I've been a Boise State fan since I moved to Boise in 1996. In 2003, I left Idaho for a job and you know that old saying, "You don't know what you have until it's gone," well it kicked in and I really, REALLY was bummed about not going to BSU games. So starting with the 2004 season I made it a point to watch every game, from blackmailing bartenders to putting the game on in dive bars in southern Colorado to watching it from home (depending on what channel it was on). Beginning with the the first game in 2004 and continuing on until tonight, I've watched almost every single game from start to finish.
I've occasionally had gripes in the past about pass blocking, or tackling, or focus, or catching or energy level or some other thing that I thought needed improvement.
I realize the game isn't over, and maybe we'll still pull this out against BYU, but even if we do, I'm prepared to say that the playcalling in this game is the worst I've ever seen it going back to the 2004 opener. I've never been on the "fire Prince" bandwagon, not last year, not this year. That all changes tonight unless we get a really, REALLY good explanation.
I have to imagine that going in to this game, the gameplan looked something like this: Ajayi up the middle.
Adjustments? Yeah: Ajayi up the middle out of the shotgun instead of the pistol.
Don't get me wrong. The defense had no intensity and couldn't tackle or cover. I was happy to see the long shots taken down field on offense when they did happen. I love ajayi and think he has a future in the NFL. I understand the receivers dropped some catchable balls. I understand we turned the ball over 47 times. All of that contributed to the loss. None of that changes my perception that the playcalling was horrendous. The offense is boring, predictable and ineffective against quality opponents. I'm still not sure why we felt like we needed to change it from the way it always was under Coach Pete. I understand there was a drop off last year, but it wasn't that bad. Part of me hopes that the coaches can swallow their pride, say, "look, we were brave enough to try, but now we know" and go back to what we were good at and just try to improve upon that.