Following WSU's second fall scrimmage Saturday, defensive coordinator Alex Grinch had this to say, "Thank God we didn't play Eastern today." Well those aren't exactly the words I was looking for this morning, coach. Such was the theme of Saturday's session, as nobody seemed particularly excited about what took place on the field.
Episodes like this are pretty common when fall camp reaches its midpoint. The players are ready for the games to start yesterday, and don't play with the same vigor as they did when camp began. The coaches, on the other hand, would prefer at least a couple more months of practice in order to get in all the work that they think needs to be done. The end result is that neither group is very happy when the horn sounds.
Mike Leach didn't really mince words when he talked to Jacob Thorpe afterward:
“The first offense thinks they’re a little too good, which they’re not,” Leach said. “They definitely got revealed for front-running. So, we thought we could get our work done in 20 plays, and it took 66 plays. … So we’re about one-third as good as we think we are.”
Fact is that it often takes a practice, or two, or three to get the players re-focused on the task at hand. For some, real football feels to far off. For others, it feels like it starts tomorrow. I know I'm getting a little tired of reading practice reports, and am ready for real football to get going, so I imagine the players are, too.
It was apparent immediately that the offense was not in its usual rhythm, and the blame could only partially be attributed to good play by the WSU defense.
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