We dropped too many passes, busted too many assignments, and failed to match the intensity of our opponent to win this game. It's fair to question some of the play calls but in all honesty the three turnovers and numerous drops from open receivers did more to stall our production than a bad day from the headsets.
Here are the grades:
We had a big problem stopping the Aggie offense. Missed tackles are completely the fault of the players. Staying blocked is also strictly on the players. Teeing it up against your in-state rival without any obvious emotion is blamed on each individual player but you must wonder what kind of inspirational leadership is preparing the team.
The defensive gameplan included playing a weak corner in a nine technique on a TE, a zone coverage that put the back seven working completely independent of each other, and a steady diet of mugging at least one LB that failed miserably to produce a single play but did manage to completely rob our pursuit of a defender. This illustrates a total lack of quality teaching and decision making skills from our defensive staff. The defensive alignment on the field goal attempt being unsound, the failure to adjust to the unsuspected passing attack, and the complete lack of sideline adjustments must fall on the co-DC's shoulders.
Here are the grades:
The Coaches Corner is available exclusively to InsideTexas.com subscribers. The forum is a place to ask questions of our resident coaches and talk about Xs and Os, schemes, gameplans, offensive and defensive theories, etc. Basically, it is a teaching and learning forum to make us all more knowledgable football fans, both in general and specifically about the Longhorn football team. Venable spent 30 years as the DC and LB coach at five Texas high schools (Lancaster, Duncanville, Pasadena Sam Rayburn, Carrollton Turner, and The Colony) before retiring in 2000. Four of his former players played at UT (Mike Williams, Steve Massey, Jimmy Johnson, and Doug Livingston) and around twenty are currently coaching in Texas high schools.