Our QB play today was subpar. I won't debate that in the least. He just flat out missed some throws today that he should have made...several throws...with the big one the one to Powell. IMO, he doesn't look like the same QB, even from the Nebraska game. He was tentative with his footwork all day...and not stepping into anything...and I believe that's why he wasn't accurate. He just didn't play well, especially in the first half.
There is nothing wrong with this OL. Our issues today were skill position related...from the QB being off, to our WR's not getting separation to our feature back being a fullback playing tailback. The last one is our big problem and one I've been saying all year. Weisman is a good fullback trying to be a tailback. It works against substandard defensive teams where our OL can dominate the line of scrimmage. Not so much against good run defenses. He can't get to the hole fast enough and he needs blockers to hold their block too long against very good athletes. The other thing is that Weisman isn't going to make elite defenders miss...he gets caught at the line and falls forward. There is a reason why Canzeri's yards per run are so much better...he gets to the hole fast and doesn't need much room to get positive yardage. The fact that our coaching staff can't see this, is a little mind boggling.
IMO, we have capable backs, but nothing close to elite. We should be getting guys like Canzeri and Daniels more touches...move Weisman back to fullback and use him in the passing game. I wish our coaching staff would use Canzeri like the Chargers use Danny Woodhead. He's too quick for linebackers and they short pass them to death on third down. How many times did we throw to a back today?
If I'm Canzeri, I'd transfer. He deserves the ball more. I hope he doesn't, but I'd understand...he's going to stay behind Weisman another year...and it's wrong.
I agree with this. The WR's were not getting separation at all, which led to some coverage sacks. Powell beat his guy on that deep ball and it was a poor throw, but the WR's were not helping much.How many threads you need to start to understand QB wasn't the problem. How many times did Gruden criticize our WT ability to get open???