Doug Marrone has one word for you and one word only. And that word is...ATTACK!!!!
"We're excited about the direction we're going to be going defensively," Marrone said. "I love it. I'm going to use one word. I'm going to use the word attack. We're going to attack, OK. That's how we're going to be offensively. All right. That's what we're going to be doing defensively."
Alright, Jesus, you're gonna attack. Got it, chief. Scott Shafer, new Defensive Coordinator and expert in local breakfast eateries, what do you have to say about this....what do you call it...attack?
"The quarterback is the marquee player in every program. We need to hit the hell out of that quarterback. We need to see what he's made of. We need to see what their No. 2 is made up. That's what I mean by attacking."
Syracuse Football 2009: Giving Your Starting Quarterback A Brain Hemorrhage If At All Possible. I like it...catchy.
Now I hear the fans talking...what about the stats, Coach Shafer? We firmly believe that stats provide the be-all and end-all on whether or not we're doing well. Do you agree, sir?
Stats are for losers.
I but...yeah but....no but...
Um...elaborate please, Coach Shafer...
"You don't have to be the biggest. You don't have to be the strongest. You don't have to be the brightest. But if we get 11 guys playing as hard as they can, with great passion and respect for the game, we'll make changes that you'll be able to see. It may not show up statistically in a hurry. Stats are for losers. We find a way to win. We hold them to less yards. I don't care. We hold them to less points. I do care. That's No. 1."
Fair enough. But you're treading dangerously close to "want-to/have-to/fightin' the fight" ground right now. We just ask that you steer clear of that for now. If you need to know why, just ask DOC Gross.