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I’m going to speak as someone who has played a lot of football and coached a lot of football…not as a frustrated fan.
The biggest noticeable issue with the offensive line is the guard play. Through three games, Zac Matthias and Ryan Groy have been absolutely atrocious. There is no way to sugarcoat it. Suggestion: How about moving Travis Frederick back to LG, teaming him up with Ricky Wagner? Does that solve the overall problem? No. But it guarantees push on at least one half of the line, as oppose to a stalemate across the front.
Offensively, you have to pass on 1st and 10 and 3rd and short. It’s a must! The down and distance with Wisconsin’s play calling is extremely predictable. Now, it doesn’t have to be 50/50 in terms of run/pass, but 60/40 or even 70/30 keeps the defense honest in those situations.
Along with the guard play, the tight end blocking has been brutal. Brian Wazniak has shown flashes, however, this team desperately misses Jake Byrne. Sam Arneson, who is very young, has been below average as a blocker. In past seasons, you could isolate Byrne one-on-one with a DE and have no worries. This season, the Badgers have not been able to control the edge with their tight ends.
Lastly, you can blame DOB, Canada or even Stave, but the wide receiving core has not been able to create ANY separation…or even catch the ball for that matter. Stave made three nice throws in the second half and all three balls were dropped.
Bret Bielema has stated that he wants Wisconsin to stick with its traditional offense: multiple tight ends, run first, “power” plays by pulling the guards….
Why not let Coach Canada do his thing? Spread the field and use your athletes in space?
You will never, never, be able to duplicate Paul Chryst’s offense. Which it seems like Coach Canada is trying to do. It’s simply not possible. Each offensive coordinator is their own man… with their own thoughts and schemes. Matt Canada is not a two-tight end, fullback, guy. Never has been. Personally, it feels as though Coach Canada is more worried about filling the shoes of Paul Chryst than being his own man.
Every program goes through a transition. Why not change your offensive scheme to fit the coaches currently on campus? Why is it necessary to keep a certain style? Hell, let Matt Canada work his magic by spreading the field.
Do me a favor. Watch the highlights linked below. These are highlights of NIU’s offense run under Matt Canada…everything is run from the gun and out of a pistol formation. Why not bring that to UW??
Anyway, just a few of my thoughts… feel free to give me an earful.
I don't recall that well, but didn't our defense pretty much shut down NIU's offense last year? That's not a positive sign for his schemes =p
Science H. Logic
Talent plays a small roll in comparing Wisconsin and NIU last year....
Montee Ball, James White, Melvin Gordon...might be a good idea to get those boys in space.
I might be pigeon-holing what Kyle said a little bit, but if you ask me, you can run "Wisconsin style" plays out of spread formations. In other words, I don't think Kyle is saying for us to go completely to some crazy spread-option offense. If you watch those highlights there are tons of plays where the net result is something like an off-tackle run or west coast style pass but it came out of a non-pro style set.
You can run a few plays out of that formation once in a while. That's fine. But in order for us to maintain our identity we need to have tights ends in formation with their hand in the ground 80-90% of the time.
Bingo. Thanks, Roosh.
If you run a few 2x2 or 3x1 (WR's) sets you can dictate and limit a defensive scheme. A defense has to account for the WR's (players) on the perimeter, not allowing them to stick 8, even 9 guys in the box.
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