Krenzel Accepts His Share Of Blame For Offense

OSU senior quarterback and co-captain discusses how offense has not held up its end of the bargain so far this season. Craig Krenzel says he does not listen to criticism regarding his performance.

OSU quarterback Craig Krenzel faced the music Tuesday after practice. The senior quarterback said he has taken a deaf ear to criticism about his performance.

"I don't hear it," Krenzel said. "I don't listen to the radio, I don't watch TV and I don't look on the Internet. I know what's probably going on. We could be 7-0 and playing pretty well and you would still hear it. That's the way a town like this works. You have to know that coming in.

"It doesn't faze me at all. I come in every day and I know I need to play better. I have not been throwing the ball as well as I can, for whatever reason."

Krenzel reflected on the 19-10 win over Iowa, where OSU netted just 185 yards total offense. He was 11 of 22 passing for 129 yards.

"We just need to get better at everything we do," Krenzel said. "I think it starts with myself. I had a couple of guys wide open on the first series of the game. My footwork wasn't good. I missed Drew first on a quick route, then I missed Ben on a dig route. Somewhere late in the game, Santonio Holmes was wide open over the middle. There was a little miscommunication. I thought he was going to keep going. He thought he had to motor down. I was trying to hit him in stride so he could go score. We miss a big play. Those are things that can't happen."

Krenzel noted that if just two or three plays had gone OSU's way, the final result -- and resulting feelings about the offense -- may have been different.

"We had the ball on the 1-yard line one time and I didn't take care of it," he said. "That should have been another seven points. We had it down there again and took a penalty, then missed on a field goal. Next thing you know the game is 29-10 instead of 19-10. It's a little different story. There were a number of other drives where we were close, but the plays just didn't get made."

That performance lowered OSU's total offense ranking from 109th nationally to 114th. OSU is averaging just 278.3 yards total offense per game.

"We don't care if we're 114 or 117," Krenzel said. "Obviously, we want to be 1 and that's our goal. Right now, the only stat that matters is 6-1. We know there are a lot of things we need to work on. The question is execution. We know we can do it and I know I can do it. Like I said, I missed a few balls. We dropped a few balls. It's not one person to blame. They can put it on me if they like, but we need to do better as an offense.

"In our eyes -- knowing the talent we have and what we should be doing and knowing how we're not executing -- we know we're not achieving anywhere near what we should."

Krenzel said OSU must become more consistent in both facets of the offense.

"Especially in this conference, you can't be one dimensional," he said. "You can't be an all run team or an all pass team. You have to have balance if you want success in the Big Ten. That's what we're working on this week.

"There is no doubt we didn't do either one well enough (against Iowa) and we haven't done either one well enough to do the other. There comes a point now where one aspect of the offense has to step it up. We need to throw the ball better so we can run the ball better."

Krenzel was asked if the players on offense share the same kind of attitude those on defense seem to display.

"I think our guys have the same desire and same will," he said. "On defense, sometimes, a guy can mess up and there can be someone there to help them. But offensively, if somebody doesn't do their assignment, someone doesn't run the right route, the quarterback doesn't give them the ball or you don't run the protection the right way, it usually happens that the play doesn't work."

Krenzel said he is his own biggest critic at times.

"When I'm not playing as well as I know I can, I go home and I think about it," he said. "I'll continue to watch film of who we're playing that week and I'll critique myself."

As bad as things have gone for the OSU offense, Indiana, sitting at 1-6, may be the best thing for the Buckeyes at this point. IU has allowed all six of the Division I-A opponents it has faced to reach 30 or more points.

"I would just like to go out and we need to execute, regardless of what's called," Krenzel said. "Whether we're running the ball or throwing the ball, we need to execute. The points will take care of themselves. We need to use this week to put the focus on us."

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