knew the defense was going to do the shape for years.
It was the arm tackling and going for the big hits over the, you know, just doing the basic stuff.
Under the Gerg years.
It was just being terrible.
There's this game felt like every single play was one of those options.
And to be fair, defense still had won three or four total turnovers.
Probably should have had five on.
They dropped, dropped three picks.
So, like and not just like Oh, I got my hand on it like Troll was later, like they're like this.
And, yeah, there were a couple of them.
It was like and you know, you can't fault them for that.
It happens, right? It's turnover luck, which is why they call it turnover.
Look on the then again, one of the play, one of the standout place the game.
If we want to go positive for a hot second, here is the scoop and score.
I think it was Jeff Kent Mark who had this, who actually scooped and scored.
But the play was set up because the Duke Duke offensive line was so keyed in on stopping Kinsley Jonathan off of that edge that they just let the defensive back.
Who? Blanking on who it waas Kim? Yes, Kim Jonas just came through untouched and level Bryce.
And there was a lot of that.
There are a lot of those moments where guys were getting free with no pressure and Duke adjusted correctly and was like, Okay, we're done trying to throw the ball.
We're not going toe.
We're not gonna do anything.
If we have to throw the ball against this defense against the secondary, we're just going to run it.
And Syracuse was unable to stop them enough to make them throw the ball more, right? I mean, everything everybody thought about the game going into the game was that Chase Price couldn't be this and Chase Price did not beat us.
It in no way looked like he could have.
So yeah, way definitely found a bit of a weakness.
And, um, it's not gonna get any better with what happened on the injury front.
Yeah, before we transition to the offensive side of the ball.
The defense was already coming into the game injured.
You and I talked on the pregame show with Christian about how on Francisco was out, Our Cooley was out.
Carol Williams was out.
There were already warming up Rob Hanna to be some kind of predominant role.
And throughout the game, Jeff Carter.
Our CU went in and out as we kind of mentioned he's way.
Didn't hear anything official.
There was no official sources, but, like I've seen a serious knee injury happened enough times watching football that looked not dissimilar to a lot of other seriously injuries that I've seen throughout the course of football games didn't look pretty.
And that was that was a great way toe you just coached.
Beat the hell out of that one.
Not Not great on that, Bob.
They God that secondary, like jihad.
Carter went down twice.
Like, how will you just come into the game banged up? How can you just how do you have an already thin group? One of our? Thankfully, it's one of our deeper positions, But how do you have an already thin group have mawr injuries? It's just it reminds me a lot of the offensive line from what, Three years ago? Maybe the year year before 2018.
So 2017 Because that's how years work.
Um uh, where it was, just like nobody could get healthy.
And every time somebody got healthy, somebody else went down.
It was just this musical chairs.
Um, the same things happen in the secondary.
Hopefully, they can kind of hold it together a little, um, line back in front. Can't argue.
Going down way Saw Leon Lowry way saw Marlo wax those might that might spot again.
Names that you should not be seeing.
Yeah, true freshman that, you know, might have gotten their four game run out in the non con.
Or like, you know, mix and match played a little special teams and guys that are ultimately talented.
But why would much rather see them take a richer year and learn and grow than get thrown into the fire and get hurt? Because ultimately you're looking at you're looking at guys that did not have a full camp experience like you normally had in a non pandemic year.
We don't know what the pandemic did to strength and conditioning training for them.
You know, normally, thes guys are in the weight room 24 7 when they're not practicing and they're working on bulking up and they're working on learning how to get their bodies into Division one athletes shape instead of being really good high school shape.
And instead we're throwing them into action against other teams that are full division one, shaped like There's gonna be more injuries on this front with the young guys, which is really frustrating because I don't know who replaces them.
If they go down on this is just on the defensive side of the ball.
We haven't even transition to the offensive society.
Yeah, that's that's crazy to think about, but, like, that's even the conundrum with the red shirt freshman from last year or the true sop****res this year where they got because, I mean, a couple of guys that are listed his true sop****res are guys that you would have thought would have read, created.
