I came across a pretty distrubing quote in one of Brian Hamilton’s articles in today’s Chicago Tribune from Golden Tate speaking of the emotion of the team.
“I didn’t feel any emotion on the sideline,” said Irish receiver Golden Tate, who posted 146 yards and two touchdowns. “Even I was kind of just, eh.”
With a potential Gator Bowl bid on the line, on senior day, a week after nearly surrendering yet another fourth quarter lead how on earth was this team short of motivation? It is up to the players to “want it” but it is up to coaches to get them motivated and one thing this staff has failed to show it is capable of is getting this team up emotionally every week.
This isn’t an isolated incident either. Emotion has been a problem for this team even going back to the 2006 season. There have a been a few games where Notre Dame has come out of the tunnel showing much emotion and it is up to the coaches to make sure these players are ready emotionally each week.
Tate wasn’t the only one with a disturbing quote in Hamilton’s column either. Sam Young offered this one up.
“Bottom line, to be kind of blunt, they wanted it more,” Young said.
Really? A 2-8 Syracuse with nothing to play for wanted it more than a team which was essentially playing for a New Year’s Day Bowl bid wanted it more? That speaks volumes.