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    My overview of the ISU offense

    So here we are 3 games in to the season and we are sitting 2-1. I have watched the first 3 games very closely and after analyzing the play calling, listening to Mac's preseason comments, post game comments & media day comments I have come to the following conslusion.....

    Mac & Cotton came up with a "skeleton" playbook which they designed for non-conference play. They decided they were going to win or lose with these plays, no matter what. The reason I say this is because we have constantly seen Meyer up the middle on the QB Draw, Hicks up the middle on the HB Dive and the 10-20 yard passing plays. We have not seen the bombs down the sideline to Blythe, the WR Reverse passing plays with Flynn, any type of counter or misdirection runs with our running backs. We have only seen Josh Johnson get 1 carry, the same Josh Johnson that Mac raved about prior to the Toledo game. We have not seen Freshman Kick Returner Drenard Williams who Mac was absolutely giddy over his speed and elusiveness.

    I think Mac and company have finally realized that there are bigger and better things out there then beating Iowa every year. I expect to see our offense completely open it up and pull out all the stops at Austin, Texas this weekend. Well lets just say that if they dont, and if they keep going with the same, unimaginative play calling that we have seen....I dont even want to think about that!

    Hopefully I am not being a big homer here and some of you out there can see where I am coming from. I am hoping the Clones can catch Texas off guard and give them a run for their money. If ISU lays it all on the line and still comes away with a loss then I will be OK with it, but please coach Mac, lets start using our weapons here!



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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    I thought we'd see the "new ISU" during the Iowa game, but I guess I was wrong. I dunno, if we didn't see them open up the playbook for Iowa, I don't think we'll see anything different for the Texas game. Hopefully I'm wrong.


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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    Quote Originally Posted by AirWalke View Post
    I thought we'd see the "new ISU" during the Iowa game, but I guess I was wrong. I dunno, if we didn't see them open up the playbook for Iowa, I don't think we'll see anything different for the Texas game. Hopefully I'm wrong.
    I agree 100%. I thought we played very well against Iowa but once again...the play-calling left something to be desired.



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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCLONES15 View Post

    Mac & Cotton came up with a "skeleton" playbook which they designed for non-conference play. They decided they were going to win or lose with these plays, no matter what.
    Do you think that could have really happened? To not use your strengths three games into the season could be considered faulty coaching. (UH-O, Darts180 is revving up his keyboard to inform me that Mac and Cotton are faulty coaches, i'd better run and hide like Waldo :Waldo: before he gets going. Just Kidding.)
    I understand limiting your plays for the first game or two, especially if you are manhandling your first opponents, but not if you have struggled. Though I fully support our team, I will admit, we have struggled. we need every win that we can get, so I really hope that the coaching staff has not limited us on purpose.
    Oh well, ontoTexas and onto victory.



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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    Quote Originally Posted by C.John View Post
    Do you think that could have really happened? To not use your strengths three games into the season could be considered faulty coaching.
    I think that the coaches may finally realize that winning conference games, North Division Championships & playing in the Big 12 Championship game is the most important thing, not beating Iowa. Please dont get me wrong, I love beating Iowa but if we arent going to capitolize on that success each year then it means nothing.

    I would be willing to take an Iowa loss (by using a limited playbook which in turn limits what Texas is going to be scouting and preparing for) in exchange for a win at Texas, but who knows, I could be way off base here?



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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    Isuclone15 - Not once did I say that beating EIU was the all important thing. The Big 12 is the primary goal.
    That said, my point was that we had struggled offesively in the first two games, so I can't believe we would not open the playbook up slightly to jumpstart the O. Iowa is not our superbowl, but if we desire to go to a higher ranked bowl game, then we need to get every win that we can. Would I trade a EIU loss for win at Texas? Hopefully we did. But that said, we need to get wins, and I really want to doubt that we would limit ourselves this much just so we can 'sneak up' on Texas.



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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    So is this now the start of our second season this year? I hope so.



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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    I doubt they were trying to "hide" anything from texas by not opening the playbook. What I do think is that we have been trying to establish our run game throughout the 1st 3 games to try and get ready for the conference. Our caoching staff is not stupid, they all know what Todd Blythe and our recievers are capable of doing, but if our game plan going into every game was throw to Blythe and compnay, we would be easily picked apart by the likes of some teams. I think McCarney wants this team to be a double threat with the pass and the rush, and has just been trying to establish this throught the first 2 or 3 games. After having no rush attack last year, I think we need to be establishing this, and I think we have made some huge improvements here from game 1 to game 3.

