U of L offense needs more consistency

The University of Louisville offense ranks among the top 50 nationally in scoring and total offense after four games. But offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said there's still plenty of room for improvement. Cardinal Authority has what Watson believes has been the concern so far for the Cardinals.

The University of Louisville football team is perfect after four games but head coach Charlie Strong stressed on Monday the Cardinals are nowhere near he believes they should be at this point in the season.

"We're still improving and still getting better," Strong said.

And while most folks have been focused on the U of L defense and its needed improvement, Strong and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said the offense also needs to step it up after a lackluster effort in a win over Florida International.

The Cardinals had a season-low 323 yards of total offense in a 28-21 win over the Panthers, including 129 yards rushing.

"We were creating things that weren't there," Watson said. "They basically ran their defense and there were some things that some younger receivers thought, ‘it was this' and it really wasn't. It was their base defense they were doing what they always do. We were creating other things."

Watson said his unit "has to keep getting better," even though the offense has been solid for much of the season.

The Cardinals rank No. 47 nationally at 33.5 points a game and No. 44 in total offense at 431.5 yards a game. U of L finished No. 98 in scoring last season and was No. 103 last season in total offense at 333 yards a game.

"We're trying to chase perfection," Watson said. "We have a lot of improvement to do and it would be like that if we played liked we did the first three games. We have to learn to be a team that finishes, that's what we have to do across the board as a football team. We especially didn't do it in this last game."

Watson said there's been one problem with the offense.

"Our biggest enemy right now is consistency," Watson said. "At times we're lights out and at other times were not. We're just too inconsistent.

"One of the things our veteran sophomores and juniors have to learn is how to be a consistent football team and we're just not there yet."

Watson said he knows the consistency will come for the Cardinals and he's hoping they show more this weekend at Southern Miss. U of L is averaging 165 yards a game on the ground and 266 through the air.

But Watson noted it's not about numbers, more about assignments and doing the little things to make the offense click that he's looking for.

"We just keep coaching hard out here," he said. "We treat every day like its training camp or spring ball because when we're trying to stress fundamentals and scheme, the little details that make things work. It all really all starts with us."


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