Taking a Look At Bowling Green's Spring To-Do List
The Bowling Green Falcons are in a weird situation where they have a good chunk of their roster returning but have plenty to do with a new coaching staff coming in.
BGSU's spring practice to-do list is short, but in order for it to repeat as Mid-American Conference champions, these are the things it will need to take care of:
1. Speed up, Speed Up, Speed Up!
New head coach Dino Babers is known for his fast-paced offensive schemes and this roster has the personnel to keep up with the pace, but no one knows just how fast things will be. Babers and his coaching staff will need to start off spring practice and make it faster and faster every day. This unit will be difficult to stop with athletes like Travis Greene, Ronnie Moore, Ryan Burbrink and Matt Johnson, aso long as it can keep up with Babers' speedy expectations. Getting these boys in shape to run non-stop needs to be the primary focus.
As much as this team needs to speed up, it also needs to be careful that it doesn't get ahead of itself. The coaching staff needs to give the Falcons a chance to understand the new playbook and take different concepts in. Speeding them up too fast could send everyone back a few months when they start two-a-days. You want your team to play fast and react to what the defense does, but if the offense does not know the playbook it will cause the players to think before they make a play and that will always slow things down.
3. Focus on the Secondary
With the loss of Aaron Foster and Jerry "Boo Boo" Gates, this statement can't be emphasized enough. Bowling Green's secondary is without doubt the top personnel focal point. If the defensive staff does not focus on what could be a lacking unit (on paper, at least) it will only put more pressure on the offense. The Falcons have had a lot of success in recent years because of their defense and 2014 should be no different.