    At the same time, Iowa defense was amazing on the 2nd half on saturday, they were able to limit out yards and tire our defense, hats off to them for the halftime adjustments they made. There were a few times we had recievers wide open and Meyer did not see them, and once where Blythe for some reason stopped and was way overthrown. But IMO, we have made huge improvements on both sides on the ball since the Toledo game.



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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    There were a few times we had recievers wide open and Meyer did not see them,
    Yeah, like the play Barkema was WIDE open down the middle for a TD and Meyer threw it left to Blythe for 10 yards. I think that was our only scoring drive in the 2nd half - we got 3 and easily could have had 7 if that one pass went to the tight end instead of Blythe.

    Fancy that...can't throw enough balls to Blythe. When Meyer hits him...should have thrown in elsewhere.

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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    I think you are all missing the point on our offense. Our offense is our best defense because when you have 2 pups starting in the defensive line you better keep them on the sideline as much as you can. Our rushing game was the best I have seen in a long time and if we got into a track meet with Iowa we would have gotten blown out. The game plan was to be conservative (no turnovers) and have a chance to win it in the 4th quarter. Depth is our major problem and if we had all the guys that are hurt our kicked off the team we could have lined up and played Iowa toe to toe. I was at the game and Blythe was double covered when he walded out of the tunnel. Now I was disappointed that Flynn , R.J. and the tight ends didn't step up the way the Hawk 2nd recievers did but it appeared that Meyer took off running without looking for that 2nd receiver.



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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Yeah, like the play Barkema was WIDE open down the middle for a TD and Meyer threw it left to Blythe for 10 yards. I think that was our only scoring drive in the 2nd half - we got 3 and easily could have had 7 if that one pass went to the tight end instead of Blythe.

    Fancy that...can't throw enough balls to Blythe. When Meyer hits him...should have thrown in elsewhere.

    Damned if ya do, damned if ya don't.
    YES!!!!! I was screaming after that, barkema could have casually walked into the end zone he was so wide open. But, that has always been one of the biggest crticisms about Meyer.....



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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    It looked like the same play that Barkema scored that big TD in the 2nd half vs. CU last year. Meyer hit Barkema that time obviously. He just missed him this time.

    That'll happen...but hopefully that play was circled, highlighted and had little stars put by it Sunday when the game tape was reviewed.



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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCLONES15 View Post
    I think that the coaches may finally realize that winning conference games, North Division Championships & playing in the Big 12 Championship game is the most important thing, not beating Iowa. Please dont get me wrong, I love beating Iowa but if we arent going to capitolize on that success each year then it means nothing.

    I would be willing to take an Iowa loss (by using a limited playbook which in turn limits what Texas is going to be scouting and preparing for) in exchange for a win at Texas, but who knows, I could be way off base here?
    I AGREE 100 PERCENT HERE!!!! Last year I would of gladley traded that Iowa win in for a win against BAYLOR! we still would of gone 7-4 in the regular season, went to the big 12 championship game, more then LIKLEY would of got an Alamo bowl birth against Michigan (What would Steve Deace do?).

    I think we need to all relize that losing to Iowa is not a big deal, as long as we use the loss as a learning expereince and go for that conference championship game!


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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    I AGREE 100 PERCENT HERE!!!! Last year I would of gladley traded that Iowa win in for a win against BAYLOR! we still would of gone 6-5 in the regular season, went to the big 12 championship game, more then LIKLEY would of got an Alamo bowl birth against Michigan (What would Steve Deace do?).

    I think we need to all relize that losing to Iowa is not a big deal, as long as we use the loss as a learning expereince and go for that conference championship game!
    I'm pretty sure we were 7-4 in the regular season last year. Losses were to Nebraska, Baylor (::flinch::), Missouri, and Kansas.


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    Re: My overview of the ISU offense

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Yeah, like the play Barkema was WIDE open down the middle for a TD and Meyer threw it left to Blythe for 10 yards. I think that was our only scoring drive in the 2nd half - we got 3 and easily could have had 7 if that one pass went to the tight end instead of Blythe.

    Fancy that...can't throw enough balls to Blythe. When Meyer hits him...should have thrown in elsewhere.

    Damned if ya do, damned if ya don't.
    Very few times in BM's career have I seen him look at the 3rd choice on a play. And only a few more times than that look for a second option. I think BM looks at the D and figures out who should be open and concentrates on that player... not sure. things happen fast down there... who am I to criticize.


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