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    Offensive Line Problems

    It all starts upfront. I know we have some injuries, but this new look is not working thus far. Need to be able to run the ball at least a little. Absolutely pathetic run blocking.

    Sam seems to be making some wrong reads out there too. Maybe the injuries, or the non-blocking, or the many hits he keeps taking. He seems scared to take a hit, and takes the first read too much.



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    Re: Offensive Line Problems

    I think having the 3rd string center in there is really hurting the O line. It's hard to lose one of your few leaders on offense (Farniok), then also lose his backup on a young unit.

    Oh well. I blame Mess. He is tonight's scapegoat.



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    Re: Offensive Line Problems

    We kept running up the gut and that is iowas strength. No excuse to not design an offense this week that gives wimberly or Nealy the ball on the outside several times. Ridiculous. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out. Sorry but I could call a better game and I certainly would not have called a frickin bubble screen on 4th and 4. One of the worst calls I've ever seen.



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    Re: Offensive Line Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Beyerball View Post
    We kept running up the gut and that is iowas strength. No excuse to not design an offense this week that gives wimberly or Nealy the ball on the outside several times. Ridiculous. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out. Sorry but I could call a better game and I certainly would not have called a frickin bubble screen on 4th and 4. One of the worst calls I've ever seen.
    Sep, running shontrelle johnson/james white straight up the middle with a banged up offensive line is just really poor gameplanning. When we finally started to get guys in open space, look what happened. If our O-Line can't stop the d line's penetration run a wheel route ffs, anything.

    Not to say Richardson/receivers were without blame. There were plenty of times where he had a receiver who had a good 2-3 step lead on a Hawks DB only to overthrow the guy by 5 yards. And there were plenty of drops in the first half. Just not a good overall game for our offense.



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    Re: Offensive Line Problems

    For the life of me I can't understand why Iowa State can't field a consistently good offensive line. I get it's tough to bring in a stable of quality players at the skill positions, but I can't figure out why building a solid o-line has been such a mystery to Iowa State. It seems to me that offensive line-types CAN be recruited in Iowa and the Midwest and groomed/coached-up into solid players. I know it's become sort of a football cliche, but good football truly DOES begin up front--and our "up front" has been anemic. Are the trenches even a priority any more at Iowa State? Give me a solid o-line, and we should be able to put practically anyone behind them and get positive yardage.



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    Re: Offensive Line Problems

    We have a new line coach, new tactics for the line ( Q or S guards and tackles), new offense, a young team,new defensive line, 2 newcomers to the D line, and several key injuries. With all that, we were one play away from winning the game. I don't know if we will get better, but don't give up yet.



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    Re: Offensive Line Problems

    Seems to me that Richardson had plenty of time to throw. Play calling in the first half was seriously bad.



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    Re: Offensive Line Problems

    AMEN and AMEN!



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    Re: Offensive Line Problems



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    Re: Offensive Line Problems

    We are not that young on offense. We just are not. If you told me we had two freshman on the dline like Nebby does, then I might agree with you, but these oline guys have been around, the backs are back, SR has started before. Please we are not that young. That is just an excuse for poor play.


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    Re: Offensive Line Problems

    Same old thing every year. This program is going nowhere, nowhere until we are either able to develop lineman better or have a better eye for talent. We finally have some good pieces at the skill positions and we have the worst line play I can recall. I know they are banged up but even if Farniok was out there, the line would still be awful.


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    Re: Offensive Line Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    We are not that young on offense. We just are not. If you told me we had two freshman on the dline like Nebby does, then I might agree with you, but these oline guys have been around, the backs are back, SR has started before. Please we are not that young. That is just an excuse for poor play.
    Agree. We are not that young. Also don't get why people think we will be so much better next year. Player development,preparation and game day coaching are not there. CPR has a big problem with this O. He needs to make some hard choices. That's what leaders do.

    Props to Wally. He is doing a good coaching job. Hope he doesn't hang it up.



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