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Agree Shelley's review is too harsh. First off his QBR isn't 9.3.
That's raw QBR. The total QBR is 18.9. 18.9 is still low, but QBR is based
on EPA (expected points added by change in field position from one play to the
next), and Utes only ran 50 odd plays and Shelley was involved for EPA purposes
in just 37.Bottom line, he got very little help from O line and RBs
in the run game, marginal protection, WRs dropped accurate throws, one resulting
in the pick six, and the other picks resulted at least in part because the
receiver made a mistake (fell in one case and in the other allowed the DB to get
Play calling was very suspect. Utah never even tried to establish the run.
Many of the passes, especially in the 1st half, were horizontal and were not
going to work against a fast, aggressive UW D.
Defensive success of Washington Huskies doom Utes in title game loss.Words have an effect on perception.No one was complaining of the
Ute offense two weeks ago.
Agree that this is too harsh on Shelley. The pick six was actually not his
fault. And the interception where the receiver fell down- well, that’s not
really the WBs fault either. Only the long interception inside the ten was
Shelley’s fault, and that was not too terribly harmful because of the
field position. Bottom line, if Thompson catches the long pass deep in UW
territory and Mariner catches the pass instead of serving up a pick six, this
game could have been 10-3 or 6-3 for Utah. The receivers really cost Utah the
I totally agree with this DNews "report card." Gooooooo Utes!
BlueHusky "Utah cannot be a really good team unless Kyle lets an OC actually
develop an offense. "Perhaps you're still feeling a bit raw about
the "terrible" OC that engineered 28 unanswered points in 16 minutes
against your beloved team. The Utes are on a good track overall, and had a bad
game against a strong P5 defense. Not recruiting good offensive players? The
backup red-shirt freshman got them to the conference championship game.
Another perspective: It was a battle of the defenses. Utah's offense
scored just as many points (3) against Washington's defense as
Washington's offense scored on Utah's defense (3).The
entire difference in score came on a freak bounce of the ball off the leg of a
receiver that turned into a pick six.
not sure i would have been so harsh on shelley. the pick 6 was not his fault as
the ball should have been caught by the receiver and then bounced up in the air
so that the defensive back could field it. shelley also delivered a perfect
pass that should have cleanly handled by thompson (?) deep in washington
territory. for me his worst play was taking the sack while utah was in field
goal position late in 2nd qtr. utah not utilizing a time out to set up a final
play of the half still baffles me.really thought that utah should
try to go deep early in the game, especially to dixon. running between the
tackles was going to get you absolutely no where against washington. game plan
on offense was lackluster at best.on defense, browning actually got
lucky couple of times as he could easily have had 2 more interceptions, one deep
in washington territory. whoever set the betting over/under at
over 40 was ridiculous.
I'm happy to comment again on this topic. Utah cannot be a really good team
unless Kyle lets an OC actually develop an offense. He's a great defensive
coach. And clearly, the best athletes he recruits go to defense. Maybe he
can't get good offensive players because the word is out:Defense: GoodOffense: LousyThat has been the pattern since
Kyle took over from He Who Must Not Be Named.
The offensive play calling took a step backwards. They didn't try to
establish the run game at all. Instead of feeding the ball to the running back,
they opened several series with incomplete passes and trick plays that
didn't fool a very good Washington defense. Shyne was given four rushing
attempts in the first half. That's not Utah football.