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Honestly, this is one of the stupidest decisions I've seen from the Arizona coaching staff in the Stoops Era. Again, Arizona out-thinks itself to its own demise.
Arizona enters the game statistically dominant on the defensive side of the ball. When you're the dominant team, you don't resort to some ridiculous "trickeration." Instead, you do what you do best.
However, Arizona went to this scheme to slow the run and ended up getting run over - and thrown over. Simply amazing.
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Completely agree. I've been very skeptical about the D to begin with but then they do this and completely blow it!
We were out played and out coached, plain and simple. Very disappointing to say the least...
could have ran the 4-4 3-5 5-2 23-65 4567-998734 would not have mattered...there was poor effort on both sides of the ball...
In the final five minutes of the game Stanford and Harbaugh showed us what this was all about; our lack of physical preparation as they lined up in the old fashioned T, which I hadn't seen since Woody Hayes, and they smashed the ball down our throats. There was no motion, no misdirection and no trickeration. Just pure power football. If we can't handle that because we're not prepared to play physical, what the heck difference do all the schemes matter? I agree this was the worst we've looked on national t.v. no less, in terms of not even getting the right personnel groupings in. Sort of the Les Miles of the West so to speak. I would like to know what everyone else thinks of T. Wade's performance tongiht? Herbie and Brent said it a dozen times, the Arizona secondary cannot contain those receivers and with the exception of Owusu, none of them are burners.
What Stanford did late is what Arizona's done to opponents multiple times, ending an easy win with a 80 yard march that lasts an eternity.
You're correct though. That final drive where they had something like six rushing first downs was indicative of their four-quarter dominance tonight.
Gary when we do that we're usually doing it against Washington State or Toledo or something, not against the #13 team in the country. I guess what torques me off is that Stoops said on Monday or Tuesday that what he could promise us going into this game is that we would be prepared, the players would practice hard and play hard on Saturday. As that final five minutes showed, we were not physically prepared. By all accounts, Stoops and others, we have one of the premier strength and conditioning programs in the country. We also have one of the best OL coches around and we have the biggest OL in the conference. Stanford's OL averages 305 or so; they don't have any Garcias, or Grants or Conan's, yet the blew us out and dominated us. We couldn't force one punt. Why? Stoops admitted we were out physicaled on Saturday night after the game and to me that is hard to understand. We're bigger, we should be stronger, and yet we're getting pushed around. Only explanation is a lack of best on best scrimmage time in practice and it happens every year. Am I being unreasonable here?
it was as though our coaching staff still thought we were coaching against the Toby Gerhart led Standford team from last year. Using that same defense, Stanford's passing game lit up our defense LAST year; they did the same thing to the same defense this year, except this year our offense failed to keep up.
I agree P.....our lack of offense and not keeping up with Stan. scores really put pressure on our D...no excuse though but I dont think anyone coming in was thinking we were going to limit Stan. to under 30 points....so our O had to do something....the fact Scott was out I think hurt us also....he prob would have come in around the 2nd qtr and I think made Stan. defense at least have to think a little bit more. We knew Foles would be rusty after 2 games....I bet Stan. did too!
We just have to shake this one off and get healty and be ready for USC....gotta have this one! Set up a good showdown with Oregon.
Not giving up on this team....7-2 is still alittle more than I thought they would be.
Drastically changing what we do only helped the disciplined Stanford offense look that much better because we were confused, and not them. Out-thinking yourself sucks when the opposite of the intended ultimately happens.
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I have to agree Gary. As soon as I saw us in this defense I knew Stanford would run up the score. Our Defensive Back as a group are at best average except for Shaq. You cannot put them on an island in man to man without them getting beat badly. You have tush the four front guys and hav e thde otrhers drfop back with an occaisonal blitz of a safety or LB but you cannot put 8 in the box and have 3 average at best DB's try to stop a QB like Luck with receivers like Stanford has. For the most part our offensive Coordinators have done well but the defensive coaches stink.
Where were our nickel and dime packages we ran against Washington and completely blew away Locker? If there was a game to bring them out this was it.
The reason they were able to ram it down our throats at the end was very simple, the D was worn out. TOP at the end of the 3rd had Stanford with over 30 minutes.
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Disagree BP, they would have rammed it down our throats if they had come out in the first quarter doing that. It was notable that we rotated in about 4 DTs in this game early on. I saw Washington, Austin, Mana and Sione in there so I'm not sure how much of a factor exhaustion was.
At the start of the 4th quarter, the game was basically over, and we gave up. Even the announcers said it.
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