Speaking of underwhelming offenses... how about Meyer 1.0 - in 2003?

Posted By: Ma'ake
Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019, at 11:17 am
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UTEopia brought up a salient point about the 2003 offense being pretty mediocre.

We went 10-2 that year, won the Liberty Bowl. Our first outright conference championship since the 1960s. Everyone was ecstatic (and justifiably so.)

But let's remember the warts on the offense in 2003:

As the season got started, we'd heard about this amazing spread offense Meyer brought from Bowling Green, but especially in the early games, it looked far more like the Air Force wishbone than some aerial circus. People around me were wondering if it was a mistake to let McBride go.

Things picked up, but there were multiple times where the offense got bailed out by the defense:

- At Colorado State, tied 21-21, with CSU driving late in the 4th, down to about the 17 yard line, setting up for a game winning FG. Ute CB Arnold Parker scooped up a fumble and took it 80 yards, the Utes won.

- At Air Force, the game went to Triple OT, Ben Moa made a jump pass out of a wildcat on the mandatory 2 point conversion. That game could have easily been lost.

- Newly ranked at #24, we laid an egg and lost to New Mexico, at home.

- At BYU. We won the game 3-0 in crappy conditions. Bryan Borreson was the difference, but the defense pitched a shutout.

Back to this year....

UTEopia revealed a crucial insight into how Ludwig uses the players he has and adapts to that...

...but this type of calculus more broadly includes the talent & overall effectiveness of the defense, and the play calling will also depend on how the kicking game comes together.

The bottom line: It's a team game. JUST WIN

Winning obscures all kinds of problems, and losing brings out the magnifying glass.

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