Not starting another "Fire Borges" thread. I'm personally over the emotions of today's winnable game, instead bearing down for 45 insufferable days of dealing with our two main rivals being collectively 24-0, both vying for one national championship or another. 8-4 is about what we all expected of this year's campaign given the brutal schedule, and few of us expected a W out of today's game. Our program is moving in a positive direction obviously, Devin's accuracy and decision making for the most part, have been a pleasant surprise giving us some comfort toward next year, and we have great recruits coming in, but it's tough keeping up with the Joneses when they're 24-0, both under relatively new, or new coaches.
Oh and mind you, Teo will be about as insufferably close to Tim Tebow with the media as anything we've seen in years. It is going to be painful until mid January.
Now about the offense this year. Reflecting beyond today's game, I wanted to see if some of you could help me wrap my brain around the full list of patent errors Borges made over the course of the year. Here's what I can come up with, please add or subtract, defend or disagree, I'd like your input to make a complete list of other errors/deficiencies beyond the obvious ones today:
1. Presiding over an offensive line and offensive line coach that produced the worst UM offensive line product in memory. The 4th down fail by Denard, where both Lewan and Omameh (talented non-freshmen) whif their assignments, summed this point, and this season from the offensive line, concisely.
2. Mistakenly buying Denard had improved as a passer in the offseason.
3. Evidencing 2 above by scheming mid and deep routes for Denard in the ND game, rather than the short dump offs and screens. (See 4 Denard interceptions and loss by only 7).
4. Mistakenly believing Bellomy, rather than Gardner, would be ready as the #2 QB, resulting in the worst half of offensive football during the most crucial 30 minutes of the entire season - second half Nebraska. Today's second half was a close second, but at least with Gardner we always felt there was a chance today.
5. Today and getting Boom Ferentz'd by Al in the second half. (Won't rehash).
Am I missing any other major mistakes Al and offensive staff made this year beyond this list and today's game?