Re: 2012-13 College Football Discussion Thread
I'd put more blame on the O-line letting him get pressured all game and some of the receivers dropping catchable balls and not making plays for him. Fowler dropped a sure TD early on and that really could've gave them momentum. Mumphries looks like the best WR of the bunch but they have all these weapons (Lippet, Fowler, AJ Sims, Burbidge, Arnett, Langford even if I believe he's listed as a RB) and someone needs to have some big play ability like Keyshawn was for us last year. And Le'Veon needs more than 19 carries. I know the game kinda dictated that we needed to pass as it was going on, but early on in the 3rd even it seemed like he wasn't getting as many looks as he should've been. No, he doesn't need 50 touches again. However, if it takes 35 touches, so be it. He's our best offensive player by far and we got another de facto bye week against EMU next week.
I'd save from placing the blame on Maxwell. They had a shitty gameplan (one deep shot to Fowler in the EZ and that was about it for taking chances early on) and the O-line was bad and banged up (Fontoni was out and I believe Jack Adams wasn't playing either due to health. We had some 4 year ST lineman at LG iirc). Not trying to make excuses for him, but the line had trouble containing 4 and 5 man pressure for more than a second or two. When you can put 7 or 8 guys in the secondary to clog up 3 or 4 passing lanes it's gonna be tough. I still thought he looked better today in comparison to the Boise game (where he had clear first game jitters and was way too overexcited) and frankly if they get the running game going again (and a healthy OLine) he doesn't have to be what Cousins was. I'm perfectly fine with him managing the game. The D only needs about 20-24 points a game to win convincingly.
tl;dr it was more O-line and Roushars fault than Maxwell for that offensive atrocity tonight.