things go poorly
NCAA FBS statistics through 3 games. With defense so poor and offense so solid, it just may come down to special teams. Oh god!
So, we had a sorta bad, and almost REALLY bad, day. But we ain't got NOTHIN' on Iowa.
And the good folks at BHGP were kind enough to place all of their Scott Tenorman Award nominees in the same thread.
A fun game is to count the number of words they use to complete the phrase "Fuck you, _________." The list includes "offense," "defense," "special teams," Arizona," and "Alphabet," among many, many others.
Let me preface this: I'm glad Rich Rodriguez is our coach and I think he's a brilliant offensive mind. I hope he's around for a long time.
BUT, I have concerns about his in-game coaching. There were several times yesterday when I was frustrated/baffled with our playcalling, most notably on the 3rd and 1 call with about five minutes left when V. Smith got wrapped up in the backfield. Apart from a few big gashers, our RBs had trouble running up the middle all day, Smith hadn't been able to shake loose on a single run, and we desperately needed a few first downs to FINALLY put the game away. A Denard sneak is almost 99 percent guaranteed to get us 1 yard. Instead we hand it off to our smallest back who's still clearly not the player he was a year ago before his knee injury. If we were going to pound it, I would have at least liked to see a fullback and tight ends in there to prevent what happened from happening, i.e. a DE coming completely unblocked and blowing up the play.
Another frustrating moment that comes to mind for me was the decision not to call a timeout at the end of the 2nd quarter against UConn, when they had the ball at our 1 or 2 yard line and our defense was obviously disoriented. We had 3 timeouts, and there were about 15 seconds left in the half. Clearly the clock was not going to run out on UConn, and I was screaming at my TV for Rich to call a timeout and get our guys prepared for a stand. Instead we watched UConn easily punch it in, gaining momentum headed into the half.
I feel like there have been numerous moments like these during the past three years.
So my question to fellow M fans: What do you thing of Rich's in-game coaching, solid or suspect? Like me, have you been frustrated by sporadic what-the-hell-are-we-doing moments? Do you believe that when we're involved in a very tight game, Rich's coaching will be the difference-making factor for or against us?
Hope I don't get crucified for this, just curious if you're seeing the same things I'm seeing.
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