Or, what do the cougs need to do saturday for them to get some confidence back?
What I hope to see this weekend is a lot of the base set on defense. You gotta be good in your base, and that has a lot to do with running it a lot and having success with it. I hope to see four down lineman with their hands in the dirt, working contain first, sack second to make this kid throw. I still think that because of injuries to the secondary (any word on Aire Justin?) our strength lies in our front seven, even though they were abused last week. We have to have confidence in our base defense, something that gives us an identity, that we can fall back on and have confidence we can make a stop.
I expect and think we desperately need to have a good game tackling. We need to be dropping guys on contact, turning backfield broken tackles into sacks and TFLs, allow minimal yards after contact.
Offensively, I wanna see us in the SPREAD. If Gino and Karstetter are ready to go, I wanna see Wilson, Barton, Gino and Karstetter on the field at the same time. Spread 'em out and throw the ball, and use it to open up the running game. Definitely wanna see us run the no huddle as well, it would be excellent for the team if we stuck with it all game, finally.
Speaking of the running game, James Montgomery needs to have a good game. I think he needs to be our leading rusher, with a solid YPC. Personally I thought he was the biggest disappointment last week, but theres a lot to be said for being out of football for a year and how his injury could still be holding him from 100%.
Lastly, no sacks. I think our offensive line needs to challenge itself to give no pressure, and I think thats possible this week for the first time in a long time.
And of course, no inuries. Just this once God, please? Are you there God? It's us, the Cougs....