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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, September 29, 2008

By Brian Bailey

Red Alert! Red zone changes coming

By Brian Bailey
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East Carolina coach Skip Holtz promised changes after the Pirates' 19-14 win over Central Florida on Saturday.

After reviewing the films and meeting with his coaches, the main area of change appears to be in the “red zone.”

For the second straight week, the Pirates could drive the football between the 20’s. Touchdowns, though, have proven to be hard to come by.

"I certainly was not excited about our red zone offense,” said Holtz. “That was probably the Achilles' heel Saturday. I'm excited about a lot of the great individual efforts and the way we moved the ball, but if we could have pushed the ball into the end zone from the red zone, we could have had a chance to empty the bench in that game.

"Unfortunately, we weren't able to do that. It's something we have to look at. From an offensive standpoint, that's the thing we have to shore up right now."

Changes are coming. Holtz says he has to look at it from a personnel standpoint, from a scheme standpoint, and he wants to examine what other teams are doing on defense when his club is trying to punch it in.

I asked about options. Coach Holtz said there are always options.

My idea was to bring the big fella in, both as a blocker and as a fullback, a power type of runner. My idea is to bring in C.J. Wilson around the goal line.

Why not? Believe it or not, C.J. Wilson was an outstanding running back at Northside High School in Beaufort County. Many thought he would be recruited as a running back. He came to East Carolina as a linebacker and then found a great home on the defensive line.

I’m not quite sure Coach Holtz buys into the idea.

“We could put Jay Ross, or Linval Joseph, or maybe the entire defensive line in there for a full house backfield,” Holtz joked.

But Holtz didn’t totally rule out the idea of putting some bulk in the backfield.

“We’re going to look at some things like that,” said Holtz.

The other idea is to try and run the football from a spread formation.

“The problem with running from the spread around the goal line is that the defense can always put one more in the box than you have,” Holtz said.

Coach Rock’s fight intensifies

Thomas “Rock” Roggeman is a football guy. You won’t find “Rock” at an opera or at a Broadway play. ECU's defensive tackles coach loves the game of football and that’s pretty much it.

With his love of the game, he’s come to realize that some games are tougher than others. He also knows that football parallels life.

His fight against cancer is the toughest opponent he’s had to face.

Coach Roggeman is fighting the bravest of fights. He was out in that August sun at camp, only resting when he didn’t think he was needed. He took refuge in a golf cart this summer for quick breaks. He had a job to do and he did that job despite his illness.

Roggeman had asked that the attention stay on this Pirate football team. Coach Holtz, while respecting Roggeman’s privacy, announced after Saturday’s win over UCF that his assistant coach would likely be hospitalized on Monday. Holtz said that doctors were going to begin a more aggressive treatment plan.

Holtz also asked Roggeman to speak to the team before the UCF game.

"It was not a `Win-one-for-Rock' type of talk,” said Holtz. “It was not telling the guys to go out and play for him. I don't think the inspiration was to go get motivated and go play for him because of what he's going through.”

Holtz ended Monday’s presser with this line about Coach Roggeman’s speech to his team.

"I wish I had it on tape,” said Holtz. “I'd like for my son to listen to it. Not to go win a football game, but to become a better man."

Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with Coach “Rock.”


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