Coach Shaw Loses PAC-12 Championship For Stanford By Calling Horrible Plays Throughout Game As Well As Wasted Timeouts And Delay-Of-Game Penalties

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Coach Shaw Loses PAC-12 Championship For Stanford By Calling Horrible Plays Throughout Game As Well As Wasted Timeouts And Delay-Of-Game Penalties

By Dave Levine

FIRE COACH SHAW! PLEASE! GET SOMEONE WHO HAS BALLS AND CAN MANAGE THE CLOCK!

Shaw cannot of course be blamed for poor player decision-making such as the truly awful play by safeties Eric Reid and Frank Buncum and fullback Marx and awful snaps by Burkett resulting in fumbles in key situations by Costello. Nor can Shaw be blamed for the stupid penalties on the defense for unsportsmanlike acts. Nor can Shaw be blamed for sloppy play by Costello. But he CAN and SHOULD be blamed for calling running plays instead of passing on goal-line offense.

Shaw benched WR Donald Stewart after Stewart dropped a key third down pass in the opening drive. That was a stupid move as Stewart has great hands. You don’t bench that kind of talent for one drop.

But in terms of “team preparedness”, Coach Shaw most definitely CAN be blamed. Stanford–as I figured would happen–came out “flat” on offense at the start of the game and let USC dictate and control the game. It wasn’t until the second half that the offense “came around”. Lack of adjustment to what USC was doing–the same thing they did to Stanford in the first game–was another key factor in their loss. No one–again–accounted for USC’s LB #42 who was a one-man wrecking crew.

Stanford’s goal line offense was again horrible. They couldn’t run block in the first half. The second half play call for a lateral pass that cost the team 17 lost yards and a 2nd and 27 was a killer. Sideways passes don’t work against USC but passes down the middle did.

Another flagrant coaching error–and Shaw has to be responsible for this–was the decision not to use Love as a receiver. Why no attempt to get him open behind the USC linebackers? What was Shaw and the offensive coaches afraid of? McCaffrey was most dangerous as a receiver coming out of the backfield–are Love’s hands so bad that he can’t catch passes?

I will be pleased if Shaw quits or is fired but sadly, Stanford won’t let that happen. He’s making over $4 million per year and they love him. As a recruiter, Shaw did a poor job at this time last year. He did nothing to strengthen the defense after losing Solomon Thomas to the NFL.

Next year, the team will be without NT Phillips. Look for an even worse performance by the Stanford defense if the coaches can’t recruit impact defensive linemen, physical safeties and defensive backs with speed.