Announcement: I’ve yet to re-watch Saturday’s game, and what I’m about to say may change again like it did last week, but having watched WVU v. Maryland once, I don’t foresee a The Good and the Bad Tuesday. I might note, save and share some things, but I don’t know what I can do, or undo, that wasn’t done Saturday.
That was Bad, and we all know it.
“We’ve got to get back to our identity,” the offensive coordinator said. “We’ve got to figure out what our identity is.”
Right now, it’s that of a 2-2 team that’s scored seven points in eight quarters against BCS competition and cannot consistently stick with a plan to run or pass the ball because it hasn’t been able to consistently do one or the other.
Something has to change, but WVU runs a pretty simple offense, one with finite features that haven’t changed much through the years.
“We’ve just got to get better at it,” Dawson said. “We’re not doing simple things. It’s just routine plays. It really is. It’s an offensive lineman doing his job on this particular play. When there are five guys in the box, you’ve got to go get the (middle) linebacker. If you don’t, what could be a 10- or 15-yard play ends up being no gain.
(Aside: Good: Shaq Rowell. I thought he played hard during the game. Then he rolled hard afterward. I tweeted the game story a while after interviews and said “Maryland 37, WVU 0: Lots of questions and answers. Or The Last Time Shaq Rowell is Allowed to Talk to the Media.” Joking, folks! I hope he is allowed to talk to us again. I don’t have an issue with what he said. But someone with an opinion that matters might have a different opinion — and you have to understand how truly subjective and unpredictable WVU is about who is and isn’t allowed to talk to reporters. But for real, I enjoyed Shaq’s honest emotion afterward.)
Never fear, though, for I’ve been examining and researching, and asking and answering questions. It’s one of those times. This isn’t good right now at WVU and I’m not certain when and how it gets better. Something significant will fill the space Tuesday. I’m already deep into it and I suspect you’ll dig it.
As for 37-0, I suspect you did not dig that. And I can’t blame you. I’m not sure if WVU wasn’t prepared, but WVU didn’t look prepared and then had no way of of the trouble it found so quickly. A pretty conservative defensive plan by Maryland undid the Mountaineers … and that might not be entirely accurate. WVU couldn’t do what it wanted to do in the run game, which, in theory, should have worked against the Terrapins, who were trying to do to protect against the pass.
The whole thing was a mess for the Mountaineers and, to be honest with you, more worries are on the way. They’re about to play really good teams teams that know WVU and what WVU does, beginning Saturday in a noon home game on ESPN against No. 11 Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys are 21-point favorites. The Mountaineers haven’t been that big of an underdog at home since Miami was favored by three touchdowns in 1994. This comes three games after WVU readied for a game at Oklahoma with its largest point spread, home or away, since a 2003 game against Miami.
These things keep happening, which isn’t a good look. Sure, WVU is in a better conference now than it was for the past several years, but isn’t WVU supposed to be better than that?
Wish that I could stay forever this young. Not afraid to close my eyes. Life’s a game made for everyone, and T.F.G.D. is the prize.
Me edits are in [brackets].
From a friend of mine: “We saw Childress, Trickett, and Eger at hooters last night.”
They had dinner and left… We were watching to see if they drank… They had lemonade and water.”
Mcmurphy in studio now on espn, when we gonna see Casazza in studio?
It’s 90 minutes before kickoff and Dana just called his 2nd time out.
Calling it now: this VPI/Marshall game goes to OT and WVU fans go ballistic on Twitter. (Myself included)
UT pulling a Holgorsen today, starting a redshirt freshman. 2 big diffs tho: It’s Florida not Georgia St, Butch didn’t announce on coach’s show Thurs.
At a bar for the games. There’s a dudebro Syracuse fan who is vocal on every single play even though is team is winning huge in third quarter against Tu-[duloo]-Lane.
Marshall came “this close” to beating VT. Most disappointing loss since they gave a game to Geno. (BTW it’s tied with 3 minutes left).
Maryland uniforms just described by my barmate as “conservative.”
JackBo must LOVE Maryland’s unis
Uh oh… Those famous Baltimore winds are picking up
Difference in WVU and Notre Dame games. Both started at 3:30. WVU has already punted. Notre Dame just ran out of the tunnel.
I would [shake] Frank Beamer’s [hand] if he’d just kick a field goal and end this (or run back and take a safety).
Holiday had the game in hand and played as conservatively as possible. Geno and Bill Stewart thank him for that.
I wonder if they’ll ever find those punks that graffiti’d Maryland’s helmets
Remember when Doc invited Mullen_ to help with the offense? Did he invite Dana to help with the timeouts?
Maryland’s unis are hurting my eyes.
Broadcasters call Dana a Riverboat Gambler. No. Dogtrack gambler.
New rule: if you go two overtimes with no points, it’s a loss for both teams. Not a tie. A loss.
Every blog reader saw that run to left coming
WHY DID YOU COACH HIM TO DO THAT DEFOREST
Are. You.. Kidding….. Me?????!!!
Somehow the Special Teams Bingo card gets bigger and bigger.
