77th in total offense, only being able to gain 381.7 yards a game will never make you competitive in the Big 12. Scoring 6 points against West Virginia in the most crucial game of the season is such a fall from grace it seems that even a year ago, we couldn’t imagine being this poor offensively. I understand that it’s only been less than a season, and an odd one at that, but the most alarming piece of it all is that we seem to have taken two steps back from last season, a season that was without a doubt a huge offensive disappointment.
You can’t bring in a second “Head Coach” to be in charge of the offense, a handpicked Gary Patterson guy, and then get undoubtedly worse than the year before. The offense is sluggish, it lacks an identity, lacks creativity, and worst of all, it’s everything that our most successful offensives have never been. We are refusing to do anything that helps mitigate our terribly inexperienced line. When we need quick passes to add pace to the offense, we instead get the ineffective downhill running game. When we need to take a shot deep, we instead get a naked bootleg and a wobbly pass to a running back for a meager three yards. Jerry Kill seems to have brought everything you hate about Big Ten offenses and made it TCU’s core offensive philosophy.
There is no doubt that this experiment Gary cooked up has been rotten from the start. Media members and other coaches labeled this as a genius hire, but when looking back, it may have been the worst decision Gary has made with offensive staff in his career. The old saying, if you have three QB’s, then you don’t have one, for the frogs, has transformed into if you have three offensive coordinators, then you don’t have one. When looking back at it, we should never have been surprised by this. Meach is a hardcore Leach/Holgerson believer he’s all gas no breaks, Cumbie grew up under Leach and Kingsbury but has a penchant for Pro-Style ideas over the traditional Air Raid, and Kill has only had success in growing up in Midwest football, the home of no speed and giant O-Lines. They all have significant differences in offensive ideology, and this scatterbrained approach to the offense has led to what can only be described as hot garbage on the field. We, as fans, were delusional to think that this approach would lead to anything else. When the offense needed a reboot or refresh instead, we added cayenne pepper to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. We added an ingredient that simply had no business being there in the first place. And while Kill certainly can’t take all the blame as Meach and Cumbie have failed to leave their own positive imprint on the offense, he is the one with the “Head Coach” in his title, and therefore the ball must stop with him.
It’s time for TCU to cut its losses and admit that this Jerry Kill experiment has not worked. If we want to salvage even a vestige of the magic of Meach and Cumbie’s early years, it’s time to let Kill go and see if we scrap some offensive success over the rest of the season. We need at least some attempt at reverting back to the high flying offense that took us from a 4-8 Big 12 bottom feeder into the Big 12 Champs (should have been National Champs if it weren’t for such a joke of a College Football Playoff Committee) in only one offseason.
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