Not everyone was good. Despite finally making some plays in the fourth quarter (not to mention an amazing scramble for a TD in the second), Keith Price was pretty bad most of the night. Much of that can be attributed to the offensive line play that was, indeed, offensive. Still, KP had several viable opportunities to make plays and he showed the deficiencies that have plagued him all season: bad decisions, slow trigger finger, and frightful inaccuracy. Even Sark hinted at his disappointment when he said in response to a question about Price, " We have to get back to the basics at that position and what this system is about and where to go with the football and how to stay with our progressions and how we read coverages and not assume and not guess and not want to be sure exactly what it was, but anticipate throws, understand coverages, and deliver the ball with trust in the system." As Steve Kelley points out, KP is probably going to face full competition next season from two if not three young QBs. Give KP credit, he is a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve and he is a natural leader. Listen to his remarks below. I fully expect him to invest heavily in improving his game and to win the job again next season.
Some interesting stats and notes about the game from ESPN. Interesting to note that UW has not overcome a 15 point deficit since the start of the Sark era (I wonder how many they've given up...ahem, Apple Cup). Apparently, the doom and gloom we all feel whenever the Huskies fall behind a game by two two scores is substantiated. This gives credence to the fact that Sark has not yet evolved into a guy who can adjust and turn the tides of games that don't start out well. This will be one of the key storylines that will require a turnaround as Sark enters his do or die season in 2013.
To add insult to injury, Danny Mattingly committed to the Ducks yesterday ($). Ironically, he cites the relationships with the coaches as the key factor and notes that he is confident that "they'll be there for him." Check back with him the second week of January when Chip Kelly is accepting the New York Jets job and let's see if he feels the same way.
Ok, that's all I got for you today. We are lining up several season-wrap up pieces for you over the next several days. I hope you guys have enjoyed our football coverage over the season. We want to get better, so please pass your feedback along to us.
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