Waking up this morning and checking up on Syracuse.com I found the latest Donnie Webb post about the scrimmage today. After reading that article I found this baby titled At Syracuse you play the way you practice on Saturday. After Reading this I am just flat out amazed by the differences between Greg Robinson and Doug Marrone. On the field, Marrone said the Orange has an organized sideline and has covered where players will stand and behave. He also offered just a bit of a warning to what takes place on Saturdays. Wait the players are going to be standing and behaving, this is pretty much the opposite of the Grob teams. Over the past few years I have been sitting directly behind the players and have witnessed some things, a Certain wide receiver sprawled out on a table talking to his girlfriend in the stands (this happened every game), players talking back to coaches (this happened every game also, the only reason that this was noticed is due to the lack of fans in the dome and the pretty much could here if a player sneezed).
What really shocked me is the amount of organization that has gone into the pregame routines. "There are a lot of things that go on pre-game," Marrone said. "The dynamics of pregame are awesome."
Since the first Saturday practice when the Orange went through this routine, Marrone said the staff has already tweaked the pregame schedule for today. Kickers go out onto the field at 10:35. The linemen go out at 10:53
"When we go out this Saturday and do it - full speed, let's go - that's really the final check to make sure we're fine. So this way, when we go out on the field against Minnesota, everyone knows where they have to go; everyone knows where they stand; everyone knows how the operation works."
I can't wait to see the Product in two weeks. I am just amazed at the whole process. I know I have not seen the final product yet, but I know that it is going to be a better product then has been on display over the past few years. This is the guy for the job, and there is no talking me out of it. Doug Marrone is Methodical and it will show on Saturdays. Wins and losses only time will tell, but I know we are going to be in games, and you never know me might even turn a few heads. Don't believe me, look no further then this; "It's a point in the game, that's what I thrive on, that we can make adjustments in the game," he said. "That's what I thrive on. That we can make adjustments that will change the course of the game. Our coaches know that. I just always instruct the people that sit right behind the bench, if you have small children, I apologize. It might not be a G-rated scene. What did he say, in game changes, this is something new, Has Doug invented something new, oh hang on this is something that our former coach was not that into, or good at. Look no further then games like Akron, Rutgers, west Virginia, all games that we were leading and the other coach changed his plan but Grob wouldn't or couldn't.
"Again, I'm big on, I don't like a lot of distractions. I like to be able to focus on the game. A lot of people have asked me, 'Hey Coach. How's it going be the first time you come out on the field playing?' It's the same. It's business. I'm going to walk out onto that field. I'm going be ready to win a football game. That's how I've always approached it. Saturday's are fun. They're fun."