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Marrone unhappy with Syracuse practice

Posted on: August 8, 2011 10:12 am
Edited on: August 8, 2011 10:20 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

Syracuse's 2010 campaign delivered the first bowl victory for an Orange team in nearly a decade. With 13 starters returning for 2011, the media picked Syracuse to finish fourth in the conference in the preseason poll. This should be a time of excitement and optimism for Orange football, but head coach Doug Marrone has seemed displeased with their work three practices in to fall camp. Nolan Weidner, of The Post-Standard observed that the third year head coach "wasn't particularly upbeat" when evaluating his team's performance on Sunday.

"As of right now, no one's really separated themselves," Marrone explained. "We expect a lot of them, we hold them to a high standard. We have high expectations for them this year, it's all about the little things."

Some of those "little things" add up to a general feeling of practice productivity. When Marrone felt like his squad wasn't getting that kind of "quality practice" he was looking for, he cut Sunday's session short. In his post-practice comments with the media (The Post-Standard has a video here), Marrone seemed to place some of the blame for sub-par practice on the youth of his team. While the Orange do bring back several upperclassmen, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, only five of the top 12 tacklers are back on defense. With big question holes to fill at linebacker and cornerback, that competition Marrone is looking for will be key to re-establish a defense that only gave up 19.3 points per game in 2010.

The onus on that defensive side will start on the front line, led by junior all-conference end Chandler Jones and senior Mikhail Marinovich. With a Sept. 17 trip to face USC in the Coliseum, there will not be much of a learning curve once the season starts. As an Orange alum himself, Marrone takes great pride in his team's work ethic. I would expect that this week's practices may carry a different tone as the season inches closer.

Since: Jan 19, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:43 pm

Marrone unhappy with Syracuse practice

CUSE Nation;

They say it comes in three's, bad news that is. So, they had the stabbing, the dealing and the stealing.......tuff way to start, 2 of these players will never see the field again at this or any other level, and the other has to prove to himself what he wants in life, a party with a bunch of hoodlums, or is it a wake up call that we see in a player documentary down the road? As for Coach M, sometimes you have to let players figure things out, and I am sure letting them go early is sending a message through this team. The Cuse doesn't have the talent level of other teams in the BE, heck even Rutgers out classes SU in recruiting. No, the players have to take the next steps themselves and prove that they are ready to be coached, inspired, and enlightened (yes it comes in three's guys and no one says it has to be a bad thing all the time!). Do you have it in you players to step up to the plate? How about you so called CUSE Fans, isn't it about time you looked at yourselves as well. So depressing, sorry state and feeling sorry for yourselves has got to stop from all areas of our program. In order to restore, we all must play our parts. We listen to our coaches, we work hard, we stay out of trouble, we get our sorry asses off the couches and go to the games, we get loud, we stick to the plan, and we will take it to the next level, but only together, united and together can the glory days of this program be restored. Do it for Ernie, Jim, Mack, Floyd, Larry, Donovan, and the rest, but most importantly, do it for you.

Restore 44 

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:42 am

Marrone unhappy with Syracuse practice

Depressing to see the state of this program.  There was once a lot of pride and good years of football in the dome, which used to be packed for football games.  I know because I went to a lot of them growing up.  But to see the place half empty on game days and struggling to get to the Pinstripe Bowl as a sign of good times is sad.  Coupled with the off-field issues the team has right now, I wonder if they will ever be able to turn things around there.

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