Monday, October 13, 2014

Another Spartan football spiel

We've reached the half-way point of the season, and I--along with probably every other MSU fan--hasn't yet decided what kind of football team the Spartans are. At times, they look absolutely brilliant, capable of beating anyone in the country, but in far to many instances, they look very mortal.

So where are the problems?

First of all, this defensive secondary is no longer the No Fly Zone, not that it was ever fair to expect the 2014 defensive backfield to be as good as the 2013 edition. Kurtis Drummond has had some really tough games this year, getting burned twice on near-interceptions that resulted in huge plays for the opposition.

The team misses the leadership of players like Denicos Allen and Max Bullough. It appears, on the surface anyway (as someone who only knows the team through watching them on television), that the Spartans are waiting for leaders to emerge.

Then, of course, there is the problem with the fourth quarter woes that have allowed opponents to get back in the game.

The good news is, though, this team is still WINNING, and finding ways to get the job done; and it's obvious that the problems they experience have nothing to do with talent. The Spartans' have skilled players who are making correctable mistakes.

And, let's face it, MSU is now the biggest game on everyone's schedule; as is the case with Tom Izzo's basketball program.

Spartan football is also 20-2 in its last 22 games.

So though there may not be many style points this season, it's splitting hairs to excessively complain about a 5-1 team.

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