But also, you know, the pot does the Joneses etcetera.
But you you had a covert here with them, where instead of spring practice and another couple months in the weight room, they got to go home and do nothing like E used do nothing, not seriously like I'm sure the coaches had them on a plane and then they were doing stuff.
But you're not with your teammates.
You're not in the weight room with them.
You're not like as someone who went through summer conditioning every year for college football.
Even if the D three level, it definitely wasn't the same.
I didn't get hardly anything compared toa what I would have with the strength and conditioning coaches and everything I could.
I could speak to this from a Syracuse Athletics mascot level that the first, the first practice back from the summer.
All the trainers, the head trainer, uh, the knew immediately that none of us had gone 100% all summer.
And so the first work out of the year was I am going to break you to show you what happens if you don't 100% committed.
And it's like not everybody is Aaron Hackett and is in a position where he can go into an elite academy with other elite strength conditioning people and basically have that experience all summer even though he's home.
That's not the case that most of the roster went through, and it's and it's showing We're seeing a lot of these injuries or flukes, but the general, you know, banged up This, that the team is facing is a direct result of the fact that they have Their entire strength conditioning program has been disrupted because of this, and because the competition is so good so early in the season, we're seeing the impacts of it.
Instead of warming up against teams that, like you can maybe go 95 98% at instead of going 101 110 percent and it's, I don't know, it's just as with this whole season.
It's a very weird, weird, weird situation.
Yeah, speaking of weird something that I didn't think that would be speaking of into the fourth game of the season, Uh, Syracuse is now going to have a new person under center on the offensive side of the ball.
Tommy DeVito was hurt in the fourth quarter of the game, and I first I was thinking that it was just another Tommy banged up.
He's been sacked a lot, but the replace showed that his ankle did not bend the way that it should Normally.
Ben, I'm not that that's not supposed to do that? No.
And when you come out in the boot and crutches like, that's not a good sign.
And Stephen Bayley had the report almost immediately after the game that basically said, DeVito's out for the year, So s so you know, bowl games, because everybody's gonna make a bowl game this year.
Always a chance S So you're saying that bucket, We're saying that there's a chance for Rutgers one in one in 10 Syracuse versus one in nine.
Rutgers at Yankee Man eyes that gonna be a Wednesday.
Oh, it's I have an amazing will Watch coming.
Don't you worry.
But the in general way we're talking again in the pregame show about how, on the offensive line, let's start with the offensive line and work our way back on the offensive line side.
Neither of the Davises were ready to go for this game, which is not great, and we then saw Bergeron and Service flipped, which we thought might be because of scheme.
But based off of how that game played out its way.
Simpler than that.
Um hey, as always, ID like toe like to try and go light on people because uh, there.
We initially like you said, I thought it might have been like they saw something on tape.
Try to play the benefit of the doubt.
Um, Service had afraid of a game.
Um, some of the other guys on the line weren't that much better, but and I'll reserve my judgment until I do a full breakdown, as always.
You know, that's my little asterisk next to everything I dio offensive line related on this.
Like, I'm gonna go back and watch the tape and figure out what the hell happened.
Um, you know, it wasn't gonna be a great metro for tackles as it was, but even switching, let's put it this way.
DeVito's blindside looked a little better, but his front side was not, um so yeah, the offensive line continues to struggle in ways that I don't think we thought going into the season was going to be as much of an issue especially, you know, uh, without Dakota Davis who who knows when we're getting him back? Um, yeah, it just that Duke defensive front.
They weren't bringing amazing amounts of pressure like there were numerous times there was a three or four man Rush and Syracuse was just allaying people.
The number of coverage sacks that were a result of that were frustrating.
I know that DeVito's line didn't look great in terms of completion percentage, but a lot of that was because they brought three or four guys.
The offensive line crumbled and DeVito had nowhere to throw the ball.
Because you've got eight Duke defenders just chilling in zone coverage, doubling up everybody, uh, running rounds.
And that said, you know, at least three of the *** were legit coverage.
*** like where there was a solid pocket, Um, and just nothing came of it.
So it's it's frustrating when that happens, is alignment.
