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October 20, 2013
Change is Name of the Game
What can I say about TCU's 24-10 loss to Oklahoma State that I haven't said already at some point this season? The defense is outstanding, the offense is atrocious, the offensive coach staff needs to be dismantled, and the Frogs still need a different quarterback. Does that sum up the season correctly?
It becomes harder and harder to write about this team each week because I feel like a broken record. TCU faces the same issues every game and yet we never see improvement. You would think TCU would work out the kinks on some of their issues, but yet, none of it ever gets corrected. Hell, the Frogs don't even have a center that can properly snap the football in shotgun formation. Who can you blame for the problems TCU is facing? Is it the players who make the same mistakes every week? Is it the coaching staff for not having the team prepared? It's probably a little of both but if one thing is clear, it's that the Frogs have major issues.
The one positive to come out of the Oklahoma State game is that it appears Rusty Burns has taken over the offensive play calling duties for the rest of the season. Maybe Burns can provide a small spark for the offense or at least put them in better positions to succeed. Something needed to be changed, and at least Patterson made the switch for now. The problem for me is that I don't see Rusty Burns as the answers. If Burns was the solution we would have seen him take over the play calling duties a while ago. I personally don't think Anderson or Burns are the right people for the job.
One other change that needs to be made is at quarterback. I love the toughness Trevone Boykin shows every week, but he isn't a quarterback. Players should show progression from year to year and Boykin hasn't shown that. I think some would even say he has regressed. It is time to give Matthews a shot. We have seen what Boykin can do, so why not see what Matthews can do? I have heard Coach Patterson's concerns about hurting Matthews' confidence and development but if he can't handle a little adversity, does TCU really want him as their starting QB?
What does TCU have to lose at this point? The offense cannot possibly be worse than what we have seen thus far. It's a long shot to make a bowl game at this point. Why not start planning for the future? I would rather struggle planning for next season than to see this pathetic offense go three and out one more time. I see kids play Madden with better game plans than what our offensive staff puts together.
Coach Patterson needs to do some soul searching and figure this thing out. I don't understand how he puts up with these kinds of performances from the offense. One of the best defenses Patterson has ever put on the field is being wasted. If it continues, it won't be good for anyone. After the Kansas game Coach Patterson said "we all have to do our part." I'm waiting for the head coach to follow his own advice.