When Bobby Petrino took over as head coach, Louisville fans were excited to see an offense that was regarded as one of the best in the nation. However, this season the defense has been the undoubted strength of the team, while the offense has yet to fire on all cylinders.
Heading into the season the offense was expected to be the strength of the team, but injuries to key players such as wide out DeVante Parker and running back Michael Dyer have been a major setback for the team.
Cardinals offensive coordinator Garrick McGee explained the mission in practice this week will focus on improving the chemistry and commitment to the team.
“The offense is an eleven man operation,” McGee said “All eleven people have to do the right thing at the right time.”
Through four games, Cardinal fans have witnessed an offense that has averaged 389 yards on offense ranking them 85th nationally. McGee believes that in order for this average to improve everyone on offense will have to get better, especially at the quarterback position.
“It all starts with the quarterback on offense,” says McGee “Getting us in and out of the right plays, making the right protection checks, and getting the ball out of your hands on time.”
The breakout performance of sophomore James Quick was a bright spot for the offense last week. Quick hauled in 7 catches for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns, one of which came a 74-yard bomb that he fought to catch over the defender. It was the type of performance that many have been waiting for.
“He’s one of those guys that is a threat to score a touchdown whenever he gets the ball,” McGee said. “Now he really believes that he is one of the explosive guys in college football.”
McGee is impressed with Quick’s ability in practice saying that he makes big plays every day, and they finally found the right coverage for him to exploit and he did just that. The coaching staff would like to see more plays similar to his 74-yard catch and run that he had against FIU.
“That’s what these explosive receivers all over the country do,” said McGee, adding that “you need people on your team in the receiving core, that have the ability to bail your team out.”