The straight scoop
from Colonel Mustard
Sept. 21, 1999
Where to start? I will talk about the positive first. That was the best job by our D when
we needed it that I can ever remember. A guy who was disruptive for us but didn't get a lot of recognition was
Lohr. They couldn't block him. Our D just stopped them over and over in tough
spots. Losing Johnson hurt, but we have so many playmakers on that side of the ball, we will be fine.
Now the problem. We need to throw the ball when they put 11 men on the line as
they did all day. This happened last year and we never solved it. You can say
the line didn't block and Crouch had a bad day, and Alexander had a bad day. But
Frank had a bad day. You gotta hit them where they ain't, and we never did. We
must throw the ball on first down. You can't wear them down with the run when
you never have the ball. And Saturday we couldn't even hang on to it. We need to
spread them out, run some shotgun on first down, and that will at least give us some
running lanes. But don't be too harsh on the players when they are not put in
position to succeed. Crouch wasn't sharp and needs to play better, but he was
mostly passing on passing downs and that is not what we do. Get Bobby the ball
he is not out there to block. I know he fumbled and dropped the pass, but run
him right back out there. He is too important to not be contributing. Use Walker
on offense also -- we just need guys who can go the distance in the worst way.
Missouri is a solid team but not as good as what we just saw. If we could just
find a way to get 350 yards and 24 points, this defense will take us a long way.
We don't have personnel to run at them when they take it away. You have heard the
old saying that they dared us to pass. These guys begged us to, and we still
wouldn't do it. You will see nothing but 11-man fronts until we do.