Maybe I had unrealistic expectations of the season and Will Muschamp's ability, but this season's biggest disappointment to me has been how the Longhorn defense has not been the shut down strength most of us hoped for. Sure, the offense and special teams have put them in tough situations more times than we would care to remember, but a shut down defense finds a way to...shut down offenses.
Last season the Alabama offense was truly pathetic until the final few weeks of the season when they started coming together, but their defense kept them in every game and shut down every opponent enough to win it all, no matter how many tough situations their offense and special teams put them in. After three years of Will Muschamp, Coach "Boom M* F*" I certainly expected better schemes, more aggressive, passionate play, not an ounce of quit in them regardless of what situation they faced.
You can blame the offense for letting them down against UCLA and being tired from being on the field most of the first half, but they were rested enough coming out of halftime to not have allowed UCLA an opening drive straight down their gut for a score. And being tired from being on the field all game certainly couldn't be the culprit for surrendering a similar opening TD drive to OU to start the game in Dallas.
I'm not suggesting Muschamp sucks. He clearly doesn't, he's a top tier DC in the NCAA. But IMHO he's not the extraordinary, must-have DC or Head Coach-in-Waiting messiah I and many of us gave him credit for being to start the season. He's good, but not great - otherwise we'd have seen a much different squad this year, a squad that shut down opponents. Whady'all think? All y'all that is!