Um, because the big problem with that ends up being when you get forced into these long third and long situations where they could drop people back into coverage because they know you're not running.
Um, when the run game is not working and you're at 3rd and 10 I'm pretty sure nobody is gonna fall for the draw.
So and even then you can have ah, linebacker, you set up in another zone that can read that react.
Um, it just it's a weird, weird rough situation, Uh, that the offensive front is in currently.
So, um, stay tuned till Wednesday for more information on that.
I mean, you brought up a great point about the running game being inefficient.
We came in with really high hopes because of Sean Tucker.
He showed really good flashes.
And, yeah, you nailed it.
There is, I wrote, for those who are new around these parts.
We do a thing where we write up, uh, think we basically do an article on every single player on the Syracuse roster.
And there's always the end of the list, which is all the new guys got numbers.
So you all get to pick a random grab bag of somebody new.
And it's always my hardest thing because you're you have no idea you're writing about true freshmen who are probably going to redshirt, not supposed to play.
And so I drew Trevor Pena, who is a weird flex guy out of New Jersey who is 100% red shirt.
See what you turn out to be after a year of strength conditioning, and then we'll put you in a position and he was getting snaps on Saturday.
That is not supposed to happen? Yeah, he had two snaps out of the technically out of the slot, which he from what I could gather he burned his shirt.
Because you are Jordan was hurt because more injuries, arm or injuries.
Um, so? Well, I guess technically, it's not burning your shirt anymore.
Because for one this year, nobody is burning it, Richard.
And for two, you get four games nowadays.
So back in my day, uh, if you touch the field, you were You're not happening.
Penna, I actually, um I had done his signing day post, so we both got a look at a lot of that initial film and kind of very excited from what I saw, but was very excited to see what I would see in 2021 not four games in the season, right? Like he's a 2022 contributor in my book.
More so than this year.
But again, the top two running backs opted out for the year.
Your third string running back it What was that? Third string transferred.
Fourth drink that hurt.
Fifth string got hurt.
Yeah, six string got hurt because Tucker was probably behind Pierre first.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
So, basically, for those who are wondering why the Syracuse running game isn't good, the names that are playing or even on the deepest of depth charts that you were looking at and that is now the front line option that you have to run with, right? Some of these guys, some of the true freshmen, were legit, like John always does.
The breakdown of the beginning of the year of these air, all literally, every day we've got at the position and at the bottom.
Sometimes there's, like guys that he writes a sentence about.
We're down to those guys.
So the running game is not gonna help, like, not these guys are talented.
Oh, a lot of them are very talented.
They're just gonna be very raw.
And also not at the You know, none of the guys we brought in or a few of the guys who brought in Tucker seems to be a bit of the exception.
Um, just from the fact that he's a little bigger guy, but outside of Taj Harris, nobody else on this team is going toe function at that way level.
Yeah, and every team knows that Taj Harris is the offense on.
Now you're going to be throwing to Taj Harris with your backup quarterback who was at one point a tight end on the roster? Uh, yeah.
The wide receiver corps is the only position where there hasn't been major injuries.
And now there is literally no one to get the ball.
Should probably just have someone running out there to them and just be like, here, do something.
You know, everything should be a jets.
Like a motion jet.
Sweet, direct snap.
Well, we're just gonna get now.
Way have to put a wide receiver running back.
We're gonna dio Sorry I e left, so I don't cry sometimes.
Um, the yeah, it za weird, weird situation and, like, I cannot I cannot remember you've been a Syracuse fan longer than I have.
Your T shirt gives it away a little bit.
Uh, the the general vibe that I have right now is that this is probably the most injury decimated roster in modern Syracuse.
Memory like like this is this is already a season that stands out in the annals of post 19 fifties football.
But, like I legitimately think that at least since the eighties, this is probably the most injury decimated roster that Syracuse ever had to deal with.
There's been some.
There's been some times where it's been like a position or another position was like decimated.
But I think across the board, this is probably as bad as it gets.
We may have to go to our local historian and Kevin Wall and have him have him take a gander at that.
