The coaches didn’t make the mistakes, the players did. But, but…
The team wasn’t ready. The d-line didn’t even resemble the one we watched all season. The DBs got beaten again and again. Fotu was actually blown off the line, resulting in an up-the-gut long TD run. Unprecedented and just shocking.
The o-line has never been stellar but during the season they were good enough for us to dominate team after team. Last night they hardly even showed up. Huntley was sacked 6 times. At the end the entire o-line was standing there watching Tyler under a pile of Oregon tacklers. A sickening sight that I can’t unsee.
The team let everyone down — their fans, their supporters in the media, the PAC-12, themselves. It was a dark night for the program, with a loss that will hang over us for a long time.
So it’s a fair question: How on earth were they allowed to show up for a game this important so unprepared mentally and emotionally? Looking like they didn’t come to play, against an opponent that clearly did? Why were Harding, Scalley, Shah, Ludwig and Whitt surprised and dismayed that almost the entire team laid an egg and embarrassed themselves (and the entire fan base)? Isn’t it the coaching staff’s job to have the team ready to play a game like this?
I’m not calling for anyone to be fired, nothing like that. But man, don’t the coaches have a lot to answer for?