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Navy Coach Mad at Close Loss to Army

Post by ArmyBN82 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:19 am

As Navy receives it worst preseason rankings Navy HC Niumatalolo first says he is indifferent to the rankings then the article later writes Navy still mad about the close loss last year to Army. Frankly, I did not think the game was as close as the score and while I watched the clock thought we had a much better game.

"Niumatalolo has been mad ever since Navy concluded the 2018 campaign with a close loss to archrival Army. The 13th-year head coach dedicated the offseason to turning things around, implementing sweeping changes that included an overhaul of the coaching staff.

Niumatalolo hired seven new assistants over the winter with a change at defensive coordinator the most significant move. After Dale Pehrson announced his retirement, Brian Newberry was brought in from Kennesaw State to implement a new defensive system.

Navy’s reduced stature among media members covering the American is a result of last season’s struggles and the wake-up call was sounded long before Tuesday when the preseason poll was announced.

“I would think 3-10 is all the motivation anyone needs. Maybe it adds more fuel, but I don’t think we needed any additional fuel. We were plenty motivated based off what happened last year,” Niumatalolo said. “Maybe being picked fifth in the West rekindles those feelings, but our whole program has been fired up since last season ended.”"

https://www.capitalgazette.com/sports/n ... story.html
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Re: Army 2019 Game by Game predictions

Post by ArmyBN82 » Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:47 pm

Fan side issued their game predictions for Army football. Hope the Cadets read this as it shows a good season but not a sweep and losses to Michigan, Air Force, and Hawaii. I think we will do better and have more wins but, the Cadets need to hear Coach Monken and realize there is no sneaking up on anyone and Air Force, Navy and Hawaii would love to take them down. Thoughts?

"Stability at quarterback is huge, but the Black Knights will have to replace the team’s leading rushing option, other than Hopkins Jr., in Darnell Woolfolk. The fullback’s 14 touchdowns will have to be replaced if Army wants to repeat its recent success.

With Woolfolk gone, expect senior running back Connor Slomka to receive more touches after 324 yards and five touchdowns last season.

Both the offensive and defensive lines should be just as deep as a season ago as many starters return on both sides. The 3-4 defense that the team uses will look for similar production after finishing in the top-10 in rushing and scoring defense."...

""Tune-up game here for the Black Knights as the team gets its feet under them with a lopsided victory over the Rice Owls. Result: Win

Game 2: at Michigan
The toughest game of the season comes in week two for the Black Knights as Jeff Monken tries to challenge his veteran team with one of the Big Ten’s best. Expect a close game early, but no upset for Army.

Result: Loss

Game 3: at UTSA
Michigan got the better of Army just one week ago, but against a UTSA team with little to offer, Army gets right back on track with a victory.

Result: Win

Morgan State is in for a rough one heading into Michie Stadium as the Black Knights should obliterate the visiting Bears.

Result: Win

Game 5: vs Tulane
After the first bye week of the season, Army sits at 3-1 with a two-game winning streak following the Michigan loss. Tulane could start out fast early, but Army is just too much in this game, advancing to 4-1.

Result: Win

Game 6: at Western Kentucky
A sneaky game here in Western Kentucky for the Black Knights. Expect this one to go down to the wire, but with Army controlling the time of possession, Army steals one on the road.

Result: Win

Game 7: at Georgia State
Two straight road games for the Black Knights, but after a phenomenal start to the season, Army expands its winning streak to five games and an overall record of 6-1.

Result: Win

Another sneaky football game for Army, especially after the current winning streak, but being at home in front of a loud crowd gives the Black Knights the advantage.

Result: Win

Game 9: at Air Force
The first of two rivalry games of the year is in a difficult position for the Black Knights after rattling off six straight wins. After a 17-14 victory last year for Army, Air Force gets its revenge just a season later.

Result: Loss

Game 10: vs UMass
A disappointing rivalry loss for the Black Knights does not put a damper on the team’s season, as they rebound with a close victory to the Minutemen.

Result: Win

Game 11: vs VMI
With an 8-2 record heading into the 11th game of the season, Army continues to roll just three weeks before the biggest game on the year against Navy.

Result: Win

Game 12: at Hawaii
With the team’s sights focused on the rivalry game in two weeks against Navy, Hawaii defends its home turf against the Black Knights.

Result: Loss

The game that readers may have skipped to on this list, Army has won the last three games as part of this fantastic rivalry. Expect another cold, physical game in Philly with the Black Knights coming out on top.

Result: Win"

https://fansided.com/2019/07/22/army-fo ... edictions/
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Air Force Season Predictions

Post by ArmyBN82 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:02 am

Following the Army Season Predicition here is a prediction on the Air Force season.

"No one is expecting Air Force to be competing for a national championship. However, the team has built a reputation as being a formidable opponent in recent memory.

Just two seasons ago the Falcons won 10 games and defeated South Alabama in the Arizona Bowl.

Since then the team has not appeared in a bowl for two consecutive seasons. Head coach Troy Calhoun led the Falcons to nine bowl games in his first ten seasons, but has struggled of late in his last two.

Despite the recent struggles Air Force should return to a bowl game in 2019, despite a fairly daunting schedule."

