2010 Coach's Corner #3 - A Letter From The Desk of Coach Priore
Sept. 16, 2010
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Congratulations to all parties involved in Saturday night's win over American International. As a football program and as a head football coach, I evaluate certain things when the game is over. Regardless, our goal is to win each and every game and when that's accomplished, we've met our number one goal. We're excited about getting that first win under our belt.
That being said, I think Saturday had some different challenges than the previous week. It was almost a role reversal and we had to handle that potential trap. We played hard, played efficient, and controlled the ball in the first half. We didn't come up with many points in the first half, but controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. We walked off the field with a 17-7 lead, but it was probably not indicative of what the game could have been had we put the ball in the end zone. They hit us for one big play, but I still think our defense controlled the tempo.
For everyone's information, when you play without six starters (starting tailback, starting offensive lineman and four defensive players) there's an adjustment period. It has forced us to improve our depth. We played a good third quarter; we controlled the game and the clock and made the decision to run the football and shrink the game that way. With guys like Maysonet and Jackolski and their ability to run, you're gonna win every game no matter who you play. We got to play a few guys in the fourth quarter, and I was pleased to see some guys get some experience at positions we lack some depth in.
As we move forward toward Brown, they're a physical and well-coached team. They've prepared for us for the last six weeks and we get a chance to prepare for them for five days. It has been the equalizer the last few seasons. We'll take that and understand that as we prepare to compete.
We've controlled the line of scrimmage in the last two games. I don't think we're there with our pass game or pass defense. We'll have to step up with Brown's ability to throw the ball and put multiple guys in the box.
We're looking forward to seeing everybody in Rhode Island on Saturday. Wear Red and Go Seawolves!
Chuck Priore Head Football Coach