SJSU Keys to Victory
Alright folks, time to get back on track. I know the last few weeks have been disappointing, but I have faith that the coaches will right the ship, and that we can still finish with a winning record and go to a bowl game.
See the Keys to Victory so we can beat SJSU!
Win the turnover battle.
This has been my soap box all season so I will keep it short. Don’t fumble the ball. Get a turnover on defense. Simple as that.
Run the damn ball.
This is always key, but it’s especially key this week because SJSU’s rushing defense is terrible. The Spartans are allowing 223 rushing yards per game compared to our production of 254 yards per game.
In his weekly press conference, Head Coach Jeff Monken assured fans that Army will get back to playing our style of football. We at As For Football hope and pray that this means more Quarterback Power plays and more Power Option. Consistent production of 3-5 yards per carry will eat up the clock and exhaust the SJSU defense, which means more points on the board.
I can’t stress this enough, the boys need to run the ball. It’s very possible we see upwards of 350 yards on the ground but only if we remain loyal to our run game.
— Army Football (@ArmyWP_Football) October 24, 2019
Stand Our Ground on Defense.
SJSU is boom or bust when it comes to offense. Some days and some drives they look like a Top 25 team; other days they look like a high school for the deaf and blind. Our defense is famous for their “bend don’t break” strategy and not breaking will be key in this particular engagement.
SJSU has big plays in their pass first offense, but with a completion percentage of just over 58%, there are a lot of dropped balls and punts, too. The defense needs to prevent the big plays and make sure to capitalize on 3rd and long. This is easier said than done considering the injuries to our defensive secondary, but I have faith in John Loose and the rest of the Army Defense.
— ArmyWestPoint Sports (@GoArmyWestPoint) October 24, 2019
Reestablish the killer instinct.
Watching the game last week, my dad (who grew up on a farm) said that the Army team looks like they “don’t want to kill the animal”. In a lot of ways he was right. The team lacks the confidence and swagger of years past and this manifests itself in their lack of will to win. Sure, they want to win every game, but they don’t play that way. They don’t fight for every damn yard on every play. Instead they look inconsistent and reminiscent of the Army teams famous for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. I know Coach Monken won’t allow this to continue and I look forward to seeing a dominant and violent football team on Saturday.
That’s all I have, make sure to tune into the game at Noon Saturday on CBS Sports. Ewwwww…