Good take Melrose (and I would not doubt there is a lot of that going on with reading the defense, etc)....it just seems though...the end result....we see a predictable offense over and over again running into brick walls and a QB that can't consistently hit a receiver in stride. It is frustrating.
If it is that freaking hard to grasp....you would think they would simplify it and therefore maybe they could run more plays that the players could execute.
Point #1 is valid and plays into my response to OK4P message about teams forcing Iowa into an audible where they can defend the more predictable plays better. Much of this issue is on the O coordinator and not trusting the QB to make plays. Sometimes they overthink it. Dantonio and Mich St. in the past were great at doing this against Iowa. At the line, they'd show a LB look like they were going to split a gap and blitz, and Iowa would audible a run opposite that side. Mich St. would pull out of it and not blitz and defend the predictable run. Happened all the time. I think NW as well. I'd like to see some more quick reads to the middle of the field behind the LB's more with Iowa.
Point #2 is legit and you do hear this with many coaches. They know to limit and just run what they know well. I think Iowa may limit their young QB's to 1-2 reads and maybe as they get older increase that. But, doesn't your point in #2 kind of counter your and many peoples argument that Iowa runs the same ole' simple stuff??