Stanford was a great fourth-quarter team in 2012, scoring 70 points to its opponents’ 39 in the final frame. That production late in games helped the Cardinal go 8-2 in contests decided by a touchdown or less last season. However, Stanford hasn’t been nearly as invincible in the fourth quarter in 2013. Though the Card has scored 34 points in just five fourth quarters, it has also surrendered 49, 10 more than it did in its 14 games last season. The offensive line hasn’t always gotten the push Stanford needs in late short-yardage situations, and the secondary has given up a lot of yards through the air at the end of the game. Those issues were front-and-center in the team’s close win against Washington, so we asked football writers David Cohn, Winston Shi and Do-Hyoung Park: Has the Cardinal lost its clutch?
It will takes time to build something that will last. The U.S. soccer team’s win over a German B team last Sunday wasn’t enough to make up for it’s loss to Belgium four days earlier, and the national team continues to tread water. While fans demand short-term success, it is a long-term vision that is really needed.
If he is introducing innovations to the American game that will resonate throughout the entire youth system, we probably won’t be able to tell the difference for at least a decade, probably more.