Iowa offense costs Hawkeyes in another loss


It was miserable. This is wretched. It’s Iowa football. It’s a miserable team that you have to be a fan of. There are certainly good times, but these are only there to prepare us all for disappointment.

Saturday was yet another reminder of that. Although expectations were overturned two weeks ago in a miserable loss, we were back in the saddle, ready to be pushed back by our bigger and stronger cousins ​​to the north. Unlike the Hawkeyes, they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Fortunately, the problems with Iowa football are easy to identify and easily fixable. Any chair quarterback can see what needs to be fixed with minimal effort and Saturday was another reminder.

It starts with “junior” as they call it. Brian Ferentz is expected to be fired. Clear and simple. That would solve the problem and Iowa would undoubtedly be in the top 5 again along with just about anyone else.

His calling game in general is just miserable. He’s telegraphing what he’s going to do well in advance, which I guess is nice for opposing defenses. It lacks power exclusively. It goes exclusively into a hunting rifle. He calls the races when he should call the passes and passes when he should call the races. He’s not doing anything to help his offensive line or his quarterback. And he is inclined to give up racing altogether. But sometimes stick to it stubbornly.

Replace it and the problems would be solved.

Of course, his replacement would still be stuck with the worst QB in power 5 football. Like Brian, Spencer Petras should be gone and just go with it. anybody otherwise would solve all of Iowa’s problems.

It’s a statue in my pocket, just waiting to be fired. Of course, he is also prone to happy feet where he tries to escape from the pocket unnecessarily. He lobs over the heads of receivers half the time. The other half of the time, he throws them from their chest, face mask, hands, or the ground. He doesn’t have the ability to escape pressure and rush and when he tries he doesn’t have the ability to throw a decent ball.

Just get rid of it and literally put anyone else out there.

Of course, whoever replaces him is still stuck in an offense that can’t really run for his life and an offensive line that will have him running to save his. We got a glimpse of this Saturday when substitute Alex Padilla walked in and was immediately put under pressure in a rush.

Now, of course, he’s been sacked twice too, including that rush where he dodged the rush so well and took off. But he has completed 50% of his passes in the last few minutes! Imagine if the staff went a step further and put Deuce!

Deuce would surely be more apt to shake things up and avoid Iowa’s 25th sack this season. Just having a competent QB presence there would do wonders for this team. It would probably even nullify the 66 loss tackles allowed by that offensive line in 8 games. I mean, yeah, it doesn’t hurt. I like more than 8 per game and almost double the number allowed a season ago in 8 games, but if they just had a better QB!

But that won’t happen under this head coach. Kirk Ferentz is too loyal to his guys, especially his son who is incompetent and unqualified for his job.

So maybe that’s the real answer here. Just shoot KF! Iowa would have no problem finding someone better than him who would bring in a decent offensive coordinator and recruit one of those mobile QBs that can throw as well (they’re actually pretty common and frankly, this staff probably has had to beat them with a stick because basically nobody else is even looking for these guys!) and eventually start doing more than just winning 9 games a year.

Admittedly, the list of teams that consistently win more than 9 games a year is not very long, but we are in Iowa! We deserve better and it’s not rocket science! If you and I can see this from our sofas surely Gary Barta and Kirk Ferentz and Brian Ferentz and everyone in the program can see how easy it would be to stop losing these types of games and take the program to the next level. higher level.

It’s time to get there.

Or …… and it’s probably just the beer talking at this point, but that could also be difficult? Maybe even complicated? Like, there could be several things wrong with this team. Things that worried us as the year approached? Stuff like that offensive line has a freshman left tackle and a former sophomore right tackle?

They cannot run or pass the block. This makes it difficult to compose the right game. Or, you actually know how to play the game once it is called.

Sure, Brian could do a few things to help him, but find me an offensive coordinator in America who doesn’t have anything better to do and I’ll show you a beachfront property in Iowa City that I have.

And yes, Spencer Petras could be better in the pocket. He could place some of his passes better. He could use his eyes better. But none of that matters if the right game isn’t called and the blocks aren’t made in front of it. And sometimes none of that matters if the receivers don’t take a take.

There are no easy answers to all questions. There is no single solution to problems. Except to reset your expectations.

Saturday was miserable because watching your favorite team lose is miserable. But the position Iowa finds itself in today is only miserable because the Hawkeyes went out for the first six weeks and did something hardly anyone expected them to do. They are now 6-2 with the easier part of their schedule ahead of them. They have major issues, but the most important thing is that we were all caught in the hype of outperforming from the start and we are convinced it was a special season.

This group could well lose more games with the gaps they have. Or the lightning they caught in a bottle for six weeks may come back. It’s Iowa football.

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