Thoughts on the offense against Texas Tech

Let's fast forward a few years into the future. Mack Brown has retired, and Will Muschamp is the new head coach at Texas.

Muschamp calls Greg Davis into his office.

Muschamp: I've always taken care of you, Greg.

Davis: Taken care of me? You're my junior, and you take care of me? Did you ever think about that -- did you ever once think about that? Send Greg off to do this -- send Greg off to do that! Let Greg take care of some women's football clinic somewhere! Send Greg to pick somebody up at the airport! I was stepped over!

Muschamp: That's the way Mack wanted it.

Davis: It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things I'm smart -- not like everyone says -- not dumb, smart and I want respect!

Muschamp: Greg you're nothing to me now you're not a colleague, you're not a friend, I don't want to know you or what you do -- I don't want to see you at the practices -- I don't want you near my office -- when you see Mack I want to know a day in advance, so I won't be there -- you understand?

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That day can't get here soon enough.

Offense

What pissed me off most on Saturday night was Davis' lack of a killer instinct. Blake Gideon gets a pick, Tech gets a personal foul and we got it 1st and 10 on the Tech 20. Momentum is on our side, and it's time to sweep the leg. Put 'em in a body bag, Greggy! So we promptly lose three yards on a handoff. Then we throw a four yard pass to the running back. Then Tech gets a pick six and a potential 21-0 lead is now a 14-7 ballgame. Our offensive coordinator is Mother Theresa and every opponent is made up of Calcutta orphans.

Curtis Brown returns another interception to the Tech twelve. Sensing a pattern? Yes, our defense puts our offensive in position to succeed. So what do we do on first down? Play action pass into the endzone? Alas, no. We run it twice for two yards and then throw underneath to Greg Smith. But give our offense credit for a field goal, right?

Just as the rise of Google is taught as a case study in business schools throughout the country, our clock management at the end of the first half will be taught at coaching clinics. It was embarrassing. At the very least we could have used the two time outs to figure out what the f*ck we were going to do on offense once we got the ball. You know, instead of coming out and taking two straight sacks. And yeah, we called a screen on 2nd and 17 with Tech rushing only three. And yeah, our running back failed to stay in bounds on a 3rd and 26 run.

Quarterback: Have you tempered your expectations for Gilbert yet? His best football is still ahead of him, but I'm not sure he can see the light at the end of the tunnel at this point. He's locking onto his receivers, he's inconsistent on his throws and he has too many passes batted down for someone who is 6'4". At some point Davis will figure out what Gilbert does best and design an offense around it. Or it will happen by accident.

Running back: DJ Monroe gains 14 yards on his first carry of the season and then never touches the ball again. Message sent. To the opponent. Fozzy Whitaker made a couple of good runs and had a couple of good blocks, but collectively our running backs were a non factor.

Receivers: James Kirkendoll had the best game of possibly his career, but I hold my breath every time he catches the ball near a first down marker. He must have been shock collared as a child or something because he has an aversion to just running for the first down. He has to juke, he has to stop. Just get the first down. Malcolm Williams' drop within two yards of the line of scrimmage got picked, but he caught everything downfield. Mike Davis dropped two passes within two yards of the line of scrimmage, but he caught everything downfield. Hmm.

Tight end: Greg Smith made a good block on Whitaker's touchdown run, but struggled for much of the night. Not all his fault. Asking him to pass block a defensive end one on one is on the coaches. They tried it two years ago on this same field, and it was a disaster. Lesson learned. But assigning him to block the backside pursuit and him giving up his inside gap is on the player. Whitaker's fumble occurred on just such a play. Barrett Mathews is overrated as a blocker at this point. He's just not strong enough and we're asking him to block ends and backers on the edge when he should be blocking safeties and backers in space. He did make a great play on his touchdown catch to leap over the penetration in the backfield.

Offensive line: Britt Mitchell had the worst game of any offensive lineman in the history of organized football. Ok, maybe it wasn't that bad. Except it was. Two sacks, an interception and forced fumble? Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. Watching Mack Brown go looking for Mac McWhorter on the sidelines to ask him why the 6'6" defensive end wasn't cut on a screen? Priceless. The line got called for three holding penalties, but two of them were bullsh*t. Decent pass blockers, don't open up holes often enough in the running game. I'm sure I'll write that same sentence next year.

Every position on offense has issues at this point. Every one. Compare that to the defensive side of the ball. Coaching starts at the top. If you have a solid coordinator who demands accountability from his position coaches, you will be good on that side of the ball even if you don't have talented players. If you don't, you won't. Talent only compensates for so much. But you're Longhorn fans. You already knew that.

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