If you read today's Scoop on Stats closely, you know there has to be something off with the TCU offense this season. To be the only team among the nation's top 11 in turnover margin, a group with a collective 44-11 record, with a losing mark this deep into the season tells you as much.
If you watched the 2-3 Horned Frogs 20-17 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday night, you would indeed know there's something off with TCU's offense. They produced 16 yards, no first downs and no points in the entire first half.
This season, TCU ranks 10th overall in a 10-team Big 12 in total offense, 10th in passing offense and ninth in rushing offense. No matter where the Horned Frogs offense goes, or doesn't go, from here, don't expect TCU to make any mid-season changes.
“I’m invested for 16 years here,” Patterson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I also know rash decisions, quick judgments and moving people around, all the things I see out there people doing, it’s also not the best way to run a business. You’ve got to be very careful of [diagnosing] what the problem is.
“It’s very easy to place blame. Until you get a chance, when the season gets done, it’s a lot easier to look back and evaluate where the problem is.”
Truth is, it's been a storm of issues that's caused TCU to drop from 28th to 73rd to 114th nationally in total offense over the past three seasons. Losing offensive coordinator Justin Fuente to the Memphis head coaching job after the 2011 season didn't help. As has the continued unavailability of quarterback Casey Pachall over the past two seasons. But perhaps the biggest factor is the program-wide adjustment TCU is still making to the week-to-week grind of the Big 12.
“All you have to do is walk out on the field with me and look at both sides,” Patterson said, referencing the difference in size of the two squads on Saturday night. “Not taking anything away from our kids because of the way we’ve played. We’ve been doing that forever. BYU was always bigger than us. Utah has always been bigger than us and we still beat them.”