Texas Offense: A Sinking Ship?

The 2002 Texas media guide boasts of an offensive explosion, but lately <B>Greg Davis' </b>bunch has shown more implosion than explosion. To hear head coach <B>Mack Brown's </b>comments Monday was like being with the captain of a ship that is springing more leaks than with a head coach whose offense is springing its running backs.

An average of 1.5 yards-per-carry against OU? Just one first down in the second half while the game still mattered? A virtually non-existent Roy Williams?

Inquiring minds want to know…

…why isn't the offense more productive?

"I don't know," Brown said.

Why couldn't you run the ball better?

"I don't know," Brown said.

Was the offensive line unable to move the Sooners off the line of scrimmage?

"The offensive line did a good job," Brown said. "I really don't know."

Say what?

Either Brown is trying to protect his players or he really…doesn't…know.

"I really don't," Brown said. "It's something we're going to have to look at. I have boat full of holes today. I've got all of my fingers in a hole that's leaking. I've got to figure out who to go talk to first."

Brown said he has not ruled out simplifying the offense (as he did a few years ago) but said no personnel changes are on tap.

"We tried to run the ball, but we didn't run it as successfully as they did," he said. "The protection was real good. We just didn't break a long run like they did. They got 117 yards in the first quarter on two long runs. That's it."

Yeah, that was it from RB Quentin Griffin in the first quarter, except for five-yards here, six-yards there (which meant the defense was on the field too long in all that wind, which brings us back to why the offense hasn't consistently moved the chains all year).

Brown ruled out the game plan as a possible culprit on Saturday. Is there something like, wrong with the players?

The HIPA ruling bars public disclosure of personal medical information without the expressed consent of a student-athlete, but we can say that the offense is more banged up (and playing with pain) than has been publicized. However, Brown questioned media reports that had RB Cedric Benson suffering from a painful turf toe injury.

"He's never told me (he was hurt)," Brown said.

Although he was not listed on the official injury report, FB Matt Trissel did not play in the game. Brown said he could not disclose the reason.

The bottom line, Brown said, is that "it's all on me."

Here is how the offense stacks up, both nationally and in conference play:

RUSHING OFFENSE:

ATT., YDS., AVG. YDS/G, BIG 12, NCAA

239, 905, 3.8, 150.8, No. 7, No. 60

PASSING OFFENSE:

ATT., CMP., YDS., YDS/G, BIG 12, NCAA

196, 107, 1345, 224.2, No. 7, No. 57

TOTAL OFFENSE:

PLAYS, YDS., YDS/G, BIG 12, NCAA

905, 2250, 375.0, No. 7, No. 61

Texas is scoring 35 points per game (No. 5 Big 12; No. 22 NCAA)


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