Throughout the season I have had a hunch that Yurcich would open up the passing game with Chelf in at QB over Walsh. I had no proof, but with Chelf's lessened running ability compared to Walsh, I could see Yurcich forcing the ball more than he had.
I was wrong.
Yurcich opened up the passing game with Walsh. It just didn't work.
Dropped passes and completely errant throws negated any of Yurcich's attempts at stretching the field.
Dropsies. Another 50 yard pass was dropped and a few more went off the hands of receivers.
QB Accuracy and Timing. Timing has not be the strong suit of Walsh or Chelf. The passes are slightly to very behind the receivers. Chelf threw a few high balls and Walsh had a few ground balls, including the INT in the endzone.
Miscommunication between WR and QB. This is even worse than the accuracy issue. From my armchair quarterback P.O.V. it looked like a WR curled in and the QB threw out, or the WR went post and the QB went corner. These so-bad-it-couldn't-have-been-bad-aim passes happened last week against K-State as well.The play calls have too many options, or the play calls are not being communicated correctly to both sides, or someone is continually forgetting the play call.
O Line. ROBERT, ANYTHING TO ADD HERE AFTER WATCHING THE FILM OVER AGAIN? "Ummm, yes, if you are asking. A little butter and syrup and we could have had a flapjack feast, as the hogs were getting pancaked. See this demonstration from last Saturday..."
Drops and accuracy can be fixed with confidence and practice. If there is a communication problem coaches should be able to diagnose and fix it. (This is assuming that the passes were so far off that it couldn't have been just a bad pass...) This is where Gundy and Co. earn their keep and are expected to make adjustments as needed.
Running Game (maybe..) Rennie Childs took the honors of Magna Cum Laude at Tailback U on Saturday. Even with the Offensive Line getting a barely passing grade, Childs stole the show in the 2nd half. We can't give him Summa Cum Luade just yet (the absolute best of the group). He'll have to earn that against a ranked team. For now, it looks like we have our new starting tailback.
Who is the starting QB? If this was resolved in week 1, then why the hell is this an issue now? Did Gundy think that Walsh would never throw two INT's in a game? Weeden had multiple 2 and 3 INT games - He even had 3 against Louisiana-Lafayette! Two in the first quarter! Sure, he had a few TD's by then, but this is the problem you have when you have two QBs. There is always a nagging thought in the back of your mind that the grass is greener on the other side. We didn't have that with Weeden - and thank God for that.
Why are these old issues still around after 6 weeks?
These lyrics sum the old issues perfectly.
"But I'm in so deep. You know I'm such a fool for you.
You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha.
Do you have to let it linger? Do you have to, do you have to,
Do you have to let it linger?" - Linger by the Cranberries