Have defenses become adequately familiar with defending the Air Raid? Are the numbers indicative of a larger issue with the Air Raid offense? Is it something else?
Leach replied by focusing in only on the passing efficiency statistic. He said it wasn't worth the pixels it's displayed on.
"It's a flawed stat and I don't know how many people look at it," said Leach, referring to pass efficiency. "The NFL uses a different system."
Leach said he has asked other college coaches what equation the NCAA uses to compile that statistic. He said most do not know.
Alas, that was all he said on the matter.
(For anyone interested in college football's pass efficiency statistic and computation, and a comparison to the NFL's formula, CLICK HERE.) WSU QUARTERBACK Connor Halliday, a redshirt-junior, attempted 89 passes against Oregon, Cougar running backs had seven combined carries and Halliday had five rushes (4 sacks). But Leach on Tuesday said there are plenty of areas where the Cougs need to improve -- and he cited a defensive secondary that struggled to contain QB Marcus Mariota (23-of-32, 327 yards, 2 TDs) this past Saturday.
"I think we could be better with our eyes in the secondary," Leach said.
That's been an oft-repeated phrase this season - with WSU defensive assistant coaches and Leach continually mentioning the players' eyes are not always where they should be -- both before and during the play.
The Cougars (4-4 overall, 2-3 conference) resume practice Thursday. Leach said WSU's practice schedule will be similar to a normal week. The Cougars normally work out Sunday and take Monday off. So they will practice Thursday and Friday and take Saturday off this week.
After playing eight consecutive weeks without a bye, Leach thinks fatigue has set in recently.
"We've had a tougher situation than any other team I know of," Leach said.
WSU next hosts Arizona State on Thursday, Oct. 31. The Halloween night game will be televised by ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Following that tilt, the Cougs have a second bye week before playing on the road at Arizona on Nov. 16 (TV, time TBD). LEACH SAID THAT he has sent several coaches out to recruit this week before the Cougs pick practice back up on Thursday. CF.C asked Leach how much of a challenge a Thursday night game presents when trying to schedule officials visits.
"I think it's difficult to get recruits in, but it's an exciting time of night to play," Leach said.