Rutgers' 2-1 Record Could Have Easily Been 3-0 for the Scarlet Knights

Double G SportsCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2010

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Tom Savage #7 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights drops back against the Norfolk State Spartans at Rutgers Stadium on September 2, 2010 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Article by former Rutgers and NFL lineman Darnell Stapleton.

Saturday’s loss to the University of North Carolina was a team loss. There was no one person or one unit that was responsible for the letdown in Piscataway.

The Knights now have one more week to fine-tune things against Tulane before they get Big East play started against UConn in two weeks.

They should NOT overlook Tulane at all because they are going to come and play us tough!


Now what needs to be fixed

Offensively I think the O-line needs to do a better job run blocking. Granted, a lot of the runs were out of the wildcat and a little tough to know where the ball is going to be, so more downhill runs would help them out up front!

I think they did a good job pass protecting even though Tom Savage was sacked a couple of times. I think most of them were his own fault from either holding the ball or locking in on just one receiver, Mohamed Sanu!

Savage hasn’t looked relaxed since the season started and doesn’t have a real reason to be rattled! Rutgers' offense may need to run less wildcat and allow Savage to get into that groove he was in all of last season.

Subbing him in and out is not allowing him to get in a groove or giving him any confidence as the leader of the offense. There are other ways to get Sanu involved besides lining him up at QB.

Maybe line him up at RB?

Throwing the ball has always gotten the ball down the field faster than running it!

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