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Texas is free-falling at the moment, and have found themselves in the midst of a historic losing streak.
The program is in a very frustrating three-game losing streak that has seen double-digit leads evaporate, and rather than sitting at 7-1, they are watching inspirational movies to encourage themselves not to give up with a 4-4 record on the year.
The blame can be passed around to literally anyone, you could probably stand in the room with the team and blindly point at someone, and the person you are pointing has likely contributed to this dreadful season somehow.
Steve Sarkisian faced the media on Monday as he usually does, and although he still seems optimistic about the trajectory of the program, which he kind of has to, he also gave some very interesting and somewhat passive aggressive statements to the media.
The nation is ready to push the panic button already, but Sarkisian is displaying confidence that he and the team are just in a bad stretch that they will find their way out of.
Here are a few of his best quotes from Monday’s media session.
Steve Sarkisian addresses the quarterback controversy
Sark says Casey Thompson will remain the starter at quarterback. "I think Casey has done some good things for us…Hudson (Card) is chomping at the bit for another opportunity, so we'll see where it goes from here."
— Craig Way (@craigway1) November 1, 2021
While he is saying Casey Thompson is the starter still, he did not affirmatively shut down any thoughts that Hudson Card may get another crack at the job. Thompson has made costly mistakes in each of the last few games, whether it be the pick-six against Oklahoma State, or the multiple missed touchdown passes against Baylor. All three of Thompson’s wins this season are against teams that are currently or likely will end up below .500. Thompson has shown flashes, but he has not played a complete game, and Sarkisian may be starting to think about giving Card another chance.
Even with struggles, Sarkisian still believes top talent will come
Texas football coach Steve Sarkisian said if they want to settle on offensive line recruits, they can get five tonight. Sarkisian is waiting on the best players.
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) November 1, 2021
It is no secret that the offensive line play this season has been atrocious, and Steve Sarkisian and his staff are trying to bring in the top recruits at the position. Whether it be Oregon commit Kelvin Banks, or uncommitted players such as Devon Campbell or Kam Dewberry, he clearly thinks that Texas is very much in the mix for these blue-chip recruits. He also mentioned they want to bring in five lineman in this cycle, which means he is looking for three more players as they currently have two committed. The Longhorns have had top level talent, it has been about the development, or lack thereof. This team badly needs these “best” players.
Somehow the team is still positive
Sarkisian: "The spirit has been really good. I think this group is connected. They're sticking together, and that's going to pay dividends for us."
— Joe Cook (@josephcook89) November 1, 2021
While a video of safety B.J. Foster smashing his helmet on the bench may say otherwise, the team is apparently still in good spirits. If they could play a complete game, meaning continue their first half success into the second half, they very well could be in the playoff conversation. That is not the case at all, this team is quickly changing “Clemsoning” to “Texasing” in the manner that they lose. It is good to see that they are still believing, it would just be nice to not have to talk about believing and talk about them winning a football game.
A struggle indeed
Sark: "When you think about big picture, there’s never been a great triumph without a struggle. Clearly, we’re in the midst of a struggle."
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) November 1, 2021
The team is very much in a struggle, and they have yet to prove they can shake it and learn. The coaches seem to not be making proper adjustments, and if they are, that means the players cannot execute. Not sure how to stop this wildfire, but right now throwing all gas on it has only made it worse.