Iowa Football: What Went Wrong and Can Anything Be Done To Fix It? Part One

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Iowa Football: What Went Wrong and Can Anything Be Done To Fix It? Part One

After the Iowa-Minnesota debacle on November 27, I've seen any number of fans react in any number of ways.

Some have called for Kirk Ferentz and his entire staff to be fired. In fact, as you can see, FireKirkFerentz.org is now up and running.

Some have called for Ferentz to fire his entire staff. Some have spared the heads of the coaches, but want a complete revamping of Iowa's offensive and defensive schemes.

Some feel that all that is needed are some "tweaks." Some feel that 7-5 is really not as bad as it looks, and have no complaints.

In the end, can you blame the more extreme reactionaries? After all, Iowa is the quintessential Midwestern team, and if there is one word that is unacceptable in the Midwest, it is "quit." Yet, it looked like that is exactly what the Hawkeyes did against Minnesota.

In my opinion, the most rational thought process is somewhere between the barnburners and those in la-la land. Mass firings don't need to take place, but substantial changes do have to be made.

Scheme overhauls are not necessary, but I don't know if minor "tweaks" are enough.

For my own sanity and for your approval, I will attempt to break down what I think went wrong with the Hawks this year. Furthermore, I will attempt to address what I think can be done to correct it.

Finally, I will do it in three separate slideshows. The first will focus squarely on the defense, the second on the offense, and the third on everything else.

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