KSAL Staff - September 19, 2016 8:00 am
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Kansas State played impressive football against a decent Florida Atlantic team, winning 63-7. The Wildcats were sharp and focused in all areas except penalties (12 for 105 yards). After the game, Coach Snyder said, “We totally lacked discipline to play this game . . . seven of the penalties were on wide receivers and the rest of them holding calls. That is why I’m angry right now. It’s nothing more than discipline.” The guess here is that the coach had a hard time keeping a straight face during his tirade.
Most important, Snyder’s offense showed great progress compared to the first game against Stanford. Incidentally, Stanford dominated USC while winning 27-10; that proves the Cardinal is indeed a top-ten team nationally.
Starting QB Jesse Ertz was effective and poised against Florida Atlantic; he has a chance to be special. Ertz was aided by a solid performance from the Wildcats’ offensive line, which played very well. K-State’s win was a great show for a full house at Snyder Family Stadium.
Over the years, Snyder’s better teams have played well against competition similar to Florida Atlantic, while some of his lesser teams struggled in these type games. That speaks well for the future of the 2016 Wildcats. This K-State team will be competitive with or better than all of the Big 12 teams with the possible exceptions of Texas, Oklahoma, and TCU.
Kansas State completes their nonconference schedule with a game against Missouri State this Saturday (Sept. 24) in Manhattan. This will be nothing more than a warm-up before Big 12 play begins the following Saturday at West Virginia.
It’s too early in the David Beaty era to say KU’s football team is poorly coached; however, it’s not too early to say the Jayhawks’ program has a long, long, long way to go before they’re considered a well-coached ballclub.
Six turnovers and poor play by special teams doomed KU (43-7) at Memphis. Starting QB Montell Cozart had an inept game; he doesn’t like to run the ball and Cozart is timid going after fumbles. It’s difficult to understand why Beaty is playing Cozart ahead of Ryan Willis.
After the game, Beaty said, “I still think that we actually have a pretty good football team—if we can just get out of our own way. We’ve just got a lot of things that we’re having to learn right now that we should already know.” Sometimes it’s best to say nothing.
KU is far from a viable football team and it doesn’t appear that they will be anytime soon.
The Kansas City Chiefs’ NFL record fell to 1-1 following their lackluster loss (19-12) at Houston last Sunday. KC played with a revamped offensive line because their two starting guards were out with injuries.
Alex Smith threw a lot of poor passes and didn’t have very good pass protection from his OL; in addition, Smith’s receivers dropped a number of well-thrown passes that should have been caught.
The Chiefs haven’t looked very sharp in their first two games; they got away with it against San Diego, but not Houston. Kansas City plays the New York Jets at Arrowhead Stadium this coming Sunday. Last year the Chiefs lost five in a row after their opening game win against Houston—they don’t need another flat stretch like that this year.
Just as surely as the sun sinks in the west, the Kansas City Royals’ chance of making the 2016 playoffs has vanished, turning from dim to dark. It isn’t going to happen.
Manager Ned Yost received widespread admiration for his managing ability following the Royals’ 2015 World Series championship; it’s now time for him to accept the justified criticism for a poor job in 2016. Yost handles the congratulations well, the negative assessments—not so good.
Yost’s decisions concerning the relief pitching during the last 30 days of the season have been incompetent; his constant use of Joakim Soria in critical situations has cost KC some games they badly needed to win. Yost is stubborn to a fault. KC made the last two World Series despite Yost, not because of him.
Kansas City needs to make numerous changes before the 2017 season and hiring a new manager who would instill plate discipline for the hitters would be a positive start. But it won’t happen.
KC’s most glaring weakness in 2016 was the hitters swinging at bad pitches and getting themselves out; in this respect, the Royals were the worst team in MLB. It went on all season and there’s no excuse for Yost not correcting this obvious flaw.
Kansas City is in danger of sliding back into the pit of mediocrity, where they spent the majority of the last three decades.