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First of all, I'll just say I agree with most of the comment above about the lack of emotion and offensive line issues on this team. About the time Mac gets some good skill players in place, we lack the experience on defense and aggression to take advantage. Proof in today's game, when our defense gave up 250 yards in the 1st half. While they got us back in the game (briefly) in the second half, the offense couldn't take advantage.
Here's my "defense" of the offensive line though...our coaches don't put these guys in position to utilize their talents. We have a group of downhill blockers on the line, not a mobile group, so why do we continue to line up in the shotgun and run the ball horizontally? Keep in mind ISU's long standing tradition of running excellence, which dissappeared when we started to run 75% of our plays from the shotgun (Seneca Wallace Era). The problem is not only our lack of mobility on the line, but these guys lose their aggresion when they can't just lineup and knock somebody in the mouth. I've thought this for a while, but really picked up on the problem during the Nebraska game when our only real offensive success was found when Meyer was under center.
I've enjoyed Mac tenure as a coach and heck of a nice guy, but I think his staff has taken this team about as far as they'll go. The job of a coach is to motivate your players and put them in position to make plays...the rest is up to the player. We've stuggled with putting players in position all year, from the running game/O-line issues to the under-utilization of Blythe. It hasn't been true in the past, but this year our problems seem to fall on the coaching staff.
Sounds as if I was listening to the WHO Hawkeye (mostly Hawks) whine about firing their coaches and that losing to an upcoming Indiana--which Hawks won't admit--was the worst loss in the Ferentz era. I have not been a Mac fan either, but decided it is just a game. When Drake U beat ISU the first season that JT stadium was open, and it was Drake's last football season for a few years, I told my wife, who is a Drake alum, that back then we should have given the stadium to Drake and that would have saved us all this frustration.
I recently decided there were better things to do with my time and money.
What I saw:
Austin Flynn dropped an easy pass and we had to punt
Blythe dropped a more diofficult ball and we had to punt.
Stephenson missed a key block and Bret was sacked andf we had to punt.
The offense shoots itself in the foot.
Saw only two big plays against defense (third called back), so that was good.
Listen, if you give up only 34 to Oklahoma, 28 to Nebraska, and 37 to Texas, 27 to Iowa, you should be more in the game. Offense is about what it was last year and we do not have the 50 points on turnovers. Defense hangs around, but that is difficult without more offense.
I pretty much blame the oline cannot hold off blitzes on big plays. That is our overall downfall.
As far as downhill blockers go, I have not see much happen in that category so far this year. Not sure we coulod rush our way out of a paper sack with downhill blocking against better teams.
Mac has had 12 years. Prior to this year the only season I really was disappointed about was 2003. That team did not play hard or play as a team. I don't think this team is that bad, but someone needs to step up. This team flat stinks. If we have to have a down year once in a while, well ok if we are winning in the other years. The problem is the way we are playing we will be hard pressed to win another game this year. Next year does not look much better. If we are in for two or three years of losing football we may just as well get a new coach this year rather than wait for another losing season. We will make the recovery to winning seasons quicker to cut bait this year. I like Mac, I think Mac has been good for the program, but it is time for a change.