We are all frustrated right now and the board is full of "fire Coach XXXX" comments. What I'm trying to do in this thread is identify some simple things that the coaches could adjust in the next game that you'd like to see. Obviously we're not going to turn into a full spread offense and we're not going to run the Texas Tech spread pass offense. So what simple things could we adjust that might help?
For example, here are some things I'd like to see:
- We need to flip our tendency on first down from 75% run to >50% pass. Regardless of whether our formations are tipping things to the defense, our tendencies sure are. Pass more often on running downs.
- Dileo and Chesson should have more snaps than Kerrige and Williams. I'm not sure how this shook out on Saturday, but we need more playmakers on the field.
- Gardner should be given several throws <7 yards that help build his confidence, get the ball in the hands of a playmaker, and help him avoid the blitz. Too many of our plays are slow to develop and involve deep drops. It doesn't have to be bubble screens, but quick slants, flares to a RB, 5-yard stop routes to Dileo, etc.
- A trick play. Name one trick play we've run all season....I'll wait......still thinking? Gallon was a high school QB and Gardner played WR last year. How about a double pass? Flea Flicker? Hook and Ladder? Fake FG or Punt? On-side Kick?
- Try at least one drive randomly with hurry-up. Even if our hurry-up looks slow compared to Indiana, try preventing the D from making substitutions. We've seen several opponents use unusual alignments because they can sub to our personnel. Punish them for putting more DL on the field by going hurry up....at least once!
- On defense I want to see more aggression - fake blitz or blitz more often and go with a high-risk and high-reward play for a while.
The other one I'm tempted to suggest but haven't pulled the data on is to go back to Miller at center. We're clearly getting worse on the OL and Glasgow is good for 1-2 drive-killing snaps per game. Miller was bad....but so is everyone else? I'd like to see the rushing/sack numbers from when he was at center, but I think moving Glasgow back to guard and then having an open competition between all other players for the other guard spot would help.
I'm curious to hear what people more educated than me would suggest. (Zone blocking? Man blocking?) And let's keep this as constructive as possible.