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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa

    As you stated Ian, pick ONE running back and go. Obviously RB by committee is not working. I don't even really care which one it is, pick Woody for crying out loud, just pick someone.


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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by westlbcyclone View Post
    As you stated Ian, pick ONE running back and go. Obviously RB by committee is not working. I don't even really care which one it is, pick Woody for crying out loud, just pick someone.
    24 rushes for 59 yards. Woody could do that on his own.

    It may not yield many wins, but he could do that.

    The "one RB" is White, at least for the short-term. Give him the ball frequently. Pass well enough (and effectively enough) to keep defense from stacking, but at least get him in a groove. Give him a few passes beyond LOS, too.

    Put Woody in the lineup enough (and give it to him) enough that he isn't just (1) the obvious ball-carrier or (2) decoy.

    Augment with other contributors, yes. There's enough talent to throw a wrench into the basic setup.



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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa

    This team is awful



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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa

    How many completed passes were there tonight that went for zero or negative yards?



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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa

    I don't want to hear about how Mess had to play with one hand behind his back. He had 2 weeks to develop something that work knowing full well that Sam was not 100%,that the OL is batched together and that Iowa's weak point on defense was the defensive backs. Yea, just plain fire him. What he has done for the past 3 games is embarrassing.



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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa


    It is not like our staff got a surprise the their QB was likely going to be injured for this game; and they had TWO WEEKS to make some adjustments. Why not some Wildcat looks? Why not take a page from UNI and quick pitch to the motion man? Why not some stright-ahead traditional football with Woody (ala Ryan Koch's last game)? Perhaps some more two-back looks.

    Losing players to injury during a game requires adjustments on the fly. In this case the scheduled bye afforded two weeks to adjust and prepare, and some opportunities appear to have been "fumbled" by our staff.

    There is now twelve days until the next game. All we can do now is hope that lessons are learned, options and opportunities are explored, and preparation for that game is adjusted.


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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa

    Stalls would infer it ever started. Which it did not.



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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa

    Why do we keep running the read when we don't have Blake Bell as QB? We have injured every QB in the last 2 years running it. It needs to stop. I'd rather have a QB who sits in the pocket and hits his man than one who scrambles every play and only lasts halfway through the season.



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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa

    I have typed this like 10 times, but more and more you have to wonder what the infatuation is with the zone read. ou have to compliment our commitment to it, or you would if it were working.

    When your QB is hurt, it may not be what you ideally want, but you become a pass first team.


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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by Skidoosh View Post
    Why do we keep running the read when we don't have Blake Bell as QB? We have injured every QB in the last 2 years running it. It needs to stop. I'd rather have a QB who sits in the pocket and hits his man than one who scrambles every play and only lasts halfway through the season.
    I agree. We need to ditch the entire offense. I know we can't do it two games into a season, but we could at least change it up somewhat. But after the season is over, we need to ditch it.

    We might as well have put Joel Lanning out there at QB tonight. At least he can run and is big enough to take the hits. We don't throw it downfield anyway, so I'm sure he can throw a bubble screen once in a while if needed?



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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa

    Well if SR was not at full speed then you have two weeks to run pistol plays that take advantage of the outside edge where iowa is most vulnerable. How can these coaches not see that?



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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa

    We need to take more shots down field. Let our young, but athletic receivers go make some plays. Our conservative play makes it so easy on the defense. It seems like we have really good young play makers on offense, but we need to give them a chance to make plays. I like the potential explosiveness of Wimberly and Nealy at RB. I would like to see us use them more. This team needs to score 35+ points a week to have a chance to win. The only way to do this is to be creative and take some chances. This may result in some turnovers, but trying to just manage the game is going to result in a bunch of close loses. Richardson looks scared to make a mistake at times and we can't have that. Last year our D was tough and we needed our QB to conservative in his decisions. This year we need more of a gunslinger.



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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa

    If I am Paul Rhoads you take these two weeks to design a new base Offensive package based on passing not the zone read. You get the ball to Bundrage, Wimberly, Ecby, and West. Use the RB's as the game opens up.

    I am on the phone with Sage Rosenfels this morning to come in and consult and teach the QB's.

    This is hardly ideal, but it can't get worse.


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    Re: Smith: Offense stalls again in loss to Iowa

    This is not rocket science....yet if you watch our befuddled qb and recievers and coaches you would think they have devised this perfect, complex, master engine that should just score touchdowns every play if every moving part works just does its job. "Win us some games, qb", "this play worked on my X-box", "This play works for Ohio State against Purdue.....we should be able to run it!!"
    It is Football....you snap the ball, you push forward and run the ball and pass the ball and move toward the other endzone. I have been a critic of Mess since the Pinstripe Bowl, but now I am not sure Rhoads must go to for enabling this another game. The first two plays of the game and the continued 30 yard passes to the sideline for negative yards should convince the most rose-colored grandma fan from Huxley that maybe we need to get down to the root of the problem now.
    A previoius poster posted another OBVIOUS point that alone disqualifies this offense for ISU.....we cannot keep QB's healthy and never have recently. Not with our talent against the talent we must face. We are NOT Oregon or Ohio State yet.......those O-lines can protect and give an advantage. Duhh....



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