Confidence Meter for Texas A&M Football Quickly Losing Steam after UT Loss
Following the Alabama loss, I still had a decently high confidence meter for Texas A&M football. I think my specific words were “cautiously optimistic.” Well, I feel neither cautiously nor optimistically this week!
This was just such a frustrating game. Last week was frustrating, yes, but Texas A&M football fans—some of them, at least—were still of a somewhat sunny disposition as regards the team. After all, this is a team that still is ascending, and Alabama just happened to find the inches in that particular game. It was basically evenly matched, but the Tide just made the plays necessary to win the game.
This one was similar, really. Evenly matched, statistically speaking, with a few key plays deciding things. But the frustrating thing was that this should not have been a close game statistically. Texas A&M football should not have been in a position where a few key plays decided the game in one direction or the other. A competently operating offense wins that game by two or three scores. Even with the defense being out on the field as much as they were, they still only allowed 10 points—imagine if the offense for this Texas A&M football team were able to extend a few possessions here or there!
But they weren’t, of course. It was the same thing as it always was on the road: the offense just never feels easy. Pressure is too readily in the face of the QB, passes feel barely completed, even simple runs feel like a surprise if they are actually well-blocked. Execution is the name here, as we all heard over and over last year, but the coaches are responsible for drawing that ability to execute out of the players on the team.
I’m going to go ahead and rate the confidence meter this week as “morose.” There’s no actual set list of terms that make up this confidence meter, but I feel morose, so that’s what I’m rating it. Thank goodness for the bye, and thank goodness that the opponent following the bye is at home, and thank goodness that we should be able to put up about 10 sacks in that game. Fadil Diggs knocking Spencer Rattler down will be a balm for the troubled soul.