Gophers' offense hasn't found best use of manpower

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Jedd Fisch's diversified offense hasn't taken off this season, but it's not because the Gophers' first-year coordinator lacks playmakers.

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The Loon

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When you pass the ball three things can happen, two of them are bad. Our O does not control the ball so we have a bunch of three and outs which means fewer total plays for the O. It also means too many plays for the D. I liked the offensive philosophy of Mason/Browning O a lot more than this O. But, to be fair, this O is much better than the easty/westy O of the last two years. It is a real shame we are still paying Dunbar $300,000 this year.
SOTIC

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Until they get Gray some meaningful touches, this offense will not take off. Having a QB that only looks at one receiver, no matter how good he is, makes it easy to shut down. Like under Mason, once the run was shut down, the offense was dead. I'd like to see some of the athletes get in on the offensive side of the ball. And I'd like to see someone besides Decker looked at as a primary option on all of the passes. Get Hayo Carpenter some touches. Get Kevin Whaley some touches. Get the ball Duane Bennett.. With Decker being doubled / tripled team all the time, someone has to be open. Weber is not willing to exploit what the defense gives him. He'd rather force the ball in Decker.

Mason did a great job getting the Gophers more competitive, but his team leveled off. The area high school coaches didn;t like him, so he never had a chance to get the better players in Minnesota. He was an extremely lousy second half coach.

I don't know if Brewster is the answer, but it was time for Mason to go.
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Don't forget Hayo Carpenter. This is why I think Weber is an average QB at best. He has a tremendous talent in Decker, and no shortage of skilled playmakers in Green, Bennet, Stoudamire and Carpenter and yet we
sputter and mis-fire on offense consistently.
Either Weber has a break out game this Sat. or it's time to gradually start getting Gray more and more involved as a QB.
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Ummmm, maybe it is because your quarterback lacks the talent of getting the ball to your playmakers. hmmmmmmm.
Bob the Bilderberg

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SOTIC wrote:
With Decker being doubled / tripled team all the time, someone has to be open. Weber is not willing to exploit what the defense gives him. He'd rather force the ball in Decker.
That's it in a nutshell.
Brent

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It's because our Offensive Coordinator is awful! His play calling is the most unimaginative offense ever assembled but that probably what you get when you switch coaches every other year.
Mad Dog Gus

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Lose to Purdue and the Gophers will end up at 4-8 for the season, with 1 win in the Big 10....

Win, and they end up at 5-8, with two wins in the conference....whoopee!

With a new stadium, a major metro area, the Gophers should be able to more than compete with the border teams (Iowa, Wisconsin)....yet they fail to measure up.
Arizona Gopher

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As a native Minnesotan long removed I still find solace in the state's collective negative attitude toward all sports in general but particularly football. What would have been the attitude if the Vikes had lost to San Francisco? You all know the answer.

Okay, the Gophers are going to be better than good. Maybe not this year, but they have a chance. The offensive coordinator is asking them to do things they either haven't tried or it's been a long time. For example, taking the snap under center, that's a huge change. Similar to becoming left handed after using your right hand your entire life. These changes however put the team in a better position to win long term.

Brewster stirred the pot but it needed stirring. Gopher football was not relevant but it has become so. Hence the depression.

By the way, if that little troll Pantherhawk should reveal himself I'd be appreciative.
Zygi II

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I think the problem is Weber. When Decker graduates, Weber might as well leave with him. He's lost without him on the field, see the last drive of the Cal game. Put Gray in there, and that will lead to more opportunities for everyone else, and still allow Decker to get his. Gray also makes plays with his feet when protection breaks down from our suspect o-line.

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Its the QB, stupid!
Zygi II

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after losing to Wisconsin at home, it puts a lot of pressure now to have to win out at home in the big ten, b/c I don't see us winning at PSU, OSU, or Iowa. So, even at that, we would only end up 4-4 in big ten, 7-5 o/all, assuming we don't fall victim to the Jacks from SDSU. That Cal loss isn't looking so respectable anymore either since they've put up a whopping 3 pts in 2 blowout losses since. So, 4-4, 7-5, vs 3-5, 7-5 last yr. 1 conference win improvement. Is that enough progress from one year to the next? I know even our conference schedule is tougher than last year, but I don't think a bigger improvement than what this is shaping up to be would be too much to ask. A homecoming win against Purdue, and somehow pull off an upset at Beaver Stadium and/or the Shoe would go a long way for this program. As well as giving Brewster his first signature win. I'd also like to not see our traveling trophy case empty all the time, so can we get a win at Iowa this year and salvage something?
Kramer

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Penn State, Ohio State, and Iowa are all automatic losses. Even if Weber played the game of his life against one of those three would result in a loss. With all they hype the people of this state give that program, they better hope they can win the games against Illinois, SDSU, and Purdue(a combined 5-8 record). And a lucky fumble recovery in the 4th quarter isn't a sign of resilience or determination, its a lucky bounce which isn't going to happen regularly.
jack sprat

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This Gopher team will not consistently win until they start and finish with Gray. Exactly what is the problem that keeps him on the bench? They better use him before he becomes ineligible.
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Common denominator.... Weber. Ok QB on a very athletic and capable team equals inconsistent results. 3rd year starter guys, 3rd year and he still makes Freshman mistakes. It seems everyone knows to throw the ball away instead of taking a sack, except Weber. I think the college game is too big for Weber, period. Plus, he always has this ' we'll get'em next time ' bs attitude. Can someone on this team actually get pissed off and say we are sick of losing!! If Brew sits Weber, I'll have more respect and like the coach even more.
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This will all be over either after this season or next and Maturi needs to go also. He cannot be involved in hiring the next coach
Wondering

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When they Gophers fell behind to Wisconsin, they started going deeper and it worked. Have they been too conservative? Going deep a few times opens up everything else. Is Fisch leery of giving Weber a few deep patterns or is it something else?
Wondering

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You guys that think you know football, and then say Gray should be starting, make me laugh. Gray missed most of his senior season with a broken bone, then missed last season due to NCAA issues. Now, he's got maybe three dozen plays under his belt in 2 1/2 years and you think he's going to lead the Gophers to a bowl game? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
koury

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If Coach Brewster is fired it will be the biggest mistake that Minnesota ever makes! It will take a long time to rebuild this team !!The Gophers will win tomorrow and next week beat Penn State!!!!
Warden Smith

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"If Coach Brewster is fired it will be the biggest mistake that Minnesota ever makes!"

You are correct,kory! Coach Brewster sends me more inmates than the previous 3 coaches combined!

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