Weis refers to the changes as mere window dressing, giving opposing defenses more to think about as he tries to find something that works while his team struggles through the nation's second-longest losing streak of 10 games.
"I like to be a 50-50 play caller, but we were very inefficient in our passing game, in all facets,'' Weis said. "And the best players on our team are our running backs. So we've kind of morphed away from being a 50-50 team to being clearly a run-first team. And what that's forced me to do is spend more time with the offensive staff trying to figure out ways to stay one step ahead of the posse so that you're not just dialing up the same runs every week.''
For his part, Holgorsen wonders how anyone can do that. Of course, he also rather sarcastically referred this week to Weis's long-held belief that as a former NFL coach he can create "a schematic advantage'' for his team.
"We only get 20 hours a week with them. It's our philosophy to keep things consistent throughout the week,'' Holgorsen said. "Do we tweak things? Yes. But at this time of the year, who you are is who you are.
"With Kansas, they do a variety of things on special teams and on offense. We have 11 games [of tape] to look at and we have to figure out what their approach is going to be. If we fail to recognize that, then we will have to do a great job of that in game.''
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