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Friday, October 26, 2012

Weis dials back KU’s offense to safeguard defense

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan.

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan.

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It’s no secret that the Kansas University football team’s offense has struggled this season.

Outside of the 31-point performance in the season opener against FCS foe South Dakota State, the Jayhawks have averaged just 15 points per game, a number that dips to 11 against Big 12 defenses.

While KU’s erratic quarterback play has been the main reason behind the poor output, KU coach Charlie Weis said this week that low-scoring games had been part of the plan.

Weis’ official term for it is “complementary football,” and he defined it as playing a certain style to prevent KU’s opponents from imposing their style on the Jayhawks. In the offensive-minded Big 12, where eight of the 10 teams average 36 points per outing or higher, that seems like a good idea, if not a survival method.

“I could probably put us in a position to score more points,” Weis said. “But it would have to be more wide open and it wouldn’t be running the football. We can sling all over the yard and, you know what, we might score 28, but we might give up 80. That’s not the style of football I think anyone from Kansas wants to see, starting with yours truly.”

Because of that, the Jayhawks have turned to the running game more than any team in the Big 12. While the Jayhawks rank dead last in scoring offense (17.3 ppg), they rank first in rushing attempts per game, with 44, and sixth in rushing offense (180 yards per game). KU has run on 58.3 percent of its offensive plays this season and 10 of the Jayhawks’ 14 touchdowns have come on the ground.

“Clearly, our greatest strength is our running game,” Weis said. “No one would refute that. So one of the things you do is, by unning the football, you build toughness within your team and you don’t put your defense out on the field nearly as much.”

KU ranks last in the Big 12 in pass offense (188 yards per game), last in pass efficiency (97.1 passer rating) and former starter Dayne Crist, who was benched recently in favor of red-shirt freshman Michael Cummings, ranks second-to-last nationally in quarterback rating.

Because Cummings will handle the snaps, the running game figures to play a pivotal role for both sides this weekend, when the Jayhawks play host to Texas at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Like KU, the Longhorns run more than they pass, keeping it on the ground 56.3 percent of the time, and rank fourth in rushing offense. UT also ranks dead last in the Big 12 in rushing defense, giving up 217 yards per game.

“This will be probably the biggest test we’ve had with just stopping the run, because they line up and run it right in our face,” said UT coach Mack Brown. “So it’s not going to be complicated, and this will be a great challenge for our defense and time for them to step up against the run.”

Pierson improving

Injured tailback Tony Pierson returned to action against the Sooners and, at times, looked like his old self again. There was a reason for that, Weis said.

“His elbow is better,” Weis said. “I think he was a little afraid of what was going to happen the first time he got hit. I mean, I know he said he just needs to go out there and get hit a couple of times. A lot of times that’s what they want to do after they’ve got banged up some, so they know that everything’s OK.”

Pierson continued to take precautions throughout the week during practice, but is expected to handle his normal workload against the Longhorns.

Senior wide receiver D.J. Beshears (shoulder) remains out and senior wide receiver Daymond Patterson (head injury) remains questionable.

Comments

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 6 months ago

I just want to go 6-6. Is that too much to freaking ask? .500 and a pinstripe bowl appearance every year! Give me an excuse to fly in to Larryville once or twice a year to catch a game I know we will be competitive in.

I'm so sick and mother freaking tired of getting our @$$ handed to us every fall!!!

hailtoku 9 years, 6 months ago

Don't need people like you in Lawrence. Thanks though.

Larry Smith 9 years, 6 months ago

You really expect us to buy the fact that you brought in Crist, so that you could run the ball? It's more like you broought in Crist, he sucks, so now you have to run the ball. By design? Whatever. You can only put us in position to score more points, if your QB could hit the broad side of a barn. Way to cover your backside Charlie.

