All the woulda-coulda-shouldas continues in Westwood. After the Rice game it took the coaches more than a week to stop talking about all the woulda-coulda-shouldas in that disastrous performance. So, naturally, the Bruin coaches continued to philosophize about all that went up in flames in Seattle. OC Register's Kuwada writes about Svoboda taking responsibility (again):
"You always have a variety of passes ready for the game, and if you're asking if there are a few passes I would have thrown in retrospect, absolutely. ... I can't deny that," he said. "There were things left on the script that you look back and you go, 'Dang, that would have been a good one.' Maybe the mistake that I made was that you feel the momentum of the other team and then you get protective of the lead that you have. ...
"And then the execution part, you get a little gun shy, because some of the things that we've been really good at executing, all of a sudden it seems foreign. So you get a little gun shy from that standpoint, too. But in retrospect, you say, you know what? You practiced that stuff. It's on the script. Do it."
Trying to shelter inexperienced quarterback Ben Olson might be part of the equation - another learning experience.
"You're not doing your quarterback any favors by handling him with kid gloves in that scenario, and he can feel that anyway. You're trying to protect him, and you're actually causing him to lose confidence in the process," Svoboda said. "But what you think about is the team. 'OK, what if we turn the ball over?' That causes you to be a little conservative, and you just can't do it that way because the things you practice are going to be there."
So all the talk out of Westwood is that we have to open it up and pass more in the next game. Here is Dorrell in the OC Register again:
Anyways, it will be interesting to see how the Bruins come out in a game which they should put away before half time. Note that after all the Van bashing Walker did in public, Rodney Van will start this Saturday (per Dohn). Our defense should have a banner day against a team, which will bring in the second worst scoring team in the conference (15.2 pts a game). BTW, the worst scoring offense belongs to Zona, who comes into the Rose Bowl the following game. So these should be two games in which the Bruins need to post convincing victories. Because by now it should be obvious to the coaches that this Nation is getting sick and tired of all the woulda-coulda-shouldas we keep hiring during Monday Morning QB sessions every game week.