Part of the problem with the pitches was the A-backs and B-backs, when running alongside Marshall in place to take an option pitch, not keeping the right angle and distance. A-back Clinton Lynch said that he and Marshall haven’t been in sync, but planned to fix the problem this week.
“I don’t think it’s mental,” Marshall said. “I don’t know – you’re just trying to play fast and things happen, and it’s just not what you want to happen.”
Marshall said that Johnson was more involved than usual particularly during the option periods, when quarterbacks practice reads and exchanges with the B-backs and A-backs. Mason said that the “energy was flowing” in Tuesday’s practice and that players were more focused because of his attention.
“Every play, if you did something wrong, you were going to get it,” Mason said. “He was on your bubble. He was just trying to make sure everybody was doing what they’re (supposed to be) doing.”
After Saturday's game, Johnson called the offense's play "embarrassing" as penalties, missed assignments and a lack of execution thwarted the unit. He acknowledged that coaches were not doing a good job of coaching fundamentals.
“Not pitching the ball on the ground, not going sideways, pass protection, getting the snap from the center,” Johnson said. “On defense, lining up in the correct coverage, playing with leverage, being in the right gap. I mean, there’s a zillion fundamental things that you can get better at every week.”