Mike Hart 9 years, 6 months ago

What's really getting old is all the Charlie bashing. At this point, some of you are just looking to bitch a d be critical at every move and at everything he says. Sure, Crist has missed some open receivers, but it isn't like our WR Corp is wide open... Every game... Multiple times. Throw in a woeful right side of offensive line giving no protection... Small, average receivers at best. Our defense still has a long way to go. Cummings has a great arm you say... Yeah, well so does Michael Vick. Cummings threw two picks as well, so our turnovers at QB are still happening. It's a TEAM, folks. And it has only been 10 months since Weis accepted the job. Let him recruit... Let his staff coach.. And for God's sake.. Show some patience. Sure you're tired of waiting for good kU football... But that wait and that frustration was Before the Charlie Weis area. It doesn't do the program, players or fanbase any good to bash a 1st year coach trying to make the most of what he has. He at least tried to get some Players here with what little time he had.

Jeff Smith 9 years, 6 months ago

Mangino won like 1 or 2 his 1st year right? We competed with TCU and Oklahoma st. You can see the improvement at linebacker. We have key guys coming back next year on both sides of the ball. Our receivers will be better. I don't want to hype up Heeps like we all did Crist but if he is decent then we have a chance to throw some wins together. Rebuilding is a process and it isn't going to happen in a year. Grades are up, behavior is better and that helps us be more disciplined. The talent of recruits is going to rise. Wins are coming, just have to let this process run it's course even though this season has been hard to watch.

TenaciousD 9 years, 6 months ago

Problem is, the guy can't coach his way out of a wet paper bag. He lacks charisma and will always struggle to get his players to buy in completely.

Charlie bashing??? He was patted on the back all the way up until that first game when they struggled to handle a FBS school and we all started to see the real coach Charlie.

The comment about patience is an excellent one. Just a little too late. Gill probably would've had this team heading for a bowl invite.

PJ Karasek 9 years, 6 months ago

"Gill probably would've had this team heading for a bowl invite."

Now I know you're just trolling. While I don't completely disagree with the rest, that comment completely discredits any argument you'd make.

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 6 months ago

If Gill was here all of our players would be ineligible by now.

Bee Bee 9 years, 6 months ago

A bowl invite??? LMAO! I have a bridge to see you!

Aaron Carpenter 9 years, 6 months ago

I would agree whole heartedly with that first sentence. I do not think however that feeling is common among true football fans. That, IMO, tends to be the erratic, overly emotional "good times" fan. Most knowledgeable fans and those who have been with for years are o.k with the Crist experiment. Guess what, kid has had a rough year, remember, KID. He may be a 5th year, but bashing this kid only shows your immaturity and stupidity.

Larry Smith 9 years, 6 months ago

MHart, My comment has more to do with the fact that Charlie says that keeping the score down and running the ball was his plan all along. I think that is a load of crap. It was obvious to all, that he was praising Crist and brought him in to "run his offense", which is a pro-style pass oriented offense. Since when is "running his offense" a plan to keep the score down? If that was the plan, then there would have been no issue with giving Cummings the start earlier, but Charlie refuses to acknowledge that he made a mistake, and is now coming with this BS that this was the plan all along. You realling buying that?

David A. Smith 9 years, 6 months ago

Anyone that thinks that any coach in the United States, Mars, or Uranus could have done better than Weis with the 1) time he had, and 2) the talent that he is missing in key positions, and 3) the UNPREDICTABLY BAD PLAY at quarterback (one of the top prospects coming out of hs) is just not being realistic. Anyone that pays any attention at all to how we play vs the last two years can see clear improvement.

KGphoto 9 years, 6 months ago

4) One of the toughest schedules in the nation.

5) What the hell is a cat sandwich?

Brandon Pope 9 years, 6 months ago

6) 3 years of lost recruiting 7) culture of losing that has to be broken down

David A. Smith 9 years, 6 months ago

LOL! Glad you asked! It is the situation of being caught (geographically) between Tigers and Wildcats.

kualum95 9 years, 6 months ago

Agree with Jayhawk86! You can start to hear Weis' tone change each week he looses . Crist was the end all be all QB, now he isn't and the run game is in. Oh wait, who's recruit is Cummings? That's right Gill's.

