Saturday, January 3, 2009
Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Ted Cain wants to continue "doing the right things" — huh?
In Wednesday's victory over Boston College, Vanderbilt did the right things on defense and special teams. Obviously, the Commodore offense was another story.
So what does offensive coordinator Ted Cain plan to do next season if he's still aboard, and Bobby Johnson hasn't said anything to lead us to believe otherwise?
He told the Tennessean's Mo Patton: "We'll continue to look at our scheme, both run and pass, and make sure we're doing the right things and asking them to do the right things."
Make sure we're doing the right things? How about: Make sure we start doing the right things!
"Our biggest thing is we need to score more points. That's our biggest goal."
Great! Self-awareness is a start. Of course, being ranked among the three worst offenses in college football should get anybody's attention.
"We'll always address those areas like red-zone, short-yardage, but we need to continue to keep the ball, drive the ball and score points."
On Wednesday, his offense did keep the ball. Check.
And it did drive the ball early and when it need to. Check.
But scoring points? Ah, no. When you can't score points, your defense and special teams have to be perfect and get some lucky breaks, too, if you're going to win.
You know how many points our offense scored against Tennessee, Wake Forest and Boston College combined?
You know how many points our offense scored against Miss State and Duke?
We've got to score points to win, and we've got to be able to score quick and have big plays on offense.
I'm sure Bobby Johnson realizes this, I hope Ted Cain does too, and I look forward to seeing what they're going to do about it.