Holgorsen has been extremely defensive about the abilities of his staff in recent weeks. More than once, he’s fired back in response to a question with, “We didn’t forget how to coach.”
Diner: “This meal wasn’t nearly as good as the one we had last time.”
Waiter: “Well, our chefs didn’t suddenly forget how to cook.”
No, Holgorsen and his staff probably didn’t lose everything they’ve learned throughout long careers in the coaching profession in the span of a month, but something is clearly wrong.
The competition, I admit, has been better, but that doesn’t explain why Geno Smith went from looking like a Heisman Trophy runaway to what Holgorsen said was “worst he’s been since he’s been here.” It doesn’t explain why first downs are more difficult to find than a Pitt hat in the Morgantown Mall and it certainly doesn’t provide an explanation for why a team that was considered a legitimate national championship contender when it knocked off Texas on Oct. 6 is now wondering if it can even find enough wins to be bowl eligible.