Created: 11/16/2013 11:24 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
There's coach speak, and then there's crazy talk.
Did I hear UNM football coach Bob Davie say he can "appreciate the effort on defense" against Colorado State? In the words of ESPN broadcasters, "Come on, Man!"
The Lobos lost to Colorado State 66-42. Let me repeat that, the Lobos lost 66-42.
Colorado State racked up 649 yards of offense on 77 plays. UNM gave up 8.4 yards every snap. CSU running back Kapri Bibbs finished with 291 yards and six touchdowns. The only thing more likely than his Mountain West Player of the Week award on Monday is Seth Meyers making a joke about Obamacare tonight on SNL's Weekend Update.
Maybe Davie meant to say he can appreciate his team's effort on "offense". The Lobos did score 42 points of their own on 527 yards, includig a 101 yard kick return for a touchdown. Colorado State couldn't stop UNM either.
Davie has been honest with the media since he arrived. I've always seen him as a straight shooter, a welcome change from the previous coaching staff, but let's be honest. The defense is young and inexperienced and can't stop anybody right now. This defense is giving up almost 40 points a game.
Following his comment about his team's effort on defense, Davie went on to say,"People may certainly have the right to be cynical when I say that and they certainly can. I understand that, when you give up 66 points and 600 yards. But, you know it is going to take time."
Yes, it will be a while before Lobo fans will see a stout defense like the one they used to watch under Rocky Long. I'm not saying it will happen overnight. I think this coaching staff did miracles last season based on the hand they were dealt.
Offensively, this team can move the ball. They are nearly unstopable on the ground and UNM is becoming moderately more efficient through the air.
But when it comes to defense, "appreciate the effort" after giving up 66 points and 600 yards is not the phrase I would use. I would more likely steal a quote from former coach John McKay when asked what he thinks of his team's execution. "I'm in favor of it."