November 12, 2012
TCU Offense Needs More Creativity
The TCU offense is struggling. The Frogs have put up 24 points or less in four of their last seven games. This unit is averaging 31.5 points per game this season down from 41.7 points per game in 2011. You can probably list multiple reasons why there has been a drop off in the offense. Injuries, inexperience, the loss of Casey Pachall, a shaky offensive line, Justin Fuente leaving for Memphis, I could go on and on. The fact of the matter is something needs to change.
There is obviously a trust issue between the coaches and Trevone Boykin. I understand why they would be apprehensive to let him loose, Boykin hasn't exactly thrown with pinpoint accuracy this season. He has struggled at times, and that is expected from a freshman. The ultra conservative play calling is killing me though. It is bogging down the offense and putting way too much pressure on the defense.
TCU co-offensive coordinators Jarrett Anderson and Rusty Burns have to become more creative. Even though Boykin has struggled throwing the ball, you have to find a way to get your playmakers more involved. The most talented players on this TCU offense are the wide receivers. Boyce, Carter, Dawson, and Brown all have the ability to score every time they touch the ball. You have to get the ball in their hands any way possible.
Why not run more reverses or line one of them up in the wild frog? What happened to the TCU screen game? Why not run more bubble or tunnel screens? Why has the TCU offense not run more RB or TE screens? It seems to me that if you don't trust your quarterback throwing down the field that short screen passes would eliminate that problem and help build confidence. With a questionable offensive line and an inexperienced quarterback I feel that more reverses, screens, and other misdirection type plays would help TCU mask some of its problems.
There are two games left in the regular season. It's time to open up the playbook a little more and get creative. What is there to lose at this point? It is obvious there are issues you won't be able to solve during the season, so why not try some different things? This offense needs some innovation injected into it and with eleven days between games, this week would be a good week to implement some new wrinkles into the offense.
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