thecrackerjack wrote: I never feel good when UW goes to Northwestern, but with all the injuries, this feels like a forthcoming loss. However, Northwestern is pretty average across the board.
The picture is clearing and so is Wisconsin, unfortunately. At some point they're no longer gonna be able to just get fat on the Big Ten West...several other BTW programs are showing signs of awaking from their slumbers.
Starting to have serious questions about Chryst as a coach, recruiter and developer. These are more and more of his guys playing.
Also, Taylor has to be benched. You have other options. You cannot fumble this much at any level of football.
I had the same pre-game concerns as Crackerjack
did for essentially the same reasons.
I am miffed by the Badger offense. This is not the same dynamic, fairly balanced, high-scoring, relatively mistake-free, attacking, dominating offense from the days when UW head-coach Paul Chryst was the Badger offensive coordinator.
The inexperience & injuries on the defensive side of the ball are what they are. But, the incompetence, ineffectiveness and impotence of the Badger offense is inexcusable, IMO. For the most part, the pieces for an enterprising, high-powered, effective offense were in place for 2018. A fullback and tight end from the 2017 squad were the only positions needing replacements. Their 2018 inconsistency is a mystery to me. I have a feeling a large part of the problem lies with Joe Rudolph's responsibilities as the Offensive coordinator. Rudolph is a former UW guard for Barry Alvarez's early 90's Badgers. He blocked for tight ends playing quarterback, like Mike Samuel. Rudolph's offenses as the OC under Chryst at Pitt were less than dynamic also. There is confusion among Badger fans as to actually calls the offensive plays. However, to me, this lackluster and often ineffective offense has Joe Rudolph's name written all over it. More so than being a reflection of Chryst's potent offenses from 5-10 seasons ago as the Badger OC.
I will acknowledge the failure of QB Alex Hornibrook to elevate his game, in this, his 3rd season as a starter, is arguably a factor in the offense's lack of consistent fire-power. He showed strides of improvement in the non-conference games in terms of pocket-presence and stepping up in the pocket when pressured. But in conference games, he appears to have regressed to his former not-too-athletic self. With that said, I thought Jack Coan looked very pedestrian today vs Northwestern and nothing in Coan's performance led me to believe or conclude that he approaches Hornibrook's passing skills. IMO, Hornibrook is an above-average (not excellent) passer, with below-average athleticism and decision-making ability.
In many ways, this 2018 Badger football team reminds me of the 1994 Badger squad. The '94 team was coming off a 10-1-1 season (1993) in which they had won the Big 10 championship, defeated UCLA in the Rose Bowl and were ranked 5 & 6 in the final Coaches and A.P. polls. On offense, the '94 Badgers were returning virtually every starter from the the '93 Championship team, while the defense returned only a handful of starters from the previous season. Optimism ran high in the pre-season and virtually every poll and/or media outlet had the Badgers ranked in the top-10, if not the top-5. A couple key injuries, a couple off-field incidents and 2 or 3 losses by less than 6 points and a tie left the Badgers with a 7-4-1 record overall and a 4-3-1 Big 10 record.
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