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Ferentz used the excuse all season long that the players didn't execute. I understand this for the defense. My question is geared towards the offense.
I read some of the transcript of the press conference and Ferentz basically said Greg Davis is doing a great job and that he's a great coach.
All season long, Davis called pass plays that were 2 and 3 yard passes.
If it's 3rd and 5 and Davis calls a pass play that has receivers and primary receiver running horizontal for 1 to 3 yards and the receiver catches the pass for a 3 yard gain and is short of the first down, isn't that executing since the pass was actually completed and just a crappy play call?
I ask this because we actually did complete many of those short passes where receivers were supposed to run short horizontal routes. Then Ferentz claims we didn't execute.
This post was edited by u2Hawk 17 months ago
Kirk is full of and if they are not executing then that falls on him. Davis sucks at play calling and I agree 3rd and 5 you dont throw a 1 to 3 yard pass period.
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
In general, I would assume there were at least some situations where the receiver didn't get enough depth in his route. Ferentz isn't going to throw any player or coach under the bus though.
When Davis is calling plays where pass routes are horizontal and only 1 to 5 yards (iowa averaged around 5 yards per pass ATTEMPT).
One would think if the receiver catches the ball, then the play was executed.
While iowa didn't have any playmakers, if a receiver catches a ball (and it's not a screen pass) then it would be executed.
So really the offensive struggles are more bad play calling than execution. I refuse to believe the players were running bad routes most of the time because most plays involved short horizontal routes.
I understand Ferentz isn't going to throw a coach under the bus, but I'd bet my losing power ball ticket that had Davis been at Wisconsin, Ohio State and other programs, he'd been on the bus headed out of town in the middle of the season. On the other hand, one would argue Davis deserves time to recruit and make his offense work.
After having time to think about this lousy season, the failures point to a crappy d-line play and the worst play calling in college football. Ferentz has a valid execution argument on the d-line, but most of the shortcomings on offense weren't execution. The designed plays and play calling flat out sucked.
I will also bet last Saturday's power ball ticket the play designs and play calling are exactly the same as long as that Davis is calling the pays.
Just want to put this out there
CJ: 45 receptions for 433 yards and 1 TD
2002 Clark 43 receptions for 742 yards and 4TD
KMM: 52 receptions for 572 yards and 2 TD
2010 McNutt: 53 receptions for 861 yards and 8 TD
Those receivers this season must have been executing something
Well played you sexy beast.
If the play calls for the receiver to go down field five yards, then cut across the field horizontally, and the receiver only goes three steps before he goes horizontal, that is a failure of execution. The completion of incompletion is not a measure of the execution. The measure is, "Did the play and players do what they should have." The answer is clearly, "NO!" Only the players and coaches know the actual play called and where the failure came from. We, as outsiders, can't know unless an insider tells us. The big insider, Coach Kirk, wont say. So the failures may be execution or may be bad play calling. The other possibility is that the play was executed well, but the pass itself was short of the target and the receiver gave up the first down to come back to the ball. That too is a failure to execute the play.
I am not as wound up in execution vs play calling as I am in, "Why do we make the same mistakes in the twelfth game of the season as we made in the first? (ie. 3 yard passes on 3rd and 5.)" Either the play calling, or the player coaching, is not working out, after 13 weeks of trying to fix the major problems. That falls at the feet of the Head coach. I am certain Kirk agrees. That is why I expect Kirk to be doing quite a bit of staff and player management studies during the next 90 days. Let's hope we see some improvement in these areas by the start of spring practice.
This post was edited by WiscHawk 17 months ago
Agreed. And, I would add that in many offensive systems, the assessment of "execution" includes expected yards-after-catch, especially the classic west-coast schemes. Unfortunately, our receivers aren't explosive enough to count on that consistently, and, it could be argued that Davis should have been aware of that issue and therefore not rely upon YAC in calling plays. My guess is that the issue is a combination of all the above possibilities.
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