Nate Landman on the buy week: “It is kind of like a timeout. You reassess everything, look back and see what you can improve on and look to the future”.
Takeaways to Date
Biggest Pain Points: QB room is not ready to perform at P5 level. Two statistics (1) Time To Through (3.28) combined with (2) poor pass protection (PBLK =59.1 as a unit) are telling. Individual Tackle PFF grades are especially poor (anything below 50 is considered poor): Max Wray (49); Frank Fillip (22.5); Jake Wiley (35.7); GCL (52.9)
Poor protection means that opposing defenses can get consistent pressure without blitzing, leaving more players to drop back in coverage to clog passing lanes and to prevent long scrambles
Poor passing is compromising running attack: Buffs are facing 7 and 8 men in the box and corners coming up for run support.
Safety Play is Below Average: Perry, Isiah Lewis
Run Defense is also trending down: (54); Tackling (52)
Bright Spot: Pass coverage at the corner positions is excellent, Blackmon, Bethel, Gonzales are all top performers on D
Bright Spot: Special teams is the highest rated position group on PFF, with punter Josh Watts having a banner year
Karl Dorrell gave coaches a bye week mandate to the coaches to talk with each player and identify attributes of their game that need improvement.
QB: I think we need to get better at reads and decision making, improve the TTT from 3.28 to below 3
Offensive Line: Chemistry, needs to develop. Several injuries have prevented Buffs from practicing together upfront in the off-season.
Defensive Line: Look forward to more Mustafa Johnson, Jalen Sami and Lang on the field working together
Scheme: Faster developing pass plays; More aggressive run blocking schemes
Continuity is needed, give player development a chance: As bad as it is, the key issues need patience as much a coaching changes. Look at OSU success this year, it did not happen overnight.