IT'S TEDFORD'S FAULTThat's what I've been reading on message boards. Young Blues blaming this loss on Tedford. Saying that he's "peaked" at the Holiday Bowl; that he'll never get Cal to the Rose Bowl.
Just so you know, that's not just a wrong opinion. That's insanity, and you need to pull your collective head out of your ass.
Cal's playcalling was just fine Saturday night. Our execution wasn't. Tedford's alleged sins:
We should have gone deep more often. SC had a safety deep on every snap - their defense was designed to take away the deep pass. Longshore's punt/interception showed what Cal could expect if they forced the ball into the deep zone. Fans who wanted Cal to go deep either a) weren't watching the defensive backfield or b) just don't understand football.
We were too conservative on 2nd and 1 in the 3rd quarter. No, we just didn't block anyone. In fact, JT's run game was very smart - he challenged undersized Brian Cushing to make plays, and Marshawn had his best success outside the tackles. As for our supposed "conservative" philosophy, Nate threw six consecutive passes on the previous possession.
JT should take a lesson from Pete Carroll's aggressive approach. First of all, it's Lane Kiffin calling plays, and he called a nice game. Second, if we had even tried to cover Steve Smith on 4th and 2, no one would be lauding Carroll's aggressiveness. The Trojans made a play, we didn't - there's no magic here.
I'll address the "peaking" issue later. Just wanted to vent my spleen at a bunch of Cal fans who don't know their football, or their history.