How happy were you with the overall gameplan? Looked like we decided to run up the middle and challenge the Cardinal by beating their great front seven with the run game on 1st down. That makes perfect sense because it doesn't make any sense at all. Where were the stretch plays? The trick plays? Anything to put Furd on their heels?
LeonPowe: Normally I stay away from criticizing play calling. I always figure that some missed an assignment or went the wrong way on a block or something which blew up an otherwise decent play call - or at least a play call which set up something down the road. What is . . . puzzling . .. to me is that I thought we found a way for our offense to be effective against a good front seven like Furd. We ran it all against UCLA. Quick passes. Slants. Get Maynard moving. Run wide against a big, but not especially fast defense. It never felt like we were trying to play to our speed advantage/size disadvantage.
Kodiak: I re-watched the game (sigh) to try to get a sense of what in the world was up with our offense. There were a few head-scratching and ugly sequences, but for the most part it appeared that we were trying to use the short passing game with runs sprinkled in for variety. The big problems were execution errors, penalties, and inaccurate Maynard repeatedly put us into third and long. For example, we started the game trying an end-around to Treggs. But CJ missed his block, Rodgers missed his block and now we've got 2nd and 16.(Ironically, had there been a check-with-me, we might have audibled out of that play because their LB was blitzing from the slot and blew it up.) We also tried a play-action roll-out screen to the fullback...which Maynard overthrew. We tried some quick screens to both KA and Harper. But these didn't go for much because we weren't able to block on the edges effectively. We tried to hit the TE over the middle and Maynard just flat kept missing him. Not sure if we just didn't call any true zone reads, or if Maynard opted to hand it off each time. It looks like their OLBs were staying home and maintaining outside contain because they knew that we couldn't run up the middle.
I guess I'll just ask if people felt Bigelow should've seen the field more, not only to spell C.J., but at least as a decoy in space to try and get Furd to respect him.
And just the idea of it: really? We think we need to line up in a shotgun in order to get a yard. We have to resort to finesse to get a 4th and 1 because we don't have confidence that we can get it otherwise. That's disheartening.