Texas Football: 4 players/coaches to blame for Longhorns struggles

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4. The entire offensive line

Let’s spread this blame for the Texas football program in the trenches between one entire position group and the coaching staff. Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Herb Hand saw significant progress in the trenches with his group last season. But in his second season on the Forty Acres, Hand didn’t see much of any stability from his group.

For this Texas offense to go, the offensive line has to at least hold up a pocket for two or three seconds on each down. Instead, their quarterback was sent running for his life often in the last two weeks.

A group that looked solid and experienced on the offensive line coming into the regular season found no such consistency since about Week 4.

A Baylor defense that has a lot of experience spread across the front seven was going to be a difficult test. Hand and the Longhorns had to know that was coming. And the play calling and offensive line scheming didn’t make the necessary adjustments to get their playmakers in space and allow to quick passes when need be.

Texas is the worst in the Big 12 this season, allowing 32 sacks. In the loss to Baylor alone, they gave up five sacks, six tackles for loss, and three additional quarterback hurries. That’s not the ideal number to allow anything to develop in the passing or ground games. This is also not the recipe for success in any way on offense.