"It's everyone's fault,'' said first-year WVU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. "It's us as coaches; it's them as players. It's not any one person's fault. Watch every run play we had. I'll bet somebody different is making the mistake. If you get 11 guys doing their job, then we'll be able to run the ball effectively."
He addressed the ugly goal-line debacle.
"[Norfolk] played a bare front," Bedenbaugh said. "Lined up five guys and put three guys in behind them. We just have to get better movement when that happens. You have to knock people off the ball. It's what I tell them: I don't care if they put all 11 up there. You knock people back, the running back will follow you into the end zone."
"It's flat-out embarrassing," Holgorsen said of the goal-line failure. "If you want to say it's the scheme, say it's the scheme. But it's the same stuff we've been doing for a long time."
Has there been a problem for the players adjusting from former line coach Dave Johnson?
"I don't think that's a problem at all, honestly," Bedenbaugh said. "The biggest thing with me is we're blocking the right people. If we were blocking the wrong people, I'd have a huge issue. We're blocking the right people; we're getting to the right people. But now it's about sustaining and finishing blocks."
The uptick in tempo in the second half seemed to help.
"We were dragging [in the first half]," Holgorsen said. "We were dragging. I don't know. Maybe we didn't respect our opponents, which we talked about all week."
I asked if he's having a difficult time getting his players to understand the tempo necessary for this offense.
"Yep," Holgorsen said. "We don't understand it. We don't understand it. The only way I can get them to line up fast is by yelling at 'em. We don't get it. And we're going to have to get better and improve on that. When the play's over we have to hop up and play with some tempo. We have to get lined up and be ready to do something the very next snap. All we do is slug around for about 10 seconds after the play is over. It's frustrating."
In the second half, the tempo picked up. WVU absolutely rolled.
"We called the same stuff," Holgorsen said. "I can assure you it's nothing schematically. I'm not saying we know everything about coaching.It's about being a work in progress."
On Saturday, the final score was satisfying. A 55-point output is always impressive.
But Holgorsen and those that watched the game know the progress of the work has to pick up.
Perhaps, appropriately, in a hurry.
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