But the biggest on-field question is not a position, one player or a style of play. It comes down to mistakes: penalties and turnovers.
In Niumatalolo’s first 10 seasons, Navy finished No. 1 or No. 2 in fewest penalties per game. Last year, it was No. 8, and that was costly.
“Most people would say, ‘No. 8 is good,’ but for us, that gets us lost,” he said. “We’re driving to score against Army and have two illegal procedures that take us back from field-goal range. We normally don’t do those things.”