Peterson called a crap game on offense. That’s why we lost imo. Maybe our playbook’s limited because player’s looked like they were lost half the time. I expect this gets cleaned up soon, and we still go bowling!
I agree. This staff definitely adapts.I agree it’s a waste of a take. Couldn’t help but post it though because I really do believe this staff is different
It will take several seasons for BB to get the team where we all want it to be.
For the first time in 30 years we have a head coach who's the complete package. He's grounded in the college game. He understands the primacy of consistent recruiting, developing a complete team, and he has excellent NFL coaching experience to augment that. He seems mature, seasoned and having good judgment, particularly compared with earlier in his career. He is a native Illinoisan and is focusing on recruiting the best in the state as well as from around the nation. He has and is further developing the networks to do both. He is very intelligent and can manage a large staff effectively. When he speaks he exudes competence, authority, confidence (but not arrogance), and charisma. He reflects well on the university.
We haven't had all of that in one package since White and Mackovic in the '80s. Both had been D-1 head coaches, White having great success at Cal and Mack as a HC at Wake Forest. Both had solid NFL experience, too, particularly with QBs. (After leaving Cal, White coached under Bill Walsh at SF in the late '70s. Mack was QB coach under Tom Landry and then head coach of the Chiefs.)
No one since then has had that complete package of experience and skills. Not Tepper. Not Turner (many years as a college asst and only one year as a head coach before heading to the Bears.) Not Zook (ace recruiter but not a bright guy, clearly a lightweight, and unable to develop a complete team... recall the many talent gaps and the special team debacles we had under him.) Lasagna: embarrassing. Lovie... retired in place; 12 yrs as a college assistant, which ended 30 years before he took over at Illinois.
This is why I'm more optimistic than I've been in literally decades. BB can get this done. We need more and better talent. We need top QBs. I watched Wisc-PSU yesterday. There's no reason we can't have the quality of players that the Badgers have, or better. But it will take a while. Compared with every coach we've had since 1991, however, I'm highly optimistic.
In the meantime it will probably suck but we'll see regular glimpses of genuine hope and enjoy a rational projection of increasing success. I'll take that.
They did adapt, but it took too long for them to see that we were playing too soft on their receivers. We also can't run it down a good teams throat if they don't have to respect our passing game.I agree. This staff definitely adapts.
The interesting comment I heard was that Illinois had no film to scout while they scouted us.
However, with the in game and halftime adjustments, you could see this staff is always rethinking the game plan dynamically and has the team thinking the same (I liked the audibles to change the formation to protect against blitzes).
I think we are fine at corner. Once we figured out how to bump off the line we were ok.
offense with the tiny receivers is our weakness, imo.
Probably true, but Jim Brown would have had trouble working behind that OL last night. They were consistently stuffed at the line of scrimmage.This year's success seems built on TOP, solid running game and play action passing game. When 3 of our most experienced RBs aren't available, hurts all of the above.
I can't believe I cut my last day short and my wife's birthday at Disney to come back to the resort to watch the game. Not an alum, but the orange and blue run through my veins. For some reason, this rebuild is different.
When a hard fought loss to a surprisingly good team is a disappointment, we've at least progressed from complete embarrassment to dim hope of a rebuild. I think.
I think everyone needs to realize that with all the experience we have on the line they are still only 2 games in to a completely new scheme and are most likely asked to do something counter to what they have learned for the last 2 years under the previous O-Line coach. We don't have the road graders that they had at Wisky YET. McClain wanted quick/agile linemen that could get upfield on screens and such. These boys are being asked to do things much differently than the last few years. There will be a learning curve. The big run Epstein had last week was right off tackle then he bounced it outside for 44 big yards. I find it hilarious that some people expect our o-line to block like Bama just because they have a little experience. Gonna take some time fellas but we will get there. Let's revisit this conversation 4 years from now when coach Millers recruits are Juniors and in Tanks weight program for 3+ years.Our O-Line coach (Miller) was the one hire everyone lauded. Is the thought that it was supposed to be our strength due this hire, or is there a problem getting used to scheme, or just RB's being injured? Or did I just answer myself and it is all of the above?
OLine wasn't awful all day. ILL averaged about the same yards per carry as UTSA. But UTSA had the more explosive RB. ILL's RBs are not as quick to and through the holes. And you cannot expect every hole to be gaping. Sometimes it's just a momentary crease that the RB has to hit. If he's a step slow, then it's no-go. Plus UTSA's DL ran stunts all day, so the OLineman had to flow with stunting DL, which meant they were not able to peel off to chip the LBs that were fast and running free all day.Obviously need better QB play (OLine was awful too), but that was pure garbage from the defensive side of the ball tonight.