Marrone blames self for ‘poor decision’ to go for touchdown

first_img Comments Published on September 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm SEATTLE — Despite the disappointing play of both the offense and the defense Saturday, Marrone made a point of admitting he made a ‘poor decision’ when he went for the touchdown with seven seconds left in the half, as opposed to what would have been a 43-yard field goal. An SU field goal would have tied the score at 13 heading into halftime. ‘I made a poor decision early on,’ Marrone said. ‘We had vertical routes in the end zone. I thought we could score a touchdown and get some momentum going in with the lead. And they ruled it a fumble. And we lost the time. And we could’ve kicked a field goal. So that’s my fault.’ Marrone also took the blame for some other strategic mistakes that took place early during Saturday’s game, when SU could’ve potentially taken a bigger lead when it was already up by 10. He said he may have been overly aggressive at times. ‘I made some bad calls,’ Marrone said. ‘I made the toss-reverse in the red zone. We wound up kicking a field goal, making it 10-0. I could’ve just kept doing what we were doing, and it could’ve been 14-0. … I was just trying to be aggressive. That’s my nature when it comes to offense.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Smith is lone bright spot for SU defense After Syracuse gave up 41 points Saturday, senior defensive captain Derrell Smith took the entirety of the blame for the defense. But Smith, a second-team All-Big East linebacker last season, was hardly the problem. Smith was all over the field Saturday. The senior compiled a team-high 14 tackles, nine of which were solo, and forced a fumble. He was one of the bright spots on an otherwise horrific defensive effort Saturday. ‘A couple of plays that broke out were missed tackles, and (Washington) were able to score,’ Smith said. ‘Just eliminate the missed tackles — I had a few myself, a couple other people had some — we just need to work on that, and we’ll be better.’ Smith leads the team with 19 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss this season. But Saturday, his performance was overshadowed by the collective poor play of his unit. Yet when Doug Marrone addressed the media Saturday evening, one of the few bright spots, in Marrone’s eyes, was the play of Smith. Said Marrone: ‘Defensively, Derrell Smith, I saw him running around hitting some people.’ This and that Walk-on freshman place kicker Ross Krautman started for the Orange for the second consecutive week ahead of Ryan Lichtenstein. Krautman finished the game 2-for-3 from field goal range with a long of 37 yards. He was also 2-for-2 on point after attempts. … In the second start of his career, SU quarterback Ryan Nassib finished 17-for-35 for 202 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 39 yards and a touchdown. … After having a big game against Akron, receiver Van Chew followed it up with another Saturday. He finished with six catches for 83 yards and received some praise from Marrone afterward. … Freshman kick returner Prince-Tyson Gulley returned five kicks for 138 yards Saturday. But his fumble with 6:41 remaining in the first half allowed Washington enough time to score the go-ahead touchdown. aljohn@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Week 4 Fantasy PPR Rankings: Tight end