Mike Hart 9 years, 6 months ago

Feel free not to come here if that's how you feel, clown.

Robert Brock 9 years, 6 months ago

If K-State - arguably the worst college football program of all time - can turn things around, then the Jayhawks can do the same. Aim for it. Pay for it. Recruit for it. Expect it.

texashawk10 9 years, 6 months ago

Northwestern is in a similar position. One of two schools with more all time losses than KSU and they have a coach who is getting them to bowls games just about every year now and NU has even made a couple of Rose Bowls over the past 20 years.

KGphoto 9 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, but they needed a guy like Gary Barnett to get it started. Blech.

BringBackMark 9 years, 6 months ago

It all makes sense now....that's why Crist is throwing behind all of his receivers; he's trying to keep the score down!

In all seriousness, the next time (and it will come) when the conference shuffle begins, KU should consider joining a lesser football conference. Theyve ruled the Big 12 in Basketball and that would continue regardless of conference affilitation. The Mountain West looks really appealling both from a competition standpoint and the road trips would be much more fun than going to Texas and Oklahoma. With the easier conference schedule they could then set up a long term non-conference game with KSU and MU.

mphawk27 9 years, 6 months ago

BringBackMark, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Micky Baker 9 years, 6 months ago

You forgot to say "You dumbass Billy Madison".

Mike Hart 9 years, 6 months ago

After reading that crap... Let's not pretend that you are making any of these roadtrips to support the football team. Doesn't really matter what University it is... There always seems to be a cesspool of ignorant fans who just like tompile on and add insult to injury.

hotrodm 9 years, 6 months ago

Come on Jayhawk fans, lighten up. We knew this team would be shorthanded and fighting an uphill battle this year. If our quaterback play would have been better we would have won a couple more games. So get over it and support these kids that have worked their butts off training, practicing, and have taken a beating playing this year. This hard working staff and players need our support.

jayhawkeratheart 9 years, 6 months ago

Let's see, we rank first in rushing attempts, and next to last in average points scored per game, we pay our coach how much? His idea is to come into the Big 12 and keep the scores lower !!! I have to agree with BringBackMark, it must be a coaching attempt to keep the scores lower by having Crist throw behind his receivers continually. If we are first in rushing attempts, and the attempts do not score points, then our changes need to come at the offensive line, in order to create scenarios that make it worth while to continue to run the foosball. Otherwise, get the ball in the air and let's have some fun, even at the expense of interceptions. At least it offers some excitement for the home fans, and just getting excited would be a great change. Come on Weis, wise up. You never know the depths of your talents until you stretch your imagination, and reach into the unknown.

Jonathan Allison 9 years, 6 months ago

the problem is that we run that foosball all the way to the red zone and then throw an interception, or 3 straight incompletions and a failed 4th down attempt, fumbles, sacks, etc.

We've scored almost all of our points running the football, and we've failed miserably throwing the football. The staff tried throwing more as a means to jump-start the passing game. Now we're trying Michael Cummings as an attempt to stimulate some life from the QB position. All the while the coaching staff has recognized the obvious: James Sims is our stallion, and we continue to look foolish when we don't let him carry the us.

But with a new starting QB we'll hopefully see a little more success in the passing game. That is, however, yet to be seen, and wouldn't mean that we should abandon our strength which is James Sims and Tony Pierson running with the football.

Sayers44 9 years, 6 months ago

Weis has not dialed anything back. His 5th year senior transfer cannot play (121 out of 122 rating) and this is after Weis told us he was so much better than all the rest of the quarterbacks.

