This off-season battle will be fun to watch.
Who will emerge at safety?
TCU is losing its two best safeties in Trevon Moehrig and Ar’Darius Washington to the NFL draft. Moehrig and Washington were the nation’s first- and second-rated returning safeties for the 2020 season, according to Pro Football Focus, and combined for 55 solo tackles and 14 pass breakups this past season. Their departures leave big shoes to fill in the Horned Frogs’ secondary.
Redshirt freshman Deshawn McCuin was listed as the backup to Moehrig at free safety to end the season while sophomore Josh Foster backed up Washington at weak safety.
Chad Morris would seem like a logical candidate given his extensive high school coaching background in the state and his offensive coordinator background at the college level. He served as OC at Tulsa (2010) and Clemson (2011-14) before landing head coaching jobs at SMU (2015-17) and Arkansas (2018-19). He most recently served as Auburn’s offensive coordinator this season, but that program is in the midst of a coaching change after firing Gus Malzahn.
Morris is technically under contract with Auburn through the 2022 season, although it seems unlikely that new coach Bryan Harsin would retain Morris.
As far as TCU concerned, it seems as though Doug Meacham is the leading internal candidate to become the offensive coordinator. Meacham was the de facto OC in 2020, serving as the team’s primary play-caller on the field with Cumbie upstairs in the coaching booth.
I actually think the line will be better in 2021 after finishing the season strong.
No offensive line presence
TCU’s offensive line is a position group that struggled this season.
There was little consistency with who started and little chemistry between the unit, as the Frogs fielded seven different starting combinations over the course of the season. Toward the end of the season, we saw some improvement, but quarterback Max Duggan was doing a lot to avoid hits.
Of the five starters in the regular season finale, just two are seniors.
TCU signed just two offensive linemen in the early signing period — both three-star recruits. That could be good for the Frogs, but as we’ve seen in 2020, it takes younger players a while to learn the game plan and earn a spot on the field.
It’s so hard to judge this job... but I think fans were hoping for more by now.
“I didn’t see it coming,” Dixon said. “They punched us in the face early and we didn’t respond.”
Now in his fifth year in Fort Worth, TCU under Dixon has not been bad. They have been OK, which considering TCU’s history is good.
They just expected to be better.
TCU hired Dixon specifically to make the NCAA Tournament. That’s where the return comes on a men’s basketball team.
While it took him a while to get there, that’s what Baylor has done under Scott Drew. Texas Tech under Chris Beard nearly won a national title. Texas under Shaka Smart is finally showing something.
Since Dixon arrived, the Big 12 has been one of the best conferences in the nation. But TCU also invested in the program to give this coach every chance to win conference games.