This is not for the Kool-Aid drinkers among us MiketoBush61 Points Member Joined: Oct 20, 2018 Messages: 191 Likes Received: 216 Nov 22, 2020 #1 Utah has been a tough place to play. They are always physical and well-coached. But, having not played a game, in fact, having had two canceled they had to scramble, if you will, to make sure over the past 10 days that they could field 53 bodies. They are young. Have no downfield receiving threats. QB position questionable. Replacing a lot of secondary people, etc., etc. So, even though this remains a CH coached team (and, I use that term "coached" very loosely) I was still shocked to see that it has gotten worse since last week. Getting 5 turnovers (4 that mattered) and unbelievably great field position due to that, USC did dominate the ball game but again, really failed to capitalize. Ohio State would have had closer to 70 points than 30 vs. this Utah team. This Utah team that we just played is not as good as Arizona. I now call USC the "Groundhog" Trojans, since it's the same old, same old. We're just not football smart. I saw the Trojans snap the ball with 10 seconds remaining on the play clock up two scores in the 4th quarter. On Wilmore's 21 yard run for Utah, Steele, who was there, decided to try and see if he could "de-materialize" himself and go through one of his teammates to make an impossible tackle. All he had to do was go to the edge and make the tackle. Tackling? Did I hear you say tackling? We don't need to frickin' tackle! Because we can't. Started the first time we punted to them. Hewett had a straight on kamikaze hit on the receiver and couldn't get it done. That was on a sitting target. I'm not going to list the numerous other examples of easy tackles that were missed because guys try to "bump tackle" instead of wrapping a guy up, etc., etc. CH & I just have to agree to disagree. I say tackling is underrated and he obviously thinks that tackling is overrated. Positives? Despite the above, I continue to see great energy from the defense, and, more guys running to the ball than in recent years. Okay, so they can't tackle. Maybe it's asking too much of a group of non-tacklers to play with energy, swarm to the ball and make the tackle too. Something is better than nothing. And, when in man (although Utah, between the QB play and the WR's didn't have much of anything to threaten us with), the coverage is much improved over the last several years. Individually, I thought both Goforth & Mauga had more good moments than bad. Forget "situational mastery." I would settle for our OC understanding what to do vs. a 3 man front with 8 dropping back and instead of pointing to the rushing yardage as proof of his commitment to more balance, learn when it is to our advantage to run. Like, instead of just calling the plays he wants to, that he is actually watching and feeling the game and knowing that we have just been gashing Utah, have a great rhythm with the run game and should keep doing that instead of taking his foot off the gas. I would love to see our DC say that on 3rd & long, we will be in a zone defense so a NON-running QB can't hurt us. Bentley ain't even related to Aaron Rodgers as far as legs go. So, we continue to get "gifts" from our opponents, not to mention the schedule maker and CH continues to go to church and we are now the worst 3-0 team in America, having previously been the worst 2-0 team in America. So, we have some consistency there. Meanwhile, as CH continues to pray for situational mastery instead of doing something about it, I will enjoy being 3-0 instead of 0-3, or, probably a more realistic 1-2 (Utah really sucked). See the bird, shoot the bird, pluck the bird, cook the bird, eat the bird...oh dang! I didn't mean to put to words what opposing coaches think of CH... Peete2Affholter, TrojanFireHorse12, TroyBill and 3 others like this.