UCLA links: Where do the Bruins go now?

Stanford running back Bryce Love, left, leaps past UCLA defensive lineman Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (91) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

After back-to-back losses, including Saturday’s 58-34 disappointment to Stanford, UCLA has a long to-do list to get back on track. Head coach Jim Mora laid it out Monday:

  • Defense
    • Open-field tackling
    • Build a trust among teammates within the scheme
    • Play with “maniacal effort”
  • Offense
    • Limit turnovers
    • Capitalize on defensive takeaways
  • Special teams
    • Cover kick returns and limit opponent return yardage
    • Shore up kick return blocking to allow for longer returns

The Bruins have a week to check off each box before Saturday’s game against Colorado. UCLA is trying to avoid a three-game losing streak heading into the bye week.

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  • Daniel flores

    UCLA should be 1-3.

    • 88 Straight

      That’s genius. Did it take you long to come up with that?

  • facescar

    I was pretty shocked by the missed tackles. It’d felt like that had been a strongpoint of this team for a while now.

    • Intimidator Bruin

      I think 3 targeting penalties has everyone scared to make a hit.

      • facescar

        Fair, hadn’t thought to link the two.

  • Intimidator Bruin

    I think Mora has done a lot to change the program, but at this point the best thing he can do is step down. When he handed the reigns of this program to Rosen without a competition, the program has gone down hill every since. Players have to earn their position or they never achieve their greatest potential.

    • 88 Straight

      Mora’s problems do not come from Rosen. The players are not being coached up. Many teams in the league are doing more with less talent.

      • Sean Zavala

        Dan Guerrero started at somewhere 175,000 a year now he’s getting raises every year . Its in the millions now. Go figure….

    • facescar

      Disagree. Rosen was always clearly our number one guy behind center.

  • Where do we go from here?

    Don’t ask … anymore.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    Worst Tom Bradley in LA since 1992.

  • Fish

    After painfully re-watching that game I had totally different perspective. 1) the offense could not run (beat by a 4:1 margin) and thus was beat almost 2:1 in time of possession, – everyone knows lots of passing yards typically = a loss. Got to open some holes and hit those holes faster., 2) the defensive line was on the field too long and got pushed around by the Stanford line at the end of each half allowing for big runs and 3) on STs the leg strength/hang time of the Stanford kicker was far superior which hurt our return team while our low/short kickoffs put too much pressure on our coverage team, not to mention the blocked FG and almost blocked 46-yard FG. Stanford used their physical strength to beat the Bruins again.