That’s because they didn’t really beat Air Force last week, according to Falcon cornerback Carson Bird:
“We realized Navy didn’t really beat us, and that was huge for us to realize,” senior cornerback Carson Bird said. “They really didn’t beat us. We beat ourselves.”
Same old Air Force. Fisher would be proud.
Look, I know that when coaches show players film of the last game, those players come out of there knowing that their mistakes are correctable. I get that. I would expect players and coaches to come out after a loss and focus on the mistakes they made and how they’re going to fix them. Nobody needs to be kissing their opponent’s collective butt after a loss.
But that is a far cry from what Bird said. How hard is it to say that the team made mistakes, and just leave it at that? He didn’t just say that Navy didn’t beat them, he repeated it for emphasis! Maybe Jake Schaller will remember things like this the next time he wants to write about how tired he thinks Navy’s “respect” routine is. Paul Johnson doesn’t make this stuff up. It happens every year. Apparently Navy hasn’t been good enough to beat Air Force for 5 straight years. They’ve just been the beneficiaries of Air Force repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot. This is the sort of thing that Johnson is talking about when he says that Navy must be the “luckiest team in America.”
So I guess Air Force is 4-2. No word yet on whether their victory over themselves will count as a conference win.