Due to Louisville's game at Wake Forest scheduled for Friday night, Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino bypassed his usual Monday afternoon press conference as his team adjusted to the shortened work schedule. To provide a game week update, Petrino instead visited with the media following the Cardinals practice inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Monday evening.
The Cardinals offense, which features true freshmen making significant contributions at numerous positions, continues to seek consistency in all phases of the game. Petrino was quick to point out the number of negative plays that have hindered or crushed a potential scoring drive.
Describing the offense as "really inconsistent," Petrino said he was pleased with the amount of big plays the offense enjoyed against a Boston College defense that entered the game rated as the nation's best, but again pointed to inconsistency as the overall weakness.
"We actually had more big plays against them than I thought we would, but I thought we'd be able drive the ball more often," said Petrino.
Following seven games, albeit three of those have featured a nationally-rated top five defense, the offense has struggled to have sustained scoring drives, committing unforced penalties and finding much of a ground game. The Cardinals currently sit at No. 76 in total offense, eigth in the ACC, averaging 388 yards per game. A view of U of L's red zone success provides a painful example of the offense's inconsistency. Scoring on 79 percent of its 29 trips to the red zone, which includes just 17 touchdowns, the Cardinals are 98th nationally and only above Boston College in the ACC.
"I don't think we're close at all," Petrino said of the offense reaching their potential. "I'm not happy with it at all. I haven't been happy with our ability to concentrate and focus, and do things right all the time.
"Right now on offense we're not very good."
Louisville faces Wake Forest on Friday at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C. ESPN2 will broadcast the 7:00 p.m. kickoff.