The pros are struggling to adjust to the new-look offenses infiltrating the NFL, so why not go to one of the best in the business out of the college ranks? (just don’t offer him a job).
Specifically, the NFL wanted the goods on how Patterson—now in his 22nd year at TCU, 19th as head coach, and eighth in the Big 12—has dealt with the type of offense the pros are seeing more and more on a week-to-week and year-to-year basis.
“Like all of us, they’re looking for information,” Patterson said. “The new age up there is the RPOs, the read-option when it came up, they hadn’t seen a lot of that. All of us, there’s good coaches everywhere, we do the same thing—Well, what’s your answer?”
There are a lot of reasons to like this TCU team, and one big question giving folks pause.
Even with all of this uncertainty, when is the last time a Gary Patterson team went back to back 6-6 seasons?
The answer is once. Since Patterson took over in Fort Worth, if TCU had less than 10 wins in a season, only once did the Horned Frogs have less than 10 wins the next season. Patterson does not have multiple average seasons.
Even though there are questions for the Horned Frogs, one thing will be certain. TCU will still most likely have the best defense in the Big 12. TCU’s defense was in the top three in points allowed per game, rushing yards per game, and led the Big 12 in passing yards and total yards per game. Not only do players like Corey Bethley and Garret Wallow return, but players who were injured like Montrel Wilson who were poised for a big 2018 come back to make the defense even bigger.
We hope so, right?
• Why it’s No. 5: Oklahoma and TCU’s last two meetings in Norman put both on a national stage. Although, the Sooners have recently dominated the series.
OU leads its all-time series vs. TCU (14-5) and hasn’t lost to the Frogs since falling 37-33 in Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 4, 2014.
This one could still be a key game if OU is as good as advertised and the Horned Frogs make a positive turn following a turbulent 2018 season. This contest might also be especially difficult for OU, which has road games at Baylor and Oklahoma State sandwiching its home tilt with TCU.
This rivalry isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, it would appear.
Since the rivalry began, SMU and TCU have played against each other in 98 games. TCU has secured 51 victories, while SMU has only managed to win 40. Currently TCU is on a seven-game win streak and even shut out the Mustangs with a score of 56-0 in 2014. TCU head coach Gary Patterson spoke on the rivalry at Big 12 Media Days about the Texas football rivalry.
“To be honest with you, the week we got to play them, we got to play them. I think every one of them to me is a rival the week we have to play them,” Patterson said on Monday. “Especially when you got to go to their place, it’s hard to win. I think some people worry about all those other things, and we’re too busy to be worrying about all those other things.”
Of course GP was juiced that he could work before heading off to Media Days.
“First of all, I want to thank Jerry [Jones], getting over to AT&T Stadium it was about 17 minutes over. I was able to have a staff meeting before I came over.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson
“If somebody said it makes you look old, I would probably cut it.” — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy on his mullet
“I think it’s because we’re undefeated.” — West Virginia coach Neal Brown, joking when asked about the warm reception he’s received so far in Morgantown