September 29, 2006

Team speed is sorely lacking

What separates good football teams from poor ones more often than not is speed. You can get away with being small and you can get away with a lack of depth, but you better have speed in order to change the tenor of any given game.

Speed allows you to make plays and covers up missed assignments and out of position players. It can change the game in an instant and allows coaches to game plan differently, even call different plays. This season, the Cardinal have an alarming lack of speed.

Perhaps we should've seen this coming. Last year's squad was a respectable 5-6 under first year head man Walt Harris, but a few of the victories were grind 'em out types including a narrow win at Oregon State after the Beavers lost their starting QB and their All-American kicker uncharacteristically missed three field goals.

There was also the Arizona game, which saw the Cardinal only gain 195 of total offense but take advantage of five Wildcat turnovers to sneak out of Tucson with another three point victory.

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