By Dave “Fizzy” Weinraub
Today’s write-up is going to be a little different because most everything has already been said. Basically, both the offensive and defensive strategies developed by this coaching staff simply don’t work. They didn’t work last year, and certainly not this year as we are 0-2 against teams from lower divisions. There is now a distinct possibility we may not win a game this year. For those of us who have followed Temple football for eons, it’s a nightmare.
The straight-ahead Broad Street Offense has no rhythm. By that I mean there’s no setting up plays for down the line. If you run to the right or up the gut a number of times, most teams would be readying counters or mis-directions. If you’re going to throw on first down, why in the world would you not pass from play-action, rather than an empty backfield which tells the defense exactly what you’re going to do. If your current strategy isn’t working, why isn’t there a different one? Just bringing Wright in to run the “wildcat” doesn’t fool anyone. As soon as the defense sees it, they know what’s coming. (Why doesn’t he throw from that formation?) And constantly going for field goals when you have fourth and two deep in the opponent’s territory is stupid and shows no guts and no imagination.
It’s the same defense all the time, with only minor variations. This year, both Villanova and Buffalo manhandled our front seven most of the time. As we’re always in the 4-3, the uncovered offensive lineman have been killing our linebackers. Unless we’re blitzing and hitting the proper gap, we constantly give up too much when trying to stop the run. On pass defense, and going back to last year, we’ve never been able to stop a five to fifteen-yard pass over the middle. And in every game there are many missed tackles because our guys don’t wrap-up – they just throw the chicken-shit shoulder.
On offense, and if our second string QB can run, then why not do that from a different formation as a change of pace – and still throw. With all the practice time they have now, why not have a second offense? How difficult is it to teach ten or twelve plays from a different set and force the opponent to spend extra preparation time? As I’ve said lots of times before if there was a balance to the offense maybe we wouldn’t need to do this.
There has to be an entirely different, or at least an additional defensive philosophy because this one doesn’t work. My plan would be to employ five guys as a rush defense with the down-linemen constantly changing position. Six guys would play zone pass defense so they could sit and wait for the receiver to come in the middle and cream him.
My ideas may or may not be effective. However, they’re at least different. Over the two years this staff has been here, they’ve shown absolutely no ability to adapt, change, or be innovative. The best possible record we could now have this year would be 2-10.
* Correction from last week – This writer apologizes for a misstatement. I said Joe Morelli ran a naked bootleg in 1962. It was a bootleg, but it was Joe who was naked.
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