I have to agree that the defense was not the problem in either of the games we played. Yesterday was not great, but when the offense is as horrible as they were last night, the defense will suffer from exhaustion alone. Yes, they are unable to get into the backfield, and that is hugely disappointing and appears to be in part a lack of decent play calling by the coaches on that side of the ball, but at least they competed.
The offense did not. Every single person on that offense needs to look in the mirror and quite simply realize that his play is pathetic. The line absolutely stinks, particularly on run plays, the back (particularly Canada) run about as hard as a girls powder puff team, the receivers struggle to get open or catch the ball and Tanner right now is on track to play worse than any quarterback in 40 years, and that includes some stinker years.
I just can't see any way that this team can fix all these issues quickly as to me it appears they wasted 3-4 weeks of getting ready and now have to start from scratch on offense. If Tanner continues to have that "deer in the headlights" look in the first quarter next week, he needs to find the bench. Same for Canada - that guy is afraid to hit the line and instead gets the handoff and immediately slows down to see if maybe there is an opening. It's hard to watch, but he was that way last year most of the time, so what did the coaches expect?
Next weeks game could be close to this game. Let's face it, LSU could have scored 50 if that had been their intent. They were just having a good time seeing what their running game could do and since we couldn't stop them (penalties stopped them much more than our D) why throw. Hurry the game and get home and enjoy the weekend. I fear Utah may not be so kind and even though we MIGHT score, I believe the Utes will score more than LSU.
Looking forward to more women's volleyball. It least these girls show some grit, which the offense never did.