Coach Lee and his enitre defensive staff is very solid. They are working with a very young defense especially at linebacker and the secondary and the young guys are playing pretty well.
They have gotten off to a good start and now are beginning to create turnovers and score like last year's unit. They are going to be really strong in the stretch run.
Offensively? Berry hasn't done much with this offensive line despite having them all back and a great group of freshmen to work with. I just see too many missed assignments and lack of hustle from the upperclassmen.
I had expected much more from him considering he came here with a reputation for putting together really good offensive lines at the D-II level.
I'm not a big fan of McNeill's play calling. His schemes are fine but some of the play selection mystifies me each week. But to be fair, he's playing with a patchwork offensive backfield and basically without his really big gun at QB.
If he would utlilize the fullbacks and TEs more into his offensive playbook, we would be way more consistent in moving the ball. I think his future is up in the air right now.
Last Edit: Sept 30, 2004 9:14:03 GMT -5 by Aggie One
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Coach Lee is clearly the emotional leader of this team. His defense has been strong in most situations excluding late 4th quarter.
Unquestionably, Coach McNeil is the worst coach on this staff. Despite all of his experience, the offense continues to be the weak link. After 1 and 1/3 seasons a good offensive coordinator would have us scoring some points.
I really don't know what's up with Brick. He's never been bad before at any of his previous stops. They said the same thing about Yoshida though. Maybe it's the water?
I agree that an offensive coordinator should maximize what he’s given. There’s something amiss and I don’t know whether we’re playing caveman ball to protect the defense or what. That o-line literally stunk last year and I wasn’t expecting much more out of them this year and that’s what they’ve produced. Last year backs were consistently caught in the backfield and the qbs were constantly harassed. This year backs are getting stopped at the line and qbs get a few tics to throw. If you figure the guys on the defenses they’re playing have also matured, that’s to be expected. Still, we need a lot more out of them than we’re currently getting. Your o-line coach should probably be one of the best and brightest coaches on the team. A true teacher and evaluator. If your offensive line isn’t producing, it don’t really matter what play you call. I think the bottom line right now is that we overachieved last year and expected to overachieve this year. Instead we’re at best achieving right where we should be and at worst underachieving. Probably closer to option B. I’m wondering how we’d be offensively if Rankins hadn’t failed out.