November 7, 2008

View: Aggies buying into the Sherman plan

Coaches often say football games are won by teams who don't beat themselves and by players making plays. Texas A&M is starting to show those traits and the constant effort of the staff is paying off. The best news of all along these lines is that it is a great group of sophomores and freshmen who are leading the way and will bring future recruitment classes with them. A proud group of upperclassmen who are buying into the "Sherman Way" are also a big part of what could be a quick turnaround.

The Aggie staff kept a very simple game plan against Colorado, one in which they felt they had enough talent to win if they just played hard and did not beat themselves. Defensively, that's what they did for the complete game, giving up only one touchdown in the first 57 minutes of play. Offensively, a sluggish first half and non-productive fourth quarter was overcome by a tremendous 21-point third quarter. This might have been the best evaluation of an opponent's talent and a game plan to counter it that we have seen all year. The coaches had a plan that was not going to beat itself and give A&M a chance to win. They kept the plan within the talent and limited experience the Aggies must deal with each week.

The Aggie offense that faced Iowa State the previous Saturday must have thought it was a 2:30 kickoff instead of at 1:00 against Colorado. Execution in the first half was almost non-existent. In the game of football this is hard to explain after coming off such a dominating performance just seven days before. However with a young team, it is almost common that consistency comes with experience and the Aggies are just too young this year to expect consistency. That means every game is unpredictable on both sides of the ball.

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