"He who spares his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him promptly."
What are you supposed to say about a team that gives up 11 penalties and two turnovers with atrocious clock management...yet loses by only five points?!?
The story of 2014 Longhorn Football is the disconnect between potential and execution. The talent is there, especially on defense. Unfortunately, the sloppy mistakes continue.
If you're an optimist, there's plenty of good news to take from today's game. The defense, once again, played spectacular until it got tired; they didn't allow a touchdown until late in the third quarter. Defensive lineman Malcolm Brown, Linebacker Jordan Hicks, and Safety Quandre Diggs' elite level talent is obvious. They also rallied from a three touchdown deficit to make it close. Unfortunately, none of that is good enough.
If you're a pessimist, the Longhorns' 2 - 4 record speaks for itself. Sloppy mistakes killed them, yet again, today. 11 penalties for 85 yards is PATHETIC on a "Raideresque" level. Multiple turnovers on offense and touchdowns allowed on special teams are likewise unacceptable. Yet nothing changes....
As a recovering fan of the New York Jets, this author has noticed a disturbing trend: the longer we watch Charlie Strong, the more he reminds us of Herm Edwards. He's got his motivational quotes, he's got his stupid "rules," yet he can't manage the clock on gameday. He has until the end of this season to prove his team can learn to stop making sloppy mistakes.
Congratulations to Whitney. This website cannot deny that our loss today was 100% self-inflicted. Your 5 - 1 record compared to our 2 - 4 record proves that execution is more important than talent. It's killing us. Still, we're happy that you're happy. OK, we're totally lying with that last statement, but we swear we're trying really really hard not to be a sore loser. Shut up Whitney.
Bottom Line: Charlie Strong has more than enough talent to win. Unfortunately, so far he seems unable to execute. He has 6 games to prove he can stop repeating the same tiresome mistakes, otherwise...Mack Brown 2015?!?