Zips' opponents have historically feared our counter attack too much to high press us. The opposition is no longer afraid. There is blood in the water and the Sharks are circling. Passing forward is not always the best decision, but passing laterally (or back) is too often the default with this squad, ESPECIALLY among the underclassmen, who have evidently been coached to do so. Older players are usually more discriminating with the ball.
Until we clean up our possession, we are inviting the high press feeding frenzy. Opponents must be punished for pressing our possession along the back.
Overall, passing accuracy (completion rate) has been atrocious of late, which is a more fundamental problem.