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Coach Malzhan, according to Phillip's quote, summed up the real issue with the Tiger offense Saturday. Coach said the offense was a "clump." There was little done to spread the field and create any openings be they for running backs a bit of grass for receivers. Trotter has proved to be an effective quarterback when he's not part of the clump. The entire offense and particularly the line must step up. This is a 100% replay of the situation we had in Tommy Tub's last season. I refer here to having a good passer and a promising young "do it all" from which to choose. Those coaches basically ended up with nothing but confusion, ill feelings among players and uncertainty regarding a team leader. The only winner that season was Tuberville when he drove away with a $5 million check. CGC and CGM and the other very good coaches came in and took the same situation but molded a team. The QB's were the same but how they were played was the key difference. A team was created. Malzhan's stated focus that season was to keep the QB's within what they could do. IF the offensive line can move forward, open holes and the QB truly has some options Trotter can put up some numbers. As good as he is, Frazier showed that he is not ready to be the true starting quarterback--yet. Making him a traditional red zone QB or situational QB seems effective. When Trotter rolls out in order to seek freedom from the clump he is too often throwing across his body and from his back foot. Results speak for themselves. I'm of the old school where moving north and south with the ball was productive. So much of this east/west movements this offense is doing is worthless because teams have come to see the middle of the field passing game is no threat. These young guys now know the feeling of first-rate butt whipping. I'm betting they grow from it.
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