It Seems the Cats are Down

Anyone who listened to the WGN post game interview with NU Head coach <b>Randy Walker</b> could sense the disappointment he feels after the first two games. He's looking to his players to find a way to win, and so far they haven't.

There's no doubt about it...
NU Head Coach Randy Walker is perplexed.

Talking to WGN's Ted Albrecht after the game, he expressed his disapointment...
"It was a game of lost opportunities - they put four balls on the ground, we didn't get any - a game of giving up big plays, we're better than that - we didn't tackle very well - but overall its disappointing.

"I'm not sure how passionate we played, we played passionately when we got a little bit of a roll going, but we had a hard time sustaining, and I'm disappointed in our football team for that."
One of our regulars, Steve Truog also has some observations on the team's play and the coaching staff...
I dunno if this responsibility rests on Walker -- it's an easy outlet to blame, for sure. But coaches prepare teams, devise game plans, make adjustments and teach the basics. Outside of our special teams woes and a few questionable calls on special teams vs. ASU, I haven't seen Walker and his staff shirking their duties there. We look well conditioned, have made good adjustments, are better on the basics (fewer penalties and turnovers, etc.).
Even so, Coach Walker is taking much of the blame for the team's problems...from the post game interview:
"We didn't coach, and obviously I didn't get them prepared to play their best as I needed to, we didn't have our best effort, we're a better football team that we played like it [today]."
More from Steve on where the passion should come from:
Motivation ultimately has to come from [inside] the team - that's why I said that we need someone to step up on offense or defense. We had Fitz in '95 and '96 and Zak Kustok in 2000. Last year, Pat Durr was a big reason we didn't fold after the 2-4 start.

No one has stepped up to fill Durr's shoes (or Howard's from the injury) and lead the D. And Brett Basdanez and/or Noah Herron or [one of] the linemen need to pump up the offense to make sure they're ready to drive from the first snap.

We've had two tough losses -- much like Oregon State in the way the opening game defeat came. We didn't tank it like those guys did at Boise State the next week, and we did mount comebacks against both TCU and ASU instead of folding when down after a half ... but they're still losses and we need to come out and play Wildcat football from the start.

Every player should be motivated from within, and the upperclassmen leaders need to make sure that the team is motivated when they head onto the field. Walker and the coaches can yell and give as many speaches as they want, but ultimately, this needs to come from the players.
So Randy Walker has to keep the faith, and keep pushing our Cats, but after the ASU game he just couldn't figure out what was wrong...
I don't have an explanation for it. We came out and put together one nice drive early and then we really just took turns missing a protection, or missing a receiver, or dropping the ball or putting the ball on the ground, it was just a collection of ... and that's what I'm frustrated with...

We didn't play as focused or as passionate as we need to and that's evident first and formost in the special teams play.

Overall, not a good effort out of our football team, and certainly out of me.
We'll just have to give SjT the final word for Saturday

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