Losing the forest for the trees is easy to do when you are intense fan of a particular sports team. At any given point, your expectations change based on real or perceived strengths or inadequacies after particuarly uplifting or depressing moments. The offensive line issues were abundantly clear during the Notre Dame game, but Devin Gardner looking like a nice balance of Peyton Manning and Bo Jackson made it easy to ignore a factor that was certainly going to be a legitimate issue going forward. Saturday, while the offense looked as bad as the Bad News Bears pre-Kelly Leak, several developments on defense were promising, Charlton played meaningful minutes and looked the part, Stribbling and Thomas at least saw action and avoided the Gypsy. In addition, while the current theme is "Green has not been impressive," and ackowledging the he is a hot mess in blitz pick up, he did go up the middle a couple times for decent early down pick ups and actually FELL FORWARD, a concept last seen in these parts since Minor Rage was roaming the backfield. My point is this, at the beginning of this season, I think the consensus was 9-3 or 8-4. A young team with some growing pains that would show flashes of impressive play at times but that would also struggle with consistency at key positions. Lewan's return made us giddy about the prospects of the offensive line, but somewhere in the mix we as a fan base lost sight of how important offensive line cohesion is in both the running game and pass protection. This offensive line is so young and inexperienced at this point that it took until the middle of the season to even identify the kinks, much less solve them. You can point to pre-season preparation, but until you put a freshman in a key spot at a key moment you really don't know what the hell you have. Much of the dismay since the Notre Dame game has been due to the performance in the Notre Dame game as a primary reason for the immediately optimism that followed. However, if you look closer at that game you will see that 1)Notre Dame just lost to Pitt after a heart-stopping battle with Navy and 2)the primary issues that have plagued us since the Notre Dame Game were painfully evident in the Notre Dame Game. Now, criticism is fair when there is one particular aspect of the team where progress is tangibly lacking. The offensive game plan for the last two weeks has been staggeringly bad and Borges deserves blame. There is no question that his seat is very, very warm and I also think there is little doubt that he is now officially on the clock. WIth that established, I don't think that there is any need to break the thread record with Fire Borges material. We got it, loud and clear. Just keep in mind that nobody thought this was a championship team at the beginning of the year, and that there has been promising signs. This is not a "dumpster fire," it is a work in progress. This is where fandom is tested. We got the Wildcats this weekend. Let's get this one and get this season back. Lot of football to be played. Go Blue.
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