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Roman

Clinton, NY

#1 Oct 8, 2011
I have never seen such a shitty coaching staff Swavley has to go.
RFA Alumni

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Oct 8, 2011
That is what I have been saying. If the team keeps making the same errors, then it is poor coaching. He should resign at the end of the season. Rome needs to get someone that is going to push those kids to be their best. If they don't want to workout, then cut them. It used to be a must go to event on Friday in Summer/Fall, but why watch a disaster? I don't think it is his entire staff, but he is the head coach and must take responsibility for the failures.
frankfort

Cortland, NY

#3 Oct 8, 2011
They should play Frankfort...they suck too!!
Lenny

Rome, NY

#4 Oct 8, 2011
RFA Alumni wrote:
That is what I have been saying. If the team keeps making the same errors, then it is poor coaching. He should resign at the end of the season. Rome needs to get someone that is going to push those kids to be their best. If they don't want to workout, then cut them. It used to be a must go to event on Friday in Summer/Fall, but why watch a disaster? I don't think it is his entire staff, but he is the head coach and must take responsibility for the failures.
Maybe you should offer your services
Stupid People

Cortland, NY

#5 Oct 8, 2011
The talent just is not there.

With the loss of GAF base, OCF,Rite Aid Warehouse, etc... there just isn't as many families around here anymore.

Yet Superintendent Simon keeps wanting to raise our school taxes.
soumm

Rome, NY

#6 Oct 8, 2011
you saying you would not mind higher taxs ,if they went to the states?
RFA Alumni

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Oct 8, 2011
Do you want the superintendent and the coach to recruit players? Ask Tim Greene how that is going in Skaneateles. He might be out of a coaching job for recruiting players from outside the district.
Stupid People

Cortland, NY

#8 Oct 8, 2011
What I am saying is this area is losing jobs left and right, the economy is not getting better. Instead of raising city,school, county taxes they should be lowering them.
RFA Alumni

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Oct 8, 2011
Wrong board on topix, stupid people. We have to have high taxes to pay for all the social programs. Eliminate them and the businesses will come back.
Arf

Clyde, NY

#10 Oct 10, 2011
RFA Alumni wrote:
That is what I have been saying. If the team keeps making the same errors, then it is poor coaching. He should resign at the end of the season. Rome needs to get someone that is going to push those kids to be their best. If they don't want to workout, then cut them. It used to be a must go to event on Friday in Summer/Fall, but why watch a disaster? I don't think it is his entire staff, but he is the head coach and must take responsibility for the failures.
You're saying someone needs to push these kids... the pushing you are talking about is now considered 'disrespect', which is not tolerated by parents who will go directly to an athletic director or board member who will not back up the coach.
There is an entire generation of players of all sports who have been conditioned to accept a team failure as individual protest of the obstacles put between them and greatness. They have spent countless rides home from practices and games being told that their coach is not worthy of trust or respect.
I can't blame the kids - these days there are just too many instantly gratifying ways to enjoy free time, and little motivation to endure the discipline and sacrifice that a successful program demands.
They are walking a line between a culture that just wants them to buy new junk, a school administration whose mission is to keep them from becoming upset about anything, and parents who want to relive and exact old revenges from their youth through them.
Other schools might give their coach a chance to block one of those issues, the winningest allow the coach to remove all of them. No one can succeed while dealing with all of them.
RFA Alumni

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Oct 10, 2011
Then let the little wusses quit. I want a coach that is going to stand up to the parents and say, this is what is best and if you don't like it, your son can find other things to do when you aren't home watching them. ha ha ha ha We need a coach with some balls.
Arf

Clyde, NY

#12 Oct 11, 2011
I agree with your point that kids that are emotionally, mentally or physically unfit for the demands of the game should not participate.
An overall decline in sports participation has forced coaches to accept a majority of undesirable players (and parents) in order to field a team.
Probably the ballsiest thing Coach Swavely could have done would be to announce at the beginning of the season that the chances of winning one game this season were slim-to-none.
ConcernedParent

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Oct 15, 2011
I hope Swavely stays at least another 7 to 22 years so that he can have the worst record in high school football.

I wonder if he is tossing a coin up on which call to make. There is no coaching going on, just complaining about his team. Have some class and resign.

It is time to find a real replacement. We don't have to look local.
RFA Alumni

Brooklyn, NY

#14 Oct 15, 2011
The score last night was closer than most people predicted. When did CBA put in their 3rd stringers to help RFA catch up? We all want him to resign. This experiment is over.
RFA Football Player

Dover, DE

#15 Oct 17, 2011
RFA Alumni wrote:
The score last night was closer than most people predicted. When did CBA put in their 3rd stringers to help RFA catch up? We all want him to resign. This experiment is over.
Bring back Coach HOKE!
why you so stupid

Brooklyn, NY

#16 Oct 17, 2011
I know I am going to get stoned for this but here I go anyway...lol.

