Concerned

Independence, KS

#62 Oct 6, 2012
Can't lose sleep over this year's squad, because they didn't lose any sleep getting into the weight room in the offseason. Offensive line is terrible. You can complain all you want about play calling, etc., but when you can't block a pillow, it isn't going to matter what play you call.

I am worried about the fact that we've decided not to have a jayvee season. Many of the kids that aren't freshman and don't start on the varsity have hardly played a down this year. Play some seniors that don't get varsity time on your Jayvee. Play some freshmen kids in the freshman game and also the JV game... but you have to get those sophomores and juniors some experience. How many kids are going to practice all season long and not play a game, and then come back out the next season? If you think the Bulldogs have number problems this year, just wait the next few years. Good way to completely ruin a program.
hopeforthefuture

Ingleside, TX

#63 Oct 6, 2012
I took in a few IMS games that were home this month and I have to say they are pretty good. They dont have the biggest line out there but they make it work with what they have. They do however have a great kicker and some speed in the back field a QB that can throw and a few receivers that can catch and like always a few that could take a few more in practice. All in all a good couple games. And I have to say they are short on numbers also so dont look to make your sideline look like Pittsburg with this group of boys eigher.
we will be back

Ingleside, TX

#64 Oct 7, 2012
Dogs might be down, but we will be back!!
Whatzup

Independence, MO

#65 Oct 19, 2012
we will be back wrote:
Dogs might be down, but we will be back!!
Better get a new coaching staff that can spread the ball around. The team is more than 1 player and the kids see that
Voice of Reason

Independence, KS

#66 Oct 19, 2012
Whatzup wrote:
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Better get a new coaching staff that can spread the ball around. The team is more than 1 player and the kids see that
THat "one player" is about the only one that I've seen out there that has some heart and actually competes. Most of them take losing way too easily...
Whatzup

Wichita, KS

#67 Oct 20, 2012
Voice of Reason wrote:
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THat "one player" is about the only one that I've seen out there that has some heart and actually competes. Most of them take losing way too easily...
Maybe, but when everyone of your opponents know that the ball is going to 1 player it becomes pretty easy to defend. The offensive play calling is awful!
realist

United States

#68 Oct 20, 2012
Whatzup wrote:
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Maybe, but when everyone of your opponents know that the ball is going to 1 player it becomes pretty easy to defend. The offensive play calling is awful!
They have no other options, they don't have a qb, o line, d line or special teams, just very low on talent. The only bright spot is the punter from what I've seen.
inquiring minds

Wichita, KS

#69 Oct 20, 2012
They all want to win. Both the coaches and the players. They all work hard everyday. Lost Columbus and Iola on the schedule and replaced them with powers Andover and Pittsburg (relatively speaking). Hope everyone comes out and supports the team, and the seniors that have stayed out through high school next week. It's easy to stay with something during prosperous times. It takes a special effort to stay with it when times aren't so good.
Voice of Reason

Independence, KS

#70 Oct 20, 2012
I agree that they all want to win... now. Most of them are very good kids, too. Nothing against them at all.

However, while they may all "want to win" while the game is going on, they didn't want to win badly enough to make the sacrifices it takes to be successful. Heard the weight room attendance was sparse this year, and most of those that did show up didn't work very hard.

The result? Our lines get pushed around every week and our backs can't tackle or break tackles. Play calls and defensive alignments are irrelevant if you can't block and tackle.
inquiring minds

Wichita, KS

#71 Oct 20, 2012
Voice of Reason wrote:
I agree that they all want to win... now. Most of them are very good kids, too. Nothing against them at all.
However, while they may all "want to win" while the game is going on, they didn't want to win badly enough to make the sacrifices it takes to be successful. Heard the weight room attendance was sparse this year, and most of those that did show up didn't work very hard.
The result? Our lines get pushed around every week and our backs can't tackle or break tackles. Play calls and defensive alignments are irrelevant if you can't block and tackle.
Your last paragraph is certainly spot on. Some players and certainly some programs work harder than others. Some programs "require" off season work while others don't. Some kids work in the summer, often full time. Guess it boils down to some kids want a life besides just sports. I enjoy seeing kids put in the extra work during the off season and the subsequent results on the field that occurs. That said, I'm not going to fault a kid for doing things besides sports all year. I think a lot of times, it boils down to having strong leadership in each class which tends to produce an infectious work ethic among the other kids.
old dawg

Chanute, KS

#72 Oct 21, 2012
Its obvious they need to go to a basic offense. Why run the gun if half the time you can't get a good snap. You are not going to pass the ball and your RB has a standing start instead of running down hill. If you only got one player use him to open up others like put him in motion, line him up as a wideout occasionly. I'm sorry but is the best scheme of offense that Boldra can come up with. It looks pretty but its not effective at all. All this misdirection junk dont work. Get your Qb under center, put some more linemen on the line and go block the man in front of you.
Whatzup

