After two games, it appears that WSU offense is fundamentally broken. Why?
1) Audibles. There have been times this season when it appears that Tuel was in position to make a play with the right playcall, but hasn't. The pre-snap progression on every play should involve the potential to check down. Tuel seems to get a handful of those opportunities a game and that handcuffs him.
Could it be that Tuel has been instructed not to call audibles? If so, at some point the coaches/Sturdy have to take the training wheels off and let him go.
Price never had any sort of limitation on his QB's, nor does any other major college football program I'm aware of. Price always would allow his QBs to run through progressions and check when they see fit. The QB is the one seeing the field in real-time.
If they really don't let Tuel call audibles, that's just ridiculous and needs to be corrected immediately.
2) The offense installation is broken. Knowing Sturdy's background, it's hard to comprehend-- I just don't get it why it's not working.
Sturdy was a pretty good Head Coach at NAIA St. Ambrose. I know, it's NAIA. But, at least to some degree, football is football, right? Wulff hires him to be EWU's OC in 2007. They immediately install the no-huddle offense and it works like gangbusters. EWU averaged 33.6 points per game that season, while finishing 9-4. And it's not like they were a veteran team. The starting QB, top two WRs and starting TE were all sophomores...and they picked up the system no problem.
Granted, two of those four I mentioned were in NFL camps this summer and another one would have been, if he hadn't blown out his achilles. But still, it begs the question - why haven't our guys been able to pick the system up like those guys did? Are our players just dumber? Is there really that much difference in football style between Div. I-A and I-AA?
I'd have to say no to that.
The difference in levels of college football, outside of the physical stuff, is the execution. It's clear that our staff, to date, has not been able to coach execution - whether its taking care of the ball, tackling, whatever.
These guys even have trouble with clock management. If players are coming out too tight for example, it's on the coaches to get them loose. They are completely unwilling to adjust their systems based on what we have or what they see, and its complete horseshit. Just because it's not in the packages you had for that game, doesn't mean it won't work. It really feels like each member of the staff is so bullheaded and so unwilling to adjust, that they'd rather stay the course and get their ass handed to them than try something new.
What's the saying? The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.
Well, we're there.
Figure it out.