You missed a truly great performance by the D and a dominant running game. Riley was Riley. Played well enough to support the win, but was far from lights out on his attempts. That's Riley. The D won the game by halftime although the offensive efficiency in the red zone by Cal was amazing (4 for 4 TDs).
If JT truly believes that Riley will need to play a lot better for Cal to beat Oregon, OSU and Stanford (I would add SC), then we are in big trouble. If we are depending on Riley to win the big games against tough opponents by airing it out (35+ attempts), I think we are going to be bitterly disappointed.
The D and our running game will be the reason Cal gets 8-9 wins. It will also be the reason Cal gets 5-6 wins. Riley will be Riley. He's like a supporting actor in a movie. Except we all want him to be the star.
I don't know that Tedford puts all the blame on Riley. He said the offense had to improve. That includes more than Riley.
He also said what he said before he watched the tape, which sometimes changes his view as to what went wrong.
cal lost the game on the missed FG. GT makes it, cal wins. GT missed it, cal lost.
in the ucla game, riley was fine. he did a great job of handing the ball to Vereen and Isi (I am being facetious) and let the defense dominate the game by not turning the ball over. i wouldn't say cal won in spite of riley, but riley's performance was not the reason cal won the game. it was the D and running game.
at the end of the day, the wins and losses ultimately fall on JT. fair or not, that's it. and i think it's fair. it's his program, he gets compensated well and cal/donors are finally delivering on the facilities. it's on him, completely.
Last edited by CrimsonBear; 10-11-2010 at 11:57 AM.
-probably arizona, osu and stanford
are better than your examples. a lot easier for Riley to "manage" the game in your examples. yes, even the furd last year. riley played well, but vereen was out of his mind. 40+ carries was nuts. his running and mikey mo's interception were the main reasons for the win.
i don't think half the qbs in the pac10 can "manage" the game against the 3-4 top teams (almost by definition). and also, i think riley is probably an average to a possibly better than average QB in the pac. he is definitely not a top 2 or probably 3 QB in the pac. we have to deal with that. i have a feeling JT knows this.
the following qbs would probably do better than riley:
the following would do worse:
he might be a mid level sec qb, but in the pac-10 he's most definetely bottom half. and the only one on this list with 3 years starting experience.
Last edited by drunkoski; 10-11-2010 at 12:28 PM.
I rewatched the game last night too. Kevin missed on 2 passes imho. A couple of the sacks he could of dumped it off to the flats to a RB..but he was running for his life on both those, so his eyes probably came down lol. The only thing I want Kevin to do...if he steps up in the pocket and there is green grass...take the layup.
I'm not sure Riley is really all that serviceable. If he is the 9th best QB in the league despite having the most starts and playing time - then something would seem to be very wrong. Not just in terms of talent but in terms of his psyche.
I think this past game has given us a formulaass the ball when you want to - run the ball when you need to. We have two good RB's that shouldered the load. This can work against USC as their defense seems a bit porous. Riley will not beat USC by passing the ball. Short range passes of 5-15 yards is all we should risk with him and only to set up the run.