I don't know about you but I feel weirdly okay with the upcoming game against the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles. It must be because things are so insanely bad, so stacked against us, that I've abandoned any hope of actually performing well in the game, let alone winning it, so it's almost like approaching Saturday as if it were a scrimmage. The point being, it's an opportunity to learn about what this Syracuse Orange football team can be moving forward, rather than concerning ourselves with the outcome this weekend.
#MoralVictoryFormation, you guys.
Coach Scott Shafer and newly-minted offensive coordinator Tim Lester made the rounds on Tuesday. What did we find out?
"It’s always hard to tell, but I know initially they thought he got kicked in the shin hard and they thought it was probably just a bad bruise, contusion. But you never know until you start to try to move on it and what not.""It’s all-inclusive. Every decision you make is one that’s day-by-day and it wasn’t something that was preconceived a long time ago," Shafer said of the thought process behind the coaching shakeup. "It was as simple as I felt like it was in our best interests to improve the team by making the move."
Of course, Shafer talked more about the decision to demote OC George McDonald and promote Tim Lester to play-calling duties.
"It’s all-inclusive. Every decision you make is one that’s day-by-day and it wasn’t something that was preconceived a long time ago. It was as simple as I felt like it was in our best interests to improve the team by making the move."
"George for sure is one of the most unselfish people I’ve ever met and one of the most diligent, hard-working coaches I’ve ever worked with, and at the end of the day, I’m sure there’s the natural frustration of making the change and having to listen to my decisions. But the thing that was great about George is how he just put his head down and went to work."
As for Lester, he stopped by ESPN CNY to talk about the new gig, how he got it and what a Tim Lester Offense looks like:
"Coach Shafe called me on Saturday and informed me." - Tim Lester on when he found out he was the play-caller.— NunesMagician.com (@NunesMagician) October 7, 2014
Lester said he got the call around dinnertime. "I came straight to work, immediately."— NunesMagician.com (@NunesMagician) October 7, 2014
"The one thing about our friendship is that we're bluntly honest with each other...he was the first person I called." - Lester on McDonald— NunesMagician.com (@NunesMagician) October 7, 2014
Lester said his goals as an OC are to run the ball, control LOS, be exciting and be aggressive throwing the ball downfield.— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) October 7, 2014
So, basically, a football offense.— NunesMagician.com (@NunesMagician) October 7, 2014
Lester says Long's redshirt is not a factor. He wouldn't have burned it just to get him in one game, but the injury makes it a non-factor.— Chris McManus (@CuseChris) October 7, 2014
We've got some QB clarity. Lester: "I'm willing to bet on Saturday there'll be multiple guys out there."— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) October 7, 2014
So it's a foregone conclusion that you will see both Austin Wilson and A.J. Long out there on Saturday. The question is, will you see Mitch Kimble as well? Why the hell not, I say.
It's a "scrimmage," remember?