Weis then refused to believe that he was wrong and it has taken him 6 games to finally bench the transfer (Crist). Crist should never see the field again. If Cummings falls short this week then move on to the next quarterback on the roster which is #17 - Jablonsky.

Time to move to the future and Crist is not the future.

KU is averaging 10 points per game against Big 12 competition -- last years team averaged 18 points. Weis is suppose to be an offensive guru --have not seen it, as his offense is very vanilla / predictable.

jhox 9 years, 6 months ago

I've noticed us passing less and less on first down. I'm sure that's more a function of lack of confidence in Crist than protecting the defense. I've long believed if a team doesn't throw on first down 50% of the time they're doing themselves a big disservice. On second or third and long everyone knows a pass is coming. The easiest down to complete a pass is first down, when the defense has to respect the pass and the run. So why not chuck it more on first down and let your QB and receivers gain a little confidence and get a rhythm going? What do we have to lose? The game? We're losing those anyway. May as well go down swinging.

Jim Stauffer 9 years, 6 months ago

Two points. First, CW is absolutely correct. We must run the ball and try to stay in range to win a game or two in the 4th quarter. If we go wide open with a passing game, how many points would that force OU to score. 80-100? Second, we need to do our passing more on first and second down to give the O-Line and the QB some advantage. 3rd and long and they lay their ears back and come to get us.

jhox 9 years, 6 months ago

I agree completely with your comments.

Jeremy Bolinger 9 years, 6 months ago

Weis is garbage. Whether he can recruit decent players to come here and help us lose by 2 tds instead of 5 remains to be seen, but his coaching abilities have yet to wow me. I'm not saying fire the guy either, but he certainly isn't worth the salary he's earning. If Weis is really doing what he says he is, he is playing to lose and admitting our defense sucks. We already know our defense sucks. Lets at least score some damn points.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 9 years, 6 months ago

"Garbage" is a bit dramatic....don't you think? Way too soon to be saying that.

Think of it this way Bandwagonfan. No one started calling Turner Gill "garbage" after 7 games his first year. At least wait till this point next year to say it.

Jeremy Bolinger 9 years, 6 months ago

I said Gill was garbage when he was hired. I didn't need to see what he'd do here, because his track record was suspect. Open your eyes. Weis is a crappy coach who is living off of Tom Brady's success. He sucked at Notre Dame, and he sucks now. He was pitiful at UF last year, and he's gotten worse this year. You don't play for moral victories. You play, as Herm said, to win the game!

Mike Hart 9 years, 6 months ago

Too many stupid posts. I'll stop wasting my breath on the KU "UNfaithful"

Jeremy Bolinger 9 years, 6 months ago

The KU unfaithful aren't ignorant and blind. They see what's going here. They know the game of football, and realize that we have more talent that what we are showing. Please tell me how I'm wrong.

Jayhawker111 9 years, 6 months ago

You are not wrong. What we will not stand for is a New Jersey guy trying to con us Midwesterners. Weis touted his transfer Qb --told us Crist knew his plays and was positioned to run the high powered Pro offense.

The high powered Pro offense now looks very mediocure and now Wies is making excuses saying he has dialed it back to protect defense.

We are not buying that line of BS!

Reuben_J_Cogburn 9 years, 6 months ago

Give me a break.

New Jersey guy selling us BS? Have any of you watched the games? Weis's only true mistake so far is placing too much faith in Dayne Crist. He envisioned this amazing comeback story by a former 5-star recruit. We all did. All the pressure was placed on Crist's shoulders, and he didn't deliver.

End of story.

Watch those previous games. It wasn't Weis' offensive plan that couldn't move the ball....it was incompetency at quarterback. I'm not blaming Dayne Crist, because I would never blame one guy. But unfortunately, that was the biggest issue this year. But don't call the man "garbage" or a con.

7 FREAKIN' GAMES. If we're having this conversation a year from now, then yes, call for his head. But I've never heard so much BS coming from KU fans in my life.

