CSD Radio: Bears at Crossroads

Cal is at a very dangerous point in the season. On paper, despite their offensive woes, the Bears should win their last two games and contend for the Holiday Bowl. However, it seems the problems are stemming from different directions and a win against Stanford might be easier said then done. CSD analyzes Cal's difficult situation with comments from Zach Follett, Kevin Riley, and Jeff Tedford…

The California Golden Bears' offense has become stagnate and does not seem to be getting any better. Coach Jeff Tedford says the Bears need to regroup and have pride about what they are about.

But what are they about?

At times, it looks like the Bears are running team. But when Jahvid Best seems to be getting stronger, racking up seven, eight, nine yards on average, Cal comes out in a shotgun for a three-and-out.

Offensive Coordinator Frank Cignetti earned the nicknamed "Stagnetti" from fans at Fresno State while he was the offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs from 2002-2005. His first season at FS, his offense averaged 374 yards per game and scored 27 points a game. His second season at FS was no better, averaging 352 yards per game and only 23 points a game. Cal is averaging in between those numbers at 361 yards per game this year, but is scoring 31.2 points per game. But the biggest complaint about Cignetti from Fresno State fans was his so-called "vanilla" offense. However, there is hope.

Cignetti's fourth and final season in Fresno, the Bulldogs averaged a staggering 40.2 points per game and 425 yards of total offense per game. But Cal fans do not have the patience to wait four years nor should they. Cignetti has far more weapons at Berkeley than he ever had at Fresno State. Furthermore, the Bears defense is one of the best in the conference and continues to hold teams below 20 points a game. Nonetheless, whether it is an interception or a kick return for a touchdown, there always seems to be a breakdown skewing the statistics for scoring defense.

The Bears' defensive players are beginning to show frustration about the play around them, none more then linebacker Zach Follett, who voices his disdain of the Bears' play in this edition of CSD Radio. Even going so far as to say, the Bears are following in the same footsteps as last year going into the Stanford game…

For more from Follett, and Kevin Riley, Coach Tedford and Jon Doss' commentary listen to the latest edition of Cal Sports Digest Radio…

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