While watching the first half of UCLA-Oregon State game:
As the TV feed goes on and off, and the radio play-by-play is used to fill the dead air, there is an amazing similarity between what the tv and radio announcers and commentators are saying. Practically in unison, they all utter the same phrase: “I Don’t Understand That Call”. Over and over again. And that statement is not unique to this one game – we’ve heard it all season long.
A 4 yard pass on 3rd and 9, a quarterback draw when the tailback can’t even get back to the line of scrimmage because the defense is in the backfield practically on the snap, and a total reluctance to even try throwing a pass 20-plus yards down field.
Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow distinguished himself at BYU and USC, and came to UCLA with great anticipation of a revived, energetic, and high-powered offense.
Well, the offensive line has been a nightmare, they started the season with zero experience at quarterback, the running game has been a joke, the receiving corp is 90% freshmen and sophomores, all compounded by play-calling that has been overly conservative, unimaginative, and has, to an extent, compounded the other problems, rather than making the best of strengths and trying to minimize weaknesses.
With Taylor Embree and Terrance Austin, and now with the return of Marcus Everett, there is a deep threat in the receiving corp, and Kevin Craft has shown he can fire the medium range pass, so he should have plenty of arm to get the ball deep to these guys. A few long gains like that, and Kahlil Bell and Derrick Coleman might even find a little running room.
Leaving the field, Rick Neuheisel told the sideline reporter that they’ll try something different in the second half.