“We are absolutely awful. We are absolutely pitiful,” St. Charles Catholic coach Frank Monica said after he was walking off the field Thursday following the Comets’ second day of spring football practice.
Drawing his ire was the offensive line.
“We have no line on the offensive side of the ball. I think I have two kids that know their plays. The rest are struggling. We are getting pushed back. You can’t do anything unless you know your assignments. That’s discouraging because some of the guys on the offensive line are guys who have played. The second unit has no idea how to line up. We have a lot of work to do,” Monica said.
Well, at least there is spring practice to work on those kind of things.
“It’s a good thing we are allowed to have spring because I would hate to think what would happen if we had to do this starting from scratch in the fall,” Monica said. “After this spring, I’m going to make a lot of adjustments and changes in personnel.”
Not quite everyone is at football practice since the baseball team is participating in the Division II playoffs.
“The starting quarterback’s not there but he doesn’t play offensive line. We only have one offensive lineman out of that group (playing baseball) and that’s Evan Roussel,” said Monica.
Still, it has only been a couple of days.
“I know it’s only been two days,” Monica said. “I’m not worried about technique. What I want them to do is know their assignments. I couldn’t care less about technique but I want to know who to block. They don’t know that right now.
“By practice four, we will be fully installed about what we are taking into the Spring Game. We will not game plan that at all. We will just try to do the best we can to learn the system. I rely on the summer to learn technique, right now, we will just learn the system.”
Like on the field, the Comets will spend a lot of time in the film room.
“I have to spend more time with them showing them their film work to show them their practice sessions,” Monica said. “Once we do that, we have to correct mistakes. There is nothing like film to show them exactly what they are doing. The film is worth 1,000 words – that’s true.
“We can talk to them and fuss about it, but when they see it, I think they get a better idea of what Coach is talking about.”
Exactly how the remainder of football practice goes will be determined, in part, by the status of the Comets’ baseball team in the postseason.
The fluid schedule calls for four days of practice next week and three the following week, leading up to the Spring Game against Terrebonne slated for 5 p.m. May 16.