The Bears are deficient at all the wrong places to win big football games.
Musgrave and McClure must go! Wilcox needs to set aside friendships and do what's best for the program and his tenure at Cal. A young OC with innovative ideas is needed to take advantage of the young offensive talent we have and to exploit the aggressive Pac-12 defenses. Otherwise, these young men might be looking to go elsewhere. McClure has worn out his welcome here. Next man up. It's the BYE week. Do something now, Wilcox!!!
Recruiting OL is very difficult because of the development that happens in the first 1-2 years. Vatikani looks to be a win, but otherwise...? Its been 6 years. Whatever deficiencies exist are on the coaching staff.
Thank you Avi. Great write-up, albeit disheartening.
So, we're at 1:10 left in the 1st half, and it's 2nd and 1, and the scoreboard says 7-3 Wazzu, right? Remember this down? You've got the Pac12 Freshman of the Week in the backfield. You only need 1 yard to cross the 50-yd line and get a 1st down. So, if you're Cal, what should you do? Throw it downfield, of course... ;(
I think the play of the day that summarized our offensive/play calling ineptitude was the reverse attempt. Nobody blocked or was assigned to block the defensive end and he ended up tackling the receiver for a 11 yard loss who had no chance to make a play.
I'm just home from the game (A great motorcycle ride across the entire State, from the pastoral Palouse to the Columbia and then up and over the Cascades, through every ecosystem, just amazing) and this synopsis captures my view of the game in Pullman. We couldn't protect to save our lives. We couldn't do anything over the middle or at mid-distance. We couldn't get enough pressure on Ward. But it's really on the offense. Hard to keep Pac12 teams below 28 points, but scoring 9 is pathetic. It was about the worst offensive performance I've seen from a team in a very long time. With no excuses.
I'm to a place where if Angus doesn't go, then Wilcox is not fit for our coach, and Musgrave too, as it's not just the line, but something about the play calling and execution, which is on him. No one can doubt that Sonny Dykes or Tedford with the right O line coach would be getting 40+ a game from this collection of talent. Our O line is big enough, strong enough and smart enough, so it's on coaching. Period. Goldarn it. Pisses me off. To have a team with this much potential pissed away by bad Oline play and play calling just deeply pisses me off.
At least I got a great motorcycle ride and camping on the Snake River out of it. Go Bears.
Frustrating and disappointing.
We should not be in this position in year 6.
Seems like we are on a long bridge to nowhere.
I've watched Cal football for decades. I have accepted the program is what it is. I watch the game because I support the kids. Lack luster performance I've watched before, but not pulling Plummer and later reinserting him made me cuss at the TV in a way I don't think I've done before, EVER. Players could get hurt, yes, but watching him take a couple of big hits, obviously limping, AND then fall down untouched, bleeding, AND be back on the field hurts me as a person. Now I don't know the whole story or the reasoning, but as a fan, I don't ever want to watch that sort of thing happen again.
Offense seems clueless about how to use TEs. Latu, Terry and Mojarro seem like good players but the play calling can’t get them involved in the passing game or allow them to help with pass protection.
Fantastic write up and a great therapeutic read for the stages of grief we’re going through post game.
If Wilcox should get mad at anyone, it should start with himself.
The Coach is responsible for recruiting and developing players.
I can see if the players have a lapse here and there and get chewed out, but these issues have been with us over the past 6 years.
It’s gotten old and repetitive and I would normally checkout, but it is somewhat comforting to vent with like-minded people not because we don’t care. It’s quite the opposite.
To about 95 percent of Power 5 programs Wilcox’s tenure would look like a disaster.
This was beyond embarrassing. This was a unprecedented coaching disaster which honestly makes anyone question the competence and intelligence of our coaching staff. The defense did a decent job, but were exhausted out b/c of he offensive play .There were so many unbelievable bad plays called by the offensive, it made you wonder if Musgrave was trying to lose., ..Then again that might be giving him too much credit that he could actually execute a plan. ..It was obvious and scared playcalling, poor 3rd down playcalling, stupid playcalling (reverses). I mean, I just can't believe this is what Wilcox has put together after 5yrs. The goddamn chancellor and regents should be doing something about this...fire the AD to start.,then go down vthe line. We need new hungry talent... this level of mediocrity brings shame to our great university. It's sad for the kids, bc its not their fault.
It's now been six years of almost unwatchable football. It is time for a complete overhaul instead of tinkering with the OC and/or O-Line coaches. From the ND game, we saw that Gerald Alexander is still watching Cal football. Maybe he would leave the NFL for a head coaching position? I would even have preferred if Wilcox (who does seem like a good person) would have taken the Oregon job and we could have tried Tedford 2.0.
Cal football: it is what it is.
One last thought (of the many agonizing ones made by others): This whole "win-by-transfer-portal" thing is *not* for the Bears. As if it ever could be. Why not go ahead, make the tough call: bench Plummer, and get Millner out there with a rolling pocket scheme. Let him and the very young OL take their lumps in 2022 in anticipation of 2023. The game will slow down for everyone involved and they will get used to each other: Use 2022 as an extended practice season to develop experience. I hate writing this and the following: but this approach also gives JW time to consider other folks for OC and the OL coach...
Lots of pain in these comments. Hope we rebound in Colorado.