We all know that this coaching staff is new and that they all brought in new schemes and new coaches of their own for this football team. The strength and conditioning program has really worked well along with the new scheme defensive coordinator Keith Patterson brought in. The football players look very much in shape and the defense looks like it has had a resurgence. Head Coach Matt Wells puts these guys in the right position to win every week and he has shown that the team will be very competitive under him.
The one thing that seems to be lacking is the offensive firepower under new offensive coordinator David Yost. This has been seen over every single game this season but it didn’t seem apparent from the start so here is the rough timeline of his stead here in Lubbock and how we got to now.
Part 1: The Hiring
When Matt Wells was officially introduced as the new Head Coach of this team, he announced that he was bringing with him both of his coordinators in David Yost and Keith Patterson. It appeared that these two would be good fits for this program as Yost had commanded an Air Raid offense out of Utah State that had been very successful for half of a decade.
It appeared to be a good fit as now sophomore quarterback Alan Bowman seemed very comfortable with his new coach and the offense in spring ball looked very potent. There was a tight end and more running the football, but it looked like it could dominate the Big 12 cause heck, teams like Iowa State and Oklahoma had used a tight end and they had success.
Little did we know, we all got out hopes up for almost nothing.
Part 2: Arizona and Oklahoma
This game against the Wildcats or Arizona was a starting point of the decline that has seen this offense hit rock bottom. The team didn’t look prepared and it showed but the offensive play-calling from Yost that game caught a lot of people’s attention.
The offense just didn’t look good and Alan Bowman didn’t look comfortable. Not to mention he got hurt in that game and the team only put up 14 points despite forcing a ton of turnovers. There seemed to be a lack of throwing down the field and it hurt this offense.
Even after the Arizona game, it did not look better for Yost and the offense. For some reason (even though I supported it), he decided to go with Jackson Tyner over Jett Duffey against Oklahoma and well, we all know how that went. The play-calling in that game was overshadowed by the head-scratching move to go with Tyner over Duffey.
After Oklahoma, there was a ray of hope that he could maybe save the sinking ship.
Part 3: The Ray of Hope
Against Oklahoma State, we saw the potential this offense had under Yost. In his first start, Jett Duffey looked like an absolute rock star, scoring 5 touchdowns and not turning the ball over once.
It looked like the Air Raid, throwing the ball deep multiple times and having some great success with it. Duffey also took care of the ball and the running game looked strong too. I had 0 problems with the play-calling in that game and the Baylor game for that matter.
Of course, you would have preferred to have one or two calls made differently in every game, but overall, the offense looked potent in those two games. Then, as if it had been weeks 3 and 4 again, the wheels just fell off.
Part 4: Where did we all go wrong?
We all know what happened against Iowa State. It looked okay at times, but in reality, it was bad, very bad.
We attempted the death by 1,000 cuts strategy, trying to get the ball to our guys and have them make plays and it did not work. It looked good every once in a while, but often we were throwing to guys that had no blockers on the edge against a team that likes to push everything to the edge. Long story short, it appeared that Yost and the entire offensive staff forgot that Iowa State had a ton of good perimeter defenders.
Just like in Arizona, the guys just didn’t look comfortable out there on offense. And it wasn’t like the defense wasn’t playing their part, they were. They forced a couple of turnovers and we still could not punch it in. When we did score, it was too little, too late.
This defense has 13 turnovers this season and the offense has only been able to score 26 points off of those turnovers. One of the main things Wells wanted to focus on when he was hired was getting turnovers and having the offense capitalize off of those turnovers. Well, the defense has done their part and the offense has yet to capitalize on anything consistently.
Conclusion: The only solution
If you haven’t realized it yet, the solution is clear. We need to move on from Yost already and get someone in here that will call plays effectively. This season has even made me, his biggest critic, miss Kingbury’s offensive play-calling in most situations. Though he lacked in recruiting and defense, Kingsbury made great strides in dissecting the opposing defense and making Tech’s offense look good.
Coach Yost is not a bad coach, but it appears that he can’t make the right calls in Lubbock. Whether or not he has made things work at different places doesn’t matter. He made Utah State look very good but then again, Utah State wasn’t playing against Big 12 schools week in and week out.
I do hope Coach Yost can figure it out by the end of the season where we don’t have to hire a new offensive coordinator. He is an enigmatic personality and I think if he can figure out in these next couple of games, he might be here in the long run. But as of right now, I’ll let the Air Raid Podcast Twitter page tell you how everyone is feeling.
Sitting in the Lubbock Airport and all I can think about is how terrible the play calling yesterday. Absolutely horrendous.— Air Raid Podcast (@AirRaidPodcast) October 20, 2019