The offense is fine with Bender at QB. We are averaging 32+ points a game with Bender and Coach Meacham. We only averaged 19 points a game last year. I give Meacham credit for exploiting the weak rush defense of W V. My goodness, it was wonderful to see our rushes work.
If we had this year’s offense coupled with last year’s defense, we would have the competitive team that all of us crave. The defense gave up 49 points to W V. It’s not reasonable to require 50+ points from the offense in an effort to overcome such a weak defense that Bowen is fielding this year. Where the hell is the pass rush? The only sack was by Joe Dineen and as a team we only had 4 QB hurries for the game. W. V. passed 39 times, during which we had 1 sack and 5 hurries, which is pressure on less than 13% of the pass attempts. Armstrong and the rest of the D line are just complete non-factors this year. Armstrong only had 1 solo tackle (3 total), compared to 11 (14 total) for Dineen. Lee had 10 tackles and Torneden had 9 tackles.
The solution to KU football being more competitive this year is on the defensive side of the ball, not bringing in Carter Stanley. I think the offense will improve slightly as the season goes on, but not enough to overcome the collapse by Bowen’s defense.