The hype is over, my friends.
Kansas traveled to Baylor and put on a show we expected from the beginning of the season only putting up 271 yards on offense and scoring one touchdown.
It’s been the same story every year under Beaty. We hear about all the tools they have on offense and how good they look. And then reality hits and once again Kansas ends dead last in the Big 12.
Why has this consistently been an issue under Beaty for the last four years? And will it ever change?
The first problem is Beaty is trying to run an air raid offense without air raid type players. Most teams in the Big 12 run this quick paced score as quick as possible type of offense. Where Kansas falls short is they don’t have the same talent. You can’t beat a team running the same type of offense if you don’t have the same type of players.
It also doesn’t help that Beaty doesn’t have a high football IQ. And if you need proof look no further than his excessive use of timeouts on fourth downs.
For example, Baylor had the ball fourth and short in their own territory. It appeared they may go for it but it became clear after the clock was running out that they’d take the delay of game penalty and punt the ball away.
Beaty then carelessly calls a timeout with only a few seconds left on the play clock. It was later discovered Kansas had 12 men on the field and if Baylor had hiked the ball it would give them a first down and another chance to score. The problem is Baylor didn’t even notice it and the QB wasn’t even lined up to hike the ball.
These are the things that kill Kansas, though. And Beaty’s lack of football IQ is exactly why they happen over and over again.
Although, one glimmer of hope was the Kansas defense. They held Baylor to only three points in the second half and only 447 total yards, which is well below their average.
Obviously there were a few plays where the defense was burned and Baylor scored. But they adjusted well and did everything they could to keep the team in the game.
Playing good defense won’t be enough in the Big 12, though. This Kansas team will need to score and they’ll need to do it often. And it all starts with QB play.
All three Kansas QB’s played at some point in the game, of which Carter Stanley stuck out to me the most. He did what he does best—made his reads and then tucked it and ran. He was also 4/6 passing and even passed for 67 yards. Kansas didn’t score with him in but they moved the ball.
The unfortunate part about Stanley’s playing time is it came too little too late. And the fact that he looked the best of all three QB’s goes to show Beaty doesn’t know how to evaluate talent.
Bender has had his moments where he’ll make a beautiful throw. Kendrick commands the offense more efficiently and runs like a RB. But Stanley has the ability to do both.
This lack of consistency at the QB position is exactly why this offense under Beaty will never succeed. I even made the point at the beginning of the year that I don’t care who starts just as long as that QB is the only QB.
This isn’t the case, once again, and the carousel of bringing in all three QB’s has failed.
But, even with all this I am optimistic that Kansas will still have a shot at a Big 12 game—at KSU.
Neither team is very good, it will just come down to who has their team better prepared.
Let’s just hope Beaty learns how to coach by then. Or maybe we’ll be lucky and rooting for an interim to finish the season strong.