These plus minus stats for a single game are so misleading, especially without context. According to it, Ward should have played more than MSS. That is laughable. Does anyone think Ward, who I love, could handle the bigs from Duquesne who outweigh him by 40 pounds?Related stats...
First half box +/- leaders last night v Duquesne (2nd half minutes)
IV +11 (16)
Bones +5 (13)
Hasan +5 (2)
Jarren +5 (6)
Malik +3 (10)
Tre 0 (7)
MSS -1 (18)
Kel -1 (14)
Key -7 (14)
There is a consistent pattern with this staff to favor experience over efficiency, which I suspect ultimately comes down to Rhoades, he's got the final say there so maybe unfair to put it on the staff as a whole. I asked coach about this games ago in the post-game and his answer was he was going to have his seniors backs because "if they get hot, watch out". I know Coach has to be getting annoyed with me (although I swear coach, I'm coming from a good place on this)...because I keep pulling at this thread of efficiency over experience, which is the opposite of where he typically goes. I hate asking those same questions in the post game, but we keep getting the same results following the same patterns, so I gotta keep trying to ask in hopefully the nicest way I can.
I will also add that I know a number of guys in the game that are getting paid to do this and I know that my arguments aren't just some misguided fan blogger argument, they are shared by some paid professionals.
If Coach doesn't think our freshmen are good enough to sit some really inefficient experienced players a bit more often, why should Ram fans believe in them for the future either? We have a losing record in the A-10. If these young guys are as bad as coach apparently thinks, what's up for next season? A 4-win A-10 record?
I personally don't think that's the case and wish coach would let his hair down and let the freshmen give it more of a go. Our staff recruited these guys. We love them. Give the young guys a shot.