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    Getting out coached

    It looks to me like this staff is getting out coached. This team is getting no better, infact they look to be going backwards. Every other team in the conference looks to be getting better. Other teams in the same stage as ISU are making strides. I like the staff but they need to get thigns figured out. Chizik hired some old friends to be his asst coaches and I hope these friendships are not getting in the way of winning. Sometimes it is different working with guys vs working for them. Some of my best friends have been from work, working with them. I dont think I could work for these friends, but thats just me. Sure there needs to be talent to win but the best players on this team are 2 star and walk on players, from the midwest. The KU game plan was a homerun, but the game plan for the rest of the losses has been on the weak side. The players need to be given a chance to be put in the right spot to win.

    Things I question coaching wise.
    On D.
    This team has to learn to bring guys down. Sure the big hits look nice but they are not always affective. Jessie Smith needs to teach the team how to tackle.
    Covering WRs with LBs way too much.
    Why when a team needs 2 yards our our DBs 10 yards off the WRs.
    Why when a team needs 10 yards are we in the WRs face at the line?
    This team stays in its base D way too much.
    Why isnt every WR coved up somewhere, there are seams in the D from the snap of the ball and the QBs are finding them.
    Why not play more nickel?
    If there are so many good DBs on this team why not play one or two at safety?
    What some said would be the weakest link on this D, the line and MLB are the highlights of the D.

    On O
    When we need 10 yards why are 5 yard pass routes ran?
    Where is the speed of the WRs?
    Why cannot tackles be broken?
    Why run the same play 3 times in a row?
    Why keep running a play that hasnt work all year?
    The option should have left Ames when Walden left.
    When a RB gets going good, why does he get replaced?
    Does ISU have negative YAC?
    Why does player X play because he is good at blocking then watch a DLineman blow by the OLineman?
    If you cannot run the ball and the short passings game is you run game why not go deep more to keep the D honest.
    Why not run more misdirection?
    Why cannot the line hold their blocks?

    Thanks for reading my rant.


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    Re: Getting out coached

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    It looks to me like this staff is getting out coached. This team is getting no better, infact they look to be going backwards.
    You might not have noticed this but Pelini has all of the previous staff's gaudy four and five star recruits to coach. That just might have something to do wirth it. And Baylor has always had better athletes that we do--they're in Texas. It's an advantage. The previous staff just didn't do anything with them.



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    Re: Getting out coached

    It's really simple..we don't have the talent the other teams in the league have right now, has zero to do with coaching. This staff proved last year it can coach but when your behind in talent you can be Vince Lombardi and get your *** handed to you.



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    Re: Getting out coached

    As far as losing to 1st year coaches: It's frustrating, but I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. Should Iowa, Colorado, and Kansas State all fired their coaches because they lost to us last year? Of course not.

    As Aclone stated, it's not like Nebraska doesn't have talent, they just had the dumbest coach in the history of the world.



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    Re: Getting out coached

    If our coach can continue to get more Leonard Johnson caliber recruits, recruiting won't be a problem.



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    Re: Getting out coached

    why do we only have 1 running play? i mean if we are a running team why aren't we doing power I, offset I, pitches, etc. All the high school teams in Iowa have more running plays. The draw is getting really old.


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    Re: Getting out coached

    Is it athletes or scheme, or both? Is it poor athletes that allow the other teams primary targets to constantly be running downfield with single coverage (Meier-KS, Swift - Neb.)

    I know we are young, but I am very concerned with our inability to identify and contain (we never stop) the other teams known go-to guys. To me, this is just as much about coaching, schemes, etc. as it is about talent.


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    Re: Getting out coached

    It seems that McFarland dropped the dreaded QB read play that worked so well against KU. I don't remember seeing any shotgun draw plays either.


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    Re: Getting out coached

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonez7 View Post
    It seems that McFarland dropped the dreaded QB read play that worked so well against KU. I don't remember seeing any shotgun draw plays either.
    For some strange reason I don't think you'll see Austen running very much the rest of the season.



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    Re: Getting out coached

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonez7 View Post
    It seems that McFarland dropped the dreaded QB read play that worked so well against KU. I don't remember seeing any shotgun draw plays either.
    i am glad the qb read play is gone.


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    Re: Getting out coached

    I rarely call out a coach, but IMO, McFarland has been very bad most of the season and is progressively getting worse. Very suspect play calling and unless there are improvements in our offense over the last few weeks, I think his seat should be very warm.

    I am sick over how pathetic our offense has been.



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    Re: Getting out coached

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    I rarely call out a coach, but IMO, McFarland has been very bad most of the season and is progressively getting worse. Very suspect play calling and unless there are improvements in our offense over the last few weeks, I think his seat should be very warm.
    I'd still call it more "poor execution" rather than play calling. The play calling can be perfect, but if the line isn't knocking people off the ball, it doesn't matter.



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    Re: Getting out coached

    Quote Originally Posted by tman24 View Post
    i am glad the qb read play is gone.
    Same here. That play is just a fumble waiting to happen, and it did happen several times.



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    Re: Getting out coached

    Blah blah blah.

    Is the execution good? No. But when you run a bubble screen 2 times in our first 6 plays and then run it again later after it's proven the play is not working - that's not execution. That would be insanity.

    Our offensive line has regressed from where that unit left off last year, IMO. That's McFarland's job too.

    I'm not saying fire the guy but I would support a change if we're not any better on offense at the end of the year. The play calling has been more than bad - it's been horrid.



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    Re: Getting out coached

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Blah blah blah.

    Is the execution good? No. But when you run a bubble screen 2 times in our first 6 plays and then run it again later after it's proven the play is not working - that's not execution. That would be insanity.

    Our offensive line has regressed from where that unit left off last year, IMO. That's McFarland's job too.

    I'm not saying fire the guy but I would support a change if we're not any better on offense at the end of the year. The play calling has been more than bad - it's been horrid.
    Good post.

    The other thing disconcerting to me is how many times we tried throwing to a running back or receiver in the flat. We're too slow in developing these plays and Big 12 defenses sniff them out quickly.

    Arnaud did not throw the ball further than 5 yards past the line of scrimmage in the first half. And only on one play did he actually stand back there and load up for a longer throw. That is unacceptable.



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