If you can call yourself fans. Where do we get off expecting a 6-1 record? We had one true successful season in the past two decades. Give it a rest....if you don't like the man, don't read about him, and don't watch his team.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 9 years, 6 months ago

No. You don't,

It's not blind faith for us "faithful." It's a matter of not jumping to ridiculous consclusions too early. We see what you see, and what we see, regardless of the Kstate and OU scores, is a slight improvement.

Not as much as we hoped, but not desolate enough to jump ship already.

Man up, Sally.

clevelandjayhawker 9 years, 6 months ago

If we had the kicker from osu or rice this team would be putting up a lot more points. Not to blame one kid, but I blame TG and CW (to a lesser extent) for not recruiting a kicker. Seems coahes never get it, but when we cant do a kickoff out of the endzone or make a chip shot fg we are going to lose close games. The difference in a coach keeping his job and getting a statue can come down to 20 year old's right leg....why not offer to a top notch kicker?

clevelandjayhawker 9 years, 6 months ago

They have Mack Brown, no one could ever do less with more than him. We are going to steal a win this year, this could be the game.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 9 years, 6 months ago

Atl,

Thank you. It's not easy to be positive. But we need to hang on.

I applaud your efforts, sir. Rock Chalk.

Jeremy Bolinger 9 years, 6 months ago

I stopped reading after we have the 6th best rushing offense. This is the big 12 where EVERYBODY passes and NOBODY runs.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 9 years, 6 months ago

You weren't the "sunny" kid in preschool were you?

I also assume you hate puppies.

Micky Baker 9 years, 6 months ago

It shouldn't be that hard to be positive, comparing to how many games last year we were down by 50? That hasn't happened this year, even in our worst first half against OU.

741hawk 9 years, 6 months ago

ATL, I see you are a "numbers guy." Thanks for making the effort to post factual information and, along with it, some insight into the improvement of our football team.

David A. Smith 9 years, 6 months ago

These posts are going to look ridiculous come Saturday night! RCJH!

jgkojak 9 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, that's it, we're a low scoring team because its all part of our plan! Just ask my offensive coordinator, Morgan Fairchild. Yeah, that's the ticket.

jgkojak 9 years, 6 months ago

I have always thought we would steal one win this year - this could be it -

and Texas losing to KS could be the nail in the coffin for Mack Brown.

NebraskaJayhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

I am a Charlie fan, but don't get me wrong with what I am about to say. Although I somewhat agree with running the ball to slow down the B12 offenses, his statement contradicts what he said about 2 weeks ago going into the K-State game. He basically said he doesn't care whether he loses big or loses small....a loss is a loss. If you believe this Charlie, let the flood gates open and let's see what our offense is capable of. We all know you are an offensive minded coach. Let's see it, man.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 9 years, 6 months ago

Agreed. But owning time of possession and keeping it a low-scoring affair is our best chance to win.

He's not slowing the game down to make it a closer loss. He's doing it to give us the best chance.

And it was actually working against K-State. We just had arguably one of the worst quarters of football I have ever witnessed.

Jeremy Bolinger 9 years, 6 months ago

We don't score enough points to beat anyone in this league. Keeping it close is good and all if you don't want to win.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 9 years, 6 months ago

There you go again. Biting the heads off live puppies.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 9 years, 6 months ago

For being a "not bandwagon fan," you seem to be quite a bandwagon fan.

Jeremy Bolinger 9 years, 6 months ago

Reuben, if I was a bandwagonfan I'd be rooting for Oregon or some other Johnny come lately. I'm simply sick and tired of seeing the losses each and every week. And unlike you, i dont see gradual improvement. I still 20+ point losses. Kansas deserves better than that. You deserve better than that.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 9 years, 6 months ago

Agreed. We do.

I appreciate your premise, and I would be lying if I didn't go on violent outbursts of pessimism at the hands of KU football from time to time.

