Six Points Again? Purdue Offense Continues to Lag

Justin YoungContributor IOctober 12, 2008

First and foremost, let me tip my hat to the defense for playing one of their better performances on the field that I can remember. I don't want to detract from what they did out there yesterday.

However, this post is dedicated to the lack of ingenuity and execution of the offensive team.

Now I should refrain from heaping all blame onto Curtis Painter, but he will get what is due to him.

For two games, our offense has been unimaginative and predictable. Two of the country's best defenses have shut us down, and this has been a terrible trend over the past five years.

Hopefully—no pun intended—when Danny Hope's regime takes over, this issue can and will be addressed.

As for Curtis, hopefully the wave of expectations that flooded over him this preseason has not stalled his development. Maybe he has hit his talent ceiling.

He continues to display a cunning inability to look off of one receiver and go through his receiver progressions. When tipped balls, interceptions, and broken passes occur with CP, it's usually due to an "aware" defensive back or linebacker tracking his eyes. It happened several times yesterday.

It's one of those things that you say about a true freshman quarterback and how a fifth-year senior distinguishes himself from his youthful counterparts. Not with Curtis.

To end on a silver lining, Carson Wiggs shows how important the kicker is to a team as an offensive weapon. Kudos to the coaching staff for recruiting him. I look forward to three more years of watching him kick the ball.