Toledo 54, EMU 16 recap: time to panic?
This game did not give EMU fans much to cheer for. Offensively, defensively, and on special teams, the Eagles were outplayed and outcoached by the Rockets.
In the open thread for the game, Kenneth Barna posted the following comment:
It’s not quite panic time, but I really believe Coach English needs to make some changes, if Eastern is to salvage the season. Eastern needs to pass the ball more, to loosen up the defenses of the opposing teams.
They know we are going to run the ball, and we oblige, and they stack everyone on the line of scrimmage. Insert Benz, and see what he can do? Can it be worse than Gillett? Coach Karcher should be removed as offensive coordinator. His bland calls for Eastern’s offense is pathetic. Again, no reverses, screen passes, trick plays of any kind. To take pressure off the quarterback, throw short passes over the middle, quick down and outs to the tight end, screen passes. If we don’t make some changes, so we are not johnny one note offense, we have no chance next week, at Central.
I’m not generally a fan of mid-season coaching changes, but I definitely agree that Karcher’s job should be on the line, and if we don’t see more — a lot more — from the offense and the play calling in the second half of the season, he should be shown the door.
I’m also quite concerned that what had looked like a significantly improved EMU defense through the first five games of 2011 gave up 12 more points and 100 more yards than last year.
It’s mid-season, and frankly, it’s gut-check time for this team. Is this football team really better than last year, or are they just the beneficiaries of an easy schedule? Up until this game, I’d thought the former, but now I think it might be the latter.