But pretty sure, yeah, there's it's it's a lot to take in.
It's a great It's great in the sense that this season was already a punt on a lot of different fronts.
But now it's gonna turn into a lot of punts.
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It's just a long winded way to get Nolan ****ey into game shape for, you know, becoming the next drafted punter.
Syracuse has two out of the 30 NFL teams two of them have Syracuse punters were trying to get.
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Well, I was gonna say that's been most of the season.
I was gonna say, because now we have to transition into liberty.
Opened as a three point favorite against Syracuse at home.
You have? Yeah, Steve, you have been saying for a very like, all season long like we should be liberty.
However, there is one personal liberty who might throw a wrench in the plans.
And I think that that guy might throw a wrench in the plans.
Would you care to elaborate? Well, he plays quarterback and he used to go to Auburn, and he happens to go by the name of Malik Willis, and he is pretty much the entire Liberty team right now.
And he's not a bad player by any stretch.
Um, you know, liberties, current liberty aside being liberty, Um, their current situation and their current scheduling hasn't been against, you know, world beaters by any stretch.
Um, but they've gotten the W's, and that's something we can't say.
So I'm I'm mildly worried, thankfully, there playmakers on the defensive or offensive side of the ball so we could match up our relative strength against them.
But he's a playmaker, and it's not gonna be the cakewalk that we would originally think.
And I hope I'm wrong because I thought Duke was gonna be a blow out the other way.
So take what I say with a great grain of salt.
I mean, to be fair, last year's Liberty team, the general vibe around them was that their best player was a wide receiver, wasn't NFL talent and the rest of team was solid.
And so the kind of goal is well, they're a good team, and if they get the hand the ball into the hands of their NFL talent wide receiver, they could make something happen.
But overall it's more of a collective than an individual, and Syracuse didn't do well against them, but not doing well against them was enough to win on the road relatively easily this year.
It's like the exact opposite where they have one really, really good player who, you know, everything is going to run through it, whether or not you could stop them and correct me if I'm wrong.
But the guy, the guy has got some wheels, and if they want to run an entire, you know, spread speed option, they probably could and be relatively successful.
In our case, we just hope they pitch every time, Um, put in somebody else's stands.
But yeah, I mean, in general, they played the Western Kentucky, I believe Hilltoppers.
Yeah, one of my I was like, I'm pretty sure because I always remember That's one of those mascot named you always remember they played Yeah.
Eso They played Western Kentucky.
They played Florida International, um, North Alabama and my old favorite, who I used to play as in NC Double A, you know, way back in the day, uh, actually remembered playing is a season of your franchise.
Them in college, the University of Louisiana Monroe, the raging Cajuns. Yeah.
So, uh, they eat it out against Western Kentucky, they eat it out against Florida International they won 28 to 7 against North Alabama and 42 7 against you all on.
So e mean, you 11 North Alabama are not world beaters by any stretch.
Even with backups, we would put in put up numbers similar to that.
Uh, I don't know what to take from a lot of this.
I haven't seen much film, but it's definitely something we need to look at.
And it's something that we need. Thio.
Vegas has, you know, liberty by, I believe, a field goal.
Um, but I don't I don't see the doom and gloom Aziz much.
Long as you entertain one man.
Yeah, I think being close like I definitely see it being more of like a 17 to 10 game rather than a 37 to 30 game.
And one of those is gonna be another linebacker scooping score because I don't know if I want to touch downs.
And no disrespect your ex Culpepper, but Rex says the amazing touchdown, which was great.
It was under thrown ball where Taj Harris didn't 90% of the work and he's Rex has been unable to hit an out route, and my hope is that with a week of practicing with first team with week of knowing that he's going to be the guy, there's just something that shifts and he's able to kind of hit those basic things.
But I don't see a way. That's it.
What I would normally say is that this is the game where Syracuse needs lead on the Russian attack.
Go to some kind of option based, you know, quick pivot pitch kind of offense.
A early days of Florida moving forward.
He kind of developed as a passer, but we're as we covered earlier.
