Mess needs to take advantage of the defenses dropping 7 and 8 guys back into coverage as well with "DELAYED" QB draws. Mess called a QB draw against the Pokes and Barnett ran straight into the line. If anyone noticed when Barnett was dropping back to pass the Pokes were dropping all of these guys back into coverage and it was opening up huge running lanes for him to take off and run. He was able to get big gains several times because he went through his reads and then took off. The delay allowed these running lanes to develop. Amazing that our OC didn't recognize this.
Would there be anything to gain by demoting Messingham and giving someone else operational control of the offense? Sturdy, for example? Could Rhoads take over the play calling himself (seems unlikely)?
It sure can't get any worse.
Same QB as last year Check
Same RBs as last year Check
Same oline as last year ( minus 2 NFL guys) Check
Same WRs as last year (Minus our only playmaker from last year) Check
Not sure why things were expected to be drsatically different.
1. I seem to remember that Rhoads himself intimated that replacing Herman with Messingham would bring changes to the O (you could argue that it has, but for not for the better).
2. We're in year 4. It's time for things to be better.
3. If all personnel are the same then you're de facto saying that the staff cannot improve players. Is that the case?
Holy bat **** this is a bad idea. Lets just calm the ship a bit here.
I didnt spend any time on here this weekend because I was ticked and I knew everyone else would be too and I didnt need to fuel their fire or vice versa.
Everyone knows that the Offense has been horrid, its not rocket science. CPR/Mess have tried to give this team a spark by switching QB's, running a few trick plays etc. It worked in the TCU game but the fact that TCU had 5 TO's sure didnt hurt either.
The reality of the situation is that whatever the problem(s) on offense are constantly interchanging players, coaches, power vs spread philosophy isnt going to help!! Consistency is really what this team lacks on offense and constant change is no way to acheive consistency.
I dont have the answer but let me tell you something- it wont be found reading this board full of suggestions from wanna be coaches who think they know more than CPR/Mess etc.
I want this team to win as bad as anyone on here but good gracious the suggestions that some people come up with are just dense.
Edit: Land Grant this isnt directed at you personally just keep hearing all of this negativity and how everyone sucks and it boiled over.
I liked the play with both Woody and Shontrelle in the backfield together. It gave us another option on the run, or even to pass. It might even be better with White when he is healthy. Just something else for a defense to plan for besides the quarterback or lone back to defend.