but I don’t know what the hell Enos is thinking. So now we are a shotgun hurry up offense? When we scored 43 on A&M we featured the jet sweep which broke big gains. Haven’t seen it since. Last night we actually had a few creases where we gained positive yardage. But we seem committed to the pass with a FR-QB and inexperienced WRs. Sack, sack, sack.
For those in person are the WRs not open/getting separation? Cole is doing what Austin was accused of earlier this year - holding on to the ball to long.
Also what is our identity. Even when we are struggling in our first 2 years we had an identity. Then it came together in our 3rd year when we had a damn good offense (defense still average at best). You could see it coming when we had horrible OL classes back to back, but it’s still a shock to see our offensive efficiency and identity disappear overnight.
We have talent on offense that is being wasted by the lack of Oline blocking and made even worse by Enos’s playcalling. I have been told by someone that credible that Enos is trying to do the right thing in using the passing game to punish the defense for 8 in the box BUT that his choice of slow developing plays is terrible for our Oline. A few of us have talked about it some as well.
The defense is in a learning curve, missing good safety play and our Dline is missing one stud that draws double teams. Our starters are not terrible but our backups are weak so fatigue kills us in the 2nd half.
I am not impressed with Enos playcalling and the 3-4 defense run by Rhoads doesn’t work either. I say clean house and start over. However, we need to be prepared for a similar year next year because a new coach will not be able to sign stellar recruits at this late date.
Perspective was in short supply after the SC loss and I feared where we’d be in that regard after expected big losses the following two weeks. Well, we are now blaming everything from the color of the uniforms to our OC… so it is as bad as I’d feared. We may be headed for a really bad year and maybe a new HC but I think that is still TBD. No one thought we’d win the past two weeks even with our starting SR QB playing much less with a fr QB. The test is in the weeks to come. Let’s see if this team quits or finds a way to get better. I’m still not convinced there is a better viable alternative available but CBB has to give us something to hope for during these remaining games… and I think it will be easier to agree on a path forward after the entire seasons is played.
IMO We can’t run because teams are bringing the house and stunting so it is almost impossible to run. Normally you execute a quick passing game to keep the LB’s from blitzing. How did we get here? IMO this is a combination of losing our focus on the type of Oline needed to run Enos’s scheme, Pittman’s last 2 years of signees and CBB hiring a replacement that had no current recruiting relationships.
We started with Pittman’s big Olineman that were road graders but we switched to Enos’s scheme that required pulling lineman and that is not the type of Olineman we had. Do you remember the Texas Tech game in Fayetteville when Enos called plays requiring Kirkland and Tretola pull for screens? We looked terrible on offense until the screens were shut down after a few games.
CBB should have the Oline experience to have recognized this and made changes. Has anyone else noticed that our offense still has a history of damage by delayed blitzes and delayed run support? Other teams use quicker routes for the QB to unload to. Delayed blitzes have killed us under Enos.
Anderson is blamed for the failures in the Oline but he was right to coach technique, because 300-315 lbs OL have to rely on technique to neutralize the superior athlete or size on DLine. CBB is an Oline guru but he seemed to give Pittman and Anderson way too much freedom. I think we have some serious talent failures that choose not to play to their potential and it is killing our oline, offense and team. It is sad because the technique and scheme appear to have been thrown out the window to dumb it down for a few guys. The Oline isn’t comprised of Pittman road graders but we seem to still try to identify as smash mouth yet we also changed SOME of the offensive scheme? We are somewhere in between two offensive schemes.
Our offense is play action Pro Style (a passing game based on establishing the run) with tweaks of wide sets and screens from Enos. Our Oline is so bad the defense doesn’t respect the run SO play action isn’t a threat. Now we have WR’s that can’t get separation which makes it even worse. The LBs blitz = 7 rushing against 5 offensive linemen, we run slow developing play action routes, WR’s can’t get separation, thus AA or CK come under immediate pressure.
Our offense can change the whole dynamic if it can stay on the field and keep the defense from getting way too many snaps. I had hoped we would focus on the TE passing game until the WR’s get their act together. The TE is a quicker route to help reduce pocket time. I think O’Grady or Patton should be split out and have Cantrell block next to the tackle.
Where do we go for the rest of the season? Do we stop the insanity of using our Oline that has been built to stretch out the defense to be smash mouth with play action? CK is tall enough to see the middle of the field better than a majority of QB’s so the middle of the field passing opened up with him…and that opened up some running lanes. I doubt AA is back this week so does CBB and Enos change the play calling to quicker passes? OM is not a strong rush defense so that element could help our run game. We can lick our wounds against Coastal Carolina before LSU.
I was at the Bama game (may not be a good comparison) but except for Brandon Martin the WR’s are very small and were getting jammed at the line by Bama’s corners who were bigger and much more physical. You get jammed you throw off all the timing…