Q: What would be the top three things you thing are missing from the UCLA football formula right now?
A: Schematic or playcalling changes on defense to compensate for personnel losses, rather than trying to make players fit into the same roles that injured starters once filled. A more creative offense, particularly in terms of mixing run and pass on first downs. Fixing whatever it is that causes this team to wilt when it’s on the cusp of taking the next step.
Oh, and going back in time to prevent Myles Jack’s knee injury.
Q: How can we salvage the season with seemingly our entire first-string defense injured?
A: The offense can’t afford to make any mistakes, or squander any opportunities. This isn’t going to be a very good defense even in a best-case scenario, so the team needs to make it easier on them by being to keep pace in shootouts. Better punting could help as well; Stanford had an average starting position near midfield while that game was still close. Maybe try some midseason walk-ons there to give Matt Mengel competition, if not beat him out entirely.
Q: Our defense does not seem to have changed much, even though we have a new DC in Tom Bradley. Do you believe that Mora is micromanaging the defense? If so, do you think he should let Bradley take over given our recent defensive struggles? Continue reading