We're down to number six on the running back depth chart, so it's not exactly a great idea to rely on those guys, either.
So the whole thing is just kind of thrown into the air of Rex is going to try to force the ball in Taj Harris's hand is in whatever way possible and Sterling Gilbert is going to have his first real challenges that we see it.
Syracuse, where my best player is a number one wide out, was really more of a slot and I've got a backup quarterback who's not shown much.
How do I make offense happen? How do we make offense happen? Um uh, personally cut cuddle.
We've seen any of those 10 year digs any of those 10 year doubts that Culpepper's tried to throw.
They usually end up about 2 to 3 yards short of the receivers feet.
Take that and again, like you said, working with first team, that may change a little bit of tempo.
It may change a little bit if he's getting all the snaps in practice that makes you change a little of that rhythm.
A little of what he's seeing.
A little of how he's working with those wideouts.
But to me, short in the field down, you know, utilized the tight ends.
Utilize this lock eyes a lot more.
How often how often we throw on a quick slant to a slot guy.
I replaced how often? Once.
Last time one was caught because we had to drop yesterday.
Like, use some of those quick passes.
Use some of that misdirection, You know, they know we're gonna have to run it with a a situation where you're not there, where you're playing your number two Q b um, you know, utilize some play action, draw Cem, draw some pressure and get the ball into somebody's hands.
Whether it's a swing past, whether it's a you know, that that nice Luke Benson shovel pass something like that, I know we can completely that I was going to say, I think one of the positives that way didn't talk about anything.
The offensive on Saturday, aside from injuries, because that was the headline.
But the offense looked pretty good in the sense that they were trying some different things that got the tight ends involved.
Specifically, I really liked what they were doing with both tight ends.
Hackett ended up having a catch on.
Benson had obviously the touchdown, but they were doing mortar like at least get them looks, you know, this is not.
Maybe the production wasn't there, but looks were there, and I would still like to see them involved more.
I don't a zoo always.
I don't know whether that's a function of the play call or the like.
Time to going through his reads.
Both of those gonna have a drastic impact on what's going on.
The and even even some of those long like those deep balls that we saw all of them was those were designed deep balls with, you know, check downs under, um, none of that was just Tommy hoping and praying like you had a beautiful double poster out at one point that shroud Johnson couldn't get back to like, There were a couple of times that shroud Johnson and Tommy seemed to take on the Taj and Tommy.
Former like Taj and Tommy worked on a page, and then it seems like the person that fell off of it with Sarah Johnson.
So yeah, that deep deep fall in the third down where Sherrod under granite then tried to overrun it and then tried to catch it over the shoulder.
That was Courtney Jackson.
Oh, yeah, Sherrod was the people on the left side in the first quarter that he I just just look, yeah, and that wasn't even the 19 Johnson one that was dropped in whatever touchdown.
So, again, this is what I mean.
When the offense was Syracuse was in this game against Duke.
If receivers and DeVito were on the same page, slash caught the ball when it was started I mean, you had that That Anthony quickly, quick slant that I was talking about.
That was, You know, you probably had 10 15 yards.
If not, breaking into the race is, um, like, there were a lot of a lot of open passes and open perceptions that were dropped.
It's it's very frustrating to see that sort of stuff, but it's also stuff that's somewhat correctable.
And it's all very young.
Um, outside, I think.
Right? Uh, Richard Jr.
There is a tree senior.
I can't remember future it a year.
Yeah, he was in the position of I don't think he's coming back next year, remember? Yeah, yeah, I think that's probably the the factual thing, but I can't remember whether he was whether he red shirted a year.
Oh, yeah, but yeah, that Yeah.
Simplify the playbook.
Take it down to bare bones.
See what you can dio like.
We're not gonna be in a good spot.
And what do you do with the quarterback spot? I'll pose that to you.
You've got Rex in there.
You've got a senior, um, behind him.
You have David Sommers.
David Sommers is what, a redshirt freshman and then the other two, Jacoby and Morgan and somebody else are true freshman.
Yeah, I'm literally so my e Yes.
