Editor’s Note: Fizzy, a former Temple player, just about every one of the other 29,000 fans in attendance, was shocked and appalled by the Owls’ poor play on Saturday night. His summary follows.
By Dave “Fizzy” Weinraub
Today’s analysis will be brief. That’s because everything I said about SMU, could be an accurate comment about the UCF game. So take last week’s out of the trash bin and read it again.
And therein lies the problem. Nothing ever changes with this coaching staff. The weaknesses we showed against Buffalo, were capitalized on by SMU and UCF. We stay in the four-three with man to man coverage, despite our total inability to operate that defense successfully.
I would like to take some time here to apologize. As we ran out to a 5- 1 record, I kept talking about how much more talent we had than the teams we beat. Well, yes Doris, that was true then, but it’s not now. When we got to the really good football programs, everything changed. Now, most of the good programs have talent that is equal to, or better than ours. I should have known that.
So what that means is the coaching staff has to innovate. On defense, there are many different alignments I can think of that would upset the blocking schemes. Some would put more pressure on the QB, (we had none) and some would throw many unusual zones and combo zones and man-to-man pass defense up so the QB could no be sure of our alignment, and still bring pressure. In our three losses, we have been beaten for at least nine long touchdown passes and six long runs. Our defense stinks. If you can’t pressure the QB and you can’t defend long, what’s left?
On offense, we also show no imagination as we have basically been stymied. Forget the terrible play calls in many situations. If it’s broke, fix it! Try a hurry-up or unbalanced line with two backs in the backfield. Try a power I, or go to one of the split formations. Damn, go to a single wing for a few series, anything to make the defense uncomfortable. Put Centeio and Russo together, so there are two passing threats. I don’t want to hear the coaches say, “Well that’s our offense and they have to stop it.” Guess what? They have stopped it. You have to do something different if we are not to be further embarrassed for the rest of our schedule.
In short, if our coaching staff doesn’t innovate on both offense and defense, well, I’m not going to sit out in the cold. It was bad enough I left with eight minutes into the third quarter last night. A friend offered us seats upstairs in an enclosed box, and I didn’t want to throw-up on the nice seats.
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