But, yes, in the wake of the loss, plenty of blame is bound to be thrown around. Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy and O-Line coach Steve Marshall tried to take much of it in light of the poor showing from the run game. That showing Saturday, which saw only 58 running yards created on 29 carries (a paltry 2 yards per attempt) is the kind that gets coaches fired, especially when the staff has repeatedly communicated a desire to play a ground-heavy style of offense. I highly doubt the axe is coming in early September (although ask the Houston OC how that thinking goes), but it's obvious that the run game needs to turn around in a hurry.
|Tony Jones found scant running room Saturday. Complete failure by everyone involved. From: the BDC|
QB Jordan Webb apparently suffered a hip pointer late in the first half, leaving him with pain and a visible limp after the game. Over the final 30 minutes, the transfer starter from Kansas only completed 7 of his 18 pass attempts, getting sacked twice, and throwing an interception that was only overturned because of a roughing the passer penalty. The injury (as well as the O-Line's inability to give him time) seemed to have an effect on his play, a fact Coach Embree admitted as much during his weekly presser. Still, Wood stayed in the game up to the final whistle.
|Webb was visibly slowed in the second half Saturday. Where were the backups? From: The BDC|
Additionally, Saturday saw the introduction of a no-huddle offense. Communication and read/recognition was, by the team's own admission, a major problem as a result of the new style. Hey it's the first real game with the new system, but it's eye-raising to hear that the team was struggling with basic concepts like identifying the "Mike" linebacker, considering that the style had been installed since spring ball. If it's not better, faster this Saturday against Sacramento State, I'll be really concerned.
|No one was happy with the results, least of all Coach Embree.|