Gilmore Kevin kid from Texas.
And so this is I was having a conversation, microchip that earlier.
Um, they're all circus slums, and they all worked in, uh, broadcasters or whatever.
So like way were talking about how this feels very much like an h a long year where there's just gonna be five different people who take snaps, and none of it's going to be good.
Which then? One of my friends reminded me that he called six Syracuse games that season and there were two touchdown passes.
One of them was thrown by Riley Dixon.
I mean, at least you have to call the Rally Dixon TV.
Uh, we're but we're just you always gotta look at the bright side, but we were going through the roster and in general.
So Summers is the redshirt freshman.
He is the natural assumed third string quarterback.
However, Summers was always projected to be some kind of a project.
And in the Syracuse roster, which again is always generous with heightened Lane.
He is listed at 6 to £214 which means she's £15 lighter than Tamino.
Like if I'm Dino Babers, I am not sending a guy that is smaller than Tommy out there behind that offensive line, period.
Unless you want a sacrificial lamb.
That's probably not the best idea, Right? S.
So then that means you've got Rex, who's the same weight as Tommy but an inch taller, but just in general again.
Former tight end and you're then stuck with a bunch of really interesting big guys that I don't really know what they are.
They're all true freshman.
You've got Luke MacPhail, who was a quarterback out of Boston.
Jacoby and Morgan, 264203 from Mississippi and Dylan Markowitz from from Texas.
We talked about he's 65 216.
That is the body of a of a quarterback.
But my thought is, and I think you'll agree with this.
If Markowitz had the skills to back up the size, he probably would have been the back of this year.
With this offense, there's definitely It's a simple offense, but there's a lot of calls that need to be made.
A lot of reads that need to be made.
So as a true freshman, I would be, um it would be remiss fight, you know, said he should have immediately slotted in Is the number two? Um, I guess a lot of it at this point, especially with three freshmen in the mix, is where people have, like, where they progressed to, who has the best understanding of the playbook.
I if we see Rex out there, I'm fine with that.
But at the same time, I would much rather run out a non senior just to get some, especially against, you know, against Clemson.
I don't know if I want anybody dying, Uh, like Rex or anybody like, just don't stop like, put the linemen out there and then just I don't know.
It's It's the clumsy game Not to complete the Israelis conversation.
The clumsy game is very much going to feel like that South Park episode where the South Park Junior team plays against the Detroit Red Wings.
It's gonna have.
It's gonna have that feeling, and I just needed everybody to mention prepared for that.
That being said, I actually think Morgan might be the guy.
I don't know where he's been.
We haven't really heard his name, and he came in as a dual threat quarterback.
He was one of those and again not to, like, get down this rabbit hole.
But he's a black quarterback.
He's always going to get, like, projected as some kind of athlete.
Especially if you could run.
However, he was a dual threat quarterback who had a ton of rushing yards that was complemented by record setting passing yards.
So in my head, I'm going Okay, if I need to take one of these one of these players who's not Rex, which one gives me the opportunity to open up the playbook the most? Morgan probably gives you the opportunity to at least run some kind of speed option, some kind of spread option that others do not give you.
And maybe that's how he gets the nod over everybody else when you've really only got one proven offensive weapon at the wide receiver position and the rest of the offense is going to be about looks and creating mismatches and getting defense is going the wrong way.
Yeah, I I really don't have a gauge on any of them.
Like I didn't preview any of these cubes.
I didn't actually, I lied.
I believe I looked at Dylan Markovich his stuff when he signed.
I think I had that post.
But beyond that, I I've got no clue down because nobody like right there was No, There was no press access Thio the limited spring ball.
Which means we didn't get to see who was warming up with the second stringers.
The third stringers, Which is what Bailey or Carlson or somebody would normally Yeah.
I'm not gonna let the spring game.
I usually stand on the offensive line, just stare at them for a while, but that SSM literally It's funny, like I'll go for stuff like that.
And I'm the only one watching the online.
I know everybody else.
You got stuff covered? Eso No, it za sickness.
Um, but wait, so yeah.
