Experienced and healthy, Cal sported their best offense of the Wilcox era. Is that good enough?
Cal, under Wilcox, has been quick to mix & match players on the defensive side of the ball when players were not producing. Cal has been loathe to do that on the offensive side of the ball. Frankly, Remigio did not produce much at the slot position. Why didn't we try someone else? Daltoso was beat like a drum in every game and yet we never even attempted to replace him. It is a strange philosophy to be open to change on one side of the ball and not the other.
OL has to make a huge leap next year. That will define Wilcox's status going forward. A good OL will help a young QB break into PAC12 play. So, Angus has to identify his best 5 and get them on the field. After the first 5 Cal needs at least 4 more that can be plugged in at any time. The first 5 doesn't NEED to include returning starters from last year and the competition should be WIDE open. No more fooling around and coaching every kid to play every position. Just pick the best LT and have him just practice THAT position and so on for the rest of the line.
The discussion on the OL maladies has become boring and slow. But that is what next season is all about with respect to the offense. It hardly matters who ends up the starting QB w/o a line.
It might have been the best offense of the Wilcox era, but it came playing against some of the worst teams in the history of the conference. Cal's offense padded its stats against awful Stanford and against awful (at the time) Colorado. When it really mattered and playing with all that senior leadership, the offense sputtered against teams like WSU (269 total yards), UCLA (217 total yards) and USC (265 total yards). For me, the worst thing all season were those consecutive three and outs to start the season against Nevada after building up a nice lead.
Using the pass-fail grade, I give it an overall fail. And I don't see it changing at all next season with a bunch of younger guys trying to grasp a complicated system. And why would Wilcox change anything? He's about to get a contract extension and perhaps a bigger raise.
Great job forecasting and analyzing! I'm certainly all ears about how the offseason will go and Spring Ball will be fascinating to follow. If there was ever a season to show up or shut up for this coaching staff, 2022 is it. Their players, their training, their coaching, their team.
Excellent analysis. I'm perplexed, looking back at our season and the failure of the Pac-12 in bowl games, as to why we ended up 5-7 when we should have been at least a dark horse candidate in the North. Will the Pac-12 always be this down?
And if not, what does Cal have to do to get away from its basic mediocrity that it usually exhibits?