I think Kragthorpe has done a good job. The best case scenario would be to hire a new OC, new OL coach, and move Ensminger to an admin role.
Yeah, but I wouldn't rule out Stud accepting a role as OL and asst. head coach. Regardless of Krag's QB coaching ability, he has done a good job recruiting the kid's in this class, and I think it was necessary to keep him on staff to ensure they enroll.
The problem with Mettenberger started out with our passing game coordination and protection. Issues with the backs blocking, the injuries on the line, and the simplicity of our route designs. We didn't run a crossing pattern until midseason, the pass across the field to seal the Auburn win really showed how poorly our secondary routes were designed. Mett wasn't given any level of trust, and we were handicapped.
As the season played out, I gained an appreciation for what our play callers were dealing with. It became apparent to me that Mett only throws one way, one trajectory. Any time a throw required some air under the ball (touch), it was overthrown. It's hard to involve the RB's and TE's without putting touch on the passes. Over the LB's, under the safeties, especially when the safeties are in the box.
I'm not saying there were no exceptions to the rule during the course of the season. But, if you stop to think about it and/or review the games, I think you'll find Mett had very few completions where he had to throw anything outside of his normal fastball.
Subsequently, he gets many of them swatted at the line, or overthrows. If we just had any semblance of mobility and touch from the QB position, we could keep the defenses honest, not only in basic coverage, but also when they blitz, by throwing typical RB screens. The screen we use most often requires ( wait for it) a sidearm bullet from Mett, instead of your typical over the top to the outside.
The slants we prefer are also not aided by the fact that we miss having a physical receiver who can shield the defender better. I sincerely hope we give our young QB's a chance to see significant playing time this year, so that we have a legitimate chance at a championship the following season, when we lose 8-10 juniors to the draft again.