Editor’s Note: Occasionally, we give a former Owl player, Fizzy Weinraub, a chance to give his analysis. Fizzy and I have been spoiled by watching coach Hardin, but that does not keep us from hoping that some of Hardin’s innovation and at least a sliver of his genius can be absorbed by this new coaching staff. Here is Fizzy’s take on the Nova game.
By Dave “Fizzy” Weinraub
What did I ever do to piss-off the football gods? Will I never see an outstanding offensive coordinator at Temple, or just year-after-year be forced to watch the same unimaginative baby pap of play calling.
No deception – Horrible goal line calls – No roll outs – No QB runs – No reverses – No bootlegs – No screens – No shovel passes – No fakes and passes to the FB – No play-action – No throwbacks to the QB
All this offense does is hand-off straight ahead, and drop straight back to throw.
At the end of this horrendous game, Why would you voluntarily stop your offense, leave time on the clock, and force a 50-yard field goal instead of:
- Going for one more first down which would have enabled to use the remainder of the clock before kicking a field goal.
- Keep going for a touchdown until you’re stopped.
OFFENSIVE GRADE – F
The defense mostly stopped their running game, and mostly did not stop their passing game because:
- They did not blitz enough
- They stayed in the same basic defense the whole game, which enabled Villanova to make half-time adjustments to their passing routes, which were not countered.
One possible solution would have been to go into a tight prevent and play zone to stop the crossing patterns underneath which absolutely killed us. There’s no way, playing man-to-man, a deep defensive back can close the gap and cover a receiver running short, across the field. Also, I’m so tired of watching our defensive backs trail the receivers down-field and have no idea of where the ball is.
DEFENSIVE GRADE – D
This coaching staff has to stop playing not to lose, and start playing to win, or we will get killed by the good teams in our conference.
Tuesday: What Happened To Mayhem?
Thursday: UMass Preview