There's an uneasy feeling in my sizeable stomach today.
I’ve been striken with apparitions of Ken O’Keefe using this Northern Iowa game for the singular purpose of testing and then trying to solidify the running game, get it “up to speed” as it were, for future, more challenging contests. Certainly there are RBs to get a close-up look at, and offensive line solidarity to be developed…particularly since effective pass blocking can be very awkward for an O-line that has not gelled. I can only imagine that KOK’s nightmare scenario--which serves as motivation for his entire game plan against UNI--is Ricky Stanzi buried in the turf at Kinnick, writhing in pain from a blind-side safety blitz that the so-called apprentice O-line missed for some reason.
Well I want to make a pitch – here today! – to KF and KOK to think differently. Use the UNI game to begin the creation of a monster pass game. Let’s be honest, we do not have a single remaining RB that looks capable to doing half of what Shonn Greene did last year. No one is expecting that Paki O’Meara will break out on Saturday. And unlike Greeene who had age (read: physical maturity), game experieince, and time in the system on his side, the non-PakiBombs have yet to ever carry the ball in a live college football game.
So I appeal to KOK and KF to accept that this year is not last year. This team, this year, is Stanzi’s team. Plain and simple. Let the Iowa sun and moon revolve around him and let it do so NOW! Let’s not wait until the second half of the Arizona game to realize that we just can’t run the ball as we did last year. Let’s begin RIGHT AWAY developing and refining a highly confident and self-assured passing game. Let’s find out Saturday who can’t pass block, which WR can’t catch it in traffic, who can’t recognize a hot read. Let’s do that NOW. Not down 7 points at halftime of the Arizona game.