And this is why Tiller is not going to be the starter. Herman was kind of stuck playing Arnaud. He inherited a player that not only was a returning starter, but also a team leader and local boy. No way does Herman sit AA. But after two years, Herman has lost his "wonderkind/genius" image and honestly, his seat is starting to warm up. You can't win with an offense that's the worst in the conference 3-4 straight years. So, does anyone really believe that if Herman is going down, he's going down with a QB that doesn't fit his offense? He might have been stuck starting Arnaud (not that there was anyone better on the roster), but should he have any loyalty to Tiller? I think that after two years, he's going to go to war with HIS guy in there, not Chizik's.
For WRs, I think that they've been well below the average for a Big 12 group. The WR group has steadily went downhill since Blythe and Davis graduated. Worse every year. My concern is that this staff does not do a good job of evaluating WRs. No CPR-recruited WR has caught a single pass at ISU! And this is a position that was not only lacking in talent, but one where true freshmen that are talented can see the field right away. Still, they can't recruit over what is an average at best group. The projected starters at WR and TE this season? Four Chizik recruits. On top of that, either Wells did a bad job of coaching the WRs on the roster or couldn't get through to them. So, I'll apologize to "The City", but it's time to quit the hype with this group and actually do something on the field.
I don't think Herman played Arnaud out of any sense of loyalty. He was inarguably the best option we had the past 2 years.
In 1984, I was hospitalized for approaching perfection.
Last year, Jordan Wynn (QB at Utah) and the Utes were averaging 45 points per game. In the Air Force game, Wynn injured his shoulder. He could no longer make the long and mid-range throws. In Utah's last 5 games, they averaged less than 14 points. Receiving corp was the same all season long.
Having a QB that can not make all the throws does make a difference.
Because people prefer the easy "cop out" answer of "It's always the QB's fault." Sometimes I could have sworn if the special teams had given up a kickoff return some of the haters would have found a way to blame it on Arnaud.
And I'm not trying to completely defend Arnaud's performance - a lot of the time he misfired - badly. Part of that was due to his bad decision-making, part of that was due to really bad offensive line play.
But the receives flat out dropped passes laid perfectly on their hands. It happened a lot, and there's simply no excuse for receivers to drop perfectly thrown passes. Other times they dropped not-so-perfectly thrown passes that the receivers simply have to help the QB out on because they're not going to get a perfect pass every time. Okay - it was thrown a little behind or a little high - a "good" receiver, which is what the OP is saying that we have had the last couple of years, helps out the QB by catching the imperfect throws as well.
As far as I'm concerned, calling our receivers "average" would be extremely kind. Because, quite frankly, they just haven't done the job the last several years. Sure, QB and OL haven't always helped out, but the receivers have been a big source of the problem. In fact, the only unit on offense I'd label as "above average" the last couple of years would be the RBs - because they've been churning up a lot of yards without a lot of OL support and against a stacked box because defenses don't have to take our passing game credibly.
Well said plus they can't get off the line to save their life
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