While I can pick about a dozen things about yesterday and our other losses to analyze and criticize, I have chosen one, which I think is really hurting us.
This is our downfield passing game. Where has it gone? I checked the back of my milk carton this morning while eating my wheaties and sa
Last year it was completely non - existent, for reasons that I understand and completely support. Threet and Sheridan didn't have the goods to make our downfield passing game any type of threat.
I completely understand that Tate and Denard are freshman, but they do have the skills (more notably Tate) to pass it downfield. It was refreshing to see Tate and Hemingway connect on a few downfield bombs against EMU......I thought that this was a sign of things to come. But then it all stopped.
We have the WR's to throw passes downfield - Stonum and JR. specifically - and it kills me that we are not utilizing them.
What's the deal?? Is this absence a function of freshmen QB's, or is it simply a function of the run based spread option
offense? I honestly think that it's a function of poor offensive game planning.
In any case, I feel very strongly that RichRod needs to utilize the vertical passing game, at least a little bit.
It'll open up the run and allow the slots to have better success as well.
Thoughts? Has anyone noticed this as well?