Originally Posted by illinicb
It's an old bromide, but games are won in the trenches and the Illini trenches (particularly O trench as you point out) are not winning many battles. Don't know if it is talent or coaching or both.
It's easy to point a finger at the O line. They weren't good. They weren't the only part of the offense that failed though. I think the QB regressed since his freshman year. I wondered how long he could last and how much pounding he could take when he was a freshman. I suspect he has been pounded into submission and really can't be successful going forward. Receivers are right there with the QB but can't blame the pounding they took because they rarely get the ball.
From my perspective, a good O line would help the running game but I think the Illini passing game needs different personel. JMO