Texas is down but not out. After their embarrasing loss to Kansas State the Longhorns need to go back to the drawing board and take a look at what went wrong. It's not hard to find the problems all you have to do is look to the special teams and the offense. Special teams gave up two touchdowns while the Longorn offense gave up 4 turnovers.
Who is at fault? Texas coach Mack Brown decided to take the credit for Saturday’s loss to Kansas State, his second worse home loss since he has been here. Yeah the game was bad and as fans we were upset, but let’s not go crazy. Sitting in the stadium in the third quarter I couldn’t help but notice all the talk about Chiles. Let’s face it he is fast and can run the ball, which is crucial in the zone read that Texas has become so fond of. True he runs that offense better than Colt, but let’s not all jump on the Chiles bandwagon too soon. After all Chiles was an amazing receiver and running back in high school and didn’t make the transition to quarterback until his senior year. So yeah he may be able to run the zone read but what happens when he has to pass? What happens when defenses crack down on the zone read? The point is fans want so bad to be back in the championship race that we want to revert back to what Vince Young did in the 05’ season. Yeah it worked for us then but we did have Vince Young, one of the best players that Texas has ever seen. I’m not so sure that Chiles is the best guy for the job. I know that Brown himself has dismissed rumors of Chiles moving in on Colt’s spot but some fans just won’t let it die. In my opinion after the loss against Kansas State we need to look at the offense as a whole and try to get some things fixed.
First, we all know that the offensive line did loose three major players from last year and that hurts. So far this year they have struggled a bit and that is understandable. If they are having trouble maybe it would be beneficial to give them some help through the running backs. Oh yeah the running backs they also have blocking assignments, and it seems that some of our backs are better at that than others. Charles is good when he gets outside and is able to secure the football, but when it comes to blocking he simply is not the best back for the job. I am tired of seeing Jamal Charles standing over Colt as his man is getting off of Colt. I don’t know why we would assume that Charles can block he can’t even run in between the tackles with out a whole the size of Texas. He is small and is a better outside runner. Now don’t get me wrong I like Charles when he is used properly, on an outside run. When it comes to blocking or running in between the tackles he is simply not the best guy on the team for the job. Ogbannaya is a much better north south runner and is better at picking up blitzes and actually blocking somebody. With the offensive line as young as it is we need all the blocking we can get, especially heading into our showdown with OU. I am sure OU will be bringing the blitz after watching what Kansas State was able to do last week. Let’s just hope that our offense is ready for it.
Last I would just like to comment on the first offensive drive that the Longhorns had against Kansas State. It looked like a normal shotgun formation with Chiles and Charles on either side of Colt. This formation worked great for the first drive, and then we just stopped using it. I am hoping they just stopped because they wanted to keep some weapons in the bag for later in the season but now that we have a loss and are heading to Dallas, the cat needs to be let out of the bag on Saturday.
I think that Texas has a great shot at beating OU this Saturday. I am hoping that our defense gives freshman QB Sam Bradford as tough a time as Kansas State gave Colt. If we can get pressure on him we will be in good shape, and if our offense can protect the ball an upset will be in the making.