Wichita, KS

#73 Oct 21, 2012
old dawg wrote:
Its obvious they need to go to a basic offense. Why run the gun if half the time you can't get a good snap. You are not going to pass the ball and your RB has a standing start instead of running down hill. If you only got one player use him to open up others like put him in motion, line him up as a wideout occasionly. I'm sorry but is the best scheme of offense that Boldra can come up with. It looks pretty but its not effective at all. All this misdirection junk dont work. Get your Qb under center, put some more linemen on the line and go block the man in front of you.
Couldn't agree more. Also, kids need to be taught to block and tackle. Too easy for the coach to blame the kids in the paper today and act like coaching has nothing to do with it. Anyone else see the sports page? If I had a kid that played I would be ticked off!
WWWS

Woodward, OK

#74 Oct 21, 2012
You can tell who the returning starters are by the way they play on the field. Especially on the Offensive side. The production is obviously lacking. The coaching and the kids have their share of problems but the honest problem is unity and love for the game, when you have about 3 kids caring about the game and the other 47 worrying about where they are going to go drink after the game it creates a cancerous situation in which losing is inevitable. In all previous years the team had a sense of brotherhood which led them to be successful, this team honestly has more talent than alot of past teams but until they come together it will just be a worthless potential trait. For example #1 and #2 are potentially the best runners in SEK but after a season of negativity and hopelessness it has shaped the team into a shell of what it could potentially be.
old dawg

Chanute, KS

#75 Oct 21, 2012
Whatzup wrote:
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Couldn't agree more. Also, kids need to be taught to block and tackle. Too easy for the coach to blame the kids in the paper today and act like coaching has nothing to do with it. Anyone else see the sports page? If I had a kid that played I would be ticked off!
What I find crazy is that so many people are so quick to let Boldra off the hook. As a coach he underachieves. Football is a game of adjustments. If a team does this then you do this. If your kids can't do this then you do this. Like I said way earlier I played for Boldra and we did not run this offense. With that being said he could run a offense more condusive to the personal he has on the field. Boldra is trying to fit a square peg into a round hole and blame the kids cause it don't work. I know for a fact that they got at least 2 more kids that can run the ball. Can you say wishbone, a offense that Boldra has coached at IHS. If you think I'm off base, think about the best players under Boldra and tell me how many kids he coached played a significant amount of time after high school. Most quit in college, so as far as him being tough and making these kids better don't cut the mustard.
Long Time Fan

United States

#76 Oct 21, 2012
Some of you folks on here crack me up. Several of you are wannabe coaches and wouldn't know which end of the whistle to blow. Nobody wants to win more than Carl Boldra. Not only that he is trying to put his players in the best situations to be successful and for the team to be successful. IHS had several seasons of outstanding success. Then the talent pool ran out. What I see is a lack of leadership in the players. I really don't see any kids out there who simply refuse to lose. That could be the problem in the lack of participation in the summer weight room. A real leader practices and plays so hard that it carries over to the guy next to him. We have no Easton Julians, no Zach Snodgrasses, no
Matt Bromley, etc.
Then to top it off there are some very obnoxious parents who make complete fools of themselves in the stands. Blame the coach? No. Blame the player's desire and leadership? Yes. Blame some of the parents? Darn right.
Frankly, through the many good years at IHS football, not many went on to play major college football. That is just the way it is folks.
realist

United States

#77 Oct 21, 2012
They don't have any true good athletes, need to blame the gene pool for that.
USACItizeN

Taloga, OK

#78 Oct 22, 2012
Quit looking to past teams for examples, when you have Mr. Richardson pissed off ( A long standing IHS fan who goes to every practice of every team possible in his schedule) you have messed up. The deal on the coaches is not the lack of trying by any means, I know Boldra and his entire staff want desperately to win, but the lack of trying is in the kids, not all, but this would include almost the entire senior class. But all in all, the underclassmen need to realize that their new season started Friday night at about 9:00 and need to bust their butts this off season and with the talent in those classes mixed with the want to win, I see a very successful team next year. Underclassmen just have to realize if God brings you to it he will bring you through it. Go Bulldogs!
USACItizeN

Taloga, OK

#79 Oct 22, 2012
old dawg wrote:
<quoted text>What I find crazy is that so many people are so quick to let Boldra off the hook. As a coach he underachieves. Football is a game of adjustments. If a team does this then you do this. If your kids can't do this then you do this. Like I said way earlier I played for Boldra and we did not run this offense. With that being said he could run a offense more condusive to the personal he has on the field. Boldra is trying to fit a square peg into a round hole and blame the kids cause it don't work. I know for a fact that they got at least 2 more kids that can run the ball. Can you say wishbone, a offense that Boldra has coached at IHS. If you think I'm off base, think about the best players under Boldra and tell me how many kids he coached played a significant amount of time after high school. Most quit in college, so as far as him being tough and making these kids better don't cut the mustard.
I agree there but lets not leave out #20, he is a very strong runner.
NEWHOPE

Taloga, OK

#80 Oct 22, 2012
The New season has in fact started.
MAN O MAN

Coffeyville, KS

#81 Oct 22, 2012
Just got to the office and read the sports page. Sounds like the coach called out every player on the team but a runnimng back. I say let the running back suit up and play the next game by himself if it is a one man team. If I were a player I would refuse to dress out for a coach who said that BS in the paper. The parents of the QB should deck him!!!

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