The Nahlin the coffin.
“We Can Do It For Coach emotion and Win It For Charlie Guys Because The Internet Says He Could Come Back” met the reality of a season long of bad coaching. These players aren’t even aware that they haven’t been maximized and are probably legitimately puzzled that a poor TCU team crushed them in the second half by virtue of nothing more than simple competence.
The Texas loss followed the late season script – squandered offense between the 20s in the first stanza, a fruitless second half bereft of adjustments on both sides of the ball and inferior special teams. A highly competent half of defense was squandered when TCU’s Kenny Hill started using his legs instead of his arm and head and Meacham/Cumbie realized that simply running the football between the tackles on inside and outside zone with some QB constraint threat is a winning recipe against Texas defense that never quite figured out how run fits work from the linebacker and safety position after twelve football games.
Losing Deshon Elliott did us no favors either.
Gary Patterson is now 3-0 against Charlie Strong. Texas has played two competitive quarters out of twelve in those contests. This team is probably Patterson’s 2nd worst in his 16 years at TCU and in a conference defined by better coaching than talent, this is just another confirmation point that another guy needs to wear the whistle next year in Austin.
Not that another confirmation point was needed.
The Texas offense was a pathetic 4 of 22 on 3rd and 4th down and that’s how you squander a 165 yard D’onta Foreman rushing performance and the availability of a vulnerable TCU secondary that wasn’t athletically well-suited to handle the Texas receiving corps.
In the first half, the Longhorns owned the space between the 20s, but faltered as the field constricted and play-calling came to the fore. Converting doesn’t require brilliance in these situations – either execute what you do well or work against type when TCU overloads on tendency. Just a simple incorporation of Johnson on a slant, Buechele on a keeper when TCU blitzed edge defenders or a lob to a wide open TE could create a completely different football game. Texas could play with a lead and TCU would have to work away from the rushing attack that tortured Texas in the second half. But we don’t do team football and our units operate in as much isolation as half of our position coaches.
Red zone follies characterized a productive first half while general malaise and TCU’s adjustments characterized the second.
I’m not breaking it all down again because I have a dozen times and it’s even more painful football to write about than it is to watch. And watching it isn’t much fun.
I wouldn’t mind if we were simply bad on offense. I’ve seen that at Texas and you just throw up your hands and hope for better players. But we’re not bad. And on the eve of December, youth is no longer the excuse for some of our offenses on offense.
The Texas defense won the first half convincingly after surrendering an opening 75 yard TD drive. Our DL was winning match-ups and players like Jefferson, Boyd and Elliott were making plays in space.
End of half: 7-6, TCU. When it probably should have been 21-7, Texas.
Then we lost halftime on the white board.
The Frogs finished the game with 309 yards rushing at nearly 7 yards a carry after a poor first half performance, exploiting the Texas defense with running plays that punished run blitzing and slow supporting safeties. In essence, Patterson and his staff took away our cheat codes by formation and play call and asked if we could play basic sound defense with honest numbers.
The answer, of course, is no.
2nd half: 24-3, TCU. And it could have been worse.
TCU beat us in the return game and Trent Domingue offered a fitting valedictory to end his Longhorn career.
Attaboy Michael Dickson.
This Texas team has talent and potential. Every coach in the conference would trade their infrastructure at their key positions for ours in 2017.
The question now is who will be given the opportunity to maximize that talent.