The HOLE in our WHOLE season is the offensive line. If it played pass blocking better and gave better pass protection in one on one blocking situations, we would pass better an d have fewer false starts and control the ball longer and score more and play less defense and need special teams less and win more especially in the second half. Simple. The senior line needs to do better. Looking at the pros, they remind me of the Houston Texans pass blocking. Very simple.
The other hole we have is open field tackling. In every game we have played so far, we have had way to many chances to tackle behind the line of scrimmage only for them to score or get big yards. 2 of EIU's touchdowns happened this way(not that they wouldn't have scored later). Too many times our players are attempting arm tackles or hitting above the waist. Arm tackles and hits above the waist worked in high school but will never work in the Big 12 or Div 1 football.
I agree, the TX game was much closer than the score appeared. I was impressed with our 2 early TD drives. Why can't we just re-create that consistently??? We always have letdowns that blow it. We've got heart (we usually do), but we've got to play a FULL game. I think we're very dangerous, but competing just isn't good enough anymore. We've got to get a W! There's still a lot of football left, so I'm anxious to see how this team progresses...
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem."- President Ronald Reagan, 1985
The Parker penalty was a big one, but he is young and aggressive, which works out well on most every other play. They didn't have a real good angle on the replay, but I was thinking he might have gotten spun around as the pass was being thrown, and maybe didn't see that the ball was gone until too late? That might not have been the case though. Either way, I completely agree with the subject of this thread. If they play with that much heart in the rest of the games, they will be fine.
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