Fans have a clear distaste for the play calling as of late.
Play calling has been suspect – or at least interesting – and I can’t put my finger on it. We run draw plays after not throwing a pass all drive or we run an end-around after it didn’t didn’t work the first five times.
Against Baylor, West Virginia decided to keep the ball in the air instead of milking the clock with all-conference running back Justin Crawford. Every game, WVU has had at least one half (sometimes more) where they have fallen asleep. The offense – which is supposed to be one of the nation’s best – looks stagnant at times.
Dana seemed to be comfortable with his offense last season. With a lesser quarterback, Holgorsen’s play-calling led the Mountaineers to 10 wins.
Enter Jake Spavital.
Holgorsen decided that he would “focus on bigger picture” items by letting Spavital take the reins of the offense. Unfortunately, the close games and frustrating losses have us wondering.
Is it time Holgorsen takes back his offense?
In reality, he won’t. Spavital accepted the offensive coordinator position with the understanding Holgorsen would allow him the freedom to call plays as he wishes. If Holgorsen were to reclaim the offensive play-calling duties, Spavital’s second tenure as a West Virginia coach will be short-lived.
But don’t be surprised if you see Holgorsen standing a little closer to Spavital on Saturday against Iowa State.