Our Coach Venable turns in his grades after the Texas-OU brawl in Dallas on Saturday from the Cotton Bowl. The offense continues to struggle and rely on the QB, while the defense has spurts of greatness, sprinkled with secondary breakdowns. Here’s Coach V’s grades after UT’s 29-24 loss at the Red River Shootout.
The offense found a rhythm, the defense continued its solid play. Add those to a budding young QB, and Texas beat K-State and moved to 2-0 in the big 12 for the first time since 2013.
There are times when I strongly wish two platoon football was still in vogue. It would be nice if we could take the heart and desire of our defensive personnel into the offensive huddle but that’s foolishness at best. I am going out on a limb and say our huddle actually knows their assignments and are being coached successfully. I’m not convinced either (players-staff) fully understand the desired effort it takes to fulfill those assignments.
We have a long way to go before we match our defensive intensity. We have a distinct objection to even coming close to sacrificing our bodies for the good of the team. We throw way too many cupcake blocks and seldom attack defenders with the intent to win an individual battle. It appears we are content to stalemate a tie against our opponents because we certainly weren’t ready for the war the Trojans brought to the party.
It’s fun to play against inferior competition. Most teams have a tendency to play down to their comp but Herman’s bunch played well to the home crowd. We threw a couple of clankers that never should have been tossed. We dropped a couple of easy layups that we must have taken for granted. We missed a few blocks. We still have very questionable pass blocking schemes that put too much emphasis on the TE/RB single blocking the DE whistling off the edge. We are a different confidence with our QB providing a must stay at home running threat. We scored 56 points and Holton Hill only provided one td this week.
It’s not much fun grading a UT football game anymore. Once again we had aces and spaces. Even the most casual fan can’t be criticized for speculating player and coaching performances in a clinker like this. Everybody should share the blame. There is definitely enough to go around. Since most subjects have been covered in great detail I will limit my questionable inquiries to a few that I haven’t seen posted yet….so here goes.
One of the most thought about subjects that run through this old fuzzy mind is attempting to cipher (Jethro style) the possibilities awaiting Orlando this fall in regards to our front personnel. I keep wondering exactly how much shaded four he will run considering our strength amongst our current DL’s. We are not particularly long in most and that seems to be a main asset for a 4-i technique. We don’t favor Mr. Oliver’s quickness or change of direction at nose although Poona Ford does have stunting ability. In short, it ain’t exactly easy to become a odd front when you have recruited for an even 4 man specifically over the last regime.
One of the most difficult things to do in the off-season of the dry summer is finding appropriate material to talk about on a football sounding board. Throw in a brand new staff that exactly nobody has totally figured jack about and you have a crapshoot that very easily could be as wrong as the four inch middle of June rain we had in the metroplex last night. Let’s make something up and see if we can find an opinion that’s worth taking sides on.
One of the highly sought current recruits reportedly stated that his impression of UT football has changed dramatically over the course of a single year. He was comparing the practices of coach Strong opposed to coach Herman’s. Herman demands intensity and constant attention to detail with competitive inspiration built into every drill all over the field. He mentioned coach Strong’s practices from last year were still and dead in his opinion.
Scattered thoughts all over the map while we figure out how old four-eyes relates to this particular dilemma created this week.
Just about everybody has a opinion concerning the latest (and hopefully last) Jordan Elliott escapade for UT. Most coaches see upwards of 50 JE types during their 30-year sentence.