Football: Holiday Bowl words and photos

Here’s my game story on Cal’s loss to Texas from this morning’s editions and a photo slideshow courtesy of Ray Chavez.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Maynard is not being coached to be in any type of position to use his “natural” skills: running and rolling out. Tedford puts him in a cage by forcing him to drop back and pass from the pocket and by virtually NEVER calling designed runs. There really is nothing more arrogant or stubborn than continually trying to put a square peg into a round hole. Tedford apparently is both (or is he just plain dumb?), but I think most of us already knew this.

    IMO, barring significant injury, Maynard should have had at least 500 yards with 10 TDs on the ground this year. Thoughts?

  • Caladan

    The sooner Cal’s 2011 Holiday Bowl fades from memory, the better.

  • rollonubears

    Don’t worry, a national embarrassment at the hands of Ohio State will quickly replace this sour taste.

  • Marinbear

    Tedford is a QB guru. Just look at his track record in evaluating and developing QBs over the last 6 years. You just do not understand that it’s not how many points you score, it’s all about how big your play chart is, and how many different formations you can use.
    I think it’s great that in one series Cal can line up with 3 tight ends, 4 wide recievers, I formation. And still go 3 and out.

  • Eric

    I’m still waiting for those who consistently defend Tedford to weigh in on whether this Holiday Bowl was a well-coached game that we simply lost because we were beaten by a better team (or we were unlucky) or whether this was an example of a poorly coached game, akin to UW, Oregon, U$C, and UCLA this year.

    As poor as Maynard played, it all had to do with ignoring what worked in the win streak starting with Utah, and trying – as Tedford tends to do – to put the square peg in the round hole at the worst possible time, and then, when guts and moxie are required, he punts it away.

  • Jim

    gawd, to think I was hoping that JT would finally get it and we’d have an offense designed around the skill set of the players we have. Stupid me to have hope that JT would wake up.

    Looking at the bright side, we were so fortunate to lose to UDub or we might have faced Baylor with no offense to counter Baylor’s. The final score would have been …

  • discdude



    5 minutes of work, a lifetime of peace. I haven’t seen a post by this dbag in 3 years. Or, you can keep feeding her, your choice. (works best with Firefox, but you can get it to work in IE or even iphone)

  • MoreNCsarecoming


    On this special occasion when you guys just laid the smelliest POS at the Holiday Bowl, you come out with this.

    Why don’t you change your post to read…



    Don’t watch another 5 minutes of this comedy act.

  • Kevin Thomas

    What tells you all you need to know about how well this team is coached were two plays where the play was sent in, and Maynard tried calling it in the huddle, but there was confusion. Both times Maynard let the clock run almost all the way down and called time out. He went to the sidelines to get clarification from the coaches on the play, returned to the huddle, lined up and then Maynard and the players were still looking at the coaches for instruction. They finaly ran the play, and it was a bust, both times.

    Reportedly they had over a hundred plays installed for this game. How can you practice 100 plays enough to even remember them, lt alone perfect their execution?

  • RandyBear

    Too bad that slide show didn’t get a shot of Maynard shhitgiggling and knee-slapping after he and his offense just coughed up 5 turnovers. They apparently thought it was hilarious!

  • bobsac

    I just saw, & agree with BlakeStreetBear in Response # 1 above that the offense plan this year should have been to have Maynard run a lot, & should have produced about 500 yards for him on the ground. I don’t understand why Maynard would be chosen because of his mobility over Bridgford who is a more accurate passer, but then there would be few running plays called for Maynard.

  • H8sRed

    It’s too bad this blog has been overtaken by a bunch of whining trolls.

  • covinared

    When texas started crashing on the left flank, it took away the roll out left. Cal had to pocket pass because Maynard can’t roll right effectively. what we needed to counter the outside rush was check off swing passes to a rb something absent from the playbook this year. texas knew how to counter cal. still, if we did not turn it over so many times and commit the other mistakes we would have won. that was the difference.

  • gobears49

    Regarding Covinared’s comment, I only watched about half the games, but I NEVER ONCE SAW MAYNARD ROLL RIGHT. I don’t think he can do it (Kline passes well on the run rolling both right, his natural side, as well as left).

    Also, and I had actually been thinking about this recently, two of Cal’s fumbles were a direct result of a Texas player obviously trying to knock the ball out of the Cal runner’s arms. I think the Sofele (from the side) and Marvin Jones (from behind) were direct results of a deliberate move to knock the ball out of their hands. I don’t see Cal ever doing that. Seems like a great technique to me, especially when somebody else is involved at the same time in making the tackle. Wonder how successful Texas was at doing that throughout the year. It certainly cost us, particularly the Sofele fumble.

  • Eric

    @covinared – for you, that appears to be a concession that the game was poorly coached, because Cal never adjusted to deal with the Texas pressure (even though certain easy plays arguably would have stopped it) and Cal never had a way to deal with Maynard’s inability to roll right and throw (rolling right and running of course is something he can do).

    That’s worth over $2 million a year, I guess.

  • covinared

    I am not to judge the worth of a coaches’ salary, because the price seems to be escalating quickly. I noticed early on that Sofeole was not part of the passing game like backs in previous years. My feeling all year has been that Maynard has a limited skill set. He can run, but is not built to take the punishment that a running qb needs, like Prince or Tebow. One hard hit and he’s out. That’s why the run plays are selective. My view is that we went with our game plan that had succeded in the previous four games. The problem was that it had not been run against superior athletes like Texas. Once the run was taken away, and texas started crashing the left, all that was left was the pocket. Sofele should be regarded now as a fumbler. He got away with several this year that were recovered by our guys. He is quick and tough but not fast.

  • jabes

    Regarding the fumbles by Sofele and Jones. Yes, I definitely saw Cal attempting the same move, it’s called tackling the ball and it works best when the runner is stalled but still struggling for yards, in other words gang tackling. Texas was gang tackling more then Cal. The one or two times I saw Cal trying to tackle the ball, without a gang tackle, the play went for more yards.

    I actually put these fumbles, and Maynard’s, as much on the coaching for not putting players in good position and having the team in a “we’re in a hole” mentality where the struggle for that extra yard seems necessary at the risk of losing the ball.

    This game was one big coaching fail. From the pep rally the team seemed flat, the offense was both too complicated and too predictable, and there were no visible adjustments to what Texas was doing well.

  • Easy Ed

    Here in Pasadena (I live here), another Rose Bowl without my beloved Golden Bears. 53 years and counting, OMG I feel like a Chicago Cubs fan.

  • covinared

    I also live in Pasadena, but went to the game. I was amongst a few others wearing a Cal cap. One thing that stood out was the enthusiasm of the Wisconsin fans. They travel much more than ours, and seem to accept the bad better. Its a big advantage.