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.
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.
Practice reports right now are telling the story of an offense lacking a clear identity. The players on the roster suggest that this team should probably be most comfortable operating as a spread passing team but they are currently working every week against what’s quite possibly the most lethal anti-spread passing defense in the league.