My point is this. Turner Gill was a disease to this program, but I didn't truly refer to him as such until game about 5 of his second year. I'm as disheartened and disappointed as anyone you're likely to meet. But I have to look at things rationally.

We still have half a season left, a great stable of running backs, and, despite your opinion, an improved defense. Let's see how this thing pans out before we demand Weis' head on a pike.

Micky Baker 9 years, 6 months ago

How many games has Kansas lost by 20 or more this season? Let's take a look.

Georgia Tech 66-24 Texas 43-0 Oklahoma State 70-28 Oklahoma 47 - 17 Kansas State 59 - 21 Texas A&M 61 - 7

4 games where we allowed 59 or more. Not going to happen this year. This year, only two games where we allowed more than 30. Both on the road against top 10 teams.

If you count just W-L, given the situation, it isn't honest. This team would beat last year's team by 20 every time. I think tomorrow is a good chance to win, and I also think we can but a scare into both TT and Baylor, and we can certainly beat Iowa State. I'm withholding judgment on West Virginia, erratic there.

Jayhawker111 9 years, 6 months ago

Wies is talking out of both sides of his mouth. One week it is ---I’d rather lose by 100 trying to win.” and the next week he says he is dialing back to protect defense. Come on MAN!

Can Jayhawks upset Wildcats?

“Absolutely,” Weis asserted. “Even with all those things being said, because you still have to play the game, right? Not to be sarcastic at all, but I’m just stating the facts… You can’t go to a game saying ‘We’re 1-3, they’re 4-0, let’s go in there and just try to keep it close. That’ll make the fan base will be happy. Let’s go in there and try to keep it close. I mean, I’d rather lose by 100 trying to win.”

741hawk 9 years, 6 months ago

Point out a good coach that doesn't use "coach-speak," that doesn't play the media, that doesn't talk out of both sides of his mouth. Get real.

Larry Smith 9 years, 6 months ago

MHart, My comment has more to do with the fact that Charlie says that keeping the score down and running the ball was his plan all along. I think that is a load of crap. It was obvious to all, that he was praising Crist and brought him in to "run his offense", which is a pro-style pass oriented offense. Since when is "running his offense" a plan to keep the score down? If that was the plan, then there would have been no issue with giving Cummings the start earlier, but Charlie refuses to acknowledge that he made a mistake, and is now coming with this BS that this was the plan all along. You realling buying that? Especially considering his tone from a few weeks ago when He was talking about not worrying about keeping it close, but would rather lose by 100 trying to win.

Larry Smith 9 years, 6 months ago

Oops, I guess I should have read Jayhawker111" comments.

MoralVictory 9 years, 6 months ago

First Year Records: Mark Mangino 2-10 Bill Snyder 1-10

Second Year Records: Mangino 6-7 (loss in the Tangerine bowl) Snyder 5-6

Third Year Records Mangino 4-7 Snyder 7-4

Composite: 1.5 - 10 1st year 5.5 - 6.5 2nd year 5.5 - 5.5 3rd year

FACTS: The league is tougher now than it was as a 2-division Big 12 when Mangino started. The league is much, much, much tougher than the single-division Big 8 (when Snyder started). Snyder's early teams benefitted from cupcake scheduling, but that is exactly what got the train rolling.

Those of you who thrashed me for complaining about the Rutgers scheduling need to understand: the Big 12 is now the toughest league in college football. Scheduling even a mediocre non-conference opponent is a huge mistake.

KU's progress next year as a team is important. A sweep of non-con's and a conference win would be a significant step. Two non-con wins must be considered a huge step forward.

troutsee 9 years, 6 months ago

Seven games in and already the vultures are circling. How stupid. Give this coaching staff a chance. We are a better team than last year and we are improving. Unfortunately, Crist did not work out and I feel sorry for him, as he is a great kid. However, his poor play probably did cost us a couple of wins at least.