No, I got no gauge on it.
It looks like just pulling up accuses uh, like their little how they have the little blurbs on everybody.
Um, you know, in high school Morgan through for 2500 yards and 30 touchdowns.
27 were passing.
Three were rushing.
So, you know, he can put the ball in the end zone on his feet.
Um, and then Markovich dropped, and I have no idea.
Again, as with everything, hold everything with a grain of salt.
Is that how we pronounce anything on this show? Um uh, he tossed for, like, 4200 yards in Texas, Um, and scored seven rushing touchdowns.
So who the hell knows? Flip a coin.
And to be fair, I if your dino and the staff, if they're not ready, they're not ready.
And we're not gonna find out on this week.
Who's the actual backup? Because what he'll do is the He'll have Tommy DeVito or racks Culpepper and then not list a third a third quarterback.
Yeah, Until we see somebody, we're not going to know who that third guys.
Yeah, so that's that's gonna be an odd, odd situation.
But, you know, we're gonna have toe have to figure that one out.
I'm sure that we will, because you know Rex Rex aside like he's, he's going to get a hit.
And when you get hit as much Azaz a quarterback does behind the line that we have with any kind of running scheme, you're going to see the back up quarterback in some way, shape or form.
That sounds about right.
Yeah, we'll see.
We'll figure it out this Saturday.
Who the actual back up to Rexes and whether or not that person can play.
And again, it's It's so funny that we're going to the situation Where, uh, what was it two years ago? Three years ago when Dungy got her and we were wondering What the hell is gonna happen? And DeVito comes in and drops dimes against U. N. C.
And the expectations are set sky high.
Same thing could happen.
What what time do you can do when he separate? I had I had the tweet that everybody immediately called me out for for trying to page strolls where pretty much every quarterback looks good when you have a good offensive line, just kind of how football works.
Yeah, but in general I that said, Tommy, I think What what was, uh, Cutcliffe literally said in the post game that first throughout the Taj was like one of the best throws he's ever seen, and that's that's potential DeVito has.
And now we're not going to see that the rest of the year.
Yeah, he's been David card, literally.
So what's not great? E Like I know this.
This is not normally the optimism that you get from both Steve awry, but this is the situation you're in when we're looking at eight out of 22 starters from the preseason roster, which was already cut down due to cov opt outs and whatever.
Uh, it's not great.
But that being said, there's still some things to watch for for the rest of the year.
Specifically, we were talking about this pre game are pre stream that it's it's time to quote the great men in Blazers.
It's time to play the babies.
Yeah, yeah, there are.
There are plenty of young kids at a lot of different positions.
Linebacker was one that we criticized earlier, but I think Pogba has some potential.
I've again not to go to people on the soccer ****ogies and comparisons here, but I've always been a fan of Lee Papa hey came in with Michael Jones Michael Jones was always going to be the better of the two of them because Michael Jones was getting SEC.
Looks impossible wasn't but Park was probably a guy who was like a Tyrell Richards by the time that he's a red shirt.
Redshirt sop****re Richard Jr he's contributing and his Richard senior season.
He's a really good A CC linebacker.
He's just being forced into that role early.
And I want to see if some more snaps, um, or exposure helps him out along that progression.
You were on the soccer van and I wasn't sure if you're going Florentine or Paul our place for us to show, Um but yeah, Li uh Lee. Definitely.
He's going to see some more time.
You know, there's things whole thing with I don't know.
The linebackers just boggle my mind, because how are we that that young and also now having to go that deep in that younger talent pool? And I think that rings true across the board and it Zraly really disconcerting, but also promising, especially on the defensive side.
If you could get some of these kids, um, run eso, you know, on the offense, it's It's a little different, but you don't want people teeing off on them.
But I'm the defense.
Your we may get some bumps and bruises along the way, but we may may benefit a little from it in the grand scheme.
Not that I want anybody injured.
Like, get all those guys back as soon as we can, please. Yeah.
This is a very to quote you literally.
This is a very Southampton season.
We're kind of We're kind of predestined in our faith.