first_imgA highly drafted veteran and a potential breakout rookie tight end are proving that for all their respective talent, they might be iffy fantasy options. As you can see in our Week 4 TE PPR rankings, Jared Cook and T.J. Hockenson are falling fast and squarely on the start ’em, sit ’em bubble, but as is always the case, there are other waiver wire pickups and matchup-based sleeper tight ends to move up and take their places.Cook looks especially tough to start right now. He was targeted twice in Week 3 and has five catches through three games. We still think of him as a touchdown and down-the-field threat, but with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, Cook just isn’t a reliable fantasy option, especially in PPR. Then in Detroit, after a monster Week 1, Hockenson has had back-to-back one-catch games. It’s not crazy to expect a rookie tight end to be boom-or-bust all season, so his value definitely takes a hit in PPR. WEEK 4 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 4 brings with it the advent of bye weeks, and there’s only one to be concerned about at tight end: George Kittle. He obviously shouldn’t be dropped, so you may need to find another TE on the waiver wire and deal with rostering two tight ends for the week. One option, still available in more than half of Yahoo leagues, is Seattle’s Will Dissly.Dissly has had two-straight games of at least five catches, 50 yards and a score for the Seahawks. This week, he gets to face a Cardinals defense allowing the most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Dissly has a safe PPR floor with the amount Russell Wilson has looked his way, and he also has a high ceiling this week against a porous defense.WEEK 4 DFS LINEUPS:DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPWe’ve dropped O.J. Howard down our PPR rankings a bit from standard despite an encouraging Week 3 that saw him rack up 60 yards on three catches. It’s still concerning that he’s seen a total of nine targets through three games, including none in Week 2. Until the Bruce Arians-led offense in Tampa Bay wants to involve Howard more, his PPR ceiling will be limited as a touchdown- and big-play dependent option.One other name that could be singled out for deep-league owners is James O’Shaughnessy. He’s averaging four targets per game and has unseated Geoff Swaim as the top tight end in Jacksonville. With Gardner Minshew looking like a competent NFL quarterback, O’Shaughnessy should have a decent floor each week.WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiverReminder: Check back for updates during the week. For analysis of key individual tight ends, check our standard TE rankings. MORE WEEK 4 DFS: Top values | Stacks | Lineup Builder LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 4 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWeek 4 PPR Rankings: TEsThese rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.1Travis Kelce, KC @ DET2Zach Ertz, PHI @ GB3Evan Engram, NYG vs. WAS4Mark Andrews, BAL vs. CLE5Darren Waller, OAK @ IND6Will Dissly, SEA @ ARZ7Austin Hooper, ATL vs. TEN8Vernon Davis, WAS @ NYG9Greg Olsen, CAR @ HOU10Delanie Walker, TEN @ ATL11O.J. Howard, TB @ LAR12Eric Ebron, IND vs. OAK13Jason Witten, DAL @ NO14Trey Burton, CHI vs. MIN15James O’Shaughnessy, JAX @ DEN16T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. KC17Jared Cook, NO vs. DAL18Irv Smith Jr., MIN @ CHI19Jack Doyle, IND vs. OAK20Noah Fant, DEN vs. JAX21Jimmy Graham, GB vs. PHI22Gerald Everett, LAR vs. TB23Jordan Akins, HOU vs. CAR24Tyler Eifert, CIN @ PIT25Sean Culkin, LAC @ MIA26Matt LaCosse, NE @ BUF27Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. LAC28Kyle Rudolph, MIN @ CHIlast_img read more

The Liverpool stats which prove they should be seen as Premier League favourites

first_imgJurgen Klopp is currently working wonders at Liverpool.Ever since arriving at Anfield in 2015, the German has slowly but surely created a side worthy of being Premier League champions. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos predicted Despite fears about the dreaded ‘Second-Season Syndrome’, Mohamed Salah managed to get back onto the scoresheet with a comfortable tap in from Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick.The Egyptian King has a sensational record at Anfield, being involved in an incredible 41 goals in just 31 games in all competitions.Since arriving last summer, Salah has scored 30 goals and recorded 11 assists in front of the adoring Reds’ supporters.Another signing since last summer, Virgil van Dijk has allayed the defensive fears once held by Kopites. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT It wasn’t a classic, but Mo Salah has another goal to add to his Anfield collection gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The German boss is leading a Reds revolution which shows no signs of stopping 3 Saturday’s 3-0 win over Southampton only furthered their credentials. Rivals Manchester City may have beaten Cardiff City 5-0 some 177 miles down south, but it is the Reds who are currently the toast of the north-east.Sitting comfortably at the table, Liverpool have won seven games in all competitions for the first time in their 126-year history.For just the third time in the same period, they have won six league games on the bounce as well. 3 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BEST OF 3 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY revealed The Liverpool players celebrate their 3-0 win over Southampton scrap Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware latest How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Most Read Football Stories The Reds now have kept eight clean sheets in the Premier League at home, a run stretching back to March.Although van Dijk limped off against his former side, it is understood the Netherlands has not sustained a serious injury.Could this finally be their year?last_img read more