Texas is a 20 point favorite this weekend. I think it will be much closer than that and we have a good chance of winning this game. Its at home. Its homecoming. And, we finally can actually run the read option. To me, having Cummings in the game actually opens the play book.

Get ready for a hell of a game on Saturday. We will be ready to play. To say this is a trap game for texas is an undersell. We are angry. We hate Texas. It's homecoming. Let's revenge our 20-21 "victory" of a few years ago.

HAWKS1 9 years, 6 months ago

I haven't read many of the above comments, so maybe someone has already commented on this. If so, my apologies. With regards to Dayne Crist, we all had high hopes given his national rankings coming out of high school... including Weis and Crist himself. I think one of the biggest things we overlook is the fact that he has had two serious knee injuries. He is not the same player he was coming out of HS and he and Weis did not know what he was capable of until he came under fire. His lack of mobility and footwork can be directly attributed to his knees and no one could have predicted that imho. I still have faith that Coach Weis will bring in the talent we need. I wish he would find a successful college offensive coordinator to take over that position and put all his efforts into the "head coach" requirements.

hailtoku 9 years, 6 months ago

Run, run, run, play action pass with each snap being under 5 seconds left on the play clock.

This should be the game plan for the remainder of the season.

hawkdiek 9 years, 6 months ago

Wow a lot of negative energy floating on this board. Everyone knew this was going to be a bust year. We were picked to be last for a reason. I have to agree with the people that say give the man a chance before you run him out of town. Seven games is not enough. CW and the rest of us were hoping Crist might steal a couple of wins with his arm. Not gonna happen. Slowing down the game is not the answer for winning in the Big 12. He who scores the most points wins (duh). Look at K-State, they say they like to "slow down the game", but the difference is they score, most of it running the ball (except last week). Throw more on 1st downs, flats, screens, maybe a little play action, then that will open it up for Sims and Pierson. And the seconary needs to suck it up and play better man.Let's wait and see where things are this time next year before we run him out of town on a rail.

JayHok 9 years, 6 months ago

KC star ran an article yesterday that told of KU's improving GSR scores. KU's was 85 for all sports last year, with a perfect 100 for basketball. KSU had a 58 for basketball and a 58 for football.

Zenger is on the right track. It also explains something to me about Snyder's philosophy of amount on football field vs. in the classroom. He's paid to win. From what I've heard from a KSU fan, he does double the drills on simple techniques, fundamentals and weight lifting as other schools. He walks around the four stations, quietly jotting notes. It's totally silent except for cleats in grass and sleds moving.

JayHok 9 years, 6 months ago

Continuing thought from above. No wonder Snyder's players look like they're about to explode when they hit the field. They practice to win, hitting sled after sled after sled, drill after drill after drill. Same thing everyday, never quite achieving perfection but getting incrementally closer. They are so ghastly bored of drills by the time Saturday comes they explode on the zombies on the other side of the line that's been hitting live people all week, practically exhausted from live action, confidence beaten to a pulp from weekly ups and downs. Synder has drills down to a science. Saturday for Snyder's players is one massive chocolate Sunday to explode on when all they've had to eat all week is plastic and foam. The secret is out. I don't know how to contact Weis but if I did I would share Snyder's secret with him.

Mike Hart 9 years, 6 months ago

I have heard post after post ripping Weis and Crist... and the coaching staff in general. Why are the Wide Receivers getting a free pass? I'm not saying they deserve being ripped, but we absolutely have no playmakers at WR. The fastest one we have is 5'8 or 5'9... the best is a converted QB... and the tallest one we have (Turzilli) has been referred to as a "track star" on this board... with a rather pedestrian 4.65 sec time in the 40. There are alot of reasons we aren't as competitive as we'd like to be.. but most of that is due to the OVERALL talent level of our team, not just the QB and certainly not the coaching staff. The next 60 yard pass reception.. and the next TD we get from a WR... will both be firsts for this season.

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