And now it's just time to kind of see what's in the cover.
We're gonna We're gonna reach back there, see what we pull out, throw it into the recipe.
Yeah, you know, take the hand and just, like, dig around in there for a little Yeah, it's fine.
This guy sounds good.
See what happens? Perfect.
It's gonna be we're gonna have a lot of coverage this week on not just the insanity.
That is the injuries that Syracuse is now dealing with.
But we're gonna be previewing liberty.
Kind of previewing the rest, not necessarily previewing the rest of the season.
But Syracuse is into the stretch of the season where if they were healthy, we would say this is where they make a bowl game.
Four out of the five games that they have coming up are very winnable, based off of how the teams that performed in the A. C.
And the one game that's not one of those against the number one team in the country that literally looks like a death star in Clemson.
Yeah, on the road.
Yeah, we're just not gonna literal Death Valley.
There's just, by the way, anybody that tunes in that week we're just gonna do.
Ah, like Marvel cast or something.
We're gonna talk soccer.
We're going deep into Syracuse soccer.
Okay, for that Syracuse clubs and soccer is infinitely more interesting than Syracuse clubs and football, which we don't even get this year.
Yeah, that crazy six game season.
Whatever they're doing way, you know what we're gonna do? I guarantee you this after Liberty game.
No matter what happens, Steve and I are breaking down Syracuse soccer for at least 20 minutes because that pit game was insanity.
I want to see what happens with next game that they have before I make a put Notre Dame.
Mac didn't seem all that happy about it.
I got to go and we watched the tape because I was out about running around Highland Forest all day.
Um, so I'm gonna watch the tape tonight. Neither.
Get something up tomorrow or Tuesday on it.
But they lost one nil, and Mac was complaining about some refs.
So I'm very, very curious Is the way he doesn't do that? No, no, no.
So and like, tweeted it out and said he's already watched the game film on the 10 hour bus ride home and like, something's got to get here.
Okay, I love you.
Might need to pull up some ESPN plus when we're done.
See, we're already starting this again next week.
Syracuse Soccer Tuning in.
If you want some deep in new and I will wear the Syracuse soccer jersey, let's let's go.
That's what we're gonna do.
Instead of talking about the club something, I think there's another one over there, too.
We owe it to go keeper kit, though.
Obviously it's fantastic.
There's, um yeah, that's pretty much our show because at this point, way don't wanna talk about any more injuries.
We hope that these kids are healthy in the long term.
Uh, it's really it really sucks That were four games into a already questionable season.
And this is where we end up, however, and I don't wanna be this guy, but I'm gonna be this guy.
We are now in the phase that I've always dreamed where we can actually say wins and losses do not matter.
You are watching these games explicitly for football development, X's and O's process oriented ****ysis.
Which I think this is our jam.
Yeah, when literally every team is going to make a bowl, no matter the record and we're at screw it levels of injury.
And we're gonna have to play the kids.
Let's, you know, throw another Soccer went out there.
Uh, your TSS total psycho show the podcast.
Hashtag play the kids.
Yeah, just do it.
We'll figure it out.
Hopefully this'll has all the makings of either They're not gonna win a game for the rest of the year or the back half of the schedule.
When things get hard, everything just kind of gels and they pull an upset that they should not pull off.
Yeah, How about both? I know I can't do Wolf.
Never right? That's that's called math.
I would I would just love it if they're in a position where by Louisville does not look like the juggernaut that we thought that they would be this year.
If by the Louisville game they're able to, like, go on the road and potentially knock off Louisville, I will feel great.
Uh, not not expecting that, but you've got some time.
Now Play the kids, figure out which roster combos work, which ones don't work.
And ultimately, the next time that we're talking here, we're probably going to be talking about a very ugly Syracuse Liberty game.
But there will be new faces that we didn't really touch on, and there's probably going to be at least one player that showed up out of nowhere and did something good.
E mean, knowing us, we'll find some way to put a weirdly positive spin on it.
So that's our show for this week, very much what you would expect from Steve and I after a weird last week, and we are very happy again for a sponsor Home field apparel.
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