I'm probably making a huge mistake even attempting to type this up shortly after that god awful performance by OU, but truthfully I just need to get this over with as soon as possible. This was an absolutely pathetic performance on both sides of the ball and you all are fortunate that I drew the defense this week and not Kevin Wilson's offense. Actually, I'm probably the lucky one because if I had to try and recap that performance I'd very likely be fired by CC. So on to the defense and what was one of the most disappointing games of the season.
If you look at the numbers, you might think the defense didn't play that bad. Well I'm here to tell you that most definitely was not the case. There were times where they made plays, but in the key situations they were consistently unable to step up when it counted. They gashed our defense all night long and it felt like they dominated the line of scrimmage all night long. Absolutely terrible tackling by the front seven, yet another blown coverage for a long TD, and inconsistent at best pressure on the QB. This defensive line is just not capable of making plays on their own, at least on a semi-regular basis anyway.
I thought Tom Wort played as bad as he did early in the season when people were calling for his benching. Quinton Carter had another busted coverage that lead to a long TD and how this senior continues to play so poorly is just beyond me. I have no freaking clue why Joseph Ibiloye was playing the entire first half instead of Tony Jefferson, only to see Jefferson come in during the 2nd half and make plays all over the field.
Brent Venables went back to the soft zone coverage for most of the night and it was baffling since Fuller was there only threat and he hadn't done anything all night. The defense was not ready to play and in my opinion, that falls squarely on the shoulders of one Brent Venables.
Kudos to the lone bright spot in Jamell Fleming, he absolutely deserves it.
I can't wait to hear what Matt has to say about the offense, because there is no conceivable argument I can imagine to excuse the performance of Kevin Wilson tonight. If I'm wrong with my take on the defense, please don't hesitate to let me know in the comments. I certainly took my fair share of shots in the game thread tonight, so no reason to take it easy on me now. You can call me negative or whatever, but I'm here to call it like I see it and I don't pull any punches. I'm not saying I'm right, but I'm not going to hesitate to voice my opinion either so I encourage you all to do the same.