Charlie Weis was asked on Sunday if he will continue to call the offensive plays this week after he served as the playcaller on Saturday for the Navy game. Weis wasn’t ready to answer just yet though.
As a matter of fact, we just approached it about — a little bit before I came in here to say, okay, what am I going to say when I’m asked this question. And we really have not gotten a chance to iron it out.
So the whole offensive staff, I just left them a couple of minutes ago and we are in the same boat where I was last week; by Tuesday, the first thing I’ll come in and tell you is exactly where we are, because really been scrambling a little bit to get to where we are right now.
You know, we spend the morning — we spend the morning on Navy and the afternoon, we start working on Syracuse and then the little wrinkle of how the news from there, how that can potentially tweak what they do offensively and defensively, you have to try to apply that, too.
So I will start off Tuesday and tell you exactly where we are.
Playcalling, for the most part, was pretty good on Saturday. Once Weis found out what was working, he stuck with it and the offense looked sharp. I think the original plan was to throw the ball more, but it was clear early on that the passing game was just not working. Obviously the offense was not moving the ball in the first half, but was the problem more the plays or the execution of those plays? From my seat in M&T Bank Stadium, execution was more of a problem than playcalling and that is more than I could say about the offense the past couple of weeks.
I am still in favor of Weis continuing to call plays. When he gave up those duties to focus on the entire team, I thought it was a good decision because the entire team needed his attention. But guess what? The defense, for as undermanned as the front seven is this year, has started to show marked improvement. Remember how much trouble this defense had defending the option attacks of Air Force and Navy last year? Well, the starting defense flat out shut Navy down from start to finish – well till their finish anyway.
My point being, however, that with the defense looking like it is improving in the capable hands of Corwin Brown and Jon Tenuta, maybe Weis handling play calling duties once again isn’t such a bad idea.