Cars Un well
So….ummmm….who is our FOURTH punt returner?
[Not so] special [punt] teams
I hate Walkthrough Wednesday
Seriously, Maryland is dressed like Ironman. Did they do this in honor of your visit to their game?
We shouldn’t even put a return man back there the rest of the season.
Thought: Rush 11 at every punt. No return man. Pro: We either block it or we don’t fumble it.
Con: Possible roughing the punter flag. Pro: That’s a 15 yard gain for the other team, not 50.
The Chevy had better be warming up
I see Dana has the boys ready to play again! His teams are always so mentally tough!
If Geno would have led better last year, Childress wouldn’t suck this year.
Assumed MD got 100 yard play bc not on TV here. Just saw the ST [hiccup]. Should’ve known.
Clint Trickett must be the worst QB on Earth to not start for this team.
Did Ford have a stroke?
I just don’t know who we are anymore. Just doesn’t look like Mountaineer football.
Bill Stewart’s teams NEVER looked this inept on offense. You think about that.
Im not one to typically overeact. But Ive seen enough of Childress for now. Done texting. Bad mood
Good lord. Today’s gonna suuuuuuuck
ESPNU running catheter commercials during the game – not sure which is less comfortable at this point
We needed that sack…but oh no…Gholson!
Not Golson. No!
And we all just collectively vomited at that replay of Golson going down.
Good gravy, who hit the Maryland cheer squad with an ugly stick?
You want changes? I have pictures you might be interested in…
Childress is a freshman…he is going to have to play through the hiccups.
Delay of game and now 12 men on field on first plays of a new possession. Mark Richt has lost control of the WVU sideline
This [dude] on tv just said that colin kaepernick invented the diamond formation
Elephant in the room: this game may already be over.
Damn, no one out there has any bounce. Just hitting brick walls.
Is there a way our punter can score? He is currently our only threat.
I don’t get it. We played much better against Georgia State.
The Bell … tolls for … thee?
If he gets ejected I’m going ballistic.
Targeting [#hogwash]….great hit by bell
That was not helmet-to-helmet, [blind] announcer dude! Shoulder led!
This [dandy fellow] on tv thinks its targeting because Travis Bell “initiated contact”
Well there’s two missed tackles for Keith “Fuzzy Math” Patterson
Do we know how to tackle?!
People are going to say “This isn’t Mountaineer football.” It reality, it is. You think about that.
And we just lost power and can’t see the game. For the best.
Welp, cue the Ford Edsal puns.
Can Chevy Childress please quit throwing to the other team?
I’m totally embarrassed and ashamed. (Being sarcastic and serious at the same time).
Jeff Mullen thinks Holgorsen sucks.
Does O’Toole punt for 1,000 yards today?
It’s a TFGD race to the bottom to get the best “We suck” text in. Good luck to all.
How do I “illegal substitution”?
So a $500K special teams coordinator get us this garbage?
If Trickett has musket loading figured out, maybe try Kimble at QB in the 3Q.
I’ll say it. Childress looks like complete garbage. He should probably be benched.
Luck’s First Law: you lose to Edsall, you lose your job
Holgorsen may be excited to coach this team but I’m not excited to watch it.
I’d like a dime for every time “embarrassed” comes up in TFGD.
I’m done with Holgorsen and his drinking buddies.
This is so painful. Like, getting a root canal as you watch your parents make out while listening to a Taylor Swift song painful.
You know it’s bad when you are looking forward to TFGD more than the 2nd half.
Too bad they won’t let any band members on the field – I’m sure at least one of them could play QB
Air raid? That just means you run it 3 times in a row while down by 30 in the second half…
ESPNU guys now saying it would be a “picture-perfect day” w/o the rain. Their performance has been equally pathetic
Somebody find out what room Holgorsen stays in at the Waterfront, and put a VACANCY sign on the door
Can you UNINSTALL this offense in 3 days?
Um, they won’t [stop and] review that?
Good job Dana. Good effort.
Way not to challenge the call! Dana, wake the [replay official] up!
Let’s save the timeouts!
How does the booth not review that!?
Does Holgs want fired? Sims’s knee was down. Why no challenge on that fumble?
We want to use the timeouts on more frivolous situations.
My Doc-Dana-timeouts joke from before is suddenly not funny.
Today’s the day my worst fears about Holgo as a head coach come to life. That did it for me.
Dana wants to have plenty of chances to stop the game and yell at the official in this blowout.
Passing stat graphic at 7 minute mark in the 4th quarter shows 46 yards…everyone in the room just looks at each other. No words.
Does Snoop put Dana in row house tonight?
New Tuesday feature this week: The Bad.
51 yard gain!!! What the hell is he doing?! Get him out of the game!!!
The Browns just traded Dreamius Smith.
That’s just unacceptable by Childress. No other way to put it.
Go home, Ford. You’re drunk.
Ford Childress is shaving points
the cheer for beer slogan is obnoxious, but appropriate in this circumstance
Hey, Oliver Luck … a proposition for you.