Some of you guys are amazing. It's fairly obvious that the people making these comments have never actually practiced a team for months, developed a game plan, and executed on that game plan in a game.
Maybe they wanted to see what KO was made of. Maybe they wanted to give Arnaud a look before he started making deep throws. Maybe, they wanted to establish the run. The first 15 plays are often a variety that give you an idea of what you are facing and what their schemes are. And maybe, just maybe, the team just didn't execute their jobs, and this has nothing to do with the game plan at all.
I put this terrible performance on the coaches. I mean, Iowa stated all week that they were focusing on stopping the run. Our first play from scrimmage we hand the ball to Arob. No fake, no misdirection, nothing. Did our coaches really think we could line up against an amped up d line and run?
Do I think we still lose the game? Yes, but how different would it have been if we could have made a few first downs that first drive and kept the d off the field?
That first 3 and out set the tone for the whole game.
ARob dropped a pass on 3rd down on the first series that led to the punt. Then in the second series there was another dropped pass on 2nd down (can't remember who it was) which set up third and long, resulting in a sack and punt.
No doubt the game plan was very very poor on offense. Wouldn't have mattered but would have like to have seen us take what Iowa was giving us. The 4 to 5 yards pass. We didn't
The game plan on defense was also very very poor. We tried to play Iowa straight up with our defense. I mean....huh?
Mac and Chizik did show exactly what an ISU defense needs to do against Iowa. Yet, we didnt follow that model. I dont get it. It was clearly an epic fail. Maybe with Benton being gone we had to do something different. I dont know.
"Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinionman"
I think it's fairly obvious that little to nothing about that game, in it's entirety, is acceptable moving forward in the season. It's not acceptable to the players, the coaches, or the fans. So instead of focusing on every little thing we did wrong, let's just accept that game for what it was: bad. We were bad in pretty much every facet of the game, so there's no point in dwelling on weird specifics like running on the first play. You might as well ask why LB X was/wasn't more/less than 6 feet from LB Y on whatever play.
I have faith in the coaching staff learning a lot from this game, and helping our players learn a lot as well. If we come out and do this same thing against a team like K-State, then we're in a whole heap of trouble.
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