Since my theme today is to be positive I thought I would list some changes I would make immediately to help salvage the season if I was in charge. Now keep in mind I'm not Don James, I don't have all the answers, but as a fan who watches every game with a little knowledge to be dangerous this is what I would do.
1. Demote Kent Baer from Defensive Coordinator
Why postpone the inevitable? Make the change now Ty so the fan base can sense you are being proactive about the problem. Now is the time to give Tormey a shot to see what he can do.
2. Dump the three man pass rush
It isn't working, and it makes a guy like Tuitama look like a Heisman candidate. At the very least I wouldn't use it in the second half of a game since it is obvious our players dont have enough gas left.
3. Start Chris Stevens
This kid is always making plays and he has been benched most of the season.
4. Switch Johnnie Kirton to DE
Why wait till Spring? The kid is in the Dawghouse at TE, why not utilize his size and speed in a position he can be effective at next year.
5. Switch Forrester, or Harris to nickle back
Nate Williams is a good looking young safety who comes up and makes hits the way a Safety should. He may not have the experience, but he has the aggression, and speed you need.
6. Play a little more man defense
It is the only way you are going to be stopped from getting picked apart each week. sure you are going to get burned once in awhile, but they need to play it to get good at it.
7. Blitz more
You need to get more pressure on the QB, you are actually getting decent pressure on the QB at times with three, imagine what you can do when you send seven? How many points have we given up the last three games? Do you really think blitzing is a risk at this point? Get aggressive and go after people.
8. Throw to your fullbacks
How many passes have we thrown to these guys this year? Less than five maybe? We have two pretty good fullbacks, make better use of them.
9. Throw over the middle more
I have been saying this all year. Where on the field was Marcel Reese when he caught the 98 yard TD pass? Jake is much more confident attacking the middle than the sidelines.
10. Stop putting it all on the players
We all know talent is part of the problem, but to say that is why UW gave up 48 points to Arizona is just insulting. The coaches have been letting down their defensive players all season. The benching of Byron Davenport the whole game was total bush league. Give these guys the aggressive schemes they need to achieve. Start attacking on defense, what do you have to lose?