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The state of the Pirates

By Nathan Summers

The Daily Reflector

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Stopping the run and forcing punts on defense and getting more first downs and points on offense are the mid-campaign talking points for the East Carolina football team.

Third-year ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill and his coaching staff met after the Pirates’ 40-20 loss at UCF last Thursday to discuss the state of the team after its first six games, and to devise a strategy to address its biggest areas of concern heading into Saturday’s home clash with Memphis.

“Defensively, we need to make sure we emphasize stopping the run, no long plays and getting off the field on third down,” McNeill said of his team’s midseason goals at Monday’s weekly news conference. “I think we’ve been very balanced offensively and in time of possession, but we (want to get) first downs and points.”

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Tackling 101

After watching about 8 missed tackles by ECU's defense, I think that a course in Tackling 101 should be offered. Hit and run attacks do not work because all a ball carrier has to do is deflect the tackler's momentum to evade. The ball carrier should be enveloped with both arms and the torso of the tackler for maximum impact. Rock his jock with a one shot kill.

Agree...what are they thinking?

Jack is right on! How pathetic they are looking at recruiting and not DOING their job for this season. What the heck is wrong with the $$$ we pay to these folks at University levels at our schools, given the poor salaries of the profs and instructors who make the school REALLY what it is. Such a joke. Time to look for new leadership in the Pirate locker room

you are kidding right?!!!

"According to McNeill, with the players off until Sunday night, the coaches hit the recruiting trail, including offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley staying in Florida to watch recruits there." Are they out of their mind?? they are in the middle of the season- get your behinds home and work together on what is wrong... Somebody is screwed up!

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