Well, at least he thinks it's making progress.
"You can see some things happening that show improvement,'' Holgorsen said. "Whether you want to believe that or not, you can see some things. We need to improve so we can win some games.''
The truth is, the Mountaineers need to improve just to stay in some games.
At Baylor last weekend, in what would turn into a 73-42 drubbing, the offense once again seemed lost. For the most part, the philosophy of attack seemed to be to throw the ball as far as possible and see if anyone could catch it. Time and again the Mountaineers went deep.
It worked a few times. Blind-squirrel-and-acorn worked, or so it seemed. But Holgorsen insisted that the strategy wasn't just a prayer, but rather taking the one thing Baylor's defense seemed to be giving.
Smith and Bailey no doubt would have taken advantage of that. Newbie quarterback Clint Trickett and all those receivers he met about 10 minutes ago? Not so much.
"We've got a quarterback trying to throw a post route to five different guys that he's never thrown that to,'' Holgorsen said. "Based on how fast the receivers are and the relationship between the quarterback and that specific receiver, the ball needs to be thrown accordingly. This is stuff that happens in the course of a second. Last year, it was Geno Smith to Stedman Bailey. That was easier because they've been doing it for eight years.
"We got some to Kevin White. That looked good. We got Charles Sims loose down the field. We think good things are going to happen. We have to keep improving and getting better. We tried to attack and we'll try again.''
The hope, of course, is that it begins to click. Perhaps when West Virginia lines up again - against Texas Tech Saturday at Mountaineer Field - the timing will be better. Then again, maybe the deep post isn't what the Red Raiders are giving up. If not, you work on something else.
"We're going to try and put ourselves in the best situation we possibly can. If it doesn't work, we need to do it again and again and again until it works out,'' Holgorsen said. "You can't use a magic wand or put some sort of a spell over them to make that stuff work. You just have to play. You need reps, time and practice.
"It's a hard game and we've played good teams. It is what it is.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at twitter.com/dphickman1.