I keep saying send Kevin Simons to coach RFA he has been undefeated for like 5 years now under pop warner. He would def do better than the coaches at RFA. Do you know how many times a week I hear "we should send these kids (meaning the Pop Warner team) to play for RFA they would do a better job"? Just saying I hope we get better coaches by the time my kids get there. My oldest has some serious potential and I would hate for it to be over looked bc of suck a$$ coaching.

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#17 Oct 17, 2011
Comparing Swavely to Coach Hoke is like comparing anybody who QB's for the 49ers to Joe Montana. There's too much reverence amongst fans, and he was one of the best of all time so it's not fair to whoever comes after him.
The problem is not entirely the coaches, Rome's school enrollment has shrunk and they are still playing Syracuse area schools who are much bigger and have much more talent coming out of them. Rome kinda gets screwed because they're not big enough of a school system to play where they are, but still not small enough to drop down.
Plus, let's be honest. Look at the kids around this town. We're not producing the cream of the crop like we used to back in the late 90's or prior to that. Half of the kids nowadays would rather sit home playing XBox and smoking ganja than they would playing organized sports and putting in the time that it takes to make themselves as good as they can possibly be. That's not to say ALL of them, but a much larger portion than there was back in the championship days.
Some of this may fall on the coaching staff because they aren't motivating them enough, I really don't know cause I'm not in the locker room. But you can't put all of it on them, if they don't have the players, and the players they have refuse to be coached, there is only so much they can do.
why you so stupid

Brooklyn, NY

#18 Oct 18, 2011
Real Tony D wrote:
Comparing Swavely to Coach Hoke is like comparing anybody who QB's for the 49ers to Joe Montana. There's too much reverence amongst fans, and he was one of the best of all time so it's not fair to whoever comes after him.
The problem is not entirely the coaches, Rome's school enrollment has shrunk and they are still playing Syracuse area schools who are much bigger and have much more talent coming out of them. Rome kinda gets screwed because they're not big enough of a school system to play where they are, but still not small enough to drop down.
Plus, let's be honest. Look at the kids around this town. We're not producing the cream of the crop like we used to back in the late 90's or prior to that. Half of the kids nowadays would rather sit home playing XBox and smoking ganja than they would playing organized sports and putting in the time that it takes to make themselves as good as they can possibly be. That's not to say ALL of them, but a much larger portion than there was back in the championship days.
Some of this may fall on the coaching staff because they aren't motivating them enough, I really don't know cause I'm not in the locker room. But you can't put all of it on them, if they don't have the players, and the players they have refuse to be coached, there is only so much they can do.
We still have the same size city or at least close to it as we did in the late 90's. We have pretty much the same families here. I hear ppl blaming our football team on the loss of the base, well guess what the base has been gone sence the early 90's and we were still kickin butt in the late 90's. We were still playing syracuse schools in the late 90's and stomping them out.
As far as size goes, size doesn't matter if you don't have tallent and heart to back it. If you have a decent size kid who has the heart and the know how he can plow threw someone twice his size. I have seen it happen.
Coaches make or break a team. If you have a team of kids who are willing to show up to practice everyday, a good coach can motivate them to win. Yes you need tallent, but a good coach is able to bring the tallent out in his players. He is able to give the kids the confidence they need to win.
Whether anyone wants to blame the coach or not, one thing is obvious, it is time for a change. What we have now is not working so it is time to switch it up.

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Since: Aug 10

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#19 Oct 18, 2011
why you so stupid wrote:
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We still have the same size city or at least close to it as we did in the late 90's. We have pretty much the same families here. I hear ppl blaming our football team on the loss of the base, well guess what the base has been gone sence the early 90's and we were still kickin butt in the late 90's. We were still playing syracuse schools in the late 90's and stomping them out.
As far as size goes, size doesn't matter if you don't have tallent and heart to back it. If you have a decent size kid who has the heart and the know how he can plow threw someone twice his size. I have seen it happen.
Coaches make or break a team. If you have a team of kids who are willing to show up to practice everyday, a good coach can motivate them to win. Yes you need tallent, but a good coach is able to bring the tallent out in his players. He is able to give the kids the confidence they need to win.
Whether anyone wants to blame the coach or not, one thing is obvious, it is time for a change. What we have now is not working so it is time to switch it up.
The biggest mistake the program made was not having Coach Hoke groom a real successor for after he left. He just said he was leaving, that was that, and they had to bring in Mike Davis. At least that's the way I saw it, Coach Hoke should have had a protege who he taught these things to so that the legacy could carry on.
The only way you're going to fix this now is to either beg Coach Hoke to return for a few years which I don't see happening because that whole coaching staff was what made them that good, and bringing along someone to see how he motivates, runs practices, deals with parents, problems with the players, etc. That would be ideal.
Or else you're going to have to find someone with a proven record from OUTSIDE the area who has a history of getting stuff done and winning games regardless the situation.
I just don't like to see it all get layed on Swavely and the coaches door, because they're trying their hardest, a lot of it is the players. Either you have heart or u dont, and many of them don't.
soxs

Rome, NY

#20 Oct 18, 2011
RFA is a AA school you can not have 15 sophomore's and 2 freshman on a varsity team. With 17 kids that belong on the JV team RFA will never be good.

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