"A 7-5 record will allow the Falcons to play in a bowl game for the first time since the Arizona Bowl in 2016."

Didn't see the prediction on the Army game here but it seems to insinuate a loss to Army....


https://saturdayblitz.com/2019/07/22/ai ... tion-2019/
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Army Defense - UNC Bateman

Post by ArmyBN82 » Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:40 am

Former DC Coach Bateman talks about his defense and makes it simple in this interview as DC at UNC. This is still the basis of Army defense - though with Coach Loose I believe we will be a bit more aggressive - spooky

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Army Football Taking Care of Business

Post by ArmyBN82 » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:28 pm

Army article on taking care of business:

“Jeff Monken has already done so much to change the story and trajectory of Army football. Now his job is to deepen this Golden Age and make it last on the banks of the Hudson River.

One very profound way in which he can do that in 2019? Become the first-ever Army football coach to win the Commander in Chief’s Trophy three straight years.

You have to be an elite coach to dominate the CIC Trophy Series on a higher level.

The Air Force coach who has won three or more CIC Trophies in a row is Fisher DeBerry, a legitimately great coach.

The Navy coach who has won three or more CIC Trophies is Paul Johnson, a legitimately great coach. Both men are — and always will be — remembered fondly by fans and alumni at their respective service academies.
George Welsh (Navy, 1978) and Ken Niumatalolo (2008 until the present) also forged highly successful periods in the CIC Trophy Series. Welsh, who died in January of this year, will always be remembered as a man who had a brilliant football mind. Niumatalolo has done so much to sustain what Johnson built in Annapolis. His legacy is secure, regardless of what might happen this upcoming season or in the 2020s.

“Troy Calhoun of Air Force (this decade) and Jim Young of Army (in the 1980s) also did well in the CIC Trophy Series. Calhoun won four CIC Trophies in a seven-season span. Young won three in a five-year span before DeBerry began a dynastic run of CIC dominance in 1989.

Not a single man has flourished in this series over the past 40 years without achieving something substantial in the football world. Not one of the men in the last 40 years to succeed in CIC competition is regarded as a mediocre (or worse) coach. Every CIC coaching success story dating back to Welsh in the late 1970s reveals a high-quality head coach.

That, in many ways, is what Jeff Monken is coaching for this season.

Yes, once any team tastes success after lacking it for a long time, the culture of wishing and hoping turns into a culture of expectation, of knowing how to win. In that sense, winning the CIC Trophy in 2019 is merely what is expected. It is the business this program is supposed to take care of. That is understood.

Yet, in the midst of merely “taking care of business,” one should still allow for some excitement and a sense of fun. How richly satisfying it would be if Army finally wins three CIC Trophies in a row, doing under Monken what Air Force (DeBerry) and Navy (Johnson) did.

Call it the trinity. Call it the rule of three. Call it whatever you want.

If Army can win the Commander in Chief’s Trophy this season, a previously empty box dating all the way back to the beginning of this series in the early 1970s will finally be checked.

Everyone in West Point will take note of this achievement if the Black Knights can secure it.“

https://academywars.com/2521/army-footb ... -business/
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Army Team

Post by ArmyBN82 » Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:26 am

A good quick assessment by U Mass of the Army team. Coach Monken clearly watching out for complacency on part of players.

“It helps everybody’s confidence to have won, but in terms of what we need to do to prepare, it doesn’t change anybody’s attitude or anything like that,” Monken said. “We’re not talented enough to feel like we’ve got it all figured out. We’re about talented enough to lose every game if we don’t prepare and work our butts off. That’s the approach I take every year here.”

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Re: Army Football Taking Care of Business

Post by guppie58 » Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:03 pm

ArmyBN82 wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:28 pm
Army article on taking care of business:
https://academywars.com/2521/army-footb ... -business/
You know there is a topic on this...considering it was posted on this website? 8-)
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Re: Army Football Taking Care of Business

Post by ArmyBN82 » Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:55 am

guppie58 wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:03 pm
ArmyBN82 wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:28 pm
Army article on taking care of business:
https://academywars.com/2521/army-footb ... -business/
You know there is a topic on this...considering it was posted on this website? 8-)
Thanks - traveling overseas and between time started and posted at airport - saw that a separate thread started. :roll: Sending this for the airport too :)
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Re: Service Academy Teams and Coaching

Post by RABBLE » Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:50 pm

" Taking care of business" was part of Elvis Pressley's motto, "Taking care of business- in a flash!". If we can be as successful of Elvis as he was, we will be alright this year.
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Re: Pre Season Ranking

Post by ArmyBN82 » Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:17 pm

Here is the Sporting News' "final preseason top 25" ahead of the 2019 season.

Seems they are taking us seriously ranking us just right behind Auburn and talking of a chance to impact the bowl picture - wow can't even recall ever seeing that written about us - and by more than one sports critic ;o

16. Army
"Army is 21-5 record the last two seasons under Jeff Monken, and won a school-record 11 games last season. Star quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. returns on a team that has experience on both sides. Defensive coordinator Jay Bateman's departure to North Carolina is the only downer. The Black Knights gave Oklahoma a scare in 2018; if they can do the same at Michigan on Sept. 7, this independent team could work its way